Presidents Report June 2012

With the Wings Over Illawarra Air Show coming up the following day, on Saturday, the 5th May, a convoy of three Mustangs met up at in Sutherland Shire and headed towards Wollongong, along the magnificent coastal scenic road. It was my first opportunity to take our K code fastback for a decent drive after its 7 year-long revitalization, so I was very excited. Flanked by Jon and Jenni Cooke and Paul and Jan Davidson, we enjoyed motoring down the spectacular coastline- soon were at the Wollongong Boat Harbour looking for a lunch venue.

With the Wings Over Illawarra Air Show coming up the following day, on Saturday, the 5th May, a convoy of three Mustangs met up at in Sutherland Shire and headed towards Wollongong, along the magnificent coastal scenic road. It was my first opportunity to take our K code fastback for a decent drive after its 7 year-long revitalization, so I was very excited. Flanked by Jon and Jenni Cooke and Paul and Jan Davidson, we enjoyed motoring down the spectacular coastline- soon were at the Wollongong Boat Harbour looking for a lunch venue.

Heather and David Livian joined with us later in the day, having parked their boys with Grandma, they had thundered down in David's '66 race car. The 2 old fastbacks certainly shattered the peace when we fired up underneath the Novotel very early on Sunday morning! Rex Hall had worked with the organizers of the Air Show and by 8am around 20 Mustangs were all assembled ready to move from the meeting point onto the airfield. What a collection of vehicles! Dozens of special motorbikes, classic cars, and other vehicles such as midget race cars were lined up for display. It was really a fantastic day. Connie, the elegant Lockheed Constellation, salvaged a few years back from the Nevada aircraft bone yard, was the first aircraft to run through its impressive paces. Then for the remainder of this perfect blue sky autumn day we were treated to flying displays by the RAAF aerobatics team, the Roulettes, as well as flights by an endless stream of rare historic warplanes. I love weekends such as this- away in a Mustang with friends doing interesting things! It couldn't be better.

Norm Moore, at last has stuck it lucky! The All American Muscle Car Show at The Entrance was a successful event held in perfect late autumn weather conditions! In due course, once the numbers are crunched, Norm and Rob Taylor will be making a donation to the Glenvale Special School on behalf of the Club. The sponsors as always, selected the cars of their choice for the trophies- this did produce a few surprises, but it certainly moves the prizes around! Well done to Norm and Rob for planning a good event with a great goodies bag- thanks to the generosity of the sponsors. The Wyong Shire's park manager told Norm that he believes that around 10,000 visitors rolled through The Entrance Park during the course of the day.

A few more words on the Nationals! Treasurer Phil has declared that we made a profit from our various activities over Easter in particular the auction. A motion from the floor at the last meeting suggested that we return a share of this profit to a Newcastle charity in appreciation of the support that we were given for this event over the weekend. In mid-June we will be donating $3,000 to the John Hunter Hospital Children's Oncology Unit!

Please have your diary marked for the second Sunday in September- the Sunday after Father's Day. It is the annual Merrylands Mustang Muster to showcase our cars in support of the Merrylands RSL, which in turn supports our Club so well. Yes, we will also be running the State Concours in tandem with the day. Most importantly, it will also be the 30th Birthday of the NSW Mustang Owners Club! The same venue as always- Holroyd Park, Pitt St, Merrylands and this year, for the first time we will see Merrylands RSL's CEO, Bryn Miller along as a participant with his 1966 Fastback! .

I thought I would share the following with you about a Mustang used as a daily workhorse:- Paul Davidson and I work in an industrial complex in Old Pittwater Road in Brookvale. For some years I have caught glimpses of a Pacific Turquoise/ White top 1965 Convertible moving around the various buildings. Finally, this vehicle arrived right under our noses and I made a point of meeting its owner- Ray Coulson. Ray makes scenery for movies and creates architectural models. When times are quiet, he works as a handyman in the Brookvale area. The Mustang serves as his work ute! Its carpet is thread bare, and its interior trim is on the way out. Ray uses it daily and keeps it in excellent mechanical condition. When he is ready, he will replace the worn and torn interior. You could hear the buzz in the building- all about the guy with the Mustang filled with work gear.

As we approach the end of the Financial Year, and our AGM, I urge members to give consideration to becoming part of the Club's Committee. As I have already mentioned, Keith Speer has indicated that he wishes to step down from his committee position. Keith has done a superb job for years looking after the club's merchandise. This important role can be done in many ways- Keith has continued to build on the good foundations of the members in this role in the past- the Leans, and the Cookes. In the future, the merchandise offer could be pulled back to the basic items, but that is the decision of the members who volunteer to look after this area. Phil Preston is in the final steps of preparing his Financial Statements in preparation for the Club's audit. I think that we can all congratulate ourselves on a successful year for our Club.

During the month of May, the Mustang movement lost its leading light with the passing of Carroll Shelby. Around the world, there have been many tributes to this outstanding man and great ambassador for automotive power and speed. I was sent an article by Central Coast Member, Don Glover saying that at 6.55pm Pacific Time (USA), on Wednesday, 30th May, the engines of hundreds of Shelbys, GT350s and Cobras all fired up and roared a resounding tribute to Carroll Shelby. I feel certain that he would have appreciated that!

David Francis