Owners group show a Ford fanciers feast

MUSTANGS, GTs, Roadsters and even a hearse - yes, a hearse - are just some of the cars that will be on display at this weekend’s Tamworth Ford Owners Group car show.

The group is tipping the event will be one of the largest car shows ever held in Tamworth, with more than 170 Fords to converge on Jack Wollaston Oval on Sunday.

Every car lover exhibiting on the day will have a story to tell about their vehicle, but perhaps none so touching as the one local Ken Brooks shared with The Leader.

Mr Brooks and his wife Bronwyn bought “Harry the Hearse” for just a dollar eight years ago and took great pride in decking it out in different designs.

“We used to go to the nursing homes at Easter and fill it up with Easter rabbits and at Christmas we’d have Santa Claus all over it – things like that,” he said.

Four years ago, Mr Brooks’ wife died after a battle with cancer – the hearse was used at her funeral – but he keeps its ample boot chock – full of soft toys to spread some cheer.

“People love it,” he said. “They grab their kids and bring them over to have a look. And it drives like a dream.”

Organiser Mick Mehrton, who has been racing the clock to get his 1966 GT Mustang ready, said the event would be bigger than he ever imagined.

“Basically all I wanted to do was throw a car show because I went to the Newcastle Ford day last year,” he said.

“But it’s exploded. I’ve never known there to be a car show in town this size. We’ve got 170 cars booked already, but we’re still taking calls.”

The show runs from 10am to 4pm. Exhibitors will be charged $5 per car and spectators just a gold coin donation.

All proceeds from the day will go towards Tamworth’s Youth Insearch program, which helps troubled teens.

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