Presidents Report August 2013

This is my very last President’s Report!

francisThree years ago, we were touring somewhere in Europe. President David Livian informed me via email that I was the incoming President of our Club. I now look forward, in the near future, to informing him that he is the incoming Club President!

I will commence by expressing my sincere thanks to all Committee members who have been part of the Management of the Club over the past 3 years - it has been a privilege to have worked with each of you. Now as we approach the AGM, the Events Team, with John now based in Coffs Harbour, are stepping down, and Vice President Wayne will take a break from Committee to focus on his business. Each Committee Member, both past and present, has made a significant contribution to the continued growth and success of the Mustang Owners Club (NSW) Inc.

All Ford Day was a great day for us. The new location, from my point of view, was a positive change, and our Club won the Best Club Display Award. Many thanks to Richard Griffith, who, once again focused his visionary skills into planning the positioning of the Mustangs within our allocated area. Gen and Mal Cave were happy to head home to Dubbo with the Long Distance Award.

Sam Kafrouny has worked quietly in his workshop for the past year to emerge with the most outstanding restoration that I have yet seen - his immaculate blue 1966 K code GT fastback! This car won for Sam, and for the Club, the top award of All Ford Day - the prestigious Concours d’ Etat on its first outing! This is a fantastic result, and congratulations Sam! To all Members who helped out on the day - many thanks. Lastly, well done, Eddie Hadley - our representative on the CFC. Eddie, together with the other Ford clubs’ delegates worked tirelessly during the past 12 months to bring All Ford Day alive.

Motorex! Jeanette and I were involved on Friday morning with the setup of our stand at Homebush. Standing amongst the chaos happening all around us on the concrete floor of the exhibition hall, the Mustang Club allocated area looked vast. A few hours later, with our own floor successfully down, and with eight Mustangs either in their position or ready to be displayed, we began to question if we were going to get them all onto the stand! We indeed did, and the end result looked great - in fact, good enough for our Club to win the Best Club Stand Award for the second year running. I enjoyed working with each of the ownersof the eight Mustangs that were in the display, together with Brian from Hills Mustangs, Darren Sloan, and Mirella from Garage Concepts. Mirella came along with her wagon filled with fantastic garage tiles in red, white, and black which when snapped together created a spectacular area under the Mustangs of John and Lesley Bailey and Neill and Helen Batchelor. Everybody’s contribution was indeed significant and greatly appreciated. Our Club and its members were represented in a most positive manner at this high profile show. Special thanks to Vice President Wayne, who put his heart and soul into achieving this recognition for MOCA.

Christmas in July was a memorable weekend for the 100 plus folk who headed up to Port Stephens on either Friday (mostly us retirees) or on Saturday. Thanks to the magnificent winter weather, we had a great time with numerous places to visit, and I am sure we all went home feeling we had over indulged with the food. David Lodge, our Newcastle Co-ordinator planned and organised the format for the weekend, which concluded at a delightful café on Stockton Beach for morning tea followed by a walk along the breakwater on Sunday morning. From all of us - thank you David!

The following weekend, a group of us from the Central Coast / Newcastle Chapter along with Secretary Pam and husband Licence Captain Peter Cooke, headed North to Port Macquarie. We arrived in time for lunch for our first meeting of the new Northern Chapter of MOCA (NSW) Inc. Neville Cooper, together with Eric Nethery had been actively phoning known Mustang Owners as well as advertising in the newspapers in surrounding areas to encourage non - member owners to attend this meeting. Forty people were there, and we had a very impressive collection of Mustangs which were displayed in the car park of the Port Panthers Club. They created a lot of interest! It was great to see familiar faces of former Sydney residents Marlene and Mike O’Sullivan, Daryll Bleasdale, as well as Margaret and Arthur Ladkin. Once again, I believe that it is a positive move for us to continue to take our Club to regional areas of NSW in order to create the opportunity for Members to enjoy their Mustangs and the fellowship of people with a common interest in the marque without having to journey to the Sydney basin.

We hurried home from Port Macquarie in order to be a Merrylands RSL for our interactive night with John Bowe. John is a spirited guest speaker and we were particularly privileged to be able to share a few hours with him following his weekend at MotorEx. His mate and manager, Hammo (Hamilton Urquhart) encouraged JB to talk about his very successful career in motorsport in Australia, NZ, and in many other places in the world. Although JB has competed in numerous cars, most of his big successes have been when he was behind the wheel of various Ford race cars. It is a Ford Mustang (Sally) that he currently owns and races in the Muscle Car Masters Series - he is the current champion!

Welcome to all of our new Members. Take every opportunity to use and enjoy your Mustang - they are all classics. MOCA (NSW) Inc is a large club – well over 600 members. Many of those members have been part of the Club for over 20 years. Please introduce yourself to a Committee Member at an event or at the Monthly Meeting so as we can personally make you welcome and then introduce you to your fellow members.
In closing, thank you for supporting me over the past 3 years as your President. It has been an honour. The Club continues to go from strength to strength and currently in a strong financial position. It will continue to organise a variety of events that the Committee hope will be of interest to the majority of Members. It is your Club, and your suggestions for an event or Club outing will always be welcome.

Please support us on the 29th September at the Merrylands RSL Muster and State Concours at Holroyd Gardens, Pitt St, Merrylands. This is an important day on our annual agenda, and this year, for the first time, Eddie Hadley will not be able to attend. He has handed the important job of Head Judge to the well qualified Sean McDonagh.

My best wishes forincoming President David Livian - he certainly knows the ropes! Mustang Owners Club, in its history, has had just 6 Presidents during its 31 year history, and David has proudly held the job for more terms than anyone else.

David Francis