Ford Club to celebrate founder’s birthday

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True-blue Nelsonians have a good excuse to take their pride and joys for a spin this Sunday, when the Nelson Classic Ford Club hold its annual cruise out to Rabbit Island to celebrate Henry Ford’s birthday.

For Stoke’s Lorraine McKenzie it will be a family affair, with her son and daughter also owning Fords. Lorraine helped start the club back in 2002 with her kids.

“An old guy advertised wanting a Cortina club but there weren’t enough in Nelson to get one going. At the time my son had a Cortina, my daughter had a Zephyr and I had a Mustang, so we thought, ‘why don’t we start a Ford club?’”

Lorraine’s Mustang could also be the oldest in the country. She says it was manufactured in March 1964 and the car was launched the following month. While the Mustang is her pride and joy, she admits it isn’t that nice to drive. “I’ve only been around Nelson in it because it is hard to drive, but I love it and I’ve always loved cars and loved Fords.”

The founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, was born on July 30, 1863, and every year the club invites all Ford owners to attend the birthday celebrations.

Sunday’s event will be a good opportunity to inspect some of the best Fords in the Nelson region. Cars will need to be set up at Rabbit Island by 10 am, with the public viewing  from about 11 am to 2.30 pm.