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Tuesday, June 24, 2003 10:55AM IST (5:25AM GMT)
Ford Celebrates Centennial in India
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Ford Motor Company commemorated its anniversary celebration on June 16, 2003, at world Head Quarters, Dearborn, Michigan, USA. To celebrate this historical milestone in India, Ford India Limited, in association with Autocar India and Karnataka Vintage and Classic Car Club, has announced the organizing of the "Ford Centenary Celebration Rally" on the 29th of June 2003, in Bangalore.

“This anniversary is a celebration of our people and our accomplishments over the past 100 years. It's also an opportunity to look forward with pride, by growing with new products that stir passion". said David Friedman, Managing Director and President, Ford India Limited.

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The rally will be showcasing – Model A Fords, Vintage Fords (1932-1939), Classic Fords (1940-1959), WWII Classics (Jeeps and Special Vehicles), Modern Classics (1960-1989), and the modern day Indian Fords (Ikon, Mondeo and Escort). The rally will be flagged-off from the Palace Grounds, Bangalore and will encompass a distance of approx. 25 kms for Vintage and Classic Fords cars and 70 kms for Modern Ford cars on a predetermined route through the arterial roads of Bangalore. The Vintage and Classic Fords will be rated on a judging system as per their class / category while the Modern Fords will compete in a time-speed-distance (TSD) format Rally.

"The "Ford Centenary Celebration Rally" will showcase Ford vehicles in India from 1915 onwards demonstrating a 100 years of ownership pride with Ford products in India" said David Friedman.

Commenting on the occasion, Hormazd Sorabjee, Editor, Autocar India, said "Autocar’s association with Ford also turns 100 this year. We are proud to be associated with the Centennial celebration of a legendary company, which can talk about 'putting the world on wheels' "

Editor’s Notes:

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is the world’s second-largest automaker with approximately 350,000 employees, and operations in more than 200 markets on six continents. Its automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive-related services include Ford Credit, Hertz and Quality Care. The company’s world headquarters is in Michigan. Additional information can be found on the company’s web site at www.ford.com or www.media.ford.com

About Ford India
Ford India is a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, the world's second largest automaker, headquartered in Maraimalai Nagar, near Chennai. Ford India manufactures the Ford Ikon here at a modern integrated manufacturing facility, spread across 350 acres. With an investment of Rs.1, 700 crore, Ford India employs over 900 highly skilled people, intensively trained at Ford facilities both in India and overseas.

About Autocar
Since its launch in September 1999, Autocar India has established itself as the class leader in automotive journalism in the country. It has earned an enviable reputation for its high level of editorial content, photography and production standards. Always the first with the news on all things automotive, Autocar India is the magazine readers turn to before they buy a car – or bike. It continues to set industry standards in news analysis and road tests, and provides highly accurate, relevant and up-to-date information. Taking its in-depth knowledge of motoring to new levels, Autocar India has, since the past year, ventured into the field of organization of motorsport events, where it has run several events all over the country - from high-speed drag races to fuel-economy car rallies. Autocar India is proud to be associated with Ford’s Centenary Celebration Rally in Bangalore.

Autocar India is the Indian edition of the UK-based and world-renowned Autocar, which is the world’s oldest motoring title (founded in 1895) published by Haymarket Magazines Ltd, Britain’s largest privately-owned company and the world’s leading publisher of motoring magazines.

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