Behind The Scenes At Ford Thunderbirds Extravaganza

The Ford Thunderbirds set at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live.

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Five, four, three, two, one…Thunderbirds are go! In a unique relationship with Universal Pictures, Ford has developed several outstanding models specifically for this year’s Hollywood blockbuster, `Thunderbirds’, all of which are on display at Ford’s stand in Hall 4.

Ford’s contribution to the big screen’s latest epic is set to hit the headlines with as much force as International Rescue, with models such as the Ford EX 4x4 concept appearing in a high-speed chase sequence and the Ford Focus C-MAX providing the wheels for the movie’s TV reporter.

Moreover, Parker has been given an upgraded set of wheels, in the shape of the breathtaking FAB 1, which is accompanied by Lady Penelope’s weekend get-about - a bespoke Ford Streetka in the legendary FAB 1 pink.

Cathy Davies, Ford’s Stand Manager commented, `The format of the Motor Show has changed considerably this year and visitors are now offered a much more hands-on experience. We have brought Hollywood to Birmingham to recreate a bit of the magic for Motor Show visitors.’

`A backstage tour of the Thunderbirds experience is on offer, where visitors get the chance to dress up as either Lady Penelope or Parker and have their photo taken in Lady P’s striking pink Streetka.

`When the filmmakers needed a bold and adventurous manufacturer to create a unique car that could not only sport the legendary FAB 1 registration,’ enthused Cathy, `but also communicated the essence of creativity, emotion and excitement that matched the spirit of the film, Ford came to the (International) rescue!’

The Ford stand features a version of the remarkable Ford Thunderbird 1 and 2, which visitors can see in action during entertaining live performances of the Thunderbirds adventure at times throughout the day.

Published 2 June 2004 Melanie Carter

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