Presidents Report December 2007

Well, the year's almost over, and what a year it's been. I won't reiterate everything we've done, but for me the highlight of 2007 was our hosting of the Nationals in Canberra. David Francis and his team put on a weekend that did our club proud.

There were many other highlights, including the traditional All American Day to start the year, the annual Pony Round Up at Vineyard, All Ford Day, Shannon's Eastern Creek Classic, Lugarno Spring Fair, Merrylands Spring Picnic & State Concours, Wollombi Pub & Dr Jurd's Run, the tour to South Australia, Cruzin' For a Cure, Club Umina and the Springtime Orientation Run in the Southern Highlands

We had 85 cars at Umina - a big increase over the number last year, the inaugural event. Hopefully this event will continue to grow in the years ahead, and will become entrenched in the club's events calendar. Thanks to David Francis for all his work in organising the day, and particularly for organising the awards. It was good to see a mix of both new and long term members taking out the prizes, including first timers Charlie and Carmen Fenech with their stunning red '68 coupe.

There were fewer cars at the Springtime Orientation Run this year, possibly because it was held the week after Umina, but it was nevertheless a great event - this year without the added challenge of dealing with deadly winds. Congratulations to Lance and Sarah Weiss for being the most observant Mustangers. Very fitting, given the damage suffered to their brand new FPV Falcon at last year's event. Steve and Maggie Hall came in after the awards ceremony, by which time Sue and Dennis Lean had already been declared wooden spooners. Perhaps Steve and Maggie were savouring the fantastic scenery, some of which ended up in their radiator last year.

During the month David Francis and I visited Bill Dafo and his wife Magda at Prince of Wales Hospital to present Bill with his 20-year badge. (See story on p?? - Editor). As most of you will know, Bill suffered horrendous injuries in a three storey fall from scaffolding at his home. I lost count of the number of bones he told us he broke, including, sadly, his spine. He's now confined to a wheelchair, but his spirits are strong, and he has wonderful support from Magda, their children and many friends. Bill and Magda were both very touched when we presented Bill with his badge. Bill told David and me some very interesting stories from his early days of Mustang ownership - like seeing a car that he absolutely had to have, buying it and then figuring out how to pay for it. I'm sure many of us can relate to that!

In news only just to hand Reg Johnson has suffered a heart attack. According to the email that was circulated he's okay and had a stent put in. He's back at home. I haven't had a chance to talk to Reg or Carmen yet, but hopefully we'll have more news for you at the December meeting. Our thoughts and prayers are with Reg, Carmen and their family.

And that brings me to the end of the final President's Report of 2007. Before I sign off, I'd like to welcome the following new members to the club:

John McDory 67 coupe
Lionel Thomas Gallaway 65 coupe
Lachlan Cordato 65 coupe and 67 convertible
Geoff White 67 convertible
Geoff Pearson 66 convertible
Daniel Nikitin 65 coupe
Barry and Melissa Schilg 73 convertible
Jan and Bryan Parry 67 coupe and another on the way
John Touras 67 fastback
Patrick Kazzi TBA
Bevan Bolte 65 coupe

If there's anything that I or anyone else on the committee can do for you, don't hesitate to contact us - we do care. Phone numbers are at the front of this magazine, and there are links to our email addresses on the website:

From Karen, Alex, Cameron and myself, and from everybody on the committee, have a wonderful Christmas and a very merry New Year (but not too merry!). Hope to see you in 2008.

Remember; get those ponies on the road!

Be safe; be well.

Malcolm McEwen