Latest Mustang is jewel in the crown of NI show

The 2015 Ford Mustang
The 2015 Ford Mustang

The first appearance on the island of the 2015 edition of the iconic Ford Mustang will take place at the Causeway Coast Ford Fair in Portrush tomorrow.

Now in its 11th year, the fair will have some 400 privately-owned Ford vehicles on display, ranging from classic, sports, vintage, the latest hatchbacks and, of course, that Mustang! Last year saw some 11,000 visitors file through the event to take in the automobile extravaganza.

One of the original American muscle cars, the Mustang has been immortalised many times by Hollywood, not least when driven by Steve McQueen as Bullitt in 1968.

“This will be the first ever production model of the 2015 Ford Mustang to appear on this island,” said Dermot Rafferty, general manager with sponsors TrustFord, an international group which took over local chain Lindsay Ford last year.

“The Mustang brand was 50 years old last year and we will once again have some 20 different models on show, providing a unique opportunity for fans to see the evolution of the car over the decades since it was first produced in 1964, right up to 2015.

“The latest model will not be available on the road until late this year or January.”

For fans of the 1970s hit television series The Professionals, the Capri Club, headed up by Alan Gourley, will see a variety of sleek and gleaming models on display.

And for true Ford petrol heads, the RS Owners’ Club headed by Wilson Mills will bring out a collection of some of the most powerful sports models Ford ever produced.

“One model on display will be a Mark1 RS Escort,” Mr Rafferty said.

“Some of the quality of these vehicles has to be seen to be believed. They are in such fantastic condition.”

In the vintage category some 30 pristine vehicles are expected, dating back across the Ford catalogue from the past 100 years.

Also on show will be 25 of the models Ford is currently manufacturing, from commercial to car.

The fair will feature a trade village specialising in motor accessories and a food village to recharge the batteries after taking in the 400 display models.

The musical side of the event will be overseen by BBC broadcaster Alan Simpson and there are plenty of other attractions including The Car Of The Show prize, children’s bouncy castles and face painting and variety of fun prizes for visitors.

The Ford Fair takes place tomorrow at the Dunluce Centre in Portrush.

Admission is free.