Editor on P Plates
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Express Publications, Sydney.
Origins of the AUPS and other 3FB tall tales…
After the misguided comments by that poor EB owner over in The Showroom's AU picture thread, and the backlash and eventual comment from Strider, CEO of the AU Preservation Society, I got to thinking about origins and the fables that they leave behind.
3FB itself was created one night while we were all crapping on in the FordForums IRC channel. And while I can remember some of the original participants (Strider, 3Toed, Sparkles, Choppsy, XH, DK, DannyQ & Myself), I know that there were more present for the birth of another Forums bad idea that took on a life of it’s own that I can no longer recall.
For those of you who’ve never attended, the FPV Family Day weekend is also a great source of folk-law and legend; probably second only to Raid 1 & 2, neither of which I was lucky enough to attend.
Last year was my first, and produced a number of classic moments – both caught on film and not – the most notable of these being the genesis of the Strider Doll™ (in the infamous video captured Denim Strider Incident) – which eventually called also on tales from Raid (the famous Lane-Changing Strider - and remember that the name Strider came from Raid to start with).
With Ford Fanatic’s flash skills and my laughably bitchy scripting, the Strider Doll™ went on to be the hit product launch of the BSR© 2003 autumn toy season.
What many of you don’t know is that that weekend was also the origin of the AU Protection Society. Strider, XH, Sparkles and Myself all traveled down together in the Cotymobile™ and much hilarity ensued. The return trip was where things got goofy.
After 4½ days of non-stop fun, we were all pretty exhausted on the trip back. General banter was subdued and it wasn’t until after the lunch stop at KFC in (I think) Wodonga that things started to get amusing. At this stage we were comparing the various pros and cons of the styling on the AU versus the BA. XH and I were each giving Strider a pretty good ribbing when I hit the jackpot by saying the styling of the rub strips on the AU was absolute shit, and Strider leap to their defense with both guns blazing. Now I can’t remember whether it was XH or Strider himself that coined the phrase, but AU Preservation Society was uttered for the first time right there in the back seat of my car going at 110km/h.
Like 3FB, it was obviously an idea who’s time had come, as on our return to the forums that week, Strider had proclaimed himself the CEO and started an insidious movement in support of his cause. Soon he was getting e-mails asking for membership applications, offers for donations and help with printing and publicity.
The groundswell of support was too great to ignore. Then, JC, one of the modern day post-machines we all know and love, struck the movements’ definitive blow on 21/05/03 with his thread in The Showroom titled “AU pics – Show em how good an AU can look”.
At the time I write this, this thread is bordering on the 1700 post mark, probably one of the top 5 threads of all time on FordForums…
And as a movement, its growth potential is staggering. When you consider how unloved the AU was in the new car marketplace, it’s a bargain buy on the second hand market – probably the best value since the EA (although I admit using the terms ‘EA’ and ‘good value’ in the same sentence is a stretch even for me) – many young Ford fans will move into the newer vehicle rather than pay a premium for the older late E-Series models or new small Fords like Fiesta and Focus.
With an potentially expanding ownership base of young male owners looking for a role-model and champion, Strider could find himself the leader of an enormous cult of sycophants drawn to his every word and willing to do his bidding at the smallest command.
While Global Domination is the professed goal of 3FB, we must beware of the dangerous influences the AUPS sub-movement could cause, leading us all down the path towards destruction and devastation that is dragging a supercharged SS Commodore.
So I leave you all with this final thought (THANK GOD! I hear you cry!): If Strider dropped a bottle of Meguires in the forest, and no one else was around, would you still hear him scream…
Food for thought!
Editor: Street Fords Magazine - Issue #1 on sale MARCH 2005
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Last edited by JR; 11-04-03 at 12:31 AM.