The Ford A.V.O Owners Club was formed at the end of 1980 with the objective of bringing together owners of the special range of vehicles produced from 1968 to 1975 by Ford Motor Company’s "Advanced Vehicle Operations" (A.V.O). These are the Twin Cam, RS1600, MEXICO and RS2000 versions of the MK1 Escort, together with the RS3100 Capri. Each of these Five models is represented by a Club Registrar who is able to provide knowledge and personal experience of the car to club members. In 2010 after much thought, the Escort 1300E was given full member status in recognition of the models part in the history of the AVO plant. While it may not have been built on the AVO merry-go-round, the first 5000 cars were assembled at the site and were instrumental in keeping the AVO plant financially viable.
In addition to having the award winning HAVOC club magazine, we also have a lively Internet Website at www.avoclub.com
. If required, the Club is able to provide a written appraisal and valuation of member’s vehicles for insurance purposes. This is usually arranged via the Registrar for the Model in question.
The Club’s spares service has grown considerably over the years and now has a wide range of new spares available for members. The Club has also commissioned the remanufacture of previously unobtainable parts.
The Club has an extensive events calendar for club members to participate in whatever the condition of their vehicle from everyday runabout to concours standard, on both a local and national level. The Club is affiliated to the Motor Sports Association and many of our members compete in their AVO cars on events as varied as club scatters to International rallies.
We hold a number of outdoor static events during the year, as well as attending most of the major Classic Car Shows. The Club’s major event of the year is its National Day held every year on the 3rd Sunday in June (Fathers Day). In 2012 we had a change of venue to Hatton Country World nr. Warwick, which has proved to be a popular move as the venue has plenty to do for all the family (while dad talks cars!).
The Club Spares Roadshow attends with the full range of spares available plus many specialist Traders attend with all their wares. We also hold our Annual Concours d’Elegance competition during National Day. There is no charge to Members who attend in their AVO cars. The entry fee is £5.00 per person. Discounted entry to Hatton World is available, so there is something for everyone at AVO National Day.
Although the majority of the clubs members live in the British Isles, there are overseas members in most European countries, The Far East, Australia, New Zealand and USA. Overseas Members are particularly welcome.
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