Can­ter­bury’s All Ford Week­end

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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

Ann Baird

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!

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