It was hot. It was humid. Until the sun shifted from directly overhead around 1pm, it was pounding down onto blacktop, cartops, canopies and heads with equal ferocity.
But from before 11am until after 7pm on a steamy Friday, August 31, the Central Bucks West volunteers and Fred Beans Ford personnel were there in force, politely asking people to sign in, politely taking test-drivers to an available new Ford car or truck, or politely and gamely entertaining the crowds.
This was Drive 4 UR School 2012, the Ford Motor Company program that donates $20 for each qualified test drive of a new Ford – up to 300 or $6,000 – to a school program. In this case, it is the CB West Football Parents Club that organizes the event, now in its fourth year. In 2009, the CBWFPC had 90 test drives; 2010, a big leap to 233; last year’s total broke through Ford’s cap for the first time: 372.
And this year, despite gloomy predictions because of the town-emptying Labor Day weekend, a total of 392 people took test drives along MacFarlane Lane between the Doylestown high school and its War Memorial football field during the 8-hour event.
In a repeat of the generous offer of 2011, Fred Beans is donating $20 for every test drive over Ford’s 300 cap. That means, if every test drive qualifies, the CBWFPC will be sharing $7,840 with the school’s cheerleading and band programs.
A huge thank you to all those who took time out of their Labor Day weekend Friday to take a test drive in a new Fred Beans Ford. And thank you to those hard-working parent and student volunteers and the team from Fred Beans Ford, entertainment DJ Eck and the CB West Band, and all the others who helped make the event a success. Look for the checks presentation at halftime of the CB West Homecoming game against Hatboro-Horsham on Friday, Senior Night, October 19, at War Memorial Field.
392! Wow! Congratulations!
Except where credited, all photos: Anne Biggs.