T5 Expert Operator
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: 3Fb Skunk Works(JXR01 Dev)
BA Falcon and Tickford
Ok I realise this has been discussed before, but i'd like to open a discussion once again about the future of Tickford and it's relation with the falcon range. It has come to my awareness that the separation of Tickford and Ford may be more possible than most of us think.
I feel that over the 10 years Tickford as a performance arm of Ford served and aided the brand image exceptionally well.
Both the XR6 and XR8 models hollow their name now due to the Tickford brand. Keep in mind that the AU sales disaster was around the other models not the XR's. Tickford Vehicles has always been seen as a sought after model.
I've always felt that the XR's after market parts fitting by Tickford gave the edge and a kind of uniqueness compared to the S and SS commodores in Holden.
What i would like to also know is what is the likelyhood of Ford completely axing the Tickford name and just have the XR model names. If so would the TSeries still be under the Tickford badge or will it too have the Tickford dropped.
Also another question, are tickfords still going to do the inhouse spoiler, bodykits, engine tweaks and wheels like the current or will it all be done at the Ford production ala Commodore S and SS.
Last but not least if the Tickford name does drop, where does it leave all the loyal Tickford followers now? When Ford and Tickford published "Blue Print Magazine" it really hollowed the Tickford name and gave me inspiration and assured confidence that buying a Tickford Vehicle was indeed special and will be special for many years.
As a person who's just recently bought a Tickford vehicle and waiting 5 years till the day I would hate to see this disappear down the drain.
From a concearned soul.
Motor May 2001 Quote: "Believe it or not, there are actually a bunch of weirdos out there who reckon a six cylinder is the dux gutz. Bugger it: I'm one of them" :s5
AUII Late Ed XR6 HP T5 Venom- Full Tickford Body Kit, 17in Wheels, Herrod Bi-plane Spoiler, Momo Steer/Gear, T-Series Interior Options, Premium Stereo and a very light-tuned 4.0L I6
(FPV-Tickford Club of NSW Member and Co-Founding Member of 3FB Inc, Ford Forums Food Bandits)