T Model at Mindil
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.