Ford owner Ash Brown with his 2004 VA Falcon and 1970 XY Falcon.
Ford owner Ash Brown with his 2004 VA Falcon and 1970 XY Falcon. Alistair Brightman

Fraser Coast Ford fans say bitter farewell to tradition

AS DEMONSTRATED during last month's Wide Bay Rodders car show, the Fraser Coast is home to an exquisite collection of beautiful Fords.

Last week, Ford Australia announced plans to scrap the iconic Falcon from 2016 and shut down its Geelong and Broadmeadows manufacturing plants, meaning the end of production of the Falcon.

Ford is one-half of one of the greatest rivalries in the world.

Most people will remember the images of legendary racer Allan Moffat fighting his Falcon as it lumbers around Mt Panorama while being chased down by Peter Brock in the Torana.

However those days are long gone.

Wide Bay Rodders club president and Ford lover Des Batten said Ford had contributed immensely to the Australian car industry.

"It is sad but the same thing happened in New Zealand - they can't compete," he said.

"How much longer can the government keep propping them up?"

Mr Batten said Ford had produced several fantastic cars.

"The XY GTO was once the fastest four-door sedan in the world," he said.

It's only a matter of time before the newest of Fords become the classics."

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