Mus­cle Ma­niac

Australian Muscle Car - - Contents -

In an unas­sum­ing house, in an unas­sum­ing street in Bris­bane is one of the best col­lec­tions of Ford Aus­tralia mem­o­ra­bilia in the coun­try… a col­lec­tion that Ford man­age­ment are not only well aware of, but have also ac­tively as­sisted in its de­vel­op­ment, through var­i­ous con­tri­bu­tions over the years.

In an unas­sum­ing house, in an unas­sum­ing street in Bris­bane is one of the best col­lec­tions of Ford Aus­tralia mem­o­ra­bilia in the coun­try… a col­lec­tion that Ford man­age­ment are not only well aware of, but have also ac­tively as­sisted in its de­vel­op­ment, through var­i­ous con­tri­bu­tions over the years.

The cus­to­dian and ‘cu­ra­tor’ of this col­lec­tion is Mark Farry, a Ford en­thu­si­ast since he was in pri­mary school. That’s when he started to as­sist a neigh­bour who used to re­pair and re­store Fal­con GTs – and other per­for­mance Fords – when he wasn’t be­ing a high school teacher. Not only did the neigh­bour start Mark’s me­chan­i­cal train­ing, he also be­came one of Mark’s teach­ers, a cou­ple of years later.

The col­lec­tion started way back in 1971, when he wrote to Ford ask­ing for a brochure on the new XY GT Fal­con – a brochure he still has to this day. Dur­ing the early years, the col­lec­tion grew slowly but steadily, with var­i­ous brochures, posters and man­u­als, com­ing and go­ing due to his own spe­cific ve­hi­cle in­ter­ests, which in­cluded Fal­cons, Es­corts and V6 Capris. In fact, Mark has even writ­ten a book on the Capris that was of­fi­cially sanc­tioned by Ford and is in­cluded in their archives.

In ad­di­tion to the usual ma­te­rial, Mark also felt the need to col­lect a va­ri­ety of press re­leases, event ma­te­rial, dealer and sales­men items. These were items that were quickly get­ting lost to his­tory. This in­cludes a vast num­ber of keyrings, badges, cuff links and tie pins, pro­mo­tional watches and an­niver­sary mer­chan­dise... items that you just don’t find any­more, but re­mind you of how things were in the 1960s and ’70s.

From the early 1990s, around the time the EB GT was be­ing de­vel­oped, the col­lec­tion started to take-off in a big­ger way, when Mark started to com­mu­ni­cate with peo­ple like Howard Mars­den and David Flint as well as Adrian Ryan (Ford archivist) to ob­tain mer­chan­dise and in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the new gen­er­a­tion of per­for­mance Fords. In later years, as the col­lec­tion be­came more recog­nised within Ford and FPV, he also started to com­mu­ni­cate with the likes of Ge­off Po­lites, Tom Gor­man and Bill Os­bourne (Ford CEOs), as well as Sak Ry­op­po­nen and Rod Bar­rett (FPV CEOs).

Due to these re­la­tion­ships, Mark’s col­lec­tion in­cludes var­i­ous fac­tory posters and other mer­chan­dise, per­son­ally signed and sent to Mark, by Ford and FPV man­age­ment.

Of course, be­ing a true en­thu­si­ast, Mark was also in­ter­ested in Ford’s for­tunes on both the track and in the forests and has de­vel­oped long term re­la­tion­ships with the likes of Al­lan Mof­fat, Colin Bond, Fred Gib­son and oth­ers. This has led him to ob­tain­ing orig­i­nal race team shirts and jack­ets, some of which have been signed by the driv­ers them­selves.

In more re­cent years, Mark has de­vel­oped an in­ter­est in the Ford GT 40 and the later Ford GT sports cars, with his col­lec­tion in­clud­ing some very rare items, such that he has pro­vided ma­te­rial to ex-Ford GT40 rac­ing engi­neer Wayne Ferens for a book on the sub­ject.

Un­for­tu­nately, the col­lec­tion is not on pub­lic dis­play and we can only show a small por­tion of what Mark has. How­ever, it is good to know that some­one has made it their goal to col­lect and re­tain an im­por­tant slice of Ford his­tory for the fu­ture. We won­der how many oth­ers are do­ing the same?

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