FPV Tick­ford Club of NSW

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AMC em­barks on a road car-themed story our first port of call is to the rel­e­vant club (or clubs) for as­sis­tance in con­tact­ing own­ers of the ma­chines we seek. Rarely does clubland let us down, in­vari­ably em­brac­ing our re­quest with en­thu­si­asm and pro­fes­sion­al­ism.

When the project is to the size and scale of this 18-page whop­per, we needed a sus­tainedlevel of help. Sure enough, both clubs that as­sisted us here went above and beyond the call of duty given the sig­nif­i­cant time in­vest­ment on a week­day with club mem­bers re-or­gan­is­ing work and fam­ily com­mit­ments. Both or­gan­i­sa­tions were truly su­perb. The HSV guys are cov­ered over­leaf, but here we give some ‘love’ back to the FPV Tick­ford Club of NSW for so heartily ‘buy­ing into’ the mis­sion.

The club de­scribes it­self as “a so­cial group of Ford en­thu­si­asts with a com­mon in­ter­est in mod­ern per­for­mance ve­hi­cles man­u­fac­tured and sold by the Ford Mo­tor Com­pany in Aus­tralia. Our mem­bers’ ve­hi­cles are cars en­hanced by Ford Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cles (FPV), Tick­ford and (in­clude) the Ford XR6 and XR8 range.”

The greater list in­cludes such name­plates as

Club pres­i­dent John Bar­baro says mem­ber­ship cur­rently runs to about 80, a good man­age­able num­ber that pro­vides a solid base but al­lows ev­ery­one to get know each other. Mark ‘Frosty’ Win­ter­bot­tom is the club’s num­ber one mem­ber.

GT, GT-P, GT-F, GS, F6, F6X, Typhoon, Pur­suit Ute, TE50, TL50, TS50, Tick­ford Fair­lanes. EB and EL GTs are also cov­ered.

Club pres­i­dent John Bar­baro says mem­ber­ship cur­rently runs to about 80, a good man­age­able num­ber that pro­vides a solid base but al­lows ev­ery­one to get know each other.

Planned events are held monthly or bi-monthly and con­sist of cruises, drive days, dis­plays at mo­tor­sport events, and gen­eral so­cial­is­ing via bar­be­ques, din­ners and other non au­to­mo­tive ac­tiv­i­ties.

The club was formed in 1998 as the Tick­ford Own­ers Club NSW, with its name chang­ing to the FPV Tick­ford Club of NSW in 2003 to al­low the newly pro­duced FPV ve­hi­cles on­board.

So where does the club go in the fu­ture? For in­stance, will own­ers of the pop­u­lar Tick­for­den­hanced Mus­tangs join the club’s ranks?

“We do have plans to in­clude per­for­mance vari­ants of the new cars to be sold here af­ter the fac­tory clo­sure of Ford Aus­tralia man­u­fac­tur­ing in 2016.”

John Bar­baro says it’s the mem­bers who drive any change and that key de­ci­sions lie ahead.

AMC reck­ons the fact the club pro­vided ve­hi­cles as part of Tick­ford’s Mus­tang dis­play at the Mus­cle Car Masters speaks vol­umes.

Mark ‘Frosty’ Win­ter­bot­tom is the club’s num­ber one mem­ber.

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