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Old 11-03-2003, 22:47   #1 (permalink)
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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!
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Old 11-03-2003, 23:27   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Origins of the AUPS and other 3FB tall tales…

LMAO @ that last comment!!!

I'll just make an adjustment to say that it was infact Red Rooster in Aulbury/Wodonga (hence the talk in many another thread).

While I dont remember being the first to utter the phrase "AU Protection Society", I do fondly remember being one of the main factors that ultimately lead to its inception.

The whole dissing the AU thing started I think while I was reading my XH factory workshop manual pointing out all the crappy things about my car, when I found it was much easier (and more fun :s6:) to make fun of the crappy things about the AU. It didn't take long for JR to jump on the band wagon (some suppressed AU hatred maybe?) and before we knew it we had Strider on the defense with JR, Sparkles, and myself making random derogatory statements about the AU(all in jest of course).

As a side note (to protect myself from the onslaught of AU owners ), it was just a good fun way to fill in the time whilst driving from Melbourne back to Sydney and I meant no harm to the AU.
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Old 11-03-2003, 23:43   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Origins of the AUPS and other 3FB tall tales…

HEY i take offence to the rub strips comments!
i love those little bastards, who would have thought there could be so much design and styling packed into some skinny rubber strips?!?

although i admit they do work alot better framing some side skirts!


oh and also i wanna take some credit for JC starting up the AU showroom thread as it evolved after myself and him started throwing up pics of our cars in a totally unrelated discussion!

LONG LIVE THE AU IMO

hell even JR wants to be a part of the AU showroom thread throwing up totally unrelated images!
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Re: Origins of the AUPS and other 3FB tall tales…

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LMAO @ that last comment!!!

I'll just make an adjustment to say that it was infact Red Rooster in Aulbury/Wodonga (hence the talk in many another thread).
I concur on both counts!

Strangely enough, I don't recall any AU bashing while stopped there. Maybe I was zonked out, maybe I was busy shovelling food down my gullet, maybe I was bored with all the AU talk. I think I just listed those in reverse order!

One thing that JR neglected to mention was the usage of the facilities by each and every one of us. I cannot believe the dunny there survived the onslaught. (On a side note, I'd like to congratulate Sparkles on his fumigation of the Uncle Leo's dunny where we met to go down to the FPV Day. I was the poor bastard in there after him...)

Driving back home after leaving Albury is also where I got my Slipstreaming Sloth™ moniker.

Ah, good times...
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Old 11-04-2003, 01:35   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Origins of the AUPS and other 3FB tall tales…

Yes, I stand corrected on the Red Rooster thing - how could I be so forgetful! And I knew XH was doing something, but I couldn't remember what it was - the workshop manual jogs my memory!

And as slothy said, Slipstreaming Sloth™ DID come from some very high speed precision station keeping on the run between Albury and Goulburn.

As for the dunny story - Slothy, I would never DARE to steal your literal thunder by telling any dunny story - you tell them so much better :s6:

Falkeen, I did not know the origin of the AU thread, so that is anoth legend debunked for us all.
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Re: Origins of the AUPS and other 3FB tall tales…

Well well well, the memours of the FPV weekend. Must say what top weekend at that.

Yes it was the AusXh aka Panoman himself who started my inspiration of the
"AU Preservation Society". Months on and it's testimony that going an AU Falcon is the going thing.


Now recapping the incident where AusXH made the "critical" comment of the AU rub strips quote: "There crap" and muttered something along the lines of the triangular bits of the strips looking outta place (Ofcourse i got on the defensive lol), as mentioned we were both reading his workshop manual and i pointed out some race craft items featured as standard on the 1997 XH panelvan.

These include:
1 Tonne suspension
Castor camber kit
Hydratrack LSD 3.45:1 as standard fitment on manuals (EL GT spec)

From there i devised that Ryans panelvan is a homolgation special of the now defunct race category Group A. Hence this was the inspiration to call AusXh's car the Group A XH panel van.
Lets just say it's amazing what a group of Ford Nuts comeup with whilst reading a workshop manual.
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Geez, make me out to be the baddy...

I might go hide for a while untill all this blows over.
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Aaaah the fun and games and somewhat disturbing memories!!!! Yes I remember it fondly as if it were 8 months ago.. A truly classic journey both down and back, and not the least actually down there too!

And now, bear with me as I make some comments about our merry group, and no doubt end up falling into random dribblings about nothing in particular.

XH - aka. The Panoman™, aka Paradise Cabins™
Yes XH did indeed have his workshop manual for some "light reading" for the trips, he really is a strange fellow. However - I cannot critisize him any further as clearly it was all an elaborate plan to "flush out" some deep emotional responses from Seniore Strider. The ensuing banter swayed from tears of rage to tears of laughter, and everything in between. Hugely enjoyable from the comfort of the front passenger seat.

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What can one say - he is a true Jedi Knight Of The Porcelain! A man whose exploits in consumption, economy, and bathroom abuse, are unparallelled. The unwashed GLi, the highly questionable original brakes, the original "Falcon Revealed" magnets... all subtle facets of the great man.

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The finest Sydney-Melb-Sydney taxi driver one can hope for, with one of the finest taxis in the district. A fine man to have at your side when your goal is to give Strider a good stir A man who is not afraid of his food, and who does not look to argue when the suggestion to "upsize" is made. A man who can match the willpower of anyone willing to take on a fourth straight day of Maccas for breakfast. For the most part, a man with fine taste in music also. Just don't mention the Denim Strider incident if he looks short of breath already!

Strider - aka. ah hell, he goes by too many names!
Where to begin on this modern-day superhero! The fighter of AU bashers! Defender of wagons! Unwilling/unwanted participant of silly poses and photo opportunities! Originator of the Denim Strider moment - history in the making! I think I shall compose my thoughts a little further before trying to distill this character down to a mere paragraph (or perhaps I should just become unconscious for a while). Oh, and a special mention should be made of Toto.
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Oh, and a special mention should be made of Toto.
That and a certain blacklist...
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haha what fun stuff to read, I can picture it all. Well written Sparkles.
I hate to think what storys will come from the 24hr.
Bring it on with many members of the AUPS attending.
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