Fi­esta trek in­cludes NT

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By KARLA PIN­COTT

TWO lit­tle Ford Fi­es­tas set off last week on the first leg of a drive around the world that will in­clude Dar­win.

Start­ing on Cal­i­for­nia’s Santa Mon­ica Pier, the jour­ney will cover 25,000km of 20 coun­tries on four con­ti­nents and fin­ish at the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show in Oc­to­ber.

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 lit­tle Fords on the tour are be­ing thor­oughly schooled in geog­ra­phy and cul­ture along the way, with stops in­clud­ing Jay Leno’s garage, a ma­chine-gun shoot­ing range and driv­ethru wed­ding chapel in the US, a match­mak­ing fes­ti­val in Ire­land, a lap of the Nur­bur­gring in Ger­many, camel races and a womenonly 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 quarry and paint­ing ele­phants, be­fore the cars hit Dar­win for their fi­nal leg down to Syd­ney.

Cars­guide was be­hind the wheel for the first legs from Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia to Pheonix, Ari­zona, and will be fol­low­ing the ad­ven­ture at cars­ with daily blogs, gal­leries and video from sev­eral jour­nal­ists. Stay tuned.

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