Ford cel­e­brates 40 Fi­esta years

Thumbs up from thou­sands of fans en route from Da­gen­ham to Brighton

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To help cel­e­brate 40 years of the Ford Fi­esta, Ford Uk or­gan­ised a con­voy from its en­gine plant in Da­gen­ham, es­sex to the Ford sum­mer Fes­ti­val in Brighton.

More than 200 blue oval-badged cars took part, 40 of them Fi­es­tas. Chair­man and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ford of Bri­tain Andy Bar­ratt en­joyed the chance to show off the com­pany’s her­itage. He says: ‘ The op­por­tu­nity to have these won­der­ful her­itage ve­hi­cles lined up next to our lat­est Fi­es­tas is very rare and was fully ap­pre­ci­ated by the Ford fans that made the 69-mile jour­ney down to the fes­ti­val.’

An­drew Brady drove a Fi­esta MkI pop­u­lar owned by Ford. He says: ‘It was a re­ally spe­cial day, and great to see so many en­thu­si­asts turn up to show off their hum­ble Fi­es­tas of all spec­i­fi­ca­tions and all eras. Driv­ing the lovely beige MkI pop­u­lar was a priv­i­lege – it’s in stun­ning con­di­tion, and at­tracted so many ad­mir­ing glances and thumbs up on the route.’

‘It was a spe­cial day, and great to see many en­thu­si­asts show off their hum­ble Fi­es­tas’ an­Drew BraDy – evenT aT­TenDee

Ford show­cased seven gen­er­a­tions of Fi­esta on the con­voy, held on 16 July.

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