AllFord

Sunday 27 August 2017

11:30am - 3:30pm

A day for all Fordie fans to enjoy celebrating the famous blue oval with vehicles from 1908 to the present day.

There'll be rides from the museum entrance for over 16s who are attending the event in Ford vehicles to the historic 'Bridge of Alford' and back, though these are to be limited in number and to secure your place we suggest coming early!

The event will include judging of several age classes, catering by Graham Whytle Ltd, a souvenir programme and over 150 vehicles on site!

There's still time to enter your vehicle by Clicking Here!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

This year AllFord celebrates 8 significant Ford anniversaries, five are all-new model launches with two of these production cars joining two significant motor sport debut anniversaries.

70 years ago

Pilot V8, 1947-51, production 21,487-35,618.

Key model: 3,622cc V8 side-valve, carb, 85bhp, 83mph, 0-60 20.5sec.

The Ford Pilot ‘Flathead’ V8 of 1947

Image from Ford Press Office

The Pilot was Ford’s first new, UK, model after war and it was the company’s Flagship aimed at the only people able to buy a new car after the war, doctors, vets and the police. Based on the pre-war V8-62 the Pilot was fitted with a new 2.5-litre V8 but it was not powerful enough so the larger wartime 221 flathead V8 was fitted. Built in Colonge and Cork, the Pilot was a strong and reliable car, if thirsty, and it had enough pace for it to be a police car. Features included a three-speed column gear change and pre-war, but reliable rod-operated Girling brakes. The front engine, rear-wheel drive and separate chassis configuration meant it became the basis of commercial vehicle models, a woody shooting brake and steel estate.

40 years ago

Granada MkII, 1977-85, production 919,000.

Key model:  2.8-litre V6 12-valve, inj, 160bhp, 117mph, 0-60 8.9sec.

Thirty years on from the Pilot Ford launched its latest flagship model. Again, it was based on the previous model, built in Germany and featured a new look and new engine. The new Granada’s Cortina MkIV 3-box ‘big glass’ look gave it real presence, so much so that with twin round driving lights mounted above and twin rectangular fogs under the front bumper it stared in the opening credits of the Sweeny and, through a plate glass window, The Professionals. With the growing executive company car market Ford offered 2.0 4, 2.3 V6, 2.8 V6 and 2.1 diesel engines with 4-spd manual and 3-spd auto boxes, L, GL, S, GLS, Ghia and Ghia X trims. Range equipment included aircon, trip computer, central locking, halogen fogs, headlight wash, sunroof, alloy wheels, electric window lifts and metallic paint. Ford also offered a huge and very successful Estate range.

30 years ago

Perhaps, the best and most desirable Fast Ford, the Cosworth RS500  Image from Ford Press Office

Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth, 1987, production 500

Key model: 2.0-litre straight-four dohc 16-valve, turbo, 224bhp, 148mpg, 0-60 6sec

The RS500 was developed for homologation purposes to allow the Cosworth tuned performance three-door hatch Sierras to enter the Group A World, European and British Touring Car Championships. In the British Touring Car Championship drivers like Andy Rouse, Steve Soper and Tim Harvey drove them, the RS500 also competed in the 1988 World Touring Car Championship.

Just 500 RS500 road cars were made, 75% of which were finished in black, the rest in either white or Moonstone Blue. The RS500s were assembled by Aston Martin Tickford and featured a Garrett T3 turbo, twin injectors, strengthened Pinto block, uprated brakes and bodywork, that included its trademark ‘whale tail’ spoiler.

Capri Brooklands 280, 1987, production 1,038

Key model: 2.8i V6 12-valve, inj, 160bhp, 127mph, 0-60 7.7sec

The Capri was launched in 1968 and was a huge hit offering dads a sporty looking coupe that could carry a family of four and, from the MkII of 1974, a practical hatchback body.  However, the MkII didn’t sell as well so in 1978 the MkIII followed and reignited enthusiasm in the Capri. The slick three-door silhouette with distinctive long bonnet and power bump were augmented by a four-shot headlight design. In 1981, the range flagship got the new 160bhp Cologne V6 2.8 injection engine and later a five-speed manual gearbox. In 1985, to help tame the rear-wheel drive Capri’s lively tail, the 2.8i Special arrived with a limited slip differential. By 1987 the Capri was losing out to more capable and practical cars, not least from Ford’s XR range. A swansong model was produced the 280 Brooklands featuring special 15-inch RS 7-spoke alloy wheels, Recaro Raven black with red piping leather interior and distinctive Brooklands green bodywork.

20 years ago

Puma, 1997-2002

Key model at launch: 1.7 s4 16-valve, 123bhp, 126mph, 0-60 9.2sec

 Image from Ford Press Office

Based on the great handling MkIV Fiesta, the Puma was a compact three-door coupe that followed Ford’s ‘New Edge’ design trend. The front engine front-wheel drive coupe offered amazing handling and good performance from its 1.7 engine. 1.4, 1.6, and in 1999, a run of 500 153bhp Racing Puma models were added. The 1.7 came with a close-ratio gearbox, traction control, alloys, sports seats and ABS. 2 special editions were the Black and Thunder. 

Mondeo ST24, 1997-1999

Key model: 2.5 V6 DOHC 24-valves, 167bhp, 139mph, 0-60 8sec

 The Mondeo ST24 in very rare Estate form. With the Mondeo winning races in the BTCC Ford needed a more

 sporty looking model to cash in on the “win on Sunday sell on Monday” effect.  Image from Ford Press Office

The front-wheel drive Mondeo replaced the RWD Sierra in 1992 and soon won over RWD fans with its fine handling/ride set-up and spacious interior but, it didn’t have a sport model to reflect its BTCC success. In 1997 the ST24 arrived, based on the executive spec 2.5-litre V6 hatch and estate models the ST24 featured a sporty and distinctive body kit. 

50 years of Ford Cosworth DFV

Lotus 49 Cosworth from 1967

In the 1967 Dutch Grand Prix, double World Champion Jim Clark drove a Lotus 49 fitted with the all-new Ford Cosworth DFV engine to victory on the engine’s debut. Over the next 15 years the DFV would win 155 Grand Prix, 12 Drivers’ and 10 Constructors’ F1 titles making the most successful V8 engine in F1. It also powered 2 Le Mans winners, 6 F3000 champions, 10 Indy 500 winners (DFX version) and 9 CART champions.

In 1966 Ford’s marketing and motor sport guru, Walter Hayes, persuaded Ford to sponsor Cosworth Engineering’s all-new F1 engine. The deal cost Ford £30,000 and the legendary DFV was born. The Ford Cosworth DFV was a 3.0-litre quad-cam 900 V8 with four-valves per cylinder, derived from 2 Ford twin-cam four-cylinder FVA (Four Valve type A) units, making it a Double Four Valve engine. Originally 400bhp the DFV would  develop 500bhp at 10,000rpm by 1982. By the early 80s 1.5 turbos were in the ascendancy, the DFV’s bore and stroke was revised to produce the 530bhp DFY which Michele Alboreto used to win the DFV-family's, and Tyrrell’s, final F1 victory, at the 1983 Detroit Grand Prix.

DFV driver champions were Graham Hill (2), Jackie Stewart (3), Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi (2),James Hunt, Mario Andretti, Alan Jones, Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg.  The DFV powered constructor champions were Lotus (5), Matra, Tyrrell, McLaren and Williams (20.

50 years of Formula Ford

In 1966 the new 3.0-litre F1 era arrived. This meant that the feeder categories of single seater racing could also get bigger engines. A group of British racing luminaries  devised a plan for a racing class that would allow cheap, close racing suitable for race newcomers to learn race craft. They approached Ford’s vice president, Walter Hayes, and asked if they could use the Cortina GT’s 1500cc Kent engine to power the new class and call it Formula Ford.

Engine tuning would be strictly controlled but teams could build their own chassis, within the championship guide lines. For ’67 a Lotus chassis was offered but 1968 saw new chassis arrive along with the 1.6 crossflow version of the Kent engine.  FF1600 arrived spreading around the world with over 200 chassis builders. FF drivers that went on to win an F1 title include: Ayrton Senna; Nigel Mansell; Jensen Button; Emerson Fittipaldi; Jody Scheckter.