The Tribune (NZ) - - MID WEEK MOTORING -

A Syd­ney busi­ness­man has just spent AU$92,500 (NZ$97,490) to buy the first of the limited-run Ford Fal­con Sprints to roll off the pro­duc­tion line. But he’s done it for a very good rea­son.

David Pearce bought the special Fal­con to bring his brother Mark some joy as he bat­tles health is­sues.

Adding to the gen­eros­ity is the fact that the first pub­licly avail­able ver­sion of the Fal­con XR8 Sprint was auc­tioned to raise funds for the Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Fund (JDRF).

Pearce says: ’’Mark’s health has been de­te­ri­o­rat­ing rapidly and he now only has 18 per cent lung func­tion.

To lift Mark’s spir­its, the Fal­con Sprint was a ‘must-have’ to add to our Ford col­lec­tion, which also in­cludes a re­stored 1978 Fal­con XC. That’s the car my brother learned to drive in’’.

The Fal­con XR8 Sprint was do­nated to the JDRF by Ford Aus­tralia.

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