08 September 2012| Photos: RaceMasteR J & Chevan Davids | Words: Taariq "Shift" Samodien | Location: Killarney Race Track, Cape Town.


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This past weekend Killarney Raceway played host the momentous Ford and Friends, a much anticipated event aimed at paying tribute and homage to everything that is Ford.

Founded way back in June 1903, Ford Motor Company has enjoyed more than a century of motoring excellence, and on this sunny day in Cape Town, recognition was given to those that have lived the Ford name to the tee.

The day was filled with a combination regional main circuit racing, special exhibition racing events as well as show cars, showcasing both past and present road cars and racers that have evolved over the 109 years of Ford.

Some of the racing highlights together with the days regional racing included an open 90 min special endurance race as well as an ‘all Ford’ exhibition race that included the likes of the mighty Owen Ashley V8’s Mustangs together with the classic Anglia’s, Falcons and Cortina’s, all in one race!

Coupled with that was the Drift Africa driver search and drifting display as well as Gymkhana at the oval…in total, a sum of 228 cars entered to compete on the day, quite something to behold.

The car showcasing was also quite spectacular as it featured all the legends that have built the Ford Legacy. Perfect examples of Cortina’s, Falcons and the Mighty Mustang’s of yesteryear were all lined up alongside their present day successors, which included the Focus ST’s and RS’s of today.

There were also some special additions such as an American imported Falcon Nascar, past and present Ford rally cars as well as a Monster Energy Midget that lit up Killarney drag strip with some fine burnout displays.

Altogether a fine display of cars that has made Ford what it is today.

Terry Grant was up to his "tricks" as usual in his little legend car.

It sure did turn out to be an amazing day of motor racing in the Mother City.

This rally style Escort was amazing to look at, with a V6 lump at the back and an intercooler mounted in the roof!

You lose some races, you win some hearts...

Associate Editor Bryn Musselwhite of Speedhunters.com was also in attendance snapping away. Here he is accepting a token of good gesture, a photo taken by an avid Killarney fan.

The V8 Masters Series is always a crowd pleaser with their rolling thunder soundtracks.

Raceweb Issue 26 cover car, the Cool Banana's Subaru of Malcolm Royston took on the Midas Clubmans challenge and as he says, he came to eat bubble gum and kick ass... he was clearly all out of bubble gum!

The G5 Crew was strong in attendance making sure they got noticed at the club display area.

Raceweb had its own presence at the show by displaying two previous cover car's, the Number Cruncher XR8 twin turbo of Zain Ryland and the Wild Horse Mustang of Fakier Richards.

Two rally legends paraded around the track with an awesome example of Ford rally history in the Escort and modern technological advancement with the current rally Ford Fiesta of Ashley Haigh Smith.

There were hundreds of Fords, and then there were their friends. Here is an ex Ben Morgenrood MAZDA 323 Triple Rotor WesBank Racer from the glory days of South African racing doing a few demo laps around the track.

Check out the rest of the pics below.


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