A GROUP OF of car-enthusiasts recently drove in convoy to Valencia for a tour of the Ford factory.
Although not an official Javea U3A trip, all 20 visitors are members of the U3A and it was organised by U3A stalwart and former Ford big-wig Stan Staines.
The group began their day meeting in Javea Port, before travelling north on the AP7 motorway in a fleet of six of their own Ford Kugas – appropriately the Valencia plant’s top-selling model.
The group were met at the factory by Ford officials, who accompanied them around the vast plant in an open land train for a rare glimpse of the production line. The plant produces 1,800 cars a day and employs 8,000 people as well as 2,000 robots.
Members of the group were impressed by the scale of the operation and amazed to learn that the plant consumes the same volume of electricity per day as the entire population of Gandia.
While modern-day technology was the order of the day, the group struggled to contain their enthusiasm for a 1970s Ford Fiesta, which takes pride of place in the foyer. The car, one of the first Fiestas off the production line, is in pristine condition with only 35,000 miles on the clock.
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