PRESIDENT’S REPORT JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2021

Welcome to our January – February edition of “Give us a Brake”. It’s almost February 2021! I hope that all MCMA members and their families and a happy Christmas and that 2021 has started well. I hope that this year the club can be more active and satisfy your motoring and social interests. Remember to keep up your safe COVID-19 practices because it is out there, lurking about.

In this issue, I have a number of photographic features. There are photos of our Mid-Week Christmas Party, some photos of members’ former cars, and some photos from Cars of the World on The Levee. I hope that you enjoy them.

Meetings will commence on February 1st at The Park. It is crucial that all COVID-19 guidelines are closely followed. You will need to sign in with the QR Code. If you haven’t done so already, download the Services NSW App so you can comply with this requirement. Once you have the app., it remembers you and is easy to use. Our first meeting with include the AGM. I have included another copy of the last year’s AGM minutes and the minutes of our last monthly meeting, February 2020.

Our tours mid-week overnighters and long weekend runs will continue this year with our last (?) ‘big tour’, the Tour to the Kimberley, fully planned and bookings will be made with the opening of the Western Australian border. We leave on June 9th for about 7 weeks and over 15000 kms of motoring. I am planning a few ‘mid-week overnighters’ (two days and one night in autumn and spring). In autumn we will go via the Buckett’s Way, Thunderbolt’s Way and Port Stephens Cutting to Tamworth (overnight) and return through Werris Creek and Quirindi. In spring we will go via the Pacific Motorway through Forster, Port Macquarie, and Crescent Head to Bowraville (overnight), returning via the motorway. Our regional tours will re-commence in 2022. I will negotiate our Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend Run with the Berrima club and try to get into Mudgee for two evenings (not an easy task).

RMS has instituted some changes to historic registration. There is a new, and smarter, logbook. More importantly, a Factsheet regarding historic registration is available in draft. A copy is on their website. Right click on the address below and ‘open hyperlink’.

https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roads/vehicle-registration/how-to-register-a-vehicle/historic-vehicles/period-options-accessories.html

           

This was emailed to members on October 29th 2020 – check your inbox. Please peruse this document and bring questions and any issues to our February Meeting. Our club already complies with 95% of the guidelines, and has since HVS was first introduced. It is a tribute to the committee, and especially the scrutineers, for their consistency in the application of these existing guidelines, despite the objections of a few ill-informed members.

Our February meeting will also be the AGM where we will finalise our executive and committee for 2021. The treasurer’s position has attracted three (3) expressions of interest. This is most re-assuring. Less reassuring is that here have been no enquiries or expressions of interest for other positions. Notably, the Newsletter and Website Co-ordinator’s position has been filled in a relieving capacity by a member of the executive for over 12 months. Is there anybody out there?

Stay happy, healthy and safe. Enjoy your historic and classics and drive with care, courtesy and consideration. Hope to see you on a run soon.

Ian Scanlon

President

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