MUSTANG & RS
The Essex region of Focus RS Owners Club and Essex Mustang Owners Club got together for a mega meet of two of Ford’s most iconic models…
Joint meet between Mustang and Focus RS owners.
If you put the two words Mustang and Focus together, you’d expect a whole bunch of antagonism – after all, there’s got to be loads of rivalry between the two groups. So, the prospect of having a meet where both groups of car enthusiasts collect together to enjoy some friendly banter, sounds like a recipe for a bit of mud-slinging. The thing is you’d be so wrong. Simply because, as organiser Keith Flynn puts it; “You couldn’t ask for a friendlier bunch of people than both of these two groups.”
Keith’s a car detailer by trade and spends a lot of time perfecting many cars, but in particular he does a lot of work with both Focus RSs and Mustangs. He’s a member of the Focus RS Owners Club and, because he details Mustangs too, he’s a member of the Essex Mustang Owners Club too. “To be honest, the atmosphere around the two clubs is about having a good time – people first, cars second. In our own particular group, we’ve had members who have actually sold their RS but still come to meets… and they are more than welcome to do so.”
With such an ethos, it seemed like a good idea to have a joint meeting – although both clubs usually meet on different days and at varying locations – Focus RS is Sunday morning; whilst the Mustangs meet on a Saturday afternoon. Obviously, you need a venue with an area to potentially get a lot of cars together so the Horse and Groom at Galleywood seemed ideal.
The Mustang side was organised by Luke McCreary and Iain Scullion, whilst the Focus part was the responsibility of Keith and Tina Fitch. And we have to say, what a success – a boiling hot day in May and a ton of incredible cars. Focus of all sorts – from the Mk1 to brand new cars. Whilst the Mustangs were equally impressive – we loved the twin turbo example, while the Whipple supercharged V8s also made some phenomenal horsepower.
Given the success of the first meet, we’re pretty sure this event will happen again, Keith says: “We’ll do a barbeque next time. And possibly a run to the coast.” It seems this is what owning a fast Ford should be all about – no animosity, just a good laugh! Here’s the best bits from the day…