A SHOW of more than 1,500 vehicles is expected for Beaulieu’s Simply Ford on Sunday April 30.
A runaway success since its launch in 2010, the rally is one of Beaulieu’s biggest Simply events and scores highly for sheer variety. Characterful classics, modern hatchbacks, standard, modified, pristine or well-worn Fords, you can expect to find them all at the event when it returns for its eighth year.
Modern Ford models are at the heart of the event, with Focuses, Mondeos, Fiestas and Pumas well-represented in the line-up, not to mention the Transit van. There will be plenty of eye-catching classic Fords on show as well: modern classic Sierras and Escorts, as well as crowd-pleasers including Granadas, Cortinas, Capris and Anglias, plus American models the Mustang and Galaxie.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ford Escort Mk1, a special area will be set aside at this year’s show. There are sure to be modified examples of this much-loved family saloon in keeping with the Escort’s proud history as a motorsport icon.
Ford owners can drive into the Beaulieu parkland to join the varied line-up, with the chance to meet other enthusiasts, admire the Fords on display and enjoy all of the features of one of the south’s leading visitor attractions.
Simply Ford is always well-supported by owners’ clubs and enthusiasts’ groups, with 35 clubs from across the UK already booked to attend. ST220 Enthusiasts, the Ford Mondeo Mk2 owners’ group and Mondeo Mania are among the clubs that will be showcasing the popular Mondeo in all its guises.
Other model-specific organisations, such as the Ford Probe Owners’ Club and the Electric Orange ST Owners club, will delight Ford enthusiasts with displays of their members’ cars. The XR Owners’ Club, Bristol RS Owners’ Club and Ford Granada Nutz stands are also sure to impress.
Throughout the day, event participants and Beaulieu’s attraction visitors will have the chance to vote for their favourite car of the show in the People’s Choice Award. In the afternoon, the winner will receive a Beaulieu trophy, before leading a cavalcade of the most popular cars through the attraction grounds.
For participants arriving in a Ford and joining Simply Ford in the Beaulieu grounds, entrance tickets are £10 an adult and £5 a child. Tickets can be bought in advance online or on the day.
Simply Ford is one of eight Simply rallies, including Simply Porsche, Simply VW, Simply Land Rover, Simply Jaguar, Simply Japanese and Simply Smart. The next rally will be Simply Porsche on June 4.