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Do­ing this job I get to see some in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive Blue Ovals. I’ve been lucky enough to see ev­ery­thing from rally-spec RS200s, gen­uine ex-BTCC Sierra Cos­worth RS500s, 200mph Sap­phire Cos­worths, 9-sec­ond Es­corts, 989bhp Cossie-pow­ered 4x4 Fo­cuses, right through to the very lat­est crop of in­sane five-pot Fo­cuses, EcoBoost STs, and even mas­sive 5.0-litre V8 Mus­tangs! And we’ve got plenty more in the pipe­line to bring you through­out the rest of the year, and be­yond, too!

But de­spite the ob­vi­ous at­trac­tion of th­ese head­lines fig­ures, own­ing a fast Ford is not just about who’s got the big­gest dyno graph! It’s about en­joy­ing the thrill and ex­cite­ment of driv­ing! So that’s why this is­sue is ded­i­cated to the ‘road war­riors’; cars that don’t grab the head­lines with crazy bhp fig­ures, but are ar­guably even more fun as you can en­joy them ev­ery day, and with­out com­pro­mise too!

Take David Richards’ Fo­cus from the cover as an ex­am­ple. After all the hard graft of stitch­ing in a Cossie YB mo­tor and 4x4 trans­mis­sion, it would be easy to chase 500bhp-plus! But that would ac­tu­ally be detri­men­tal to what the car was built for. In­stead, the 330bhp is does serve up is more than enough for Bri­tish roads, plus it means added re­li­a­bil­ity, bet­ter road man­ners, and ul­ti­mately a nicer ex­pe­ri­ence on the open road. The same is true of Danny Cur­tis’ Sap­phire Cos­worth too. Rather than build an un­tame­able an­i­mal with a mon­ster spec, Danny’s opted to keep it civilised with sen­si­ble mods and around 270bhp. Cameroon Cook’s S2 RST is more of the same; with a 200bhp Zetec con­ver­sion it’s ready for the B-road blast! While Ross Erskin’s ex- Group A EsCos rally car is now fully road le­gal! Else­where, there’s a cou­ple of new fea­tures for you to en­joy this month too. Firstly our ‘All About...’ se­ries kicks off by ex­plain­ing ev­ery­thing you need to know about tyres, while our new ‘#print­my­ford’ fea­ture gives you the op­por­tu­nity to see your very own fast Ford printed on th­ese hal­lowed pages! En­joy the mag!

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