FPV Tickford Club of NSW
AMC embarks on a road car-themed story our first port of call is to the relevant club (or clubs) for assistance in contacting owners of the machines we seek. Rarely does clubland let us down, invariably embracing our request with enthusiasm and professionalism.
When the project is to the size and scale of this 18-page whopper, we needed a sustainedlevel of help. Sure enough, both clubs that assisted us here went above and beyond the call of duty given the significant time investment on a weekday with club members re-organising work and family commitments. Both organisations were truly superb. The HSV guys are covered overleaf, but here we give some ‘love’ back to the FPV Tickford Club of NSW for so heartily ‘buying into’ the mission.
The club describes itself as “a social group of Ford enthusiasts with a common interest in modern performance vehicles manufactured and sold by the Ford Motor Company in Australia. Our members’ vehicles are cars enhanced by Ford Performance Vehicles (FPV), Tickford and (include) the Ford XR6 and XR8 range.”
The greater list includes such nameplates as
Club president John Barbaro says membership currently runs to about 80, a good manageable number that provides a solid base but allows everyone to get know each other. Mark ‘Frosty’ Winterbottom is the club’s number one member.
GT, GT-P, GT-F, GS, F6, F6X, Typhoon, Pursuit Ute, TE50, TL50, TS50, Tickford Fairlanes. EB and EL GTs are also covered.
Club president John Barbaro says membership currently runs to about 80, a good manageable number that provides a solid base but allows everyone to get know each other.
Planned events are held monthly or bi-monthly and consist of cruises, drive days, displays at motorsport events, and general socialising via barbeques, dinners and other non automotive activities.
The club was formed in 1998 as the Tickford Owners Club NSW, with its name changing to the FPV Tickford Club of NSW in 2003 to allow the newly produced FPV vehicles onboard.
So where does the club go in the future? For instance, will owners of the popular Tickfordenhanced Mustangs join the club’s ranks?
“We do have plans to include performance variants of the new cars to be sold here after the factory closure of Ford Australia manufacturing in 2016.”
John Barbaro says it’s the members who drive any change and that key decisions lie ahead.
AMC reckons the fact the club provided vehicles as part of Tickford’s Mustang display at the Muscle Car Masters speaks volumes.
Mark ‘Frosty’ Winterbottom is the club’s number one member.