SA Mustang Club History
“HOW IT ALL BEGAN”
The Mustang Owners Club of SA was the brainchild of Rod and Lorraine Kilvington who in 1975 went searching for other Mustang enthusiasts keen on establishing a Club in Adelaide . After purchasing a 1965 Red Hardtop in 1972, they ventured to Victoria on a number of occasions and eventually became good friends with Kevin and Josie Musgrave (Boss Auto Parts fame). With the Victorian Mustang Owners Club becoming a reality in 1974, Rod and Lorraine, with support from Kevin and Josie Musgrave, commenced their Mustang journey by placing an ad in the local paper seeking Mustang owners who might be interested in forming a club.
Before too long Graeme King (1970 Mach 1) and Brian Munro (1968 Hardtop) surfaced from Mt Gambier and a visit to the southeast to see them gave Rod and Lorraine the incentive they needed. Rod and Lorraine were also contacted by Henry and Eddy Bajon (Taperoo Crash Repairs) who also showed interest and after a visit to their premises, which revealed a 1969 Gold Mach 1 and a 1967 Blue Hardtop in immaculate condition, it was full steam ahead.
From here on in, it was just a matter of when for the formation of the Club and then on Sunday 16th May 1976, meeting at Exhaust City premises on West Terrace Adelaide (courtesy of Proprietor Denis Burford and owner of a 1971 Blue Mach 1), Rod and Lorraine’s wish came true. Mal and Alison West (1965 Green Fastback) led the stampede of 16 Mustangs to the Pines Oval at Belair National Park for a BBQ and get together and discussion on whether the interest should be formalised. The following Wednesday night 19th May 1976 , interested Mustangers gathered at the Wayville Institute Bartley Crescent Wayville for supper and to elect a Committee to organise activities. The inaugural Committee of the Mustang Owners Club of SA Inc comprised the following:
President Rod Kilvington
Vice President John Lee
Secretary Lorraine Kilvington
Treasurer John Hewlett
Social Secretary Roma Rogers
Committee Jan Lee and Alison Hewlett
In October 1976, 11 Mustangs from SA drove to Victoria to participate in the Victorian Mustang Owners Concours with a couple of locals winning trophies. In 1977, SA returned the favour by inviting Victorian members to Adelaide for the first official Mustang Owners National Concours D’Elegance held in the LeCornu’s Furniture Store carpark at Keswick. Over 70 Mustangs were on display. The 1978 to 1980 events were rotated between Victoria and South Australia because they were the two main states to have Mustang Owners Club branches at the time.
On the 30th January 1979, the Mustang Owners Club became an incorporated body (Mustang Owners Club Australia Inc) opening the door for a new name in readiness for when the other States got their branches up and running. Since the SA Club’s inception enthusiasm and membership has grown with members spread throughout the State and the current membership exceeding 160 members, with National membership well in excess of 1800 Mustang owners.
The aim of the Club is to promote and preserve the marque of the Ford Mustang and this is achieved through various social activities and meetings that enable members to obtain knowledge of and techniques in preserving their vehicles in the manufactured form.
A wide variety of Club activities are scheduled each year for members and friends ranging from observation and winery runs, static display days through to picture nights, mini golf days, ten pin bowling and barbeques.
A register of members and vehicles who have been involved in the Club since its inception is maintained for information purposes and is used as a source for new members wishing to explore the history of their vehicle.
The Club produces a quarterly magazine covering Club activities, hints on restoration, member profiles, personal advertising and Club merchandise for sale and has a range of discounts available to members. A National Mustang website (www.mustang.org.au) has been established giving enthusiasts and members links to State Club information and other sites of interest.
The Mustang Nationals are held each year over the Easter weekend with each Australian State sharing the hosting duties on a rotational basis. The event gathers all Mustang Owners and enthusiasts from across Australia for the annual celebration and incorporates the display and judging of the various classes.
The Club is also a member of the Federation of Historic Motoring Clubs SA and is registered to administer and make available Conditional Registration to Club members.
The Club welcomes new members.
Details on the Club:
Monthly Meetings: Held on the 3rd Wednesday of the calendar month
Location: West Torrens Birkalla Soccer Club, Morphett Rd , Novar Gardens
For further information contact the Secretary Tony Kilvington 0438 123 952 or write to Mustang Owners Club of SA, PO Box 210, North Adelaide SA 5006.