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Summer 2016 90

The Annual Dispatch from our Diplomatic Pouch

– Report and photos by Nez Demaj

It was that time of the year for the

Australian Mustang Nationals and this

time it was organised on the Gold Coast at

Queensland. It was just yesterday that I

was in South Australia at Easter for the

Australian Mustang Nationals. How time

flies. After catching up with the State

Shelby Reps and the Mustang guys at the

hotel, I knew I was in for a fun weekend —

as usual. The Friday night dinner was a

meet and greet with the interstate Mus-

tang Members. It was a relaxing evening

with a great variety of cuisine offered.

On Saturday, I attended the Mustang

Judging together with Darryll Ashby

(Queensland Shelby Rep) at Sunshine

Ford. They provided their facility for the

main judging of all Concourse Mustangs.

The Saturday Night Dinner was another

full-on feast at the Watermark Hotel. As

the night progressed there were several

Mustang items auctioned off which raised

funds for the Queensland Mustang Club.

They donated part of it to a local charity.

Early Sunday morning, I was travel-

ling in Darryll Ashby’s Black ‘66 Shelby

GT350 to the Queensland Mustang Na-

tionals, which wasn’t too far from the

hotel. There were several Mustangs there

to greet us when we arrived at 6:30 a.m. on

the foreshore, which was a great backdrop

for a Mustang show. There were also 6

Shelbys on display and by the end of the

day the total had grown to 13 Shelbys. It

was a great effort by Darryll and the

Shelby owners who brought their cars to

support the Shelby display.

Apart from Darryll and myself, John

Luca (Western Australia Shelby Rep) and

Fred Pascale (South Australia Shelby Rep)

were on hand to assist Darryll's Shelby

Display and the rest of the Mustangs. Un-

fortunately, Brian McAllister (New South

Wales Shelby Rep) couldn’t attend the

event due to work commitments.

2016 Queensland Mustang Nationals Shelby Display

Information on another five Shelbys

were submitted to the Australian Shelby

Registry, which boosted the total of Shel-

bys to 154, which is fantastic. Three years

ago at the Western Australia Mustang Na-

tionals there were 100 Shelbys registered.

Now, three years on, another 54 Shelbys.

The Shelby Movement in Australia is

growing stronger and stronger due to the

great efforts of the State Shelby Reps and

the support from the Australian Shelby

Owners which is a great team effort.

On Sunday night it was the Mustang

Presentation Dinner which saw quite a

few awards presented. Our South Aus-

tralia Rep Fred Pascale received an Origi-

nal Concourse Gold Award for his Acapulco

Blue ‘68 Shelby GT500KR and Vic New-

land won with his Lime Gold ‘68 Shelby

GT500KR. Overall, it was a fantastic and

well organised event by the Queensland

Mustang Club and also by Darryll Ashby

for his Shelby Display. Everyone here is

looking foward to next year’s New South

Wales Mustang Nationals at Wollongong.

You know where that is. We’ll see you