When is Small Ford Sunday held?
SFS is always held on the first Sunday in February every year.
What cars are welcome?
Basically any small or medium sized Ford vehicle, from early pre war cars to the current range vehicles. This includes all year models and variants of Anglia, Capri, Cortina, Consul, Cougar (fwd), Escort, Fiesta, Festiva, Focus, Ka, Laser, Mondeo, Prefect, Telstar, Taunus, Sierra, Zephyr, Zodiac to name just a few.
How much does it cost to get in?
Entry is $10 per vehicle being displayed. Viewing public are asked to make a charitable donation.
What do I get for my $10 entry fee?
The first 250 vehicles through the gates receive an entrants pack and entry into the show awards upon submission of a judging form.
Where does all the money collected go?
SFS costs money to set up and organise. Some of the money collected during the day is used to cover these costs. Each year the RSOC Vic donates some of this money to selected charities. SFS also raises much needed funds for the Local Community Groups.
When did SFS start?
SFS started in 1991 when the RSOC joined with the Capri Car Club for a joint show day at Yarra Glen – it was originally the Capri Car Club annual show day. The event later moved to Eltham Lower Park in the mid nineties, where the Cortina MK1 Owners Club also joined in the annual event and a change of venue was required and by 1997 the event was moved to Bundoora Park until 2012. In 2013 SFS will be held at the Seaworks Maritime Precinct in Williamstown
My car is too old, too new or not a ‘show car’ – can I bring it along?
Yes. We encourage vehicles of all ages and condition to participate in the day. The spirit of SFS is to have all of these cars in the display, not left at home and certainly not left in the car park!
How big is SFS?
We believe it is the biggest event for small Fords in Australia, and possibly the Southern Hemisphere, and is only overshadowed by similar shows in the UK and Europe. Each year see’s nearly 250 small Fords in the display area and hundreds of viewing public attend the event
My car is trailered, do you have trailer parking area?
Yes. We provide plenty of space for trailer parking so that competition, unregistered and unfinished projects can join in the day.
I own a business, can I put up a display at the event?
Yes you can display and sell goods or services at the event. However these goods or services must be relevant to the event and its participants. There is also a fee involved. For more information please contact the events co-ordinator.
I have a Falcon, Mustang or other large Ford, can I join the display?
Unfortunately no. SFS was created to fill a gap in the show scene for small sized Ford vehicles. Large Fords are already well catered for by other show events during the year.
Last year was dusty, will this year be better?
The 2013 SFS will be hosted at Seaworks Maritime Precinct in Williamstown which has an exposed bitumen display area along the waterfront as well as a large covered display area.
What is the event timetable?
The event officially opens to entrants at 9am. Entries for judging close strictly at 12pm. Trophy presentation is at 2pm and the event closes at 4pm.
I am a member of car club, is our club welcome?
Yes. As long as the cars fit our entrant vehicle criteria, clubs are welcome to display club signage.
My car is not covered in those groups why not?
Each year we try to cover the most popular vehicles in attendance – last year we had a number of MK3/4/5 Cortina’s so this year we will do a trophy for this class. We base this on a minimum of 3 entered cars per class, so if we only had one Ka or Telstar last year, then we drop those cars into the “Other” class.
What car clubs attend SFS?
Regular attending clubs include – Capri Car Club, Cortina Mk1 Owners Club, The EuroFord Club, Ford Four Car Club, Zephyr Zodiac Club and of course RSOC Vic (the organising club). We have also had in attendance the 8 & 10 Sidevalve Club, Historic Rally Association, Victorian Historic Racing Register, RS Owners Club Australia, PIARC and others.
My family will be coming on the day, what else is there for them to do at Seaworks?
Seaworks is a developing maritime precinct, focusing on the promotion of maritime history associated with the Port of Williamstown and the early settlement of Victoria. The site engages the public in interactive and educational activities through recreation, tourism and leisure activities. Located on Williamstowns waterfront, at 82 Nelson Place, it offers Events, a permanent Maritime Exhibition, the Pirates Tavern, Event spaces, Function Venues, Casual Berthing and is a home for visiting Tall Ships
Visit and be part of the development of Williamstowns Maritime Heritage Site. Arrive by car, train or ferry and enjoy Seaworks and other Williamstown features and activities.
I am not a member of a car club, is it ok to enter SFS?
Yes. Non car club members are also welcome to enter and display their vehicles.
Can I bring my dog?
No, it is against Seaworks policy to bring pets into the area where SFS is held.
I have some spare parts I want to sell, is that allowed?
Yes we have a Boot Sale Area. However this is not for commercial operations and the parts being sold must be relevant to the event and its participants. A small fee is charged to participate in the Boot Sale Area.
Will there be food and drinks available on the day?
Yes. Local community groups provide a BBQ for the event and soft drink sales, with all funds raised going to much needed community support projects and charities. A variety of food vendors will also be there on the day including coffee and ice cream.
I want to sell my car, can I do this?
Yes. Remember to bring a sale board with contact details to put on you car. SFS exposes your car to a large section of the enthusiast market.
Can I bring a picnic?
I am travelling from interstate, is there accommodation in the area?
Yes. Accommodation is available in the surrounding suburbs of Williamstown. Seaworks is located approximately 5km from Melbourne’s CBD and an early Sunday morning trip should take around 10 to 15 minutes to get there, offering an extensive range of accommodation in the heart of Melbourne.
Is there disabled persons access?
Yes. Please advise us upon your arrival so we can provide special parking facilities.
What safety planning and facilities are employed?
As part of our larger safety plan, each year the RSOC Vic undertakes an event risk assessment and implements controls to reduce any identified areas of risk. All vehicle entrants receive a “Safety 1st” instruction sheet upon entering and a first aid crew/Ambulance is on hand throughout the event. We do our best to provide a safe environment for the event to take place.
I have never heard of the event before, where do you advertise it?
Each year our club undertakes a mass event promotion starting with a mail-out to – Printed media (Car Magazines, Newspapers), Car Clubs, Trade Organisations and Internet Forums, both here in Australia and some International. We also provide event flyers for download and available for anyone to pass on to other possible groups or persons of interest.