FORDS in the Park was a new show this year and what a success it was with charity benefitting to the tune of over £500.

The motoring venture, at Lochore Meadows Country Park, followed a chance conversation involving park manager Ian Laing.

Ian was looking to have a car show at the Meedies to add to the diverse range of attractions being held at the park but was unsure who to approach to do this.

Fortunately, he spoke to Ian Haddow and Stuart Graham, committee members of the Pre 67 Ford Owners Club, who have, along with their fellow committee members, many years of experience running Scottish Ford Day at the Lathalmond Scottish Bus Museum. This year’s show is being held on Sunday September 1.

Unfortunately, the park had no budget to organise the event and Ian needed the show to take place on July 7 only given nine weeks to get things organised. Said Ian Laing: "It was no mean feat considering that Scottish Ford day takes almost a year to organise, albeit a far bigger show with over 600 vehicles in attendance.

"The decision was made to make the show a ‘back to basics’ event and only for Ford motor vehicles and it went very well indeed".

Using the Park’s Facebook and web pages, advertising the show started and Ian Haddow and Stuart Graham contacted friends and colleagues across Scotland to see if they were available to attend the event.

Stuart and Ian had agreed that if they were going to do this they would like to donate any profits made to charity.

Local businessman and Councillor, Alex Campbell, of the North Road Garage, Kelty, became principle sponsor enabling the initial purchase of trophies and awards.

Michelle Cooper, of Krooz Mobile Coffees, also sponsored the event and along with a £2 entrance fee for exhibitors, Ian and Stuart managed to raise a total of £520 and subsequently presented a cheque to Geoff Abbot, of Scottish Children's Hospice charity, CHAS.

The event attracted around 130 classic and modern Ford cars from 1929 to the present day, as well as a few hot rod and custom vehicles too.

Ian and Stuart, would like to thank everyone who attended the show as well as assistance in running or supporting the event, including Maura Haddow, Bill Crichton, Kevin Grace, Fraser Laird, Kenny Mitchell and of course, Ian Laing and Fife Council.

It looks as though this is going to become a regular event in the park's calendar with next year’s show already booked for July 19 2020!