Two star drivers from the Blue Oval’s chequered motor sport past will be among the guests of honour at The International Ford Show, which takes place this coming weekend (April 30 –May 1) at Sandown Park, near Esher, Surrey.
Former Fifth Gear and former BBC Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell will be at the show on the Saturday, alongside legendary tin-top racer Barrie ‘Whizzo’ Williams, famous for his antics in 7.0-litre V8 Ford Galaxies and Lotus Cortinas in British Touring Car and historic races.
Tiff, who started his career in Formula Ford in 1971, has a long and proud association with the brand. As well as racing in the single-seater series, which culminated in a Formula One career, the TV presenter competed in the 1989 British Touring Car Championship at the wheel of a Sierra RS500 Cosworth.
He will be on stage to talk about his life in motorsport, reminiscing on some of the classic battles during the golden era of BTCC and enthralling crowds with his memories of F1, and the days of racing against legends such as Gilles Villeneuve, Emerson Fittipaldi, Jody Scheckter, Mario Andretti and John Watson.
Tiff will be joined by Barrie, who is widely regarded as one of the true characters and genuine gentlemen of motorsport. In an illustrious career, Barrie, or ‘Whizzo’, raced hundreds of cars, with memorable Ford outings at the wheel of Lotus Cortinas and Galaxie 500s.
Tiff and Barrie will headline a celebration of Ford in Motorsport, which is just one of the themes in the UK’s newest and most hotly-anticipated addition to the Ford enthusiasts’ calendar. The two-day show will celebrate Ford icons old and new, including a special display to mark 40 years of the Fiesta and a feature celebrating 50 years of the iconic Essex V6 engine.
Modern and Classic
Modern Fords will have just as high a profile, with the very latest Mustang and Focus RS making their UK show debuts at the event. In addition, the opening day will also see a dedicated Ford-only Barons auction, with around 50 classic Fords set to find new owners. Among the entries are an F-150 pick-up first owned by former England football captain, David Beckham, a super-rare Gran Torino Talladega Cobra Jet 428, a 1971 factory order right-hand-drive Mustang and a Fiesta Fly convertible.
The show opens its doors on Saturday, but there’s still time to save money on advance tickets, priced at just £10 per person for single day access, or £20 for the weekend (up to two children below the age of 14 go free with each paying adult). Those wishing to make even more of a weekend of it can also take advantage of on-site camping for an extra £10 per person, adding to the show’s festival feel. They can be bought from the show’s official website at www.theinternationalfordshow.com.