Presidents Report October 2012

A very big thank you to everyone who brought their Mustang along on a glorious Spring Sunday to the 10th Merrylands Muster.

During the course of the day, we had around 150 Mustangs parked on Holroyd Park, and as usually is the case, a good number of those vehicles were making their initial appearance at a club event. It was an important day- the 30th anniversary of our club joining up with the South Australian and Victorian clubs to become the basis of the MOCA. It gave us the opportunity to present a 30 year medallion to a number of members who have continuously been part of the club since the first year- Bob & Robyn Williamson, Rick Marks, Charles Jones, Dennis Parrish, Mike & Marlene O'Sullivan, Graham Fuller, and Eddie & Sharon Hadley.

There was also a good showing of concours vehicles for the NSW State Concours-surprising since it is only a few months since these vehicles were out in strength at the National Concours. In addition, I would especially like to thank Bryn Miller, CEO of the Merrylands RSL, and the City of Holroyd Council for their support of the event.

While on the subject of events, Jeanette and I attended the Lugarno Lions Spring Festival and Classic Car Show this year- for our first time. For years, we have been told it was a great day. Even so, I was surprised at the size and slick organization of the gathering- rodeo, side show, dozens of stalls, all the local services, and lots more- plus hundreds of cars on display. The top car of the day went to one of our members, Mark Chalmers, not for his lovely 69 Sportsroof, but for his superb classic Corvette! Lisa Davy took home the Peter Moody trophy for her 1968 Californian Special. All in all, we all enjoyed a great day.

Norm Moore recently closed the chapter on the 2012 All American Muscle Car Show at The Entrance by presenting a cheque for $3,500 to the Glenvale Special School at Narara. These funds were a combination of the gate taking on the day topped up by a further donation from the club. Norm was featured in a photo in the local Central Coast newspaper standing beside his stunning 67 Eleanor and handing the money to the school's principal who is reported to say that the donation would fund a new shade cover and provide more resources for the disabled students.

The Gwandalan School Day is fast approaching and anyone who would like to put their car on display will be welcome to walk from the school around to our house for a sausage sizzle. Please let me, or the Events Team know that you will be coming on the day so as we can cater accordingly. In past years, this has always been a nice day.

Don't forget that the club's Christmas function will again be held at Club Umina this year on the 2nd December. We will be served a 2 course Christmas luncheon in the Club Umina Auditorium- same as last year. The luncheon is free; a thank you for your support throughout the year, our Club will pick up the charge. Santa will be there, so bring along a present for any children that will be attending on the day. Our Mustangs will once again be on show, with the Club Umina's Manager, Evan, selecting the cars of the day. YOU MUST BOOK !! No booking = ticket = no free lunch!

We had a double booking for guest speaker at the September meeting. Firstly, David Snape of the NRMA's Veteran & Vintage Insurance section addressed the meeting. David is an NRMA life time employee and is well known to a number of our folk such as Terry Monk who also spent many years working for that organization. David is a very direct speaker and talked about his experience in the industry and offered good insurance advice. Please contact David directly if you wish to discuss what he and NRMA Veteran & Vintage Insurance can do for you. He also told us that the NRMA has decided not to run Motorfest on Australia Day. This has come as a bit of a blow for many of us who looked forward to that day in the city from one year to the next. Maybe there will be a Motorfest again in future years- but now that it has stalled, I have my doubts…

The second guest was Senior Constable David Hayes from Sutherland Police Area Command. David was keen to involve the club in his special event- the Sutho Cops and Rodders Road Safety and Car Show on Sunday 14th October. He explained the thinking behind the day and how passionate he is about promoting safe driving to young motorists. He had lots of starters. If you can be part of the day, please contact David on 95420899 for an entry form. Vice President Wayne is a certain starter!

Welcome to all of our new members. We all recall the joy of realizing our dream and actually purchasing then getting to drive our Mustang. The committee and members will look forward to meeting you at various Club activities.

David Francis