The Isle of Wight Ford Takeover is one of the fastest-grow­ing Blue Oval events on the cal­en­dar, and when the turnout is this good it’s easy to why…

Fast Ford - - Contents - Words & pho­tos JAMIE

We head to the Isle of Wight for a huge gath­er­ing of fast Fords.

The Isle of Wight may be fa­mous for a few things; gar­lic, slap bass gui­tarists, trea­sonous Kings, wid­owed Queens, im­pris­on­ing leg­endary gang­sters, and even the voice of Scar from Lion King! They all have deep-rooted links to this lit­tle piece of land float­ing in the mid­dle of the Solent. But that’s not what we’re in­ter­ested in to­day. No. For there is an­other huge hit surely soon to be added to the ‘things the IOW is fa­mous for…’ list – the mighty Ford Takeover.

Start­ing as noth­ing more than a group of mates head­ing to the pub for quick get­to­gether back in 2014, the IOW Ford Takeover has grown ex­po­nen­tially over the last four years – now at­tract­ing over 1000 cars and 4000 peo­ple!

Hav­ing out­grown pre­vi­ous venues twice al­ready, this year the or­gan­is­ers held the show at Beaper Farm camp­site. The vast wide-open spa­ces pro­vided the per­fect venue for a fam­ily-ori­en­tated gath­er­ing of fast Fords, at­tract­ing own­ers’ clubs and en­thu­si­as­tic Blue Oval lovers from all over the coun­try. In fact, one guy and his girl­friend made the epic trip all the way from Ger­many in a highly-mod­i­fied Fo­cus ST225!

And they weren’t the only ones mak­ing a hol­i­day of it. Yes, you can pop over on the early ferry and head back to the main­land on the same day, but the Ford Takeover is un­like any other show on the cal­en­dar in the way that it en­ables you to make a hol­i­day out of the event. Most peo­ple stay over on the is­land for a few days be­fore or af­ter the main show day, soak­ing up the gor­geous scenery (of course, with plenty of photo op­por­tu­ni­ties for some amaz­ing snaps of your fast Fords) and ex­cel­lent hospi­tal­ity the is­land of­fers.

That means that the is­land is brim­ming with Blue Ovals for days be­fore and af­ter the main event; con­voys of fast Fords can be seen gath­er­ing at the is­land’s most pop­u­lar at­trac­tions, and the throaty sound of growly ex­haust sys­tems and high-pitch chirps of tur­bocharg­ers can be heard from coast-to-coast.

And then, on show day, they all con­gre­gate in the same place to share their pas­sion for all things Blue Oval. The show has a to­tally dif­fer­ent feel to any­thing else on the cal­en­dar; it’s much more re­laxed than the hus­tle-and-bus­tle as­so­ci­ated with events held at race­tracks, yet there’s plenty go­ing on through­out the day to keep ev­ery­one en­ter­tained, and of course, some truly spec­tac­u­lar cars on show!

This year, we even pulled to­gether a small stand of our own – fea­tur­ing IOW-based

past, present, and fu­ture fea­ture cars – with Char­lie Tif­fin’s stun­ning S1 RS Turbo nab­bing the Car of the Show award… and the enor­mous tro­phy that went with it!

This re­ally is one of our favourite shows of the year, and if the or­gan­is­ers con­tinue to put in the same hard work and ded­i­ca­tion as pre­vi­ous years, there’s no telling how big this event can be­come. In fact, plan­ning for the 2019 Ford Takeover is al­ready underway, and the team has ex­panded to en­sure that next year is even big­ger and bet­ter!

We can’t wait to come back, and here’s the best bits from 2018 to show you why…

You’ve got to love an old-school Es­cort Es­tate! Airtec’s Mk3 RS was sport­ing its new dis­tinc­tive wrap

Caz McEwan’s Fi­esta ST, ‘Stitch’ was rep’ing for the Ford­meet crew

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