SMALL FORD SUN­DAY

Classic Ford - - CONTENTS - Words and Pho­tos Chris Avery CON­TACT Small Ford Sun­day http://small­ford­sun­day.com

Aus­tralia’s finest Ford fest.

In what seems to be no time at all, another 12 months have flown by, it’s the peak of Sum­mer in Aus­tralia, and time for ar­guably the South­ern Hemi­sphere’s big­gest gath­er­ing of clas­sic Fords — Small Ford Sun­day.

Or­ga­nized by the RSOC of Vic­to­ria, an ever-grow­ing club formed back in 1996, the clas­sic Ford-bi­ased show ’n’ shine is held an­nu­ally on the first Sun­day in Fe­bru­ary. Even with an un­favourable weather fore­cast (a chilly 25 de­grees!) some 264 ve­hi­cles turned up to dis­play at Mel­bourne’s Wil­liamstown Sea­works ship­yard — a great venue in one of the city’s most scenic lo­ca­tions.

A mostly over­cast day saw a few sunny breaks and a huge va­ri­ety of cars turn up, in­clud­ing Pre­fects, Anglias, Ze­phyrs, Fi­es­tas, Sier­ras and some per­sonal Bri­tish im­ports, as well as the ever strong con­tin­gent of Corti­nas, Capris and Es­corts — es­pe­cially the Mk2s, this year be­ing cel­e­brated and ex­hib­ited in­side the large ware­house. RS2000s, both two-door and the Aussie pro­duced four-door, fac­tory flat­front 2-litres, Ral­lye packs, and Sun­downer pan­el­vans to name a few of the Aussies spe­cial edi­tions pro­duced in the Mk2 range.

There was plenty for the pun­ters to see, from con­cours restora­tions right through to com­pe­ti­tion ve­hi­cles and a 2000 bhp Mk1 Capri. When the owner gave this beast a kick in the guts, the bark of that se­ri­ous mo­tor could be heard for miles.

With fan­tas­tic sup­port from lo­cal Ford busi­nesses like RS Shop and Yester­ford, and great at­ten­dances from the RSOC of Vic­to­ria mem­bers, the Mk1 Cortina Own­ers’ Club and Capri Own­ers’ Club, the quan­tity and qual­ity of ve­hi­cles on show was at an ex­cep­tion level.

All clas­sic Ford own­ers are wel­come to the event, even when not as­so­ci­ated with any clubs, so the event seems to grow in pop­u­lar­ity and pub­lic in­ter­est each year. Some in­ter­state own­ers trav­elled a crazy 1800 km round trip to be a part of this bril­liant event.

So next year when Win­ter sets in for the north­ern part of the globe, why not head south for a sum­mer hol­i­day and drop in to en­joy a visit to Small Ford Sun­day? With its grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing able to draw out some of Aus­tralia’s finest clas­sic Blue Ovals, Mel­bourne’s Small Ford Sun­day is be­com­ing one of the big­gest Ford events in the South­ern Hemi­sphere.

An­drew Parsell’s Mk1 Es­cort looks built for these roads.

Red-band tyres re­ally work on this Mk1.

Sun­downer van dodges the UV rays in the halls.

Mk2 wears full Ral­lye Pack.

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