Canterbury’s All Ford Weekend
The weekend of February 20–21 saw an all new format for Ford fans in Canterbury, with the Henry Ford Memorial Run (HFMR) rescheduled from its traditional Sunday outing in September to a new slot as a late afternoon / early evening prelude run ahead of the All Ford Day display organized by the Canterbury Mustang Owners Club (CMOC) at the usual Wigram Air Force Museum grounds.
While somewhat experimental in approach, the late Saturday HFMR format seemed popular with the 70-plus participants. The route chosen highlighted the rebuild and redevelopment now very evident in many parts of Christchurch, while also including some of those parts of the city still very much as they were or as affected by the earthquakes. The route also included a strong Ford focus, with drive-bys of the local Ford dealerships and a questionnaire to test participants’ Ford knowledge. This included a few obscure questions intentionally designed to trap anyone relying on Mr Google for help! Some of the questions centred on Ford’s successes at the legendary Wigram Airfield Circuit race track, now the site of extensive residential and commercial development by Ngai Tahu, with many of the new roads being included in the run.
The relaxed and social atmosphere at the sweeping Spencer Park picnic grounds was testimony to the spirit and fellowship that has become the hallmark of the HFMR.
Words: Garry Jackson
Sunday dawned fine and sunny (a blessing after the weather issues of the last two years), and over 250 superb classic Fords lined up for the day at Wigram. The CMOC team did a great job of getting everyone organized, parked, and lined up neatly, and the muchappreciated support of the local Ford dealers (Team Hutchinson Ford, Avon City Ford, and Gluyas Motor Group from Ashburton) was very evident, with a great line-up of Ford showroom stars. The new right-hand-drive Mustangs, the Everests, and the Rangers seemed to attract the biggest numbers.
The agile and fit team from the Classic Cortina Car Club won the inter-club challenge, although its wheel-changing performance was probably still a little behind V8 Supercars standards! The premium cups were a Craig Stare benefit, with Craig capturing Best in Show (1961 Capri), Best American (1959 Thunderbird), and Best British (1961 Capri). This made it a great follow-up for Craig after his success as organizer and promoter of the Rangiora Muscle Car Madness show that featured in last month’s New Zealand Classic Car). Best Australian went to Kevin Peters (1963 Fairlane 500), Best Presented to Ray Spencer (1957 Fairlane), and People’s Choice to Kevin Jellyman’s superb 1954 Ford F100.
Thanks to all the participants, the great Ford clubs, the Ford dealers, and the CMOC organizing team. Another great day, and weekend, for the blue oval in Canterbury!