Aussie Icon Takes its Place Amongst Ford Motoring Greats
A 30-strong convoy of unique Australian Ford Falcon coupes are joining the biggest ever collection of Ford vehicles when Ford Motor Company celebrates its 100th birthday next month.
The Falcons – representing Australia’s oldest motoring nameplate – will be among up to 10,000 Ford vehicles converging on the company's world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan on June 16 to mark 100 years of Ford operation globally.
Leading the eclectic collection of Falcons into the Henry Ford World Centre in Dearborn will be Ford Australia's latest models, the BA XR6 Turbo Falcon and BA Fairmont Ghia.
These youngsters will be closely followed by older siblings -- Falcon XA, XB and XC hardtops -- renowned for their 'funky' styling, born of the 1970s.
Sure to turn heads will be the highly modified versions of the Falcon XB coupe, replicating the Interceptor version made famous by Mel Gibson in the cult 1970s film, Mad Max.
The popular Australian-made movie – released as The Road Warrior in the US – turned the Ford coupe into a collector’s item in America.
Fittingly, the BA Falcon escorts will be driven by former Ford Australia Falcon Assembly Plant Managers, Phil Spender and Gary Roe -- now senior executives within Ford's North American manufacturing operations.
Melbourne-based Ford coupe enthusiast Howard Nessen will be among the crew driving the US-owned Australian-built Falcons, which will leave from Utah, Memphis and Pennsylvania before meeting in Toledo, Ohio to make the final leg of the drive into Michigan as a group.
Nessen, himself a proud owner of a 1974 XB Falcon coupe showcar, has been in constant contact with the enthusiastic band of American Falcon owners participating in the rally.
“We’ve been organizing our convoy as the US-based Australian Ford Falcon Club since early last year and even had two of the key guys from America fly over here earlier this year.
“They wanted to see where their cars were made and even managed to organise a meeting with Ford Australia President Geoff Polites who gave our idea the thumbs up.”
The hard work of Nessen and his American counterparts has resulted in the Falcons being selected by centennial organisers to be included in a ‘special interest area’ at the Detroit rally, parked alongside such motoring icons as the GT40 and Shelby Cobra.
This comes on top of the selection earlier this year of the 1960 Australian Falcon as one of Ford's 25 most significant vehicles of the century – out of a field of 1000 distinct models produced by Ford globally since it began operation.
If the US Falcon owners have anything to do with it, their American brethren are about to become even better acquainted with this long-time Aussie icon.
Ok who wants to help fund a "fact finding mission" for me to attend this event! Sounds awesome... and it would be just as interesting to hang around to see what the Seppos were saying and thinking about the BA's there on display...
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