Presidents Report August 2009

We have an active time coming up for members with a track day at Wakefield Park, another breakfast run to the mountains, the CMC Shannons Eastern Creek Classic and, of course, the Mustang Spring Muster at Holroyd Gardens.

The Muster also incorporates the State Concours sponsored by Shannons Insurance and this year the event will change in format. At the last general meeting Kerry McDonagh, who restores Mustangs and has been working on cars in the US for many years, proposed a show plan based on his knowledge of judging in the States.

An article on this is printed elsewhere in this magazine but what it will do is give us 3 levels of judging.

One is for full on State and National Concours cars. These are judged by trained judges with a nationally recognised set of criteria. There are 2 categories; Original and Modified. The cars are driven onto ramps so every aspect of them can be checked. In Original Class against factory originality and in Modified Class type and execution of modifications are rewarded.

Next is Display class where cars are judged by the owners and members along similar lines to Concours without looking underneath. This enables nice cars that are driven to be judged either as a precursor to advancing to Concours or simply for the owner to learn more about their car and how to present it. See Kerry's article on page 12 for details.

Show and Shine is for anyone who just wants to drive up and park their Mustang, much like at the Anniversary Pony Round Up at the Tourmaline Hotel. These will be "judged" by sponsors and dignitaries from Merrylands Council such as the Mayor, Greg Cummins, who pick what they like in the usual year categories.

The Concours cars will have trophies presented at the September general meeting. The Display cars will have a certificate presented to them also as the September GM and the Show & Shine cars will receive their trophies on the day, presented by the Mayor.

We feel this can only benefit the members by giving them different opportunities to learn about their cars and therefore improve them. 'Thank you' to Kerry for the proposal.

Finally don't forget that from the August meeting on, starting time will be 7.30pm instead of 8pm. This way, those who have to get home for an early start or have travelled a long way for the meeting, can get home at a respectable hour, while those who don't can stay back and socialise.

There's plenty on the club calendar so enjoy your Mustang.

David Livian