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Fords on Tour 2005 is a charity fund-raising classic car trip across the USA (from Baltimore to Los Angeles), that we have just completed in our two 33 year old Mk1 Ford Escorts. The purpose of the trip was to raise much needed funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, the UK based charity that supports people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) - also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in the USA.
MND is a degenerative neurological disease for which there is currently no known cure. The MND Association also provides assistance and support to families and carers of MND sufferers, and also funds research into a potential cure for the disease.
The cars were shipped to Baltimore from Southampton at the end of August and we flew out to meet them two weeks later. We then drove 5600 miles to Los Angeles over the following three weeks. Once we reached Los Angeles, the cars were then packed into a shipping container and are currently being shipped back to the UK.
The idea for the trip came about following a 5000 mile round trip from the UK to Malta and back, that we undertook in the cars in May 2003. On that occasion the trip was carried out to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust (we raised about £ 3400), another UK based charity that supports people suffering from MS and their carers.
During the trip we appeared on national Malta TV, to tell them about the trip and to inform them of the fund raising element of the adventure. In addition, following the trip, numerous magazine articles on the trip were also published (i.e. Classic Ford Magazine).
We had such a great time doing that trip, that it was agreed that we should do another, but to a different destination. We considered another trip around Europe, but during the discussions about potential destinations, some bright spark suggested that driving across the States would be a pretty good challenge. Although the idea appeared pretty far fetched, the seeds had been sown, and over the following few months it was agreed that it just had to be done.
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Fords on Tour - USA 2005
Fundraising for Motor Neurone Disease Association
We fund care, campaigning and research to achieve a world free from MND
Charity Registration No. 294354