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Old 02-14-2013, 04:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,
I haven't posted much recently but still lurk from time to time when I get the chance.
The reason for this thread is that in two days time, this coming Sunday Feb 17, it is the All Ford Day for the state of Victoria where I live in Australia. Of all the All Ford Days down under, the Victorian one is the biggest. Over 1200 Fords of all kinds will be on display.
Anyway, I have entered my 1996 Taurus Ghia this year! The organisers of the event have informed me that this will be the very first time anybody has brought along a Taurus. As you may or may not be aware, the Taurus was not a popular car here, sold only from March 1996 to October 1998 when imports were stopped because of poor sales. In the end, 4200 of what for you guys is essentially the Gen3 were sold here.
I will be posting pics of the event, pics of my car and pics of other Fords in the days after Sunday. I'll try to include many Aussie Fords for you all to have a look at.
As the venue for this year is an hour and a half drive from where I live, I am going to drive down in convoy with two of my Ford loving friends. My mate Garry has a 1970 302 Boss Mustang fully restored and my other mate has the fastest production Ford ever produced in this country, a 2012 Falcon F6 310.
I said I was happy to drive down with them as long as they kept up with the Taurus!
I am very excited, I'm not particularly expecting to win any trophy as my car is a daily driver, however I can guarantee there isn't a Taurus in the country that is loved as much as I love mine.
I'm there to fly the flag for the Taurus!
Wish me luck and I'll keep you posted!
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Very cool man! definitely looking forward to the pictures, good luck!
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^^^^^ +1

Take lots of pics!!!
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Australia gets the cool cars. They still have the Holden Commodore. Plus they got this



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Cool! Definitely looking forward to the pics.
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Well it was a great day, I didn't win anything, but it was nice to be there with the Taurus. Got a few typically snide comments about it but also very nice, complimentary ones as well. As predicted, it was the only Taurus there.
The day was stinking hot, 35C (about 98F I think) so it was a long day and my battery ran out well before I had taken all the photos I wanted to, but here are a few of my T4URU5! She was really sparkling! I will post other pics when I am not so exhausted!
Hope you enjoy my Taurus Ghia pics and thank you for your kind words of encouragement. :-)
The last pic is of the display sign I had made up listing only a very few of the mods, as listing all of them would have been wayyyyy too long and most people when looking at these signs at car shows tend to skim anyway so I thought shorter would be sweeter!







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Odd but cool looking car! A Gen. 3 bull with Gen. 3 Sable headlights, RHD steering, wrap-around corner lights, console e-brake handle

and Ford needs to hurry up and bring some of those FPV cars stateside. They'd get a LOT of buyers over here!

Chevy already brought the Holden Monaro / Pontiac GTO and Holden Commodore / Pontiac G8 stateside, and are now getting ready to do the same thing AGAIN by importing the Holden Commodore SS as their new 2014 SS model:

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Congratulations on your first show. Just taking a taurus to a show is reward enough. I took my wagon to a few shows before I learned the tricks of the show car world and then started winning awards. Your Ghia looks great and can have a future in the show arena. I would recomend that you try to find out how many of your year were imported and add that info to your sign. When people see it is actually a rare car down under, you may get a little more respect for such a nice example. Anytime that you want hints for shows, feel free to send off a PM and i'll try to help you with any tips & tricks I know of.
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