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Gary Cuthbert at the new Commonwealth games table tennis venue
The new Commonwealth Games table tennis venue: a Ford Transit Jumbo

FORD has really got into the spirit of the Commonwealth Games.

Apart from supplying 1123 low CO2 vehicles as the official automotive partner of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games , it has also turned a Ford Transit Jumbo into a new Commonwealth Games table tennis venue.

True. All true.

Under the glare of the LED lights (an £80 ex-VAT option on all Transits) Ford has installed a table tennis table inside the Jumbo Transit’s cargo area.

OK, it’s not quite a full size table – but for mere hacks likes us, rather than  Commonwealth athletes – it’s big enough for a touch of ping pong.

There’s spectating areas – at the end of the cargo area and from the side door – while players have the opportunity to ping the ball off the side of the van. A bit like real tennis.

This particular Ford Transit does not form part of the official Ford fleet at the Commonwealth Games, however. There are 30 Transit Vans on duty.

Team Scotland Swimmer Hannah Miley
Team Scotland Swimmer Hannah Miley: Ford ambassador supporting #PlayYourPart

As well as these other vehicles:

  • 5 Focus Electric
  • 147 C-MAX Titanium 1.6 TDCi
  • 279 Focus Titanium 1.6 TDCi estate
  • 327 S-MAX Titanium 1.6 and 2.0 TDCi
  • 50 Mondeo Titanium X 1.6 TDCi
  • 10 Kuga Titanium 2.0 TDCi
  • 147 Galaxy Titanium 2.0 TDCi
  • 80 Tourneo Custom 2.2 TDCi
  • 7 Transit 14-seat minibus
  • 9 Transit 17-seat minibus

All the vehicles are dedicated to an individual, a country or form part of a chauffeur pool, while the drivers are all volunteers but trained by Ford on vehicle use.

Ford also has a roster of athlete ambassadors who are supporting its #PlayYourPart campaign.

Ford baton bearers on the Queens Baton Relay
Ford baton bearers helped support the Queen’s Baton Relay

The team includes London 2012 Great Britain Olympian and Team Scotland swimmer, Hannah Miley; Katie Kirk, Northern Ireland track athlete and Welsh “Paralympic Sportsman of the Year”, and shot put and discus champion, Aled Davies. England gymnast, Kristian Thomas and Scottish track athlete, Eilish McColgan, whose mother, Liz McColgan, won gold in the 1986 Edinburgh Games, also add to the Ford ambassador team strength.

Ford also provided a dedicated fleet of vehicles to support the Glasgow 2014 Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) during the final leg of its epic 120,000 mile, 248-day international journey.



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