T Model at Mindil

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A 1921 T Model will mo­tor in from Humpty Doo for to­mor­row’s All Ford Day at Mindil Beach.

It will be one of about 70 cars ex­pected to line up for the event hosted by The Clas­sic Ford Club of the NT.

The event will cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of the Ford Fal­con in Aus­tralia and the 40th an­niver­sary of the Ral­lye Sport Fords.

Event or­gan­iser and club mem­ber Tim Bryan said the All Ford Day was not just for Ford devo­tees but for any­body who ap­pre­ci­ates cars from old to new.

He said there would be a range of ve­hi­cles on dis­play in­clud­ing many Mus­tangs and pos­si­bly one of ev­ery model of Fal­con.

The Clas­sic Ford Club was formed in Au­gust, 2005 and mem­ber­ship has grown from a few en­thu­si­asts to more than 170 and has mem­bers from all walks of life from tradies to lawyers.

Any owner of a Ford ve­hi­cle is in­vited to en­ter the Show and Shine at to­mor­row’s All Ford Day, which starts from noon.

There will be plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies.

Pro­ceeds from the day will go to the Chil­dren’s Ward at Royal Dar­win Hos­pi­tal. PINK Floyd drum­mer Nick Ma­son races clas­sic cars, has com­peted suc­cess­fully at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is a qual­i­fied chop­per pi­lot and owns a va­ri­ety of ex­otic su­per­cars, in­clud­ing a Fer­rari Enzo.

His favourite car is a Fer­rari 250 GTO, one of the 39 built, and val­ued at up to $35 mil­lion.

So what’s he use as his daily com­mute into London?

A Suzuki Bandit 650S mo­tor­cy­cle cost­ing un­der $10,000.

‘‘I’ve had many bikes over the years in­clud­ing some big ad­ven­ture mod­els, but for beat­ing London con­ges­tion the Bandit’s proved to be per­fect,’’ he said.

He shares the bike with his wife, An­nette.

‘‘It’s ag­ile enough to cut through traf­fic and has more than enough power when you leave town,’’ Ma­son said.

‘‘With its fair­ing of­fer­ing added weather pro­tec­tion, it’s been great when the weather hasn’t too.’’

Aus­tralia doesn’t get the Bandit 650.

In­stead, we get the 1250 model cost­ing from $11,790 to $12,790.

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