330bhp YB-pow­ered, 4x4, Fo­cus built for fast-road fun!

Fast Ford - - Con­tents - Words: Dan Furr Pho­tos: Adrian Bran­nan

As far as am­bi­tious resto­mod projects go, David Richards’ Fo­cus ST170 is up there with the best of ‘em. Pack­ing a tuned Sap­phire RS Cos­worth 4x4 pow­er­train and Fo­cus RS body parts ( not to men­tion a tidy lick of fresh paint), this seam-welded stun­ner has been a three-year labour of love for its creator, although it’s far from the first big build he’s car­ried out.

“I bought a Mk2 Es­cort 1.3GL that be­came a flat-fronted RS2000 replica,” says the 44-year- old from the West Mid­lands. “The car was to­talled in a re­gret­table ac­ci­dent, an event that led to the pur­chase of another Mk2 that I turned into a tar­mac rally ma­chine pow­ered by a 1700 Cross­flow,” he says, be­fore fur­nish­ing us with tales of his time be­hind the wheel. “I wasn’t very com­pet­i­tive. The Mk2 was my only car, so I was al­ways too afraid to go flat out in case I caused dam­age that would pre­vent me from driv­ing home after a round of ral­ly­ing!” he smiles.

Things are quite dif­fer­ent to­day; David’s job as a mo­bile ac­cess en­gi­neer for a lead­ing plant hire firm sees him drive a Tran­sit most of the time he’s on the road. Hav­ing a work­horse

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