Vice President’s Report – August 2022

Hi all, With the Mustang Owners Club of Australia, NSW Branch turning 40 years old this year we reflect on what the club is all about. Obviously, the members are all like minded with their appreciation of the Mustang and all its variants; be they the top-of-the-line GT500 Shelby or 6-cylinder Coupe, 2021.5 S550 Mach 1 or 1964 ½ Convertible, they are all special to their owners and we love to mix with other people who feel the same. Back when I had my 1967 Shelby GT500, a vehicle I restored and owned for 20 years (and if another “friend” tells me I should never have sold it you will be reading about me in the news!) often when I took it to a show there was a young man, taken to the show by his very patient mother, waiting for me. He was very polite and waited off to the side as I did whatever I had to do to get things at the show organised, then when appropriate, he would come over and talk to me about Mustangs generally, and my Shelby in particular. I always gave him what ever time he wanted to chat, and he, and his mother really appreciated that. As usual in life, time moves on and I hadn’t seen him for many years. Out of the blue, 2 weeks ago I received a message through the MOCA NSW Website: Hey David! Just wanted to reach out and thank you, many years ago when I was a teen I was obsessed with your GT500 and used to drag my Mum to car shows to see it. The whole time you were super patient and happy to share the hobby with me. As luck and life would have it I actually immigrated to the US a few years ago and am currently working as a Firefighter in Denver. I drive a ‘19 Bullitt to work year round, spend my spare time working at the Shelby American Collection in Boulder Colorado where I’m lucky enough to get my hands on a multitude of Cobras, Mustangs and GT40s including CSX2128, P/1015, CSX2000, CSX3029, 6S051 and the first production GT500 #0100 and I’m currently SLOWLY but surely working my way to my own 66′ GT350. Needless to say your patience wasn’t for a lost cause. A few years back I saw you sold your 67′ did you ever replace it? Do you still have your Boss? Hope you’re all doing well, if you or your family are ever in the US definitely reach out 🙂 All the best Dan 14 I was thrilled to hear from him and responded with an update on my garage and he sent some photos of his volunteer “workplace”. Coincidentally we were in the US at the time but didn’t have time to go to Colorado. We’re back there in February ’23 and will try to see Daniel and the collection. Like Daniel, I was impressed as a 6-year-old seeing my first Mustang, a white Coupe cruising the streets of Schofields (when it was primarily farmland) which manifested as an automotive obsession that led me to 36 years in the Mustang Club, 35 of them on the committee. Through the club we meet all sorts of people, and some become life-long friends. On September 11 this year we are celebrating 40 years of the Mustang Club of Australia, NSW Branch and we invite you all to join us at Linnwood House in Guildford. Please make the effort, be it from Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra or anywhere else, join us for this celebration and enjoy the company of like-minded people, and their cars. Enjoy those Mustangs David Livian