Presidents Report - July 2016

Hello all,

alan vellaWell, winter has certainly hit with a vengeance. Many of us have booked for Christmas in July, which is being hosted by Neil Ace Mathews in Bathurst this year on the weekend of 16th & 17th July, and are quite looking forward to it. Hopefully a little touch of snow whilst we are there, wouldn’t go astray either. It would most certainly give the weekend a Northern Hemisphere Christmas feel. I think I may even have bring the long johns along!

As my first year/term of being Club President draws to an early end, (10 months, so that we could bring the AGM back into line with July) I would like to give those members and friends who have given me much support a huge “Thank You”. It has been a fantastic year with some memorable occasions and experiences along the way. Some of the current committee are standing down in Kerry Myers, Allan Spackman, Chris Elliot, and let’s not forget our ever faithful Phil Preston who is finally going to say Goodbye to the Treasurer’s role and move on to greener pastures. Thank you on behalf of all the members to you for your time and dedication to your roles. It looks like a familiar face in Keith Speer could quite possibly coming back on board to “spearhead” and bring back his very valued contribution to the members in the apparel/merchandise portfolio. Some big changes will be coming the members’ way in this area, with much better pricing, and quicker service using a new company, it is looking very promising at the moment. Hopefully, it won’t be much longer till it is all up and running for you all, so hang tight! Also, David Livian is coming back on board and is seeking election for the position as Vice President to give some much needed support, whilst also bringing a huge amount of experience back to the committee.

The club needs your help!!!, We are seeking a Secretary and an Events coordinator, all assistance will be given to whoever takes on these roles. Please do consider volunteering some time to our great club, you will find it a rewarding experience.

With the AGM only a matter of 3 weeks away as I write my President’s report, I am looking forward to hopefully my next year as President of this fantastic Club, and being at the helm with one of the annual highlights on the National Club calendar next year in our very own backyard. The 2017 Mustang Nationals in Wollongong. Both Phil Preston and I had put a fair amount of effort into this event in the early days last year, and now with the Nationals Committee carrying out the task of organising this event, I cannot wait till it is Nationals time next Easter. The organising committee have been doing an outstanding job to date, and since Registrations and Bookings opened last month on the 1st of June, we have already filled 33% of the rooms of the 140 placed aside for the Nationals Weekend. Not a bad effort for the first 4 weeks of the registration period. My wonderful Partner Maree has even organised a High Tea for the Ladies to attend on the Sunday whilst the guys are talking everything Mustangs at the Display Day Show ‘n Shine across the road at W.A. Lang Park. Don’t forget, that all this Sunday fun is being held on the picturesque Wollongong Beach foreshore. What more could you ask for? Beautiful Cars, Beautiful location, and beautiful people all enjoying the same thing. Sounds like the perfect recipe? Let’s not forget the Event Shirts! They are now up on the Club website for viewing along with the order form. Pre-orders are preferred, as we will be having limited quantities available for purchase at the event, but better if you pre-ordered to avoid disappointment. They are superior quality, and wear well with good sizing. Please remember to register early for this one in five year NSW held event!

One a sombre note, I would like to offer on behalf the membership, Our Deepest Condolences to the Goff Family. Rodney Goff, who was a member in the original Mustang Club and then joined the current club in the Nineties passed away suddenly in late June. Rodney and his lovely wife Pat, attended many shows with their 2 Mustangs. Rodney would attend in his Black LPG propelled 1965 Mustang Convertible, and Pat would drive her original unrestored 1966 Silver K Code Gt Coupe. Rodney was always up for a chat and would often share his experiences with his Mustangs to whomever would lend an ear. As a matter of fact, I bumped into Rod in the Blacktown Kmart Carpark driving his convertible Mustang just a couple of weeks prior to his passing. He will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with Patricia Goff and family throughout this most difficult of times.

This year the committee have selected David Mifsud’s beautiful 1966 Shelby Replica to represent the Club in this year’s Concours at The All Ford Day in late July. Good Luck David! We are also seeking interested parties who are wanting to enter their Mustang in this year’s Concours at the Shannon’s CMC Day at Sydney Motorsport Park in August. If you think that your Mustang is up to the task in this prestigious category, please come forward and let me know?

I would also like to say Thank You to all who come along and lend a hand at the many events that we participate in. This was evident at the Rattle ‘n Hum Car Show in late June. With Allan Spackman contacting Pat Schinella and Myself at 4.30am (Thanks for the wake up text Allan) on the Sunday Morning of the show to inform us that he will not be able to make it due to a sick daughter. Pat managed to get there early enough to organise the parking display. Thank you Pat! With ‘in excess’ of 45 Mustangs at this show, it was quite apparent that we “Mustangers” like nothing more than supporting a worthy Charity. Well done to Wayne “Camel” Feneck for taking home to awards, one for his 67 Mustang Fastback, and the other for his Early Ford Pickup Truck. Also, a hopeful new member, also picked up an award for his beautiful silver 65 Mustang Convertible.

The Club also topped up the money in June raised from the Erina Fair Muscle Car Show, which the 2 chosen charities supported were The Glenvale School, and The Blair’s Wish Foundation. The amount raised on the day was $4410, and the Committee decided that it be topped it up to a total amount of $7000.00. Rob Taylor and David Hogg who organised this event, decided that $5000 be donated to The Glenvale School, and $2000 be donated to the Blair’s Wish Foundation. I would like to thank both Rob and Dave for doing an excellent job with the organisation of this event. Thanks Guys!

Last but not least, Welcome to all the new members who have recently joined MOCA NSW within the last month. Welcome aboard! Also, “Welcome Back” to some previous members who have re-joined after a brief absence.

That’s it for me for this month folks, Drive safe and keep well!

‘Til next month my friends!