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ormed by a 30-strong group of Mus­tang own­ers in 1981, the Can­ter­bury Mus­tang Own­ers Club (CMOC) to­day has over 300 mem­bers — in fact, the club has just cel­e­brated the re­cruit­ment of its 300th mem­ber — Mark and Mau­reen Allan are the proud own­ers of a new 2017 Mus­tang fit­ted with a num­ber of Team Hutchin­son Ford–supplied Roush up­grades. CMOC pres­i­dent Garry Jack­son com­mented, “Wel­com­ing Mark and Mau­reen as our 300th mem­ber is a spe­cial mile­stone for our club. From our early begin­nings in 1981, the Can­ter­bury Mus­tang Own­ers Club has ex­pe­ri­enced con­tin­u­ous growth, es­pe­cially in re­cent times, and it’s not just a re­sult of the new RHD mod­els; we’re con­tin­u­ing to wel­come large numbers of own­ers of clas­sic Mus­tangs of all years and mod­els, and the mix of new RHDS and leg­endary ear­lier mod­els is giv­ing our club a re­ally strong feel­ing of friend­ship and shared in­ter­est in the Mus­tang spirit across all of our mem­bers. The Mus­tang com­mu­nity in Can­ter­bury and fur­ther afield is cer­tainly strong and grow­ing!”

All mem­bers share the same en­thu­si­as­tic and friendly spirit that dates back to the ear­li­est days of the club — this spirit is re­flected in the quar­terly club mag­a­zine, Bur­ble. While much of the club’s mem­ber­ship is based in and around Christchurch, it is boosted by a grow­ing and ac­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the wider South Is­land, es­pe­cially Nel­son and Marl­bor­ough, the West Coast, South Can­ter­bury, and Otago.

Club ac­tiv­i­ties com­prise tra­di­tional ‘pony runs’ as well as a va­ri­ety of other so­cial oc­ca­sions, usu­ally on a four- to six-weekly ba­sis. Reg­u­lar ma­jor events in­clude the Christ­mas fam­ily lunch and an­nual awards, the Main­land Muster, at which mem­bers get to­gether with the South­ern Club for fun and friend­ship — there were nearly 50 Mus­tangs at the event in Omarama and Wanaka this year. The club also takes up the role as or­ga­nizer of the All Ford Day in Can­ter­bury ev­ery Fe­bru­ary. All these events are or­ga­nized by a great, en­er­getic com­mit­tee.

On top of this, club par­tic­i­pa­tion is en­cour­aged in a num­ber of ma­jor South Is­land events — in­clud­ing the Kaik­oura Hop, the Buller Ford All Ford Day, the an­nual car shows in Cromwell and Nel­son, and USA Day events in Can­ter­bury, Dunedin, and Ti­maru.

The year ahead rep­re­sents an ex­cit­ing time for the CMOC, as it ex­pects to see strong in­ter­est and mem­ber­ship growth from the in­flux of new RHD Mus­tang own­ers, while re­main­ing true to its roots by valu­ing the Mus­tang her­itage and le­gend rep­re­sented by each and ev­ery Mus­tang since the 1964½. Ir­re­spec­tive of the model, the club con­tin­ues to work hard to en­sure that the Mus­tang spirit and ca­ma­raderie is en­joyed by all.

Time to pony up!

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