Convention 2014: Canterbury - News
Ford Mustang Convention has a Surprising
[October 1, 2014]
Whilst the growth of the classic car movement throughout New Zealand has
been evident for some time, with increasing numbers of classics and
enthusiast cars being regularly seen on Sunday runs and at other events,
what isn’t so well known or understood is the overall economic impact
that such groups can have in a local area.
An example is this month’s
2014 National Ford Mustang convention in Christchurch. Boosted by the
highly recognised 50th anniversary celebrations of this famous model,
over 225 Ford Mustangs and their owners, families and friends numbering
over 400 people will gather in Christchurch at Labour weekend.
Based on a high level analysis, the total economic impact to
Christchurch and surrounding area is estimated at between $500,000 and
$600,000. This includes registration fees, accommodation, meals and
incidentals, convention events, sponsorship investments, convention
expenses such as advertising, signage, transportation, attendees’ fuel
costs, shopping and recreational expenses, staff wages for all those
involved at the special events, and more.
With Christchurch still
facing and working through its post quake challenges, the Canterbury
Mustang Owners Club as convention organisers feel a sense of special
achievement and quiet satisfaction with this level of overall economic
impact into our city, especially given accommodation pressures, limited
function venues, and the other challenges the working team have faced.
Christchurch last hosted the national Mustang convention in 2008, a far
easier assignment than this year’s task, not only because of the
restricted facilities available but also the spotlight of the 50th
anniversary celebrations. As Peter Geddes, convenor of the convention
working group, says, “We originally set ourselves a target of a top
class, well funded convention, catering for up to an optimistic figure
of 200 Mustangs. At that time it seemed very ambitious, given the
challenges in Christchurch and the fact that it had never been done
before. And now, we feel really pleased that it has come together, not
only for our club but for Christchurch”
On the final note of economics
and finance, think about the total value of the convention
itself.....225 Ford Mustangs on display under one roof, representing
approximately $14 million of automotive investment! Make sure you see it
at Turners, adjacent to Hagley Park, Saturday October 25.
And when you
see one or more of these superb Mustangs, at the show or driving by,
think also for a moment about what it means to Christchurch....boosting
the economy in our great city!
For further information, contact Garry Jackson, Canterbury Mustang
Christchurch hosts NZ’s largest ever
Mustang Convention Mustang Convention
[October 1, 2014]
On Friday evening October 24, two years of planning and hard work for
the Canterbury Mustang Owners Club will culminate with an informal
registration function for the attendees of the 2014 Ford Mustang
National Convention here in Christchurch, kicking off an action packed
three days for the registered Mustang owners from all around New
This year’s convention, the 35th such event in New Zealand, will be
the biggest ever held, befitting the accompanying special celebrations
for the 50th anniversary of the iconic and legendary Ford Mustang.
Final registrations for the 2014 convention now exceed 225 Mustangs,
from the very earliest 1964˝ models to the latest 2014 imports. All
these fabulous cars will be featured under one roof at the public
exhibition on Saturday October 25, at the Turners Car Auctions venue in
Detroit Place, adjacent to Hagley Park South.
The cars will be displayed in model year groupings, making it very
easy for the public to walk through 50 years of legendary performance
and style of the cars that characterised what came to be known as the
“pony car” era. Conservatively, the convention display is estimated at
$12 to $14 million in value, making the public entry price of only $10
(young accompanied children free) outstanding value!
Other events for
the attendees across Labour weekend include....
- An informal gathering on Saturday evening, with a special theme
recognising the legendary status and stars of Mustang in NZ motorsport.
- A traditional “pony run” on Sunday, heading into North Canterbury for
a relaxed open air lunch and country museum visit
- The convention highlight, a “gold glitz and glamour” Gala Dinner and
entertainment on Sunday evening, celebrating the 50th anniversary and
the numerous prize winners and award recipients, notable guest speakers
and lots of fun and dancing
- A closed track day experience at Ruapuna, dedicated to Mustang owners
and their cars.
- Mustang participation in the Targa Tour opening stages on the Port
Hills (mid afternoon) and late afternoon at Ruapuna, Monday October 27.
The Canterbury Mustang Owners Club could not have completed all of this
planning without the special support of a large number of sponsors and
supporting companies, as listed below. We are deeply indebted to them
for their support, their confidence in our planning ability, and their
enthusiasm for the excitement and image that the Ford Mustang instils in
all of us.
Join us in Christchurch on Saturday October 25, and be part
of a very special 50th birthday!
For further information, contact Garry Jackson at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0274855335
North Harbour Ford, North Shore
John Andrew Ford, Auckland City
South Auckland Ford, Manukau City
Fairview Motors Ltd, Hamilton
Ultimate Motor Group, Tauranga
Courtesy Ford, Palmerston North
Stevens Ford, Lower Hutt
Team Hutchinson Ford, Christchurch City
Avon City Ford, Sockburn, Christchurch
|Gluyas Motor Group, Ashburton
JefKar Holdings, Christchurch
SK Motors, Hamilton
Steve Allan Auto Refinishers, Christchurch
Mustang Connection, Auckland
|Regional Ford, Gore
Mustang Centre, Christchurch
Matamata Panel Works
Hillside ITM, Christchurch
The Speed Shed, Cambridge
Academy Signs, Christchurch
2014 Convention celebrates Mustang’s 50th
[October 1, 2014]
On April 17 1964, America awoke to a nationwide new car launch that
took the market by storm, and which established the Ford Mustang as an
aspirational blend of performance and style that continues to this day,
50 years later.
Here in New Zealand, the Mustang legend is very well established, with
an estimated 2000-3000 privately imported Mustangs on the road and in
the garages of the Mustang fans. Mustang owners have a strong sense of
brotherhood, with almost 1000 registered members of the seven Mustang
Owners Clubs across New Zealand.
The first Mustangs imported into New Zealand set the scene for high
performance and a racing image, with strong motorsport presence in 1965
and the ensuing years. Names such as Ivan Segedin, Paul Fahey, Jim
Richards, Leo Leonard, Alan Moffat and others quickly became the heroes
of motorsport folklore. Christchurch was to the fore in those heady
days, as the home of the crowd pleasing (and very fast) PDL Mustangs.
The first two New Zealand Mustang clubs were established in Taranaki
(May 1975) and Auckland (November 1975), followed progressively in later
years by Canterbury, Waikato, Manawatu-Wellington, Southern
(Invercargill) and Bay of Plenty. National Mustang conventions have been
held annually since 1979, with organising responsibilities alternating
every year across the clubs. The common interests shared by all Mustang
owners, the friendships and the stories have become the lifeblood of an
increasingly strong Mustang fraternity across New Zealand, mirroring a
similar brotherhood spirit in Mustang’s USA homeland.
All of this background serves to emphasise just how special the 2014
National Ford Mustang convention in Christchurch in October will be....
- It is the 35th annual Mustang convention to be held in New Zealand
- It is a celebration of Mustang’s 50th anniversary, a special milestone
that very few global automotive models and model names have achieved
- This 50th celebration convention here in New Zealand follows on from
an extensive program of 50th anniversary events across the world in
2014, extending from very high profile Mustang gatherings throughout the
US to smaller but no less enthusiastic events in Australia, England and
even the Middle East. These events kicked off in the US in April,
Mustang’s birthday month, with a substantial number of New Zealand
Mustang owners participating at the various celebration pony runs and
events from Las Vegas to Carolina.
- The 2014 Convention will feature a special display format at the
exhibition Mustang show, open to the public on Saturday October 25 at
Turners Car Auction facility, adjacent to Hagley Park. Over 225 Mustangs
will line up, all under one roof! Each of the model year groupings will
be parked together, making it easier for the public to see follow the 50
years of Mustang history, and the legacy of classic, high performance
style. The models years are...
1964 ˝ to 1966
1994 – 2004
2011 to present
- Within these model years, as applicable will all the public
favourites and legends: Shelby’s, Bosses, Fastbacks, Convertibles,
Notchbacks, and more!
- As well as traditional class and model
specific prizes to be judged on concours standards of presentation,
10 “Spirit of Mustang” awards will be made, featuring 10 special
one-off trophies that are unlikely ever to be repeated in this
format. The Spirit of Mustang awards will be judged by a specially
invited panel, who face the daunting challenge of choosing the top
10 cars that in their view best capture Mustang’s legendary spirit
and style over 50 years.
In sync with Ford’s global Mustang celebrations in this 50th year,
Ford New Zealand will play a prominent role in the 2014 Convention
as the naming rights sponsor, helping the Canterbury Mustang Owners
Club to maximise the profile and presentation of this year’s
convention. Ford’s presence will be further enhanced by their plans
to launch the new global RHD Mustang into New Zealand later in 2015.
All this background sets the stage for what will be magnificent
celebration of a 50 year automotive icon in Christchurch at Labour
Weekend. Make sure you come to Turners on Saturday October 25 and
enjoy walking through 50 years of glorious Mustang history!
Mustangs joining up with Targa New Zealand
||In a NZ first, the organisers of the 2014 National Ford Mustang
Convention have secured a “never before” with a collaborative
promotional arrangement with the inaugural South Island running of the
Targa New Zealand motorsport event.
This has been facilitated by the
concurrent timing and locations of the Labour weekend convention for
NZ’s Mustang Owners in Christchurch, and the first ever Christchurch
start of the 2014 Targa New Zealand from Christchurch on Labour Day
Monday the 27th October. As a result, the opportunity now exists for
those willing (and brave!) Mustang owners to participate in the “Targa
Tour” across the challenging closed Summit Road high above Christchurch,
just ahead of the full blown motorsport competition cars in the Targa
This Summit Road stage kicks off the Targa New Zealand event throughout
the South Island, with approximately 200 competitors and participants
covering approximately 805 kilometres of high speed competition on
closed public roads. The Targa Tour precedes the high speed competition,
giving the Tour entrants a unique opportunity to experience the same
roads at moderate pace after they have been closed to the public, and to
sense the excitement and challenge in their own road cars, without the
full motorsport preparations and expenses of the main competitors. For
the spectators who come out to view the opening Targa stage, the Targa
Competitors are preceded by the Tour participants with the impressive
sights and sounds of Ford Mustangs in the dramatic Port Hills landscape
opening the stage.
The arrangements between the convention organisers
and Targa NZ have dovetailed perfectly. Up to 200 Mustangs are expected
to take part in the convention’s closed track event at Ruapuna on the
morning of Labour Monday, with Targa organisers lending a supporting
hand for all the organising arrangements. Many of those Mustangs will
then take part on the Targa Tour that kicks off the Targa NZ event on
the Summit Road early that afternoon, with all the Targa competitors and
Tour participants then returning to Ruapuna for a concluding high speed
special stage before they head south for the challenges that the South
Island will offer over the following week.
Rob Donaldson, Vice
President of the Canterbury Mustang Owners Club and a member of the
convention working group, expects this new opportunity to appeal to a
number of Mustang owners. “Where else can you get the opportunity, for
little or no expense, to give your Mustang the chance to stretch its
legs on both a closed race track and one of NZ’s most iconic and
challenging rallying stages, all on the same day? This will be a perfect
way to finish off what will be a superb convention weekend, and I’m sure
the post Targa stories and discussions will become part of the folklore
of a very memorable, once in a lifetime, 50th celebration event for all
For more information about the 2014 Ford Mustang
Convention, and the Targa arrangements, contact Rob Donaldson at 0274
For more information about Targa New Zealand’s 2014 event in
the South Island, October 27 to November 1, contact Peter Martin on
Mustang Convention Registrations Powering Ahead
||With just under three months still to go until the 2014 National Ford
Mustang Convention in Christchurch at Labour Weekend, registrations from
Mustang owners across New Zealand have already passed 150.
been a great confidence signal to all of us” says Peter Geddes, chair of
the organising working group of the Canterbury Mustang Owners Club. “For
our last convention here in Christchurch in 2008, our total
registrations were 150, and we’ve now passed that milestone. Our
exhibition site for the public, Turners Car Auctions, has a capacity of
approximately 200 cars under one roof, and we seem to be on track to
fill the venue. This will be a great way to celebrate Mustang’s 50th
anniversary here in NZ, as well as showing everyone that despite the
earthquakes and the recovery and rebuild, Christchurch is certainly up
and running as a place to come to!”
Whilst the data is unofficial, it is believed that a total of 200
Mustangs would make the 2014 convention the largest ever Mustang
gathering in NZ, and also possibly one of the biggest single model
classic car conventions for any brand.
“Whilst we are holding registrations open until late September, on
present indications we could reach the 200 level before that date”
warned Peter. “I encourage those Mustang owners out there who are still
considering attending, or maybe those whose plans have changed thereby
now making their attendance possible, not to delay. This will be a 50th
party not to be missed!”
The Mustang Convention itself is a four day event, commencing on
Friday evening October 24, followed by the public exhibition and car
show Saturday October 25, a pony run and Gala Dinner on Sunday October
26, and a closed track day at Ruapuna on Monday October 27. Plus the
organising committee have a number of special surprises and attractions
within this format.
The convention is open to all Mustang owners and their cars. The only
pre-requisite is membership of one of the seven regional Mustang Owners
clubs around New Zealand. Membership forms can be found on the club
websites at www.nzmustang.com.
Registration details for the convention are available at
New Awards will celebrate the unique Spirit of the Ford Mustang
at the 50th Anniversary Convention
||The Canterbury Mustang Owners Club, hosts of this year’s National Ford
Mustang Convention in Christchurch at Labour Weekend, are taking an
innovative approach to the traditional judging and awards protocols,
befitting the special nature of the 50th anniversary celebrations that
underpin the 2014 convention.
Whilst first, second and third place
trophies for the traditional model years, plus the famous Shelby’s and
Boss’s, will still be judged, the convention will feature a total of ten
additional, very special “Spirit of Mustang” awards.
These “Spirit of Mustang” awards will be judged by a specially chosen
guest panel, tasked with the challenge of selecting and agreeing on the
ten Mustangs that in their opinion best represent and capture the
legendary and iconic Mustang spirit.
“The guidelines we will give to the guest judges will be deliberately
generic, giving them autonomy and discretion to use their own judgement”
says Peter Geddes, convenor of the convention working group. “But to get
them started and to ensure consistency, we’ll be suggesting that they
think about three aspects; firstly, the presentation standard of each of
the 200 plus Mustangs and its display; secondly, recognition of the five
decades that define the Mustang heritage; thirdly and perhaps most
importantly, their personal view of the visual and emotional appeal of
each Mustang on show, and the way that it evokes for them the values,
memories and heritage that capture the spirit of Mustang.”
Peter concludes “We anticipate strong interest and competition from
the 200 plus expected entrants at the convention, because of the special
nature of the 50th celebrations. We know that these Spirit of Mustang
Awards will hold a coveted, once in 50 years status, throughout NZ’s
Mustang fraternity. It’s just one of the many plans we have to make the
2014 Mustang Convention one not to be missed!”
FIRST NEWS OF THE 2014 FORD MUSTANG CONVENTION,
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF MUSTANG
The 2014 Ford Mustang convention and exhibition will be hosted by the
Canterbury Mustang Owners Club in Christchurch over Labour Weekend,
October 24 – 27.
Mustang conventions have been held annually in New Zealand for the past
34 years, and the 2014 event promises to be biggest and most dramatic
ever, celebrating the very special 50 year anniversary of the iconic and
legendary Ford model.
Interest in all aspects of the Mustang heritage and the exciting future
of the Mustang brand is also expected to grow throughout 2014, as the
news continues to build up towards the introduction of the new global
RHD Mustang in NZ in 2015.
Planning is well advanced for an action packed three day event,
including a special welcome function on the Friday evening, the
exhibition and display on Saturday, perhaps NZ’s largest ever “pony run”
on Sunday, a gala celebration dinner and prize giving Sunday evening,
and a track day at Ruapuna (TBC) on Monday.
With over 2000 Mustangs in NZ ownership, and over 700 members across the
seven regional Mustang Owners’ Clubs, record attendance levels are
expected for this special 2014 convention. Any Mustang owners interested
in attending this special 2014 convention who are not presently a member
of one of these clubs should sign up for membership now (attendance and
participation is restricted to paid up club members). Club details can
be found on www.nzmustang.com.
Registration details are expected to be advised via the clubs in
approximately April 2014. These details will include accommodation
recommendations, specific timing for the events to assist travel
planning, and the registration fees that will apply.
In the meantime, watch this site for regular updates as convention
details are progressively finalised and communicated, and as news of our
supporting sponsors are announced.
Any enquiries regarding the overall planning for the convention should
be directed to
ChChConvention@gmail.com, or to the Convention Convener, Peter
Geddes, on 0273555965.
For any sponsorship, promotional or media enquiries, contact Garry
Jackson (0274855335) or Rob Donaldson (0274329388)
December 27, 2013