Fords shine at show

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

IN an un­of­fi­cial trib­ute to the demise of Ford Fal­con man­u­fac­tur­ing in Aus­tralia two older Fal­cons have dom­i­nated awards at the Cairns Show Au­tospec­tac­u­lar.

Rus­sell Shep­pard’s 1977 XC Fair­mont hardtop was judged the best en­gine bay, top in­te­rior, top un­der­car­riage/driv­e­line, top coupe/ tu­dor and a car of the show. Don Gray’s 1971 XY Fal­con GT with a 460 cu­bic inch V8 big block en­gine won four awards, in­clud­ing a car of show, top stan­dard paint, top sedan and best pre­sented in­di­vid­ual dis­play.

His 1969 Z28 Chevro­let Ca­maro was also judged best Amer­i­can mus­cle car.

Other car of the show win­ners were Michael Russo’s 1974 Hold­enTo­rana LH, Pat Larsen’s 1954 Ford F100 ute and Brad Thom­son’s 1976 Holden HJ panel van.

1969 Z28 Ca­maro, other: Jess Sta­bles cus­tom Holden buggy, 4X4 ba­sic: Shawn Gar­raway 1991 Toy­ota Sa­hara Land­Cruiser, 4X4 cus­tom built up: 1992 Nis­san Pa­trol, 4X4 over­all: Raymond Dan 2013 JK8 Jeep ute, en­gine bay: Rus­sell Shep­pard 1977 XC Ford Fair­mont, top in­te­rior: Rus­sell Shep­pard 1977 XC Ford Fair­mont, top stan­dard: Don Gray 1971 XY Ford Fal­con, top spe­cial ef­fects paint: Brad Thom­son 1976 HJ Holden panel van, orig­i­nal: Al­lan Au­muller 1972 Chrysler Charger, top un­der­car­riage/driv­e­line: Rus­sell Shep­pard 1977 XC Ford Fair­mont, top body kit: Tim Cromie 2004 Nis­san 350Z, clas­sic/vin­tage: Neville and Lynn Per­ci­val; 1976 RT 104 Toy­ota Corona, top com­pe­ti­tion: Bobby Dyer 1987 VL Holden Com­modore, top daily driver: Chris Gros­setti 1977 Pon­tiac, top lady’s en­trant: Jodie Samp­son 1976 C20 Chevro­let ute, top sedan: Don Gray 1971 XY Ford Fal­con, top coupe/tu­dor: Rus­sell Shep­pard 1977 XC Ford Fair­mont, top con­vert­ible: Jan

Booij 1962 Chevro­let Corvette, top panel van/sta­tion wagon: Brad Thom­son 1976 HJ Holden panel van, Ja­panese bike: Mouse — Blasts from the Past Mo­tor­cy­cle Museum, Amer­i­can bike: Rudy La­guna 2007 Slam­mer Amer­i­can Iron Horse, Bri­tish/Euro­pean bike: Ge­orge Gar­side 2003 Bon­neville Tri­umph, bike of the show: Rudy La­guna 2007 Slam­mer Amer­i­can Iron Horse, hot rod bucket/pickup: James Spiro 1929 Chevro­let Tourer, best pre­sented club dis­play: Fat Bas­tards Car Club, best pre­sented in­di­vid­ual dis­play: Don Gray 1971 XY Ford Fal­con GT, Graeme Puc­cini 1979 XD Ford Fal­con, Brad Shrei­weis 1992 VP Holden Com­modore, Jay­den Gray 1968 Chevro­let Ca­maro, Nick Au­ciello 2008 Lexus IS-F, Ed­die Beau­mont 2015 Chrysler 300 SRT, en­cour­age­ment awards: Ja­son Martin 1970 XY Ford Fal­con 500, David Map­ley 1975 C10 Chev pick up, Drew Nel­son 1969 Mer­cury Cougar, Luke Vaw­don 1974 HQ Holden ute, Casey Tolcher 1985 VK Holden Com­modore.

WIN­NERS: Rus­sell Shep­pard with his 1977 Ford XC Hardtop (left); Don Gray with his 1971 XYGT (above); and Neville Per­ci­val with his 1976 Toy­ota Corona (be­low).

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