It was that time of the year for the 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 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. Friday night dinner was a meet and greet with the interstate Mustang Members which was relaxing evening with a great variety of cusine on offer.

On Saturday, i attended the Mustang Judging together with Darryll Ashby (Qld. Shelby Rep) at Sunshine Ford who provided their facility for the main judging on all Concourse Mustangs. Saturday Night dinner was another full on feast at the Watermark Hotel as well on the night there were several Mustang auction items which raised funds for the Qld. Mustang Club who donated part of it to the local charity. Early Sunday morning, i was travelling in Darryll Ashby's Black '66 Shelby GT-350 to the Qld. Mustang Nationals which wasn't too far from the hotel. Several Mustangs greeted us when we arrived at 6.30am on the foreshore which was a great backdrop for a Mustang Show. Upon arrival also, there were about 6 Shelbys on display which resulted at the end of the day of a total amount of 13 Shelbys. Great effort by Darryll Ashby and the Shelby Owners to support his Shelby display. Apart from Darryll and myself, John Luca (W.A. Shelby Rep) and Fred Pascale (S.A. Shelby Rep) were on hand to assist Darryll's Shelby Display and the overall Mustang Display. Unfortunately, Brian McAllister (N.S.W. Shelby Rep) couldn't attend the event due to work committments. On the day, there were another 5 Shelbys submitted on the Australian Shelby Registry which has boosted the total of Shelbys to 154 which is fantastic.

Just to think 3 years ago at the W.A. Mustang Nationals there were 100 Shelbys registered and now 3 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. Come Sunday Night it was the Mustang presentation Dinner which quite a few awards were presented inculding our S.A Shelby Rep. Fred Pascale for a Original Concourse Gold Award for his Acapulco Blue '68 Shelby GT-500KR and also Vic Newland for his Lime Gold '68 Shelby GT-500KR. Overall, it was a fantastic and well organised event by the Qld. Mustang Club and also by Darryll Ashby for his Shelby Display, looking foward to next year's N.S.W. Mustang Nationals at Wollongong, see you there...

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