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Good morning Members,
I just wanted to update you all on some of the things that have some impact on our Club and what we can expect and what we can and cannot do, for the time being at least.
First up, it should come as little surprise after the Government’s announcement yesterday afternoon that, as we now remain at level 3 Covid alert level, there is no possibility of hosting our Club Run tomorrow, to the Ginger Crunch Cafe. Which is a damn shame as at least the weather appears to be behaving itself, even if nothing else is!
We will make an announcement over the planned run to Maungatapere on September 5th, once we know what direction we are being steered after the next Covid announcement scheduled for August 26th. The reality here is, if they won’t let anyone out of Auckland, past Te Hana, then we won’t be going to the Packard Museum either, sadly.
On other matters, after best part of 14 years in the ‘job’, Russell Wilson has respectfully advised that he will not be putting our quarterly Magazine, the Cruisepaper, together any longer. And as the balance of our committee do not have the time to take on additional responsibilities such as taking over the publication of the magazine, I am admittedly saddened somewhat to announce that it has become another printed statistic in this ever-increasing digital world we live in.
Rest assured, I would be happy to resurrect it, if there was a Club member prepared to take it on? But until that happens, it’s been consigned to Club history.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank Russell in particular for all of his efforts to produce the magazine over such a long period, from a black & white monthly to a very good quality full colour quarterly Club publication. We were often complimented on it, from sources outside of the club circles. And there’s no denying those efforts have been considerable, to say the least. I wish to thank all of the contributors to the magazine over that time also, and prior too, as without your contributions there would have been little to put into it and it may well have ceased some time ago.
Rest assured however, the Club Website will now be, more than ever, the place to look at for past and up-coming Club activities, articles of interest and all things Club related and Russell is more than happy to continue on as our go-to Webmaster! Thank heavens for that!
And you will begin to see some progressive changes to the formatting etc of the club website, to cater for the demise of the Cruisepaper. If you take a peak from today, you will see what I mean, with a crisp new modern layout. One new feature in particular, is the ‘Corkboard’, which will be the area where the likes of the Committee posts, my reports, and members articles etc, will be posted. Let us know what you think! Go to www.americanclassiccars.org.nz
Meantime… what can I say? Take care of yourselves, don’t over-polish your classic to the point your buff through the paint and at least think of the money you are saving in fuel, whilst you can’t really use them for the time being! Every cloud has a silver lining, apparently J .
Hopefully, we will see each other sometime soon. Cheers,
Rob Milligan – President