Will the number of Fords congregating at Beaulieu over the weekend break the magical 1,000 mark?
This prospect has loomed clearly into focus after the New Forest venue announced that an amazing 800 vehicles are already registered for Sunday’s Simply Ford gathering (May 1).
Even more owners are expected to turn up on the day in their Fords to help swell the numbers, with the event open to any Ford model from any era.
So what can we expect from this year’s rally?
A total of 38 clubs have registered to showcase their members’ motors on the stands in the grounds of the National Motor Museum (NMM).
Clubs already committed include:
You can expect a massive variety from the Ford stable, from Transits to Focuses, Cortinas to Mondeos and Anglias to Zodiacs
A Mustang ‘must-see’: Show perennial Ford Heritage is bringing a well-kept Mustang from 51 years ago. But what makes this extra special is that it will be shown alongside the very latest version of the US muscle car. The Mustang is now available in right-hand drive in the UK… at last. Expect other head-turners from this club’s wide collection of historic vehicles.
Focus on old and new: The same is being done with the Focus RS so you can compare the latest model with one of the earliest.
Have your say: Visitors will have the chance to vote for their favourite car of the event in the People’s Choice Award, with the owner of the winning vehicle receiving a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and Autoglym prize.
It all kicks off from 9am, with adult tickets costing £10 and children’s coming in at £5. What’s more, once you’ve got your ticket, you’ll also have access to the all of the attractions at Beaulieu.
And if you’re not a Ford fan, don’t despair. There are loads more rallies taking place at Beaulieu this year, including for Japanese motors, classics and sports cars and Aston Martins.