Firstly thank you for the trust you have put in me to be the club President for the next 12 months. The first person I would like to thank as the new President is our past present Derk Tuik. Derk’s work over the last 2 years has been nothing but hard work and amazement. In Derk’s 2 years as club President, our club has hosted another fantastic Nationals in 2016 in Mansfield and has gone from strength to strength.
I would also like to thank the committee office bearers for the next 12 months for signing on again, it is basically the same people up front besides myself. I would also like to thank the club committee and including all new committee members that we have this year. It is a good way to see how the runnings of our club are actually done.
I think it is important for those that do not know me, to write a little bio so you can have an understanding of my love for the humpies and my involvement in the movement. I own the website www.fxfjholden.com and have been running that fantastic resource for FX and FJ Holden’s since 2004.
I was employed in the Commonwealth Government for over 10 years and with that I have been posted all over Australia. As such I have been a member of many FX FJ Clubs, including the Northside FX FJ Club in Brisbane, 48&FJ Owners Club of South Australia and the Canberra FX FJ Club, where I was the club President at one time. So the nationals for me are a real good chance to catchup with many of my friends from the clubs I have been a member of.
I first went to a Nationals back in 1992, and I think from memory it was held in Bacchus Marsh. I own 4 FJ’s a FJ standard sedan (stockie) I have owned since I was 17, which I bought back in 1987, a modified v6 FJ ute, which will hopefully be ready for the nationals, a FJ modified v6 van that I am building which hopefully be finished before the Cooma Nationals in 2020 and a stock windowless FJ Van, I have stored away in readiness for a full rebuild.
I married my partner Janine in June in Bali and as a result, next week I am off to Hawaii for my honeymoon. So unfortunately for club matters, I will not be attending the Vietnam Veterans display at Phillip Island on September 16 and the Bumpers By The Bay, hosted by the Melbourne Chapter on September 23. I have been to the last few Bumpers by the Bay and it is an excellent day out with excellent hosts and a range of excellent vehicles on show. As I will be on a cruise from Hawaii to Sydney from 17 September and return to Sydney on 6 October, I will miss the club meeting on the 3rd of October, but I assure you the club will be in good hands with Jim Bishop running the meeting.
Once again thank you for this opportunity.