2012 Old Ford Rally.
Old Ford Rally at Gaydon 2012
As Sam is away - playing golf would you believe – it’s down to me, Roger Corti, to report on the show of the year – that is the Gaydon Old Ford Rally.
The show this year has seen the involvement of other car clubs in the organising (Ford Capri Int., FSOC, Ford Model T Register and ourselves, the Y & C Register.) so as to reduce the pressure on Bob Wilkinson and share the load with our Club.
It was evident early on that the weather was looking promising, and indeed, the day became a real, long awaited, summer’s day – blue skies and all. Talk about the sun shining on the righteous – Bob had to wear his famous hat to fend off all that heat! On Friday, Bob was to be found being interviewed by Local Radio Warwickshire. (Without any make-up!)
There had been much work in the preparation in the months leading up to the event, and it showed in the finesse with which it came together. On the Saturday, the site had been laid out , signs placed, barriers erected and everyone tasked with the plans for smooth running on the Sunday. Keen and helpful wives had started on the Goody Bags – packing and rolling up the programmes, adverts & contents complete with voting slips. We all knew what we had been volunteered for by Bob’s 4 o’clock meeting – and to arrive at the crack of dawn on Sunday ready for the early arrivals & dealers.
Mike Malyon, Jim Miles & myself took early positions at the gate to advise and assist in putting on the wrist bands, (not easy as three hands needed), others down the hill persuaded drivers to take up their correct positions as per Bob’s Map. Several wives handed out the goody bags, complete with naughty adverts and programmes. The Heritage Centre Staff took up security and gate positions and we were off. Apparent were several coloured duster twizzle sticks – I guess to tickle everyone into the right mood?
It was exciting to see all the range of elderly cars and commercials arriving – nearly all under their own steam – and being there to welcome them. There were some 500 cars on display, from about twenty clubs, mostly pre-1965 with the oldest a 1911 Model T.
The event rolled on through the day, with many cars being featured in the Arena with Peter Purdy asking pertinent questions of their owners, and Bob announcing.
For myself, staying close to the arena and the magnificent display from our own club members, there was great pleasure in meeting members face to face. Amongst members were those with cars on display and others just visiting. Some spares from the club changed hands, comparisons made of the various models and years, problems discussed and many photos taken. (Many are being placed in the “OFR 2012” photo album on the Forum)
The noticeable characteristic of the show was the friendliness of all – like a family gathering at a wedding I thought – all smiling and enjoying the company and the glorious weather and enjoying the company of old friends.
Later through the day, we were all excited when the 1928 Model A from Mexico arrived on its “5th Route of Peace”. It was en route to the Olympics, having visited the previous sites at Atlanta in 1996, Sidney in 2000, Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and now London 2012. It had taken Dr Claudio Anaya and co-pilot Arq. Fernando Garcia Limon 10 years collecting the bits and 8 years restoring - and then was challenged by a friend who thought it wouldn’t even get to Mexico City - starting off these trips in response.
220 Peace medals were to be issued to participating countries and one was presented to Bob Wilkinson, and in return were given Club Caps, Model A Club Rad badge & Motoring Books from the Heritage Centre.
Everyone was worried when as the car arrived, hot water gushed from the engine – but with the help of the Model A club, glands were tightened in the water pump and all was soon well.
In the afternoon, the winners were announced for the “Car of the Show” and the “Best Commercial” – chosen by the public who attended using voting slips in the programmes. The Car of the show was :-a 1964 Classic Capri Coupe driven by John Beckett and his son Paul. and the Best Commercial was a John Mould 1939 Fordson V8 Box Van Model 091T driven by Rick Richardson.
It was also the 50th anniversary of the Mk 3 Ford Zephyr and Ford Cortina – a large selection were on display - maybe the largest group of Zephyrs & Zodiacs around. It was thought about 2000 people attended the show.
The Banbury Rotary Club held competitions to guess age and price of three Fords. A Curio and Craft Fair was held indoors as well as the comprehensive and delightful Museum – excellent value all round.
John Argent and myself had dynamo problems getting home, others, unnamed here, lost their keys and had to resort to piece of wire judiciously placed, but it’s believed that everyone who came got home safely.
Amongst the 17 cars on display were FS 7435, JB 3018, JB 6552, OW 6918, DKE 912, COA 715, CNY 360, YD 8501, JL 4086, EMF 151, CNN 125, VE 9051, AOA 727, UD 7605, NV 2821, AYL 454, DKO 301.
Doug Hickson’s Y Model Mistral Tourer won the club award presented by Chairman Brian Godfrey.
Others attending and recalled were :- Brian Godfrey, John & Carol Argent, Bob & Pat Wilkinson, Peter & Joan Purdy, Mike & Elsie Malyon, Peter & Jean Ketchell, Colin & Christine Rowe, Jim & Jean Sharpe, Jim Miles, Graham Miles, John Keenan, Mike & Cathy Samuel, Geoff Salminen, Roger & Jo Hanslip, Nick & Monique Smith, Herbert Wingate, Tony Hurst, Doug Hickson, Dave Tanner, Nick Haul,Robert Jarvis and Colin French, Rod & Lucia Viveash, Gary & Vicky Whittle, Tom & Wendy Kelsey, Dave Paul, George Beecham, Graham & Margaret Dellow, Colin Ellis, Michael Leete, Geoff Dee - and the support of all those mentioned (and those not) is much appreciated by the organisers.
Some Photos from the 2012 event
Caption:- “Elsie Malyon, Jean Ketchell and Jean Purdy assembling the Goody Bags, with a little help from Mike Malyon, who just wanted to get in the picture.”
Caption:- “The cars arriving in all shapes and sizes.”
Caption:- “Brian Godfrey, our revered Chairman, directs traffic with his bright green twizzle stick - I think he should stick to the day job!”
Caption:- “An impressive array of our cars flying the Y&C flag.”
Caption:- “Having visited four previous Olympic venues, the Mexican Model A arrived at Gaydon en route to London 2012.”
Caption:- “John and Paul Beckett pose by their 1964 Classic Capri – voted the car of the show by those present.”
Caption:- John Mould’s 1939 Fordson V8 Box van, the winning commercial entry. I’m sorry, this is the best photograph I have.”
Caption:- “Brian presents Doug and Bessie Hickson with the Bert Thomas trophy, awarded annually to the Club car of the show, for their immaculate Jensen-bodied Model “Y” Mistral.”