Ford 100 Fest a field of dreams for tractor and car buffs

“It was a terrific day, a wonderful way to celebrate the centenary of Ford in Ireland.”

That was the verdict of Hazel Forde Buttimer, a relation of Henry Ford’s Irish ancestors, after the Ford 100 Fest was held on her homestead in Crohane, near Ballinascarthy, at the end of August.

The event, which boasted a large display of Ford tractors and cars, was organised by the West Cork Vintage Ploughing & Threshing Association. Hazel said the attendance of 6,000 was “well beyond our expectations”, with 27 acres of car parking filled on the day.

The association hosts the event annually but this year’s was devoted to the county’s links to the founder of the Ford Motor Company.

The 2015 event was also held on Hazel’s homestead, but was badly hit by rain — the day stayed dry this time!

Vivian Buttimer, treasurer of West Cork Vintage Ploughing & Threshing Association, said: “We celebrated with Henry Ford & Son on the farm, displaying all agricultural works such as cutting silage and cutting corn, ploughing and threshing.”

There were displays of Ford models going right back to the iconic Model T.

Visitors could also see the Ford homestead and walk around the dairy farm that is now run by the Buttimers.

The €30,000 raised on the day went to the Alzheimer’s Unit, Clonakilty Hospital; Cancer Connect; West Cork Rapid Response; and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital.