Kiwanis All Ford Day
Geelong is a proud Ford town being the birthplace of Ford in Australia and is still home to a large part of Ford’s manufacturing and design facilities for over 80 years, and there is no better place to show off the shiny blue badge than at the annual Kiwanis All Ford Day.
Held in February on the sweeping lawns of Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus, on the outskirts of Geelong, the All Ford Day attracts around 1200 Ford vehicles from all over the world representing all eras of the companies 100 plus year history. As you would expect there is a immense turnout of Falcon’s with models dating back to over 50 years being represented from the XL right up to the latest FG XR and G Series. Some of the popular Falcons that always attract a few admirers are the super hot GT’s of the early 1970′s and the rare 1978 XC Cobra.
Many other Aussie classics also get a look in, including the Capri, Fairlanes, and some of the older English based vehicles like Cortinas, Escorts, Consuls and the Anglia. There are always hundreds of imported cars like the Mustang and other US muscle cars. Trucks including the F100 and F150 are also hugely popular with exhibitors.
There are many Ford models that look like they have just left the show room, while there are others which have been modified beyond belief. It’s astounding the range of models and uniqueness of many of the cars on display; not forgetting the Lincolns and Thunderbirds which look as if only Elvis could drive with their enormous fins and big over hangs.
The day is well attended by around 30 Ford Car Clubs from all over the state bringing their polished up and beautifully maintained treasures along for display. Many compete for one or more of the sought after trophies on offer for the day.
The All Ford Day has been ran since 1991 and is a major fundraiser by the Kiwanis Club who work tirelessly to put it on each year and have been raising money for needy causes in the Geelong area since 1972.
The All Ford Day is a family event with plenty of fun for the young, there are always some entertainment for the kids and there’s sure to be a jumping castle or other fun attraction. The vast lawns are the perfect place to kick back with a picnic while admiring the beautiful Ford cars and listening to the bands. There are always plenty of food vendors and make sure you bring your pocket money for some fantastic Ford souvenirs, with many stands selling models, T Shirts, and other memorabilia.
Most years VIP visits from some of the V8 supercar teams attend the event to sign autographs for the adoring crowd.
For the red team, who like the other Aussie automotive legend Holden; don’t worry there’s an All Holden Day in enemy territory a few weeks after the All Ford Day at the Geelong Showground and even something for Chrysler fans every March.
Visit the Intown Events Calendar for details on the next All Ford Day Event.