Fast Ford - - Intro -

Well, here it is – the big one, the Ford Fair spe­cial is­sue...

You may have al­ready no­ticed it feels a bit thicker than usual, and that's be­cause in or­der to cram in all the con­tent we've got to bring you this month, we've had to add ex­tra pages. This is­sue is now a whop­ping 164-pages as a re­sult!

32 of those pages are ded­i­cated to the big­gest Blue Oval bash of the year, Ford Fair. From pages 80 through to 111 you'll find all the info you need to make the most of your time at the show. If you haven't booked your tick­ets yet, hurry up and do so!

Talk­ing of Ford Fair, I can re­mem­ber my first – back in 2005 with my old Saph Cossie. I had track time booked and I'd cooked the brake pads on a spir­ited drive to the show, so we quickly bought a re­place­ment set at the show and fit­ted them on the stand! The man who helped me that day, and who is ul­ti­mately re­spon­si­ble (at least partly) for me be­com­ing a fast Ford fan, ap­pears in the is­sue too – Pete Wooltor­ton.

Way back when I was cov­et­ing af­ter Pete's Sierra RS500, he had his eyes set on a scene icon of the time. And now, 20 years later he owns it. This month the leg­endary Tur­bosys­tems Sap­phire, Snow Storm, breaks cover af­ter nearly two decades off the road, and I'm pleased to say it hasn't changed a bit!

In­deed, time does fly. I mean who would have thought it was 20 years ago since the Fo­cus first hit the road? That's clas­sic car ter­ri­tory! You can re­mind your­selves of all the high­lights from the model's 20 year rein at the top of the hothatch tree over on page 39. Part of what makes the Fo­cus such a Ford fan's favourite is the in­cred­i­ble tune­abil­ity it of­fers. So to see how best to spend your cash, we asked the ex­perts what up­grades they rec­om­mend for three dif­fer­ent fast Fo­cuses; the Mk1 RS, the ST225, and the Mk3 RS. See what they had to say on page 49. It's al­right look­ing back fondly, and nos­tal­gia def­i­nitely has its place, but it's look­ing for­ward when things get re­ally ex­cit­ing. Look­ing to see what's com­ing next, and the hottest thing around at the mo­ment is the new Fi­esta ST. We've been out driv­ing it! Read what we thought on page 24. They'll be plenty of Mk8 STs on show at Ford Fair in a few weeks time, so you'll have the chance to take a bet­ter look. Of course, your favourite Ford mag will be there too, so be sure to pop over to the Fast Ford stand to have a chat, or just gaze at some of the in­cred­i­ble fea­ture cars on dis­play. See you all at Ford Fair, but in the mean­time, en­joy the mag!


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