Can­ter­bury Mus­tang Own­ers Club

New Zealand Classic Car - - Club Corner -

Formed by a 30-strong group of Mus­tang own­ers in 1981, the Can­ter­bury Mus­tang Own­ers Club to­day has more than 200 mem­bers, all shar­ing the same en­thu­si­as­tic and friendly spirit that dates back to the ear­li­est days of our club. This spirit is re­flected in the quar­terly club mag­a­zine — Bur­ble — which has been ac­claimed by mem­bers, as well as other Mus­tang and mar­que clubs, as one of the best club mag­a­zines around. Bur­ble is a glossy, pro­fes­sional A4 mag­a­zine mailed per­son­ally to each mem­ber, and also avail­able on­line at the club’s web­site.

Whilst 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 Marl­bor­ough, West Coast, South Can­ter­bury, and Otago.

Club ac­tiv­i­ties com­prise tra­di­tional ‘pony runs’ plus a va­ri­ety of other so­cial oc­ca­sions, usu­ally on a four to six week ba­sis. Reg­u­lar ma­jor events in­clude the Christ­mas fam­ily lunch and an­nual awards, the Main­land Muster, at which they get to­gether with the South­ern Club for fun and friend­ship, with nearly 50 Mus­tangs 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 team.

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.

Last year’s na­tional Mus­tang con­ven­tion, cel­e­brat­ing Mus­tang’s 50th an­niver­sary, was a sub­stan­tial and suc­cess­ful chal­lenge for the club — a su­perb show­case of 225 Mus­tangs, and a fast-paced week­end cel­e­bra­tion be­fit­ting 50 years of this iconic US clas­sic. The club even man­aged to en­cour­age Ford Mo­tor Com­pany to use the event as a spe­cial pre­view for the new 2015 model, and it obliged by fly­ing a pre-pro­duc­tion Mus­tang to New Zealand just for the oc­ca­sion. A track day at Rua­puna — as many laps as you wanted — and a closed road run on a lo­cal Targa NZ stage capped off a great time for all. Vis­i­tors who had also at­tended top-line Mus­tang events in the US and Aus­tralia rated the Christchurch con­ven­tion as the best they had seen!

The year ahead rep­re­sents an ex­cit­ing time for the Can­ter­bury Mus­tang Own­ers Club — and, in­deed, the six other Mus­tang clubs around New Zealand. As such, they ex­pect to see strong in­ter­est and mem­ber­ship growth from the im­pend­ing in­flux of new, RHD Mus­tang own­ers, whilst re­main­ing true to their roots by valu­ing the Mus­tang her­itage and leg­end rep­re­sented by each and ev­ery Mus­tang since 1964. Ir­re­spec­tive of the model, the club con­tin­ues to work hard to en­sure that the Mus­tang spirit and ca­ma­raderie are en­joyed by all.

Time to pony up!

Join the Club Check out the Mus­tang Club at nz­mus­tang. com/clubs/can­ter­bury.htm or face­book.com/ Can­ter­bury­mus­tan­gown­er­sclub or email the club at cmocinc@gmail.com for more in­for­ma­tion or mem­ber­ship en­quiries.

SEND CLUB PRO­FILES AND PHO­TOS TO: CLUB COR­NER, NZCLASSICCAR, PARK­SIDE ME­DIA, PO BOX 46,020, HERNE BAY, AUCK­LAND 1147; OR BY EMAIL TO: editor@clas­s­ic­car.co.nz

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