SHARONVILLE, Ohio. – Every year Ford’s Sharonville Transmission Plant located in Southwest Ohio hosts a “FunFest” charity car show that donates all the proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Blessed with good weather and the knowledge that the show is dedicated to helping such a good cause, this year’s “Ford FunFest for JDRF” on Saturday, September 23rd was able to attract more than 2,000 people, with over 200 cars and some 20 motorcycles on display. All together the show was able to raise over $23,000 for JDRF.
The Sharonville Transmission Plant’s FunFest is now in its 11th year at the 182-acre transmission manufacturing complex that employs about 1,660 people. The 2.4 million-square-foot facility was built in 1958 and currently produces finished heavy duty 6R140 TorqShift six-speed automatic transmissions, as well as gears for Ford’s 6R80, 6F35 and 6F50/55 transmissions. FunFest 2017 hosted a special 100th anniversary celebration for both Ford Trucks and Lincoln Motor Cars.
This family friendly event also featured a Performance Car Zone, plus plant tours, special food vendors, a kid’s zone, a local fire and police exhibit, a pet adoption area, corn hole competition, raffle, spit-the-pot game, door prizes, and DJ music. Ford Performance had the privilege of being in attendance this year to set up our Meet & Greet tent and mingle with the Ford faithful. Take a look at some of the classic and modern Fords that were in attendance this year (below) and check out our 2016 FunFest coverage here.
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY DAVE DIEHL