After a short pause of events in early-mid 2020 due to COVID, the events team has ensured that we made up for any missed time with lots of exciting cruises and events happening.
That philosophy extends us into 2021 with another busy year ahead!
Feel free to check out the newsletters from 2021 below and previous years on the other events pages to see what our very active club gets up to.
All upcoming events are also posted in Upcoming Events.
Date: 28 Feb 2021
Location: Birdwood Motor Museum
While finishing our delicious ice-creams at 48 Flavours on our previous picnic cruise, the small Ford owners amongst us decided that we would attend the Small Ford Show being held on the following Sunday.
So, within a week we had 6 of the club's small Fords all lined up in front of the Gumeracha Town Hall ready for the short trip up to the Birdwood Motor Museum. While waiting we had a few waves to fellow enthusiasts and even had a couple stop to follow us into the show. As the gates opened at 8:30am we set off with Kim driving the 'Big Ford' support vehicle to carry the club marque, which we couldn't fit in any of our small Fords!
On arrival we signed in on our COVID's apps before being greeted by the organiser and advised where to park. Due to COVID restrictions we had to spread the cars out, so we only had a basic display. However, the 5 Focuses and 1 Probe all looked great lined up in the sun together. After parking up everyone got their cars cleaned up, with a couple of the keener members taking a bit longer than the others!
The show had a great display of smaller model Fords with about 80-90 vehicles in attendance, including some very nice older style Escorts, Sierras and Cortina's and newer XR5's, ST's and RS's.
The small Ford members had a great day out, some talking of modifications being planned or comparing those already completed... there's always room for more mods! We were also visited by a few members that couldn't shrink their large Fords in time!
We were also able to check out the Motor Museum as well which is always great to see what has changed inside. The museum had a few new displays inside, including the new interactive displays and even the new 'Hword' display, which was good to check out the history of the local automotive industry. The day wrapped up with the trophy ceremony and then a quick pack-up. Unfortunately, no trophies were won this year, but still a great day out to see vehicles that are not always out and about. We all then set off to enjoy our hills drive back home, with one member requiring some external assistance from our friends at RAA! (no names shall be given!).
Thanks to everyone who attended and visited, was great to see our small Ford club members out together. Here's hoping we can get all members together in a show again for All Ford Day SA later this year!
Date: 21 Feb 2021
Location: Adelaide Hills / Hazelwood Park
We met at Newton central and had a nice big group of cars to come along with Caitlin and I as we led them to a picnic lunch. We welcomed a new potential member Sean with a blue RS (yes another focus!). While I knew what was in store for todays cruise some members were surprised.
Todays cruise was a little windy to say the least and while a couple focus’ at the front were having some fun where they could and a GT trying to keep up we stayed as a group and all had a good time, we had one miss a turn off and some that thought there little pocket rockets at home in the garage might have been better suited to the roads instead of their larger falcons (not mentioning any names).
We then made it to lunch at Hazelwood park and everyone dug into the lunch they had brought along. After lunch and some chatting our lovely caterer Lee had made some goodies for our sweet tooth with cookies, rocky road and cannoli’s which were all to die for!
Some time had passed and we started making a move to our next destination. A short drive and we made it to 48 flavours. A new spot for the club to visit and we loved it, while we didn’t try all the 48 flavours of ice cream we definitely gave it a good crack.
Thanks to everyone who came along and braving the hills with me!
Date: 07 Feb 2021
Location: Fawks Reserve
Even with a really early start and the threat of bad weather we still had a great turnout of 10 cars to this show (still no “Big Red” though).
Meeting at the Caltex servo at Arndale we only had 3km to drive to the oval where the show was being held. We were able to line up together and with the big marquee and flags etc put up we looked pretty impressive!! Thanks to Pete for bringing the trailer out, it looked great to have it as part of the display.
Overall there were quite a few cars on show with a great mix of all makes and models, even some retro police cars were there!! After some time relaxing and mixing with other entrants it was time to draw the raffle, Connor and myself were lucky enough to pick up a prize (a bottle of wine and a cheese board respectively). The committee also donated a raffle prize on behalf of the club, which was gratefully accepted.
After the trophy presentation we packed up and headed off, Thankyou to the members who attended this event, it is great to support these causes as a club and to give back every once and a while, also thankyou for the help setting up and packing up the display!
Date: 06 Feb 2021
Something a little bit different for the club and meeting a little later in the day than usual but it started at Krispy Kreme which is becoming more popular for our meet spots (the presidents love for donuts must be rubbing off on members!). We departed Krispy Kreme and made our way along the expressway towards the coast.
Cruising through semaphore then Henley and Brighton while trying to stay as close to the beach as possible. Even though the weather was dark and a little gloomy it was nice to go along the beach and watch some of the waves roll in.
Now moving a little further from the beach we made our way down to Hallett cove where we had made it to our destination at the Boat Shed Cafe which was a new spot for the club and most members.
We all had lovely meals ranging from schnitzels to pasta and pizza which was then followed by coffees and hot chocolates for the members who wanted a nice warm drink to finish off the evening.
Date: 30 Jan 2021
Location: Wayville Showgrounds
A small turnout for this one with 4 cars attending the show n shine. Meeting at Mile End homemaker we travelled the short distance to the showgrounds entrance. After a short wait we were let in to start our set up. Even with 4 cars we still looked good with a black, blue and green cars!!
Once set up we sat back and relaxed while the public came streaming in. Sue and Brenton had their cars on display inside the pavilion and they looked fantastic as always.
Mid afternoon rolled around and it was time for the trophy presentation. Sean received the “Best European” trophy which was very well deserved!! After the trophies were given out we headed back to our display to pack up and head out before the Zippel cars were due to roll in.
Congratulations to Brenton also for picking up the “Best high tech engine bay” trophy this year, well done the GT looked awesome!!
Date: 24 Jan 2021
Location: Murray Bridge
Our adventure started at Arndale Shopping Centre, we all got there for a 10am departure and it was already heating up (thank goodness for cloud cover). Goody bags in hand (thanks Lee) and with an expected top of 45 degrees we were all keen to get back into our airconditioned cars and get on our way.
We commenced out of the car park onto Torrens road, went up toward the city, through the Dequeteville Terrace roundabouts then onto South Eastern Freeway. We took the Stirling exit to our Morning Tea destination Millis Bakery, there we filled our bellies with Coffee and Cakes.
Off to the Italian Club in Murray Bridge we found some nice roads along the way. We made our way down to the waterfront where our lunch destination was located. The meals were beautiful, some enjoyed the famous “hanger” schnitzel, so called as it “hangs” off the plate. After everyone finished their meals we all went as it was too bloody hot to do anything else.
Date: 09 Jan 2021
Location: Adelaide Hills / Barossa
We had a pretty warm day for the first cruise of the year but nevertheless we had a fantastic turnout of 14 cars for this run.
Meeting at Munno Para shops, we huddled under the little bit of shade that was available before setting off. I was hoping to take peoples minds of the heat with my cool Hawaiian shirt but I don’t think it was very effective.
We hit the road and headed up past Craigmore but before we got to Kersbrook, we had to pull over as Rocky had some overheating issues, at that stage it looked minor so we headed off again to our first stop. That first stop was Linfield Road Wines. After a quick history lesson from Steve about the winery it was time for some tastings. The backdrop was great as some members went outside to relax as others were enjoying the wine.
After a short drive we arrived at our lunch stop at Eden Valley Hotel. Casserly had a great spot outside set aside for us, luckily it wasn’t too hot out there! The food came out relatively quickly and by all accounts there were no complaints. The misters were great as it did drop the temperature a few degrees.
After another short drive we stopped at Menglers Hill for a quick photo op, then it was onto the Barossa Chocolate Factory for ice cream and chocolate, the air conditioning was a welcome relief also!!
Thankyou to the members for coming along to my cruise and making it a good one!!
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