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…

Fast Ford - - Intro - Words and pho­tos JON HILL

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…

OC­TO­BER 2018

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