The Small Ford Show in South Australia had plenty going for it with brilliant weather and a superb venue, which was the grounds of the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. This was only the 4th time this show, organised by the Ford RS Owners Club of SA, had been held but it boasted 69 entrants. Mark Howson was the main mover and shaker and his efforts resulted in the show having a name sponsor, Dazzler Signs and Custom Airbrushing, along with Trade Stands which included Steve from SMCKA. The small Ford theme even extended to the DJ who played music and looked after the P.A. during the day as he had his gear set up in a Mk2 Escort Van.
The bulk of the cars on show were the traditionally popular models, Cortinas, Capris and Escorts. There was a good selection of Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts, including the sporting models ie. several Twin Cams and Mk2 RS2000s. Mark Howson’s Zakspeed arched Mk2 RS2000 looked tough, sitting on some deep dish Minilite style alloys. Further variety came in the shape of a Mk1 Escort Estate, some Mk2 Panel Vans and even a Mk 4 XR3i.
There was only a solitary Sierra three door for the Cossie buffs to check out. Amongst the handful of later models was one Focus XR5 and one example of the latest Focus ST but surprisingly nobody had brought an RS Focus to the show.
There was a decent turn out of Interstaters with a dozen cars coming over from Melbourne. Amongst these was Stewart Coleman in his Mk1 Escort RS2000 while making the trek from Sydney was Stephen Roser in his German RS2000.
There were some immaculate restos, a few nice competition cars and some honest, solid, original cars that are bound to come up a treat once their owners can put some more time and money into them. As for the 2005 Ford GT sports car, is that truly a ‘small Ford’? Well as the top of the roof is only 44 inches off the ground of course it’s small.
Entry to the show also got you free entry into the Museum. There were a number of Fords displayed there as well including a Prefect, Anglia, XK Falcon and TD Cortina Station Wagon.