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AllFord returns to Alford's Transport Museum


By David Porter

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One of Grampian Transport Museum’s most popular recent events - ‘AllFord at Alford’ – is making a welcome return to the award-winning visitor attraction on Sunday, August 22 following an enforced break in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The museum’s event manager and assistant curator, Neil Thomson, is pleased that the recent relaxation of Covid-19 regulations has allowed the museum’s outdoor event programme to recommence, albeit with the same cautious care that the museum has taken throughout the year.

“We are delighted to welcome back entrants and visitors to the museum’s outside areas on Sunday the 22nd” says Neil, “As Covid restrictions have gradually eased this year we have carefully expanded our operations in line with the changes. AllFord 2021 will be our first full visitor outdoor event since the 2019 season and we are looking forward to welcoming back many of our regular participants.

"Despite the very short lead time, which means we can’t have everything we usually have at AllFord, there has been an excellent response from previous entrants and trade exhibitors so far and we are looking forward to a really good day “

AllFord returns to the Grampian Transport Museum
AllFord returns to the Grampian Transport Museum

Spokesperson for the AllFord organising team, GTM volunteer Kevin McCormick, will be bringing his own Ford-engined Mallock racing car, and hopes that many other Ford owners will enter their cars.

He said: “We know that motoring enthusiasts have been missing the opportunity to show their vehicles and meet with friends and like-minded people.

"Since opening AllFord entries at the beginning of the month we have well over 100 cars already but there is plenty of room on this 15 acre site to accommodate lots more at safe distance, so we will be accepting entries up until midnight on Thursday 19.

"We are looking for owners of all classic and interesting Fords and Ford powered vehicles to bring them to Alford on the 22nd.

"There are many specialist road and competition cars which have used the very tuneable Ford range of engines over the years, and we welcome them all to this celebration of the famous Blue Oval.

“Because this event is being arranged at short notice we know that we can’t have everything we normally have and we’ve designated 2021 as ‘AllFord Lite’, but we already have full support from Ford dealer Lawrence of Kemnay, many interesting entries of Fords across the ages, from a 110 year old 1911 Model T to a 2021 Mustang Shelby 350, along with a number of trade stands, our usual excellent refreshment stall, bouncy entertainments for the children and a ‘Show’n’shine’ competition with trophies for the winning entrants.

AllFord returns to the Grampian Transport Museum
AllFord returns to the Grampian Transport Museum

"A live commentary will keep everyone informed and we are planning an enjoyable day for owners and visitors.”

To enter your vehicle or attend AllFord 2021 or to visit the museum you need to book on-line at www.gtm.org.ukwhere you will also find all the latest information.

AllFord will run from 11am-4pm on Sunday 22 with visitor entry just £5 adults, children free.

All paying visitors to the museum will also enjoy free entry to AllFord.


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