CLUB MEET: Squires Cafe

Eye-pop­ping 1500-strong Ford­meet.

Classic Ford - - CONTENTS - Words and Pho­tos Jon Cass

E xpec­ta­tions were al­ways go­ing to be high for the 10th an­niver­sary of Ford­meet, a group that be­gan by meet­ing at a truck stop in Rother­ham back in 2008. By 2011 Ford­meet had be­come so pop­u­lar, they’d out­grown the small orig­i­nal venue and de­cided to move lo­ca­tion to the huge field lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the pop­u­lar Squires cafe, just east of Leeds. And they haven’t looked back since! This time around, the hard work­ing or­gan­is­ers of the bi-an­nual event were over­whelmed by the sheer num­ber of cars in at­ten­dance, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing win­ter had de­cided to over­stay its wel­come an ex­tra few months this year! Luck­ily, the day of the show it­self re­mained dry and the show­field was gen­er­ally de­void of mud. The at­mos­phere is al­ways re­laxed, friendly and wel­com­ing at Squires, which is prob­a­bly one of the main rea­sons peo­ple keep com­ing back and of­ten bring­ing their friends along too.

With well over 1000 cars in at­ten­dance there was bound to be some­thing there for ev­ery Ford fan and as at­ten­dees ar­rive and leave through­out the day, the va­ri­ety of a cars con­stantly changes. We were pleased to note the clas­sics were well rep­re­sented amongst the ranks, in fact there were a record num­ber of Granadas this time around, which was a nice sur­prise. And not just stan­dard Mk2s and Mk3s ei­ther — a rare Mk2 two-door sa­loon made the trip as did an even rarer Mk1 limo coupe. con­cours Capris, Cos­worths, XR2s, XR3s and RS Tur­bos were well rep­re­sented as usual, while Mark Ack­royd’s 100E clev­erly trans­planted on to the chas­sis of a Fi­esta ST cre­ated quite a stir.

The show and shine com­pe­ti­tion was as pop­u­lar as ever, but the Car Of The Show tro­phy went to Dale Smith and his jaw-drop­ping ’34 Ford three-win­dow coupe. The next Ford­meet at Squires takes place on Sun­day, Septem­ber 23.

Cus­tom ’34 Ford won Car Of The Show.

The meet or­gan­is­ers were tak­ing no chances and in­sisted on hav­ing am­bu­lance cover....

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