It’s on again! A showcase of Ford’s Australian, European and American performance heritage from the 1960’s and 70’s Muscle Cars, the screaming 4’s, to the latest Falcon FPV and XR models.
Total Performance Car Show
Sunday 7th August 2011
Pacific Ford and FPV
122-24 Sugar Rd Maroochydore
Total Performance” was the slogan of a Ford advertising campaign in the early to mid1960’s and was part of a directive by US Ford Chairman and grandson of the founder, Henry Ford ll, that Ford would be dominant in all forms of Motorsport it chose to enter.
Ford Motor Company was flush with newly minted money courtesy of the runaway success of the Mustang which commanded a healthy 7.1% market share of all passenger cars sold in the US by 1966. Racing budgets grew as Ford’s Galaxie 427 V8 battled it out for supremacy with the Mopar 426 Hemis on the high-speed banked NASCAR ovals in front of a TV audience of millions. The 600hp Ford SOHC 427 powerhouse was sold over the parts counter for a paltry $US2400 [the same price as a base Mustang Coupe] and powered some of the eras hottest Drag Racers. Carol Shelby’s lethal 289 & 427 Cobra’s and his Shelby Mustangs were the cars to beat on the SCCA circuits. The legendary Offenhauser was finally conquered as Ford-powered Lotus racecars took the Indy 500 for the first time. European Rally titles fell to the Cortina then the Escort, both with help from Lotus. All this paled into insignificance for Henry Ford ll as the sublime Ford GT40 won the Le Mans 24hour race in 1966 then each year through until 1969, ending Ferraris six year winning streak. HF2 and Enzo Ferrari had locked horns in 1963 over a proposed Ford takeover of Enzo’s beloved Prancing Horse badge, and the GT40 was developed purely to defeat the Italian Marque at it’s own game which it certainly did.
Across the world in mid sixties Australia the success of the Mustang Stateside spurred Ford to release the “Mustang Bred” XR Falcon, as the ads of the period exclaimed, with the 289 V8 an option across the range in 1966. Newly installed Ford Australia Managing Director, Bill Bourke, a noted Petrolhead, drove a V8 Police Interceptor prototype, and decided to put it into production with an upmarket interior and four speed manual, borrowing a badge from the Falcon’s US Mustang and Fairlane cousins, and an Aussie motoring icon was born in March 1967, the Falcon GT.
Bathurst, known as the Gallaher 500 in those halcyon days duly rolled around, and when the dust settled the XR GT driven by Harry Firth and Fred Gibson had taken the chequered flag albeit after a confusing recount of laps that saw 2nd place fellow XR GT drivers, the Geoghegan Brothers initially proclaimed the winners. 1968 would see the new HK Holden Monaro GTS327 line up against the XT GT 302 on the starting grid, ultimately beating the Falcon GT and igniting one of the Great Tribal Battles of our time, one that’s 42 years old and still playing hard. Ford versus Holden with Mt Panorama as the ultimate backdrop and battleground venue.
Pacific Ford Maroochydore’s Car show on Sunday 7th August will honor Ford’s racing heritage with a collection of classic muscle and the latest FPV models. Stone Brother’s Racing Shane Van Gisbergen and Alex Davison will be our special guests, just back from Townsville and setting up for Queensland Raceway, Dan Bowden and his team from Bowden’s Own, Craig List from Torque and Tune with his action packed dyno plus various motor suppliers will again support this full on Ford day. Sunday’s show will feature the all new Super Charged FG GS and GT range plus the F6’s as well as their ancestors, early Falcon GT sedans from XW, XY, XA, and XB model ranges, we are currently building a list with 100 as the target. Mustang lovers will rejoice as local collectors serve up a treat, they love to flex their Muscle Cars and again we should see plenty of “Stangs”. We are seeking the screaming UK 4’s and simply, if it has a Ford Badge with any hint of performance they will qualify.
We are taking bookings for Show Cars for the event with the criteria simply being Ford and performance. The attached Vehicle entry form has been provided so you can enter your vehicle, we are taking bookings now – it is free to have your show car on display at what is know as a well presented site and in such good company. Stone Brother’Craig List from Torque and Tune will be operating his crowd pleasing dynamometer again that will provide a detailed and graphic record of the kilowatt and torque produced by vehicles presented. Craig will be taking bookings for this service and you will receive his professional advice and a detailed printout of your vehicles result – more details to follow.
downloadable: "Total Performance Car Show" Enrolment Form pdf
Pacific Ford & FPV Total Performance Car Show – Sunday August 7th
Pacific Ford and FPV, Maroochydore
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