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Well folks, its almost that time when another year gets struck off the record, and another one presents itself for exploitation.....

I have only been a member here for less than a year, but in that time I've

Been on 2 FF cruise events (Portsea Pub and Xmas, was booked for the RAID as well but still have a keyring to show for it)

Made some great friends here, and destroyed many a brain cell with them

Managed to introduce the GT Club boys to the FF boys, an aspect I find particularly pleasing

Learnt that people have as much passion and pride for their modern day rides as their older cousins

Friendship and mateship is alive and well in the land of Oz

Never doubt the existence of a PornBus.....

BSR HQ while having no race track connections whatsoever has many other redeming features

6 FF beer mugs are an essential item for any Ford man

U Turns in Portsea have a quality and satisfaction not found at the end of many other courts....

Ford were not the first to invent the XR6 Turbo

NOTHING is better than sit ups

The R world may well be out there somewhere, but no one can seem to confirm this

On a broader note, Ford regained the pride and recognition it had lost in a remarkable year, proving that near on 20 years of faith sometimes pays off

Team GT put some passion back into motorsport, and extended some great hospiltality to their supporters

Marcos Ambrose showed nerves of steel and put the blue oval right where it should be, on TOP

The Stone Brothers showed that substance can win out over marketing

On a personal note

Added my all time favourite XY GT to my own personal stable - something I would never have dreamed possible

Enjoyed every moment of my XR8

Moved house

Put the dog in for a successful restoration

Brought the Australian Muscle Car Day into existance, something I will continue to organise for as long as I'm not in an institution

Organised the first GT Tour of Tasmania, something I will continue to organise for as long as I'm not in an institution

Laughed hard, cried a little, smiled a hell of a lot.

All in all a year that goes down as a damn good one. As you will notice, a lot of it revolves around one brand of car, but really its more about the people who own, support and enjoy that car.

Hope your year was as good as mine. Look forward to seeing you all on the other side of it.

Cheers
 

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It has been a great year for me.

Joined exactly a year ago last december & in that time I have been on the Great Ocean Cruise, Arthurs Seat Cruise, GT40 workshop day, Clader Park Drive Day & the Eildon Cruise.

Met some cool people & got to passenger in some pretty cool cars, thanks Mal.

We moved into our first house this year, which is probally a highlight of the year.

Anyways, it is almost another year over & I hope next year can be better than this one.

Cheers
 

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Ok il share as well this may get a little deep sorry in advance!

Has been a very hard year for me personally but in reveiw I have grown immensly

reunited with my wife, then seperated again

Spent a lot (read;too much) time at work

moved into the city for 12 weeks for work

drank WAY too much,too often (not entirely bad but altogether not good!)

Met a great guy by the name of Steve on the GOR cruise

Organised with steve the Portsea Cruise and met some great guys (drank WAY too much again!)

Resigned from my job to start my own buisness and it is going fantastic!

Reunited with my wife again and now its like our honeymoon period all over again!(YAY ME)

spending a great deal of time making up for 18 months of lost time with my son.

My son turned 3 this year

Went on a well deserved holiday to Thailand

Introduced the lovely Mrs Kooky to the forums

Took an active part in the first "Ford Forums Christmas Cruise" and what a day that was

Well its been a full year for me and looking for next year to be a great deal smoother!

Most of all I am looking forward to sharing it all with my "Blue Blooded Family" with plenty more events to participate in. Bring it on!
 

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Ok a review on the year that’s been for me. (LONG POST) and probably with heaps of errors.

Started out bloody hectic as I work for the Victorian Electoral Commission. I had just finished the State election in Dec 2002 and there were Council elections to be done. This meant around 2 months of flat out preparation and 1 month of 16 - 18 hour days with no life for shit pay but hey what’s new.

I had join FF the year before but I had my EB series II still. After umming and arring I decided it was time to purchase my AU I could not afford a XR so I decided that a classic would have to do. I love it its my pride and joy but I still miss my EB.

After getting the AU I decided the event on FF were a little to far apart and were not really to big so I decided to just make one up and see how many people showed. It was a tiny turn out with a few cars but that where I made first contact with other humans from FF.

This bloke named Darryn seemed to be one with the words and a lot like myself in ways so we hit it off. Also met Twin system(tm) that had a bloody nice GT and was a top bloke. Maximus but still didn’t believe he had a car because I was still yet to see it. Mal and the turbo which made me fat and that’s when the ole Team galaxy roots were starting to form.

The meet went well so I decided to organise another cruise with Darryn (Kooky) to Portsea pub and also had a stay over where we met up with a lot of ford forum members and had a top day and night. That’s where I also met a top bloke named XWGT (Roger) we had a few ales but didn’t really hit it off there as such. The morning after was enough to know these boys new business and how to drink plus waking up with a stubbie in your hand half full after 6 hours sleep must mean something I’m an alcho LOL.

Weeks passed and Shane (Smciner1) had put a few good words in to the mods and FM decided that he was going to be flat out and was looking for a Ford forums Events Organiser for (VIC) I applied and a few days was notified that I had a new position (You bloody ripper). I got stuck into it and organised 3 driving courses, which spanned 3 months. They were a huge success and enjoyed by all that attended.

During the time between the first and second course my employer informed me that with all of the hard work and money I saved for them. That I would not be needed. And was out on the floor by New Years Eve. That had come as a blow after 3 years but I was sort of ready for it. I changed my views picked my head up and carried on.

I had a lot of time to think of what I was going to do and in the end I decided that I am going back to school. So I am heading back to do my Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Engineering that starts in the New Year. I will pick up casual work, as there is plenty around and will still fight on.

Around the same time as this bad news Roger PM'ed me about some info and friends in IT that I could use to my advantage. I decided to go around and meet up with these top blokes and had a huge night playing games and getting pissed with Roger and Jasper. Roger is now officially one that get a phone call every couple of weeks to see how things are and what’s planned to organise other binge drinking sessions I'm glad I met ya roger same goes to you Darryn.

I knew that funds were starting to run low and that I would have to save so I had to back out of the driving events. Kooky coming to my rescue and taking donations off the rest of the FF blokes to keep me on and enjoy these courses. Laminge give me his ticket to the Last driving course but in the end I had to decline fearing something would happen to my AU's Auto and never having the money to fix it.

Those events finished and it’s pulling up towards the end of September so I thought I’m going to get stuck into organising an Xmas cruise. That went down well and I thank all who was involved you guys know who you are. I become even closer to the other Moderators and Admins and also to all other FF users on the night. You guys know who you are to many to mention. Thanks Gazza, Xa and Kooky for all the drink's you guys made me smashed. Thanks also to the guys that stayed on until around close we sure did have fun you are now an extension of my own family, you’re my ford brothers and sister.

Heaps has happened this year with FF and me. I have also taken a helping roll in moderating the huge pub and Asylum sections and for now I have enough on my plate.

There countless phone calls to Philbie lately has made him another regular on my phone call list and a top friend.

Oh I also forgot Smciner1 &Casper you have been top blokes to me and we never get to catch up enough. Will have to do something very shortly with the both of you and have a few quiet beers.

A few other things have happened in my life at recent with my dad’s heart bypass complications and now luckily everything is looking like it’s leading up to be a top new year for me.

To whoever else I forgot I didn’t mean it its just getting to bloody long thanks for a great year.

(Also LunaticSVT we will get to meet one day mate and we can down a few jugs together)

(RussellW, FM we need to kick back and have a few pale ales together when you’re not so busy. Laminge needs a hand to finish off some southern comfort I will put my hand up for that.

Until next event Heathcote Stay Safe, drive safe

Keep up the posts and keep the Forums Going.


Steve B
 

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the big disadvantage of living in Tassie
miss out on the cruises and meeting all you fine folk
 

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My year in review. Well its been a fairly decent year, working shift work makes it a little difficult to plan to attend some events organised for ff. So I have only attended 2 this year (FPV cruise day and christmas cruise). Both were a fantastic way to meet and chat with fellow ford freaks. On the christmas cruise I had Shawn (FordHawk) as my passenger and it was a great way to get to know a fellow FF'er (thanx again to AU1SIXA, laminge, mrs xa, russellw and everyone else for a great event). fordforums has made me mature in my way of thinking in the whole car industry scene. i have gained incredible knowledge as well. I have also annoyed a lot of people with the constant chatter about the forums. A big thanks to LunaticSVT, Donut King and all other admins for maintaining a great site and to all other ff members for making it such a great experience.
 

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TS50 said:
the big disadvantage of living in Tassie
miss out on the cruises and meeting all you fine folk
hey thats no excuse!..I have a gf in tassie and ive been down there 3 times in about a year and a half!

Yeah the spirit of tassie is a boring as bat shit but its only for 6-8 hours. Then you let all that frustration out with a nice drive.
 

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FoMoCo4eva said:
hey thats no excuse!..I have a gf in tassie and ive been down there 3 times in about a year and a half!

Yeah the spirit of tassie is a boring as bat shit but its only for 6-8 hours. Then you let all that frustration out with a nice drive.
hahaha
ok point taken
well when the next cruise is on down the great ocean road i will try my hardest to make it, i think my little car would love that road
 

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I'm not sure why but I feel compelled to post in this thread....

I have only been here just over 5 months but i've had a fantastic time already. I've been to a mini FF calder drag night, on cruises to Mt Dandynong, Eildon, the great christmas cruise and the brockinest weekend up at Mt Brock with the 3FB boys'n'gals for the 24 hour race, damn what a blast that was!!!!

Thanks to everyone who has assisted me to get to and enjoy these events during the past few months. My cars have been nothing short of a disaster this year but i'm finally getting on top of them, so I hope to be repaying some favors soon! :beer2:

And last but not least a HUGE thanks to the tireless efforts of the forum admins/mods. Its your hard work that makes this my favourite place on the net!

Cheers,
Greg
 

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A good year indeed.

In my mind it will be remembered for the following things:

1. Ford regaining market credibility and then losing it again.
2. The RAID that never was (and may that be the last one of those).
3. The hospitality of the TEAM GT people at Winton and the superb efforts of the TS50 on track.
4. Getting to meet some of the GT Club people (thanks XWGT).
5. Attending the AGM and elections of the GT Club of Geelong - 2 hours of watching everyone duck and weave their way out of the presidency was the stuff of legends.
6. The Calder drive day (both of them).
7. The Xmas cruise - thanks to kooky and AU1sixa for a great event.
8. On a sad note saying goodbye to the TE50.
9. On a happy note getting both the GT-p and the Mustang in the same year.
10. Watching the forum continue to grow.

Cheers
Russ
 

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TS50 said:
hahaha
ok point taken
well when the next cruise is on down the great ocean road i will try my hardest to make it, i think my little car would love that road
well when you come up...I take credit for it and call shotgun...lol

hey maybe we should go to tassie for a cruise. How good who that be. Book the spirit as there wont be any room left and then cruise around tassie for a couple of days.

From personal experience their roads are much better as long as you dont go off the major ones. If anyone can beat devonport to laurderdale (30 mins east of hobart) in under 2 hrs and 50 mins while being pulled over once by the lovely police barragade then I take my hat of to you.

This year I must admit ive posted alot more than usual. Ive been around for a while and to see this place become what it is now is no mean feat. I can remember when the main and almost only posters where AP (where did he go of late), Lamagine, Russ and FM.

Ive learnt heaps about my car this year due to some back luck, but its all been worth it.

My next pledge is to come on a cruise as I have been to chicken shit to do so. I dont know why because I talk to you guys more than some of my old school friends...lol

Heres to 2004!
 

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Ok, my year in review:

Start of Jan while down on xmas leave from Darwin with some mates we wrote off a little Lancer hire car. Hello $3000 hire car insurance excess (Always, i repeat always, take to extra couple of bucks a day for cheaper insurance!).

Got back to Darwin only to find out that an ongoing medical condition with my legs (Compartments Syndrome) had started me on my way down the road of discharge from the Army. Enter loads of paperwork, stress and a general feeling of what the hell am i going to do with my life. Combine that with going for my final medical and learning that i had put on more weight than i thought since i had hurt my legs (12 kilos!!! easy to get, not so easy to get rid of!). General in a pretty p*ssed of and feeling sorry for myself state of affairs.

June comes around and there is light at the end of the tunnel. i get a confirmation of posting back to my family in melbourne to help with my resettlement after discharge. now that i have some time to myself i finally start doing some mods on the AU. During this time, also break up with long term gf...lets not go there:) All this turned around though with the arrival of my best mate, a 5 week old pure bred american staffy that cost me 50 bucks. Diesel's my best mate and the best investment ive ever made, even thought he's the biggest meathead ever born:)

Around August i stumble onto this site and finally get my ass into gear around October and join. I am amazed by how helpful and friendly everyone is. All the information i could ever want or need is just one question away.

Finally got to meet a bunch of the FF guys on the Xmas cruise, one of the best days ive had in awhile and helped me to take my mind of all the discharge stress (big thanks to Steve for organising a top day, and everyone who i met for being so cool)

Went for a job about a month ago and within a week was given the big thumbs up! one catch tho, i found out on friday and had to start on the monday. luckily my boss in the army was a top chick and she managed to get me on paid leave till my discharge date on the 9th of Jan so i could start. Been at CGU insurance now for 2 weeks and loving it! only problems is that i cant use my 30% staff discount on car insurance because even my simple mods total around 760 points and the maximum they allow is 99:( Oh and if anyone wants to arrange a rating one, give me a pm and i should be able to work something out;)

Well a pretty big year for me with the whole interstate relocation and job change thing but right about now im feelin pretty good. Still stuck on deciding whether to get an XR8 or mod the sh*t out of the falcon but im not stressed, it'll come to me!

Lookin forward to next year and all the opportunities its bringing. I hope everyone has a happy and safe xmas and new years! Thanks guys and have fun!!!

Brad
 

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well this year i stumbled across this site sometime in july and have never looked back... im on it 24/7... and thanx to all the boys who gave me advice on buying my first car, cheers fellas!, have a good xmas and new year and i hope to join u on many cruises once i get my full license :hy:
 

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TS50 said:
the big disadvantage of living in Tassie
miss out on the cruises and meeting all you fine folk

meh, at least u can drive

i wish i was able to go to the cruises and other such FF events but im to young :(

oh well in a few years i will definately be trying to go to some of the FF events
 

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I agree this past year has been one of my better ones for a few.......

My mates list continues to grow from this great forum and I have been able to go on 3 cruises (should have been 4...... Grrrrr @ the raid that never was) One of these cruises I actually was in it the whole way instead of the usual meet from the other end :p

I have been apointed the NSW rep for E Series .... I have been able to upgrade to a EA ...... I'm slowly clawing my way back to a ED ........

I cant wait for tomorrow when my kids get their pressies....... I think the pressy list is indicative of just how good a year its been.....

an XE wagon for the 13yr old.....

a remote control F100 that is huge & cost only $2 less than the XE for the youngest

& a mobile phone for the daughter ...... this & a heap of stocking fillers as well ....... Two years ago I would never have imagined being able to afford all of that .......

To all who have helped try to keep my sanity in here & irc I thank you and hope you all have a great Xmas & a top New Year


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THE year IN REvIEw!!! (large intake of breath...)

My Year has been a rather eventful one as well.... Being my last school year I also got my drivers liscence in March, and Inherited Dad's Old Immaculate Everglade Green XG Falc S Ute to drive to and from school.

Halfway through the year, after spending much on the XG and Making it put out around 185kW, I felt my money would be better spent in a car that I actually could look at and call 'my baby'. I joined FF and began to look for 5 speed EF and EL XR6's.....

I sold 'XG185' for $11K and Began really searching for my dream XR6. During the search, I came across the Futura at Etheridge, even though she wasn't an XR6, her condition, colour, and 5 speed manual gearbox sold me - I knew a 5 speed futura was a RARE find..... And the rest is history.

ALso finished Year 12 with an ENTER above 80, which is enough to get me into my course, and am looking forward to next year where I plan to get more involved in FF activities.

Cheers!! and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!

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My year in review:

1. Got thru more uni subjects, now only have 3 to go.
2. Got on the response team for firefighting
3. Turned 21
4. Added 40,000km to the tx5
5. Attended 0 FF events, continuous waffle however sufficed on the forums
6. Took up kayaking
7. Joined FF MIRC on my 21st birthday (1 month ago), seem to be making friends :nerner:
8. Became the subject for the FF channel topic over 5 times.
 

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Heres my year in review. (mainly ff review :p)

I joined the Eseries club the day i got my EB, i had known about the club for a while, because when i was in grade 9 (2000) i did a school project and used some of the info on ford.i8.com. I looked at that site for a while then forgot about it. But i remembered it just before i got my car and signed up straight away.

I found fordforums through a link on the Eseries club website. It looked pretty cool so i decided to sign up.

I go back and read some of my early posts and feel like the biggest noob of all time. But im glad to say now, i have a fair knowledge of the forums and most of the regular users.

So as the year went on, my car finally got some mods, i felt more of a part of the community (ff that is) and have had a great time spending many hours learning lots and lots and lots about cars (well fords in particular obviously).

So i'd like to thank certain groups / people for making my first year on the forums such a memorable one:

All the eseries guys! - A big cheers to you for such an amazing club. Never have i been to a place filled with such great people and sooo much knowledge. Thank you all.

The BSR Team. - Although im not a member or anything, reading all your stories and general chatter always gives me a good laugh.

The Trans/Driveline section. Although this may seem boring to most people. Its something that im very interested in and spend alot of my time looking there.

The fordforums irc channel. - even though i dont go in there that often, and when i ususally do i dont talk much, reading the babble that goes on there is often a great way to spend a night!

The eseries irc channel. - ^^^same as above^^^

Everyone else who has ever helped me with something, i thank you greatly.

So heres to a good year (almost) past, and lets hope next year is just as good!!!


Dane.
 
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