Ford XK Falcon cinema short - 1960

Here's a cinema short from 1960 introducing the car on which their fortunes rode for the last fifty or so years - the Falcon. UPDATE: Just noticed some a**ehole on eBay selling copies of this - complete with my watermark...

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Ford Falcon 70,000 mile durability run Pt 1.wmv
In 1965 6 stock standard 6 Cyl Falcons were driven flat out for eight days around a twisty 2.2 mile mountain test circuit until they had completed a total of 70,000 miles, aprox. 5000 laps per car. Despite 3 cars rolling and a collision with a 2 ton rock all the cars finished without mechanical breakdowns. This was a make or break stunt by Ford to show how tough the new XP Falcon was.

Northcote & Preston, 1973
Here's a couple of great clips of Preston in 1973! First is from an episode of "Homicide", shot on St. Georges Rd, and featuring the intersection with Normanby Ave, local icon Bedrock Motors, and a nice car chase ending in the little dead-end of Woolton Ave, next to Mayer Park and behind Northcote Golf Course. (Astute locals will note that Bedrock Motors and Woolton Ave are both actually BEFORE the Normanby Ave intersection, not after it as depicted in the episode!). Then, a couple of scenes from an episode of "Ryan", the first featuring the old Preston police station in Roseberry Ave, the rest featuring Campbell's Motors in High St. The Preston Hotel on the corner of High and Spencer Sts can be see, with driving shots of the red Dodge convertible filmed in Spencer St and Wood St.

Life In Australia: Geelong
Produced by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1966. Directed by Antonio Colacino. Made for the Department of Immigration the Life In Australia series aimed to show potential immigrants an idealised picture of life in Australia with particular focus on the capital cities and large regional centres like the Victorian town of Geelong. The Life In Australia series portrays Australian cities and rural centres as happy, lively places where good homes, abundant jobs, schools, hospitals and amenities provide the foundation for a relaxed lifestyle where sport, shopping, religion and even art combine to create a homogenous and prosperous society.

Winter start of the 1962 Ford Falcon
Starting up the Falcon for the first time this year.