HOLDEN and Ford rivalry between car fans goes back years, not only at the race track but in households all over Australia.
Among the radical faithful, brand logos are tattooed on upper arms and babies are still being christened Brock.
Car shows like the Gnoo Blas Classic at Jack Brabham Park in Orange today are the perfect places to start a healthy discussion about the rivalry, according to Gnoo Blas Classic Car Club president Denis Gregory.
Mr Gregory says even Orange mayor John Davis and councillor Neil Jones have been known to agree to disagree on the value of Ford over Holden.
“Both have collectors’ cars, the mayor a GT HO Falcon and Cr Jones a Holden Monaro,” Mr Gregory said.
“So they’ll fight it out for the best marque along with a fleet of other Holdens and Fords of all models.”
Mr Gregory said today’s show would prove the perfect place to showcase almost every make of car from the small Goggomobil Dart to Pontiacs, Mercedes, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, BMWs, Triumphs, MGs, Bristols, numerous Holden models from the FJ and Torana onwards, Falcon GTs, Volkswagens, Morris Minors and Minis to Holden and Ford street cars, V8 race cars and motorcycles.
“Special displays include a new Holden HSV GTS highway patrol car being brought to Orange especially for the show, and spectators will be able to drive race simulators in the Shannons Insurance Super Rig,” he said.
The car club will have a free shuttle running to the show and back today, leaving from the bus stop in front of Myer in Summer Street.
The show opens from 10.30am today.
Tomorrow a large group of car lovers, many of whom attended the show, will take a scenic drive to the Third Crossing and across to Burrendong Way and Mortimers winery for morning tea and then back to Orange Botanic Gardens for a picnic lunch.
The Shannons Super Rig will also be in the Botanic Gardens car park tomorrow between 10am and 2pm, and will be open for anyone who wants to have a look or drive the simulators.