This year, as always, we were really looking forward to the Vintage and Classic and waking up to bright sunshine meant we knew it was going to be a
As we (Kay & Chris Bunting) set off towards the meeting point at Old Noarlunga, we were surprised to see, off in the distance, maybe eight Mustangs coming off the Southern Expressway exit. We picked up pace and followed in earnest but, on reaching the second collection point, we were surprised to find there were no Mustangs waiting. We knew we were early but we assumed the eight Mustangs ahead of us knew what they were doing and so we decided to follow them and to pick up a coffee on the way.
It was only when, to my acute embarrassment as I stepped out of the café, several Mustangs I recognised shot past me did and I realise that we had added on to the tail end of the wrong car club!
We finally joined more MOTM members at Serafino Wines where we spent more than an hour wandering around, admiring the various makes and models of vintage and classic cars. It is a great opportunity to see an amazingly broad range of makes and models. At 11am engines started and all the cars left, on mass, to join the parade along McLaren Vale’s main street.
This year the parade was bigger than ever, as was the crowd lining the main street. Being part of the parade is worthy of consideration as it is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The parade ‘officially’ finishes at the end of the main street, where we then made our way on to Paxtons.
At around 12 noon Mustangs from the main street parade arrived at Paxtons, meeting up with some who had gone directly to the winery. The lawn areas quickly filled with cars and, when the Mustang Owners Club members arrived (unexpectedly) and parked their cars under the olive grove, the view when scanning the winery grounds was spectacular. It was fantastic to see so many Mustangs on display at such a great venue and, as always, everyone was warmly welcomed by Paxton owners and staff.
Later more cars arrived, having watched the parade travel along the main street. Our favourite coffee makers, Pony Espress ’O’, were pumping out drinks, Taste of Spain had the paella pans sizzling and band, ‘The Click’, pumped out great tunes. Combine those with the great wines on offer and we knew that Ben at the bar, along with Cellar Door, would do brisk business.
While Barry opted not to drive his Mustang down from Hindmarsh Island, he and Damien did entertain us with a couple of (very impressive) fly-overs in the magnificent Tiger Moths. Hearing them approach certainly turned heads and, judging by the comments, there were a huge number of Tiger Moth fans there on the day. There was only a touch of envy over how much quicker their trip home would have been, compared with ours.
A sunny and relaxed afternoon was passing by peacefully when SA Ambulance arrived to help one of our club’s youngest supporters. Kelvin and Jacki’s daughter, Alana, was playing on the grass bank when she injured her shoulder. After some magic pain relief, ambulance staff put her shoulder back in place and took her off to FMC for further examination.
We were relieved to learn that Alana was ‘ok’, sore and bruised, but with no major damage. Even with lights and sirens fitted, we decided the Mercedes probably wouldn’t keep up with a Shelby, but we did accept that it had more room in the back.
More than 40 Mustangs were at Paxtons on the day, along with a couple of Holdens (we’ve really got to do something about getting the rest of the Hills boys on the right track). As always, it was a terrific afternoon. On behalf of MOTM and all who attended, our sincere thanks go to Ben, Mark, Jen and the team at Paxtons.
We look forward to seeing you there next year!
Chris Bunting & Dean Bowden