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Won a trip to Ford!

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Hey everyone I was one of the 50 who won the "Ultimate Ford Experince" through the comp on Facebook.
It's the second thing I have ever won! The first was the tipping comp at Club17 last year, Must be the DJR winners luck rubbing off on me :).
I am hoping I can take my camera and share some photos with you members, if i can't upload them ill send them through to Peter.

All up you get,
- Lunch with Moff and Dicky
- Trip to You Yangs for a fang around with the test drivers (My dream job)
- Tour of Geelong engine plant
- Tour of Broadmeadows assembly plant

It will be a dream come true hey!


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Thanks for the offer Car61, Only 50 going as 50yrs of Ford! Dick might be able to get all of us in ;) :)


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Thanks Doug! will try and upload them that night, Its around the middle of August. You Yangs will be interesting I have only seen bits and pieces in car magazines :)


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What an awesome prize, hope you savour every minute of that lunch, and enjoy your day.[bw][bw]

Having worked for Ford ( maintenance fitter) in Brisbane, there is quite a bit to see in both the engine works and the assembly factory.:cool:


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Awsome mate

I can`t help but get excited for you. Cause you sound like ya Redlinen.. Half yu luck mate & good on yu!


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Nice work XR8! What a great score. Make sure you keep us all posted. I have no doubt you are in for an awesome day!!!


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Hey everyone what a top day! Got to see the new Ranger and a have a ride in the FG XR8 and XR6T at 210kmh in the wet! Will post up some photos when i get some time.
That Geelong Engine plant is monsterous and same with Broadmeadows, Managed to sneak a pic of 2 310Kw F6 engines next to 2 Xr6T engines - now that would be worth sitting in the garage!


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Summary of the day -

8am we had a speech from Ford Australia President Marin Burela, Who is a very passionate about the blue oval and said to me "Yes we will win Bathurst this year" which was good to hear.

9am We had a walk through of the Ford design studio where they have on display but covered up the clay models for the next 4 years.
One stat that came up was Australia is one of 4 Country's in the world that can design cars from a sketch.

Then it was onto the Assembly line at Broady, 280 odd people work there + about the same amount of robots, The cars come down the line in sequence eg Sedan-Sedan-Sedan-Wagon-Territory-FPV, And the power-train is ready to go as of the sequence.

I asked a question if the FPR cars are still walked down the line, they are put down the line as FPV specials and things are left off them.
The numbers for FPV were around single figures for the day, But sedan was around 190 odd.

Then we headed to Geelong for lunch with DJ and Moff, There was the typical serious questions for them all but Dick was his self and made jokes about him ans Moff still being alive

The President was sitting in the middle of them both and DJ said "Marin you have a face only a mother could love" [crackup]

While at the Discovery centre I took photos of the "1st" first car to come off the line in 1960 and various others including a FE LTD in showroom condition.
Then we headed to the engine and stamping plants at Geelong, We just got the contract to make rotors for GMH and Toyota. They have over 20 presses that take sheet-metal and stamp them into particular parts eg front LHS guard, The new press for the FG costa a cool 55million to stamp the whole side of the car (Not doors and front guard) as a single piece.

Then onto the proving grounds at You Yangs were we got to have a run in the XR6T and XR8 at 200kmh in the wet, The driver was saying the Dunlops on the XR's are one of the highest grip tyres in the world.
With 3 people in the back seat and myself in the front it handled really well on the 160kmh bends with inch precision from the test drivers.
the new Ranger was out doing durability but has the camo over it, But from the front it looks alot like the BT-50 Mazda.
The Coyote spec FG was there somewhere but we didn't see it, Moffat said at the lunch that he has been testing it and the 335kw Supercharged 5.0L is a "Rocket".

It was a great day but it was disappointing to hear that the "test mules" get crushed after 18 months, Wheels and all.
The highlight would have the be the XR6T and the stopping power without the brembos of the FPVs, And the precession of the ZF 6 speed auto.

Hope you enjoyed the write-up I have prob missed a few things, It was a top day!

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