Presidents Report - May 2016

alan vellaHello Fellow Members,

There has been so much going on in many of our lives of late, it’s getting harder just to find some R&R time just to do nothing. There are so many shows on, and it’s getting harder making a decision of which ones to attend.

Speaking of shows, The Annual Pony Round Up at Vineyard was held on 17th April. Coincidentally, it was actually the Mustang’s 52nd Birthday on the same day. Although down on numbers a tad, it was great to see Mustang year models ranging from the very first 1964 ½ to the latest 2016 in attendance.

On the same day, the 2017 Wollongong Nationals committee held a short meeting in the hotel to make a few necessary decisions. Some of these decisions were, the style and pricing of the shirts have been decided upon, so too has the pricing of the Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening dinners. Another decision that was made was the format and theme for the Saturday night function. I won’t give too much away at the moment until my ideas can hopefully become reality, but if they do come to fruition, it will be an evening well worth attending. There are going to be a few adjustments to the information leaflet that has already been distributed. For instance, the Sunday Display Day entry fee has been changed to a fee of $10 per car. Also, as I have mentioned earlier, all hotel bookings will be coming through our Nationals Secretary Helen Lynch. This is the only way that we can safely secure the heavily discounted Hotel accommodation and Hotel carpark. The date that bookings will open is still the same 1st June 2016, and will close 31st December 2016. Otherwise, all is going to plan.

cancer donation 2016At last month’s General meeting, we had 2 special guests come along for talks. The first was Petra Velkovski from the Cancer Centre for Children @ The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Petra gave a talk about what they do there at the Children’s Hospital and also received a cheque for $8500 from the Club which was the proceeds from the 2015 All American Day. David Livian and Ken Buckland who are two thirds of the team that organise the AAD handled the handover of the Chq on behalf of all the members to much applause. The second guest was Fran Eunice from the Special Olympics. Fran gave a talk about the up and coming Dream Ride on 4th December. This event will also tie in with the Motorworld Sydney event on the same weekend. If you are interested in participating in these events, please contact our Event Coordinator Allan Spackman to register your interest.

Now, don’t forget that we have been invited to participate in a day of Drag Racing at Western Sydney International Dragway on Sunday August 7th by the GT Club Inc. We only have 10 places available, and the cost is $200 per car for as many ¼ Mile passes as you can squeeze in on the day. If anyone is interested please email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your interest. I would have to say it has been at least 30 years since our club has participated in a drag racing event, and it brings back some fond memories from back in the late 90’s of when our Club used to hire out Wakefield Park at Goulburn a couple of times for a track day. And I must admit, that I had never had so much fun in my old orange 1966 coupe. It’s a worthy investment for some of you speed demons out there to race in a safe environment, so that you can really put your Pony through its paces!

On to a matter that is of the utmost importance, this club runs on volunteers. Now as Uncle Sam used to say “We need you”! So mark the date, Wednesday 20th July 2016! This is the date that has been set for our Annual General Meeting. All the committee positions are up for election. Some of the current committee will not be seeking re-election, and some are unsure of their intentions as I write this. So, please consider coming on board the MOCA Committee and lending a hand. It is a fantastic club, which does a lot of great work for many communities and donates a fair amount of money to various charities. And please remember, “Many hands make light work”!

Just a short note to all magazine sponsors, you all are able to become a sponsor of any of our exclusive events. I.E. The Annual Pony Round Up, All American Day, Merrylands Muster etc. If you are interested in showcasing your wares or further promoting your business, and would like to have a trade stand at any of our exclusive Mustang Owners Club Shows, please do not hesitate to contact me. This offer is open to all Mustang Club Magazine Sponsors.

We also have a new Far North Coast (Coffs Harbour) regional contact in John Duerinckx. John and his lovely wife Lisa, have been members since June 2014, and are very keen to get a bit more club action happening up in their region. They have recently taken delivery of Lisa’s beautiful Red 2016 Mustang Convertible, and John is also in the process of restomodding a 1965 coupe. John’s contact number is 0429 047 796. John has already been working closely with Neville Cooper, who is our Mid North Coast Contact in having a few regional Chapter combined runs. We may even have to organise a weekend trip away up to Coffs Harbour for those of our Sydney and other Chapter members who like the odd weekend getaway to kick things off! I would also like to thank Ken Cowan from Grafton way who has been the regional contact for a number of years now. His service has been greatly appreciated. On behalf of the MOCA NSW membership, Thank you Ken for your efforts and time.

One of our members Greg Dobe just happens to be the Branch Manager at Penske Systems in Kings Park. Penske systems is owned by well renowned Nascar and V8 SuperCar Race Team Owner Roger Penske, who is in partnership with Dick Johnson at DJR. Greg has graciously offered through myself, an opportunity tour for our members to tour their workshop and facility here in Kings Park. At this workshop, they rebuild and service large marine engines for the Australian Navy and others. They have a huge Dyno room where they run these large engines before they are sent back to the Navy. If any members are interested in attending an evening tour at this facility could you please register your interest with me by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone me on 0412 235523 after 5pm. A date and time is yet to be set.

Last but not least, Welcome to all the new members who have recently joined MOCA NSW within the last month. Welcome aboard!

‘Til next month my friends!

Alan Vella