Life Members


The Club’s committee has the pleasurable power of awarding Honorary Life Membership to Club members who have made an outstanding, on-going contribution to the progress of the Club.

According to our Constitution, this highly-esteemed level of membership is offered only for exceptional service to the Club.

Up to 2014, eligibility was “available only where offered to a person for exceptional service to the Club spanning at least three years or having an effect that will (or has) benefited the Club for three years by, and at the absolute discretion of, the Committee voting unanimously in favour of doing so”.

In 2014, this was changed to be “available only where offered to a member, having at least 10 years of Club membership, during some of which they have performed a Club role and provided exceptional service by, and at the absolute discretion of, the Committee voting unanimously in favour of doing so”.

In 2020, this was further amended to be awarded for long-term service to the Club. A nominee must have:

  • completed a minimum period of 10 years of membership
  • given Exceptional Service to the Club for a period in excess of seven years, by the application of extraordinary expertise, dedication and positive influence


During our history, life membership has been awarded to just 15 individuals:

Margaret Cemm1990Co-founder (MX-5 Club of Victoria Inc.)
Michael Cemm1996Co-founder (MX-5 Club of Victoria Inc.)
Foundation President 1990-1993 (MX-5 Club of Victoria Inc.)
David Henry1996Foundation member (1990)
President 1991-1995 (Mazda MX-5 Club of Victoria)
Murray Finlay1997Foundation member (1990)
President 2006-2012
Vice President 1997-2001, 2002-2006, 2012-2016
Committee member 1991-1995, 1997-2016
Secretary 1991-1995 (Mazda MX-5 Club of Victoria) / 2005-2006 (Mazda MX-5 Club of Victoria Inc.)
Club Champion 1993-1994, 2009-2010
Jinba Ittai award 2013-2014, 2019-2020 (joint)
Ian Morris2001President 1996-1999
Club Captain - Motor Sport 1994-1996
NatMeet 2000 Chairman
Committee member 1994-1999
David James
2002President 1999-2001
Club Captain - Motor Sport 1996-1998
Committee member 1996-2001, 2002-2003
Coral Campbell
2003Committee member 2000-2006, 2007->
Secretary 2000-2001
Merchandise Officer 2002-2004
Points Officer 2007-2018
President 2018->
Will Campbell
2003President 2001-2004
Committee member 2000->
Membership Officer Officer 2000-2001, 2004->
Points Officer 2018-2019
Sue Ransom
2003Responsible for the public launch of the Mazda MX-5 into Australia
Early driving force in setting up the Victorian and all other State Mazda MX-5 clubs, and the start of NatMeet
Grant Butler
2008Committee member 2003-2009
Secretary 2002-2005, 2009
Club Captain - Social 2005-2006
NatMeet 2008 Chairman
Assistant Club Captain - Social 2008
Eastern Victoria Chapter Captain 2011-2012
Sam Gumina
2008Committee member 2006-2008
Club Captain - Motor Sport 2006-2008
Assistant Club Captain - Motor Sport 2008-2009, 2010-2011
Club Motor Sport Champion 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, 2008-2009
Mike Quist
2010As National Public Relations Manager for Mazda Australia from 1979 to 2001, Mike was in charge of the national public launch of the Mazda MX-5 in 1989. Right from his first sighting of the exciting new roadster in Japan earlier that year, he promised the legendary Toshihiko Harai that he would have an MX-5 club in every Australian state, and set this as a central goal of his launch program. It is fitting, in marking the 20th anniversary of our Club, that we honour Mike Quist with Life Membership.
Ken Beaton
201415-year member
Inaugural Chapter Captain for Northern Tasmania Chapter 2008-2013
Peter Dannock
202113-year member
Club President 2015-2018
Club Committee 2009->
Club Secretary 2010-2015
Club Permit Scheme Officer 2014->
Club Motorsport Champion 2015
Assistant Club Captain - Social 2019-2020
Club Captain - Social 2020->
Club Treasurer 2019->
Jinba Ittai award 2019-2020 (joint)
Alyssa Finlay
202127-year member
Club Committee 2009-2010
Driving force behind Club's branding and image for more than 25 years
Designer of the Club's "country road" logo (unofficial 5-year pin and Club/Chapter banners); the 15-, 20- 25- and 30-year Club logos; FanFest pin (2017); Victorian NatMeet logos for 2000, 2008 and 2016; numerous incarnations of the Club's website and the design of the Club's magazine, mxtra, as well as many other Club design projects