One clear fact stood out at the conclusion of our 2016 Australia Day Breakfast (apart from needing to lift the bacon order) and it was that MOTM member participation in this great day was growing. It meant parking 50+ Mustangs in our usual spot at Bonython Park was becoming increasingly difficult and so all agreed that change was needed.
At the subsequent committee meeting many options were discussed, including one or two suggested by club members. Bonython Park was central but was there another more suitable location?
The Executive went on a few field trips and inspected some good venues but nothing quite matched up to what was available at Bonython Park. The decision was made to stay there and to discuss all options with the park’s management, Adelaide City Council.
The job of unofficial ‘Liaison Officer’ went to the club’s Secretary, Dean Bowden and, to this day, Dean can still be heard asking around, trying to find out exactly how that delegation happened?
Liaising with Adelaide City Council to secure all of the necessary parkland permits proved to be a long and arduous process and our thanks go to Dean for a job well done. The public would have little reason to pause and think about the logistics that impact on a council trying to manage access to highly sought-after parkland space that is in demand by a circus, a water theme park and various specialty events.
Dean’s efforts meant that the final result was a dedicated MOTM grassed area with plenty of shade and, just as importantly, plenty of space. Not only is Australia Day a time to reflect on national pride, it is a stand-out event for MOTM. I have been a member of this great club since 2006 and, in 2017, we broke the record for the number of people and Ford Mustangs on display.
What a spectacular display it made, with cars from 1964 meeting up with new Mustangs delivered less than two weeks before the event. That’s 53 years of Mustang mania. Thanks again to the workers who cook, serve and step up to make this day such a success and to the members who came to breakfast. Your gold coin donations for breakfast netted more than $350 which has been donated to the Cancer Council SA.
A number of Mustangs drove to North Haven after lunch – an ideal finish to a great day. It could be hard to do better than that.