A FTER most of crawled by without any car events on the radar, we automotive obsessives have been hankering for any opportunity to return to the race track, drag strip or local car meet with our fellow deviants. Eastern Park consists of three ovals and several open areas dotted with trees, all linked by tree-lined ro that allowed easy access to the 50 separate club displays.
Fortunately, though there were a few drops of rain and the sky was fairly overcast, the people who walked or drove through the gates were treated to a pleasantly warm day with little wind. Once inside the gates, spectators were greeted by a sea of Fords from all years and origins, from Escorts to XHs and Mustangs to Model As. With so many different cars in the mix, everyone could find something to float their boat. After everything that was thrown at them, the AFD team knocked it out of the park to reorganise and operate a show of this size in the limited time they had; that so many people from all around the country made the trip to be there was the icing on the cake.
Who knows what will happen next year, but barring further lockdowns, the 31st Geelong All Ford Day should be another ripping show, with the team looking to crack the entrant mark. There were quite a few SM feature cars dotted around the Eastern Park grounds, as Geelong has long been a breeding ground for tough Falcons.
Darren Hapgood has owned his XA since he was 16, 20 years ago. The van has been completely rebuilt and runs a Vortech-blown AU 5.
The tough stance is backed up by a hp Clevo from ALIPWR, with hp worth of nitrous on hand when things need to get really exciting. Bob has a much longer history with the Zephyr; having owned it sincehe sold it in the s before buying it back nearly two decades later.
It packs a warmCelica five-speed manual and 9in LSD. The fibreglass body and new reproduction chassis were set up by Elvis at Rod Bods, and motion is provided by a stock LS1 and T56 straight out of a Commodore. The only thing I had to do was replace the radiator.
Hayden ran a PB of Peter Georgey has owned this mean little Escort for seven years and likes to take it for a blast around the twisties on weekends. Simon Andrus just completed a four-year rotisserie resto of his XB sedan and has been enjoying taking it to a few shows before it sees regular use on both road and strip. Under the bonnet is a ci Clevo backed by a C10 and a four-link rear end.
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