The month-long Ford Centenary Tour – a celebration of 100 years of Ford of Britain – was brought to a fitting finale at the weekend when over 100 Ford vehicles came together for the largest-ever vehicle cavalcade at the historic Goodwood Circuit in West Sussex.
This spectacular celebration of the 100th anniversary of Ford of Britain was flagged-off by Ford’s chief financial officer, Lewis Booth, with Ford of Britain chairman, Joe Greenwell, riding in the Ford Consul in the lead.
Several of Ford’s iconic Model T vehicles were in a line-up of classic cars that included the 1966 Le Mans 24-hour race-winning Ford GT Mk II; the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup rally-winning Ford Escort Mk I; and the 1912 all-Ford-race winner at Brooklands.
Other vehicles included in the exciting line-up included a clutch of classic Transits, the “newest” vehicle in the fleet, a 1971 Ford GT70, and the famous Ford Anglia 105E, a star in the film “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”.
Joe Greenwell, Ford of Britain chairman, said: “I am delighted to be a part of the Ford of Britain Centenary Rally at this year’s Goodwood Revival. The diverse range of Ford cars and commercial vehicles driving around the circuit is testament to Ford’s strong relationship to the UK.”
As well as the Ford of Britain Centenary Parade, two Ford GT40 course cars were on show, while a retro-themed Ford exhibition in the ‘Earls Court Motorshow’ area highlighted Henry Ford’s 1896 Quadricycle as well as the latest Ford Focus and Ford Grand C-MAX.
The Goodwood Revival is the world’s most popular, historic motor race meeting of its kind, continuing to attract legendary names such as Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell and Gerhard Berger as racing, tradition, fashion and entertainment come together in a vibrant display.