Unfortunately the ROTY presentation scheduled for February 7 had to be postponed to March 7, so we had to wait a month longer to learn who the 2020 recipient was. It was very well deserved win for Mick Allender.
Mick has been around WA Rodding for many years, and his orange 1932 Ford coupe is well known, as Mick has attended a huge number of events in it, including Street Rod Nationals. Perhaps a little less known is his big block powered Chev Camaro that sees regular outings, and his 1946 Ford sedan is also about to hit the streets.
When Transport appointed a number of suitably qualified ASRF members to become Authorised Vehicle Examiners for Street Rod annual inspections, Mick was one of the first to volunteer, and be authorised as an AVE, in 1997. In the years since then, Mick has been a valuable member of the TAC team, and his help and advice has been of assistance to many rod builders over that time, boosted by his background in automotive repair and maintenance.
More recently Mick has been the very prominent leader of concessional registration for Street Rods in WA. As Mick stated at the ROTY presentation, others may have paved the way for him, but he has been unrelenting in his quest to gain concessional registration. There has been a number of hurdles along the way, but the wait has been worthwhile, with commencement of the Concessions For Classics scheme (C4C) now imminent.
I have been privileged to have had Mick keep me up to date on progress of the C4C scheme, and I have some idea of the amount of work that Mick has put into it over the last five years or so. But I’m sure it is way more that I realise.
Mick Allender is indeed a very worthy recipient of the 2020 Rodder Of The Year Award. Congratulations Mick!