GEELONG, Australia — For Ford's passionate employees, it was the chance to show off some of the most classic and iconic vehicles ever released.
Ford Mustangs, Falcon GT's and even some old hot rods were among the vehicles displayed at the third annual Show and Shine event, which raises funds to support another Ford cause – Kids Day Out, where children with disabilities from three local schools are taken to a water theme park at Christmas.
Employees brought along around 90 classic cars to the event – the largest number ever – at the Ford Geelong Manufacturing Operations site, along with motorbikes and car memorabilia. Some employees also brought along hobby products such as model cars and planes.
Organised by the Ford Geelong Community Affairs Committee, Show and Shine raised funds through admission fees, barbecues, raffles and a hugely popular auction of merchandise from Ford, Ford Performance Racing (FPR), and Geelong Football Club. Employees were also able to have their photo taken with Mark Winterbottom and Steven Richards from FPR.
Employees from the Geelong Manufacturing and RDC sites, along with those from the Iron Casting Plant and Lara Proving Ground were invited to the event, with Ford providing a bus for transport to Geelong.
Show and Shine evolved from another successful Ford event called Collector's Day, which had been held every two years at the original Product Development site in Geelong. When the entire Product Development building was relocated to the main Ford Geelong site, the event became an annual one, and was rebadged Show and Shine.
Efforts to increase the size and popularity of the event also helped raise enough funds to continue to support Kids Day Out.
|Ford Mustangs were on display.
||Classic cars attracted plenty of attention.|
|Ford Performance Racing driver Mark Winterbottom attended the show.
||Ford Australia President Bob Graziano addresses the crowd.|