We head to Blue­print in Not­ting­ham for a gath­er­ing of some se­ri­ously eye-catch­ing fast Fords…

Fast Ford - - Contents - Words & pho­tos IAN TAY­LOR

Eye-catch­ing Fords get to­gether at the fa­mous wrap­pers.

When it comes to vinyl wraps, there’s one name that’s syn­ony­mous with fast Fords – Blue­print. The Not­ting­ham-based spe­cial­ists are re­spon­si­ble for some of the most eye­catch­ing and dis­tinc­tive cars in the Blue Oval scene. So, when we heard they were open­ing their work­shop doors and invit­ing along a se­lec­tion of the best Fords to pass through their hands, we just had to pop along to wit­ness some of these imag­i­na­tive cre­ations for our­selves.

One thing we no­ticed is just how dif­fer­ent ev­ery car is, with ev­ery owner mak­ing their own mark. In terms of the dif­fer­ent de­signs, it seems that one per­son stood out time and time again from the own­ers, and that’s Stan who does all the de­sign work for Blue­print.

We were keen to catch up with the owner of Blue­print, Richard Monk, to find out more on how this event (now in its third year) came to be: “Well, I started chat­ting to Ian Tay­lor from Ford-Ma­nia about all the cars that we had wrapped (many of them

for Ford-Ma­nia mem­bers) and sud­denly thought ‘wouldn’t it be great if we had them all in one place’?” re­mem­bers Richard, “this was purely from the per­spec­tive that the cars come from all over the coun­try and it’s not of­ten you get to see them all to­gether in the same place.”

The first meet was then ar­ranged back in 2016, at­tract­ing about 14 or 15 cars, and rais­ing money and aware­ness for chil­dren with cancer. The feed­back from the event was ex­cel­lent, so it wasn’t long be­fore plan­ning was underway for the sec­ond meet. Those own­ers of wrapped cars that didn’t at­tend the first meet kept ask­ing for Blue­print/Ford-Ma­nia to do an­other meet, so a date was duly set for 2017, and the sec­ond event was ar­ranged, which con­ve­niently tied in with Blue­print’s 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions too.

“Last year saw 21 cars at­tend, which was great and drew lots of at­ten­tion from the gen­eral pub­lic, and again raised funds with chil­dren with cancer,” re­calls Richard, “once again the feed­back was great, so we de­cided to run the event again this year.”

Things stepped up for 2018 though, as not only did the great Fast Ford mag­a­zine cover the day, but a lo­cal Not­ting­ham TV crew also came along to film a re­port too.

The or­gan­is­ers also pro­vided food, mu­sic and a ma­gi­cian to cre­ate a real fam­i­lyfriendly party at­mos­phere, and with over 30 cars at­tend­ing it was eas­ily the big­gest meet yet – which was great news for the char­ity as the event raised over £400!

So, when we asked Blue­print and FordMa­nia if they’re plan­ning to do it again next year, the an­swer was an un­sur­pris­ing and re­sound­ing ‘yes!’ And it seems plans for 2019 are for an even big­ger and bet­ter day out – with a raf­fle prize of­fer­ing one lucky win­ner the chance to have a quar­ter-wrap fit­ted live on the day!

Both Ford-Ma­nia and Blue­print would like to thank ev­ery­one for com­ing, some mak­ing in­cred­i­bly long jour­neys to be a part of the day. We have a feel­ing this event will grow big­ger and big­ger as each year goes by. Keep an eye out for de­tails on next year’s event to be con­firmed soon…

The iconic Es­cort Cos­worth rally car’s Miche­lin liv­ery looks good an al­most any fast Ford

At lunch time, this guy asked for the tuna sand­wiches... with no crust From full wraps to cus­tom sign-writ­ing, Blue­print will make sure your fast Ford gets no­ticed

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