Hot rod festival marks end of era for Falcon

By Roger Moroney

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There will be plenty of automotive colour and style for young and old to enjoy at this Sunday's big show at Meeanee.
There will be plenty of automotive colour and style for young and old to enjoy at this Sunday's big show at Meeanee.

The 24th annual Hot Rod and Classic Car Festival being staged at Meeanee this Sunday will be an extra special occasion for Ford fans.

Malcolm Wilkie from the Marineland Street Rod and Kustom Klub said among the "500-plus" displays set to line up would be a colourful gathering of one of Australia and New Zealand's iconic cars - the Ford Falcon.

"It's the end of an era for the Falcon," Mr Wilkie said.

In May last year Ford Australia announced that the Falcon and Territory models, built at the company's plants in Broadmeadows and Geelong in Victoria, would come to an end.

The production lines are scheduled to halt in October this year.

"More than 50 years of the Falcon so we thought we would put something special together to mark that," Mr Wilkie said.

Accordingly, a "big display" of Ford Falcons would be gathered together from 1960 models through to the very latest 2016 edition.

The show, which runs between 9am and 2pm, will also feature everything from vintage and classic cars, hot rods, sports cars, competition cars and will again stage the popular "car drop" where a car is hoisted high from a crane and dropped, to its thunderous destruction, below.

"There will also be marching girls, food stalls - and plenty for everyone to enjoy."

Admission to the Sandy Rd site near the speedway is $10 for adults and $2 for 5 to 13-year-olds, and Eftpos is available on site.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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