Mighty Fords for Easter rally
Wednesday, 31st March, 2010
Locals are invited to a display of American automotive muscle on the weekend - but don't expect to see names like Camaro and Mustang.
The Ford F100 Club of Australia is converging on the city this week with about 25 vehicles included in the club's rally. The club was originally founded in South Australia, but has since expanded to become a national group with about 150 members.
It has also branched out from being a club for just F100 owners and now showcases a range of vehicles from Ford's F-series the F250 and Bronco. Club committee member Keith McAloney said the F-series holds a certain appeal for many people, mixing practicality with power.
"They have a lot of grunt, and it's good for towing, it's safe. It's a good all-round vehicle," he said. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the F-series is the vehicles' imposing size, a feature that is appreciated by club members such as Graeme Hansen.
"A lot of people like them for that reason - we like them for that reason," laughed Mr Hansen. "They're a pretty big thing over in the States." The club chose Broken Hill as its rally destination after club members made several visits to the district and liked what they saw.
"We had a look around before and we got a lot of help from the visitors' centre when we were here, so we made the decision to come back," said Mr McAloney. "It's a good central location for everyone, usually (our meetings) are a lot further into NSW."
The Ford F100 Club of Australia will have a 'show and shine' at Penrose Park on Sunday from 11am to 1.30pm for any interested members of the public. The club will also have internal judging and award prizes to the best vehicles.