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TWO lit­tle Ford Fi­es­tas set off last week on the first leg of a drive around the world. Start­ing on Cal­i­for­nia’s Santa Mon­ica Pier, the jour­ney will cover 25,000km over 20 coun­tries on four con­ti­nents and fin­ish at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show in 57 days.

It’s a global tour to cel­e­brate the US re­turn of what is now a global car. De­spite the Fi­esta com­ing from an Amer­i­can brand, it hasn’t been sold there for nearly 30 years.

And the Fi­es­tas on the tour are be­ing schooled in geog­ra­phy and cul­ture along the way, with stops in­clud­ing US talk-show host Jay Leno’s garage, a ma­chine-gun shoot­ing range and drive-thru wed­ding chapel in the US, a match­mak­ing fes­ti­val in Ire­land, a lap of the Nur­bur­gring in Ger­many, camel races and a women-only car show­room in the Mid­dle East (where women can ap­par­ently buy cars, but are banned from driv­ing).

Asia will wel­come the Fi­es­tas with a monk’s bless­ing, feng shui and ele­phants, be­fore the cars hit Dar­win for their fi­nal leg to Syd­ney.

Cars­Guide was be­hind the wheel for the first legs from Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia to Phoenix, Ari­zona, and will be fol­low­ing the ad­ven­ture at cars­guide. com. au with daily blogs, gal­leries and video from jour­nal­ists Jeremy Hart, Lucy Denyer and oth­ers. Stay tuned.

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