My last report for the year and another good year for MOCA (NSW) Inc! I am very proud that we are one of a handful of car clubs that continues to increase its membership each year.
Sincere thanks to all of the members who made the journey North of Sydney to Club Umina for our car show and the Club‘s Christmas get together on Sunday 28th November. Following on from a very hot day on Saturday, the high cloud cover stopped us from frying, and fortunately the rain held off until nearly everyone had departed in a homeward direction.
James Gallen, the new boss at Club Umina, was a great host and Rob Taylor yet again produced some spectacular trophies for the Host‘s Choice awards. The big surprise was the competition for the Best Decorated Mustang.
I think most of us blokes were amazed to see our Ponies covered with tinsel and Christmas bits! The ladies certainly used their imaginations and went to a lot of effort. The judge had a challenging task, finally concluding that it was a dead heat between Helen Lynch and Roxanna Huntley. Santa arrived in style in a red convertible sleigh and did a fine job, as always, entertaining the children. Elvis, alias Steve Head, created an excellent ambience with his impressive stage and great music. It was great to see a familiar face from the 1990s, David Griffith, along for the day. David currently lives in Detroit and works as a mechanic with a race team. He was home for a visit with his wife and enjoying escaping the minus zero degree temperature back in the USA. Even better, his mate Terry was there too with the red Mustang that David owned at the time. Conclusion - a good day.
On the previous day, there was a car show in our little village at Gwandalan on the shores of Lake Macquarie. It was a fundraising activity for the local school. A small group of members led by Doreen and John Chapman came up to the lake in support of the event. By mid afternoon the gale force wind coming across the water almost blew the attendees back down the Pacific Highway to Umina, bringing the day to a premature end. I had left my 66 convertible on site early and went off to do a prearranged job, returning much later to discover that the car had won a trophy- after a 10 year drought! My two young grandsons were very excited, so was I!
PS - I will be meeting with Father Chris Riley from ‗Youth Off the Streets‘ this Friday to hand him a $300.00 donation from our Club.