GALLERY: All-Ford Day draws enthusiastic car lovers

THE district’s Ford owners were out in force at Jack Woolaston Oval yesterday as 106 cars drew a crowd.

The All-Ford Day was the brainchild of Tamworth Ford Owners’ Group member Mick Mehrton, who got the idea to put on a local day after attending a similar event in Newcastle last November. 

Mr Mehrton, along with fellow club members Brendon Riley and Nick MacRae, said the Newcastle event inspired him to something similar in Tamworth.

Fords from the 1920s right through to the present were on show, including 20 Mustangs and a 1932 hotrod.

One of the rarer models was an XC Cobra owned by Tamworth man Tony Goldman.

Mr Goldman, who trucked in his three Cobras, said he was pleased to be able to show all of them off at the same time.

His original 1978-model XC sedan, an Aussie muscle car, was sandwiched between two BF series II GTs released in 2008 to mark the 30th anniversary of the model – one a ute (number 29 out of 100 utes released) and one other sedan.

“It’s number 129,” Mr Goldman said.

Mr Goldman had always longed to own a Cobra of his own.

“My sister and brother-in-law had a Cobra when I was a kid,” he said. 

“Originally, they were built in 1977 to race at Bathurst and the production version came out in 1978.”

Now, he owns three and was relishing the “opportunity to bring them all out”.

“It’s very rare that someone’s got a whole set,” he said.

He belongs to the Queensland Cobra Car Club because there is no NSW branch.

Mr Mehrton said they were hoping to make the event annual.

“At the moment, we’ve got that much of a turnout that we want to make it annual,” he said.

A similar day is planned for April 16 on the Mid-North Coast, with venue to be announced. Call Steve Jubb on 0412 925 888 for more details .

Anyone wanting to join the Tamworth contingent heading over to that event can call Mike Mehrton on 0466 015 301.

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