TREVOR WOR­THING­TON

FA­THER OF THE BA, WHO ALSO RE­ALLY MAN­AGED TO STAMP OUT HIS TER­RI­TORY

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AS EN­GI­NEER­ING fa­ther of the BA Fal­con, Trevor Wor­thing­ton, now Vice Pres­i­dent of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment for Ford’s Asia-pa­cific op­er­a­tions, de­serves credit for the Fal­con sur­viv­ing into its sixth decade.

The Be­nalla-born (Vic) en­gi­neer un­der­stood that, after the dis­ap­point­ment of the AU, the Fal­con de­manded a ma­jor lift in re­fine­ment and ap­peal to lift sales to a sus­tain­able level. The tra­di­tional Aus­tralian front-en­gine/rear-drive for­mula re­mained, but BA com­bined that with greater so­phis­ti­ca­tion and a more-worldly at­ti­tude. Driven in large part by Wor­thing­ton, Ford’s lo­cal en­gine en­gi­neers de­vel­oped a new dohc, 24-valve cylin­der head for the 4.0-litre straight six that amaz­ingly still traced its ori­gins back to the orig­i­nal Fal­con’s 2.3-litre ohv en­gine.

From the time he joined Ford Aus­tralia in 1985, Wor­thing­ton worked in prod­uct de­vel­op­ment – mean­ing Fal­con, Fal­con, Fal­con – and prod­uct strat­egy, be­fore lead­ing prod­uct de­vel­op­ment for six years dur­ing the era when Ford crafted the Ter­ri­tory, us­ing the BA as its base­line, and the FG Fal­con re­skin. Ford never had the money to do a clean-sheet car in Aus­tralia, yet to­day’s Fal­con, over­seen by Wor­thing­ton from his new base in China, is a trib­ute to the com­pany’s clev­er­ness and dili­gence in do­ing so much with so lit­tle in terms of im­proved safety, per­for­mance, han­dling and com­fort.

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