Classic Ford Show
Thousands of Fords arrive at Santa Pod to show off their speed and style
With a name like Classic Ford, you’d expect this show to appeal to just one type of classic car enthusiast, but you’d be wrong. This event has something for everyone, and you wouldn’t have to be a Ford fan to be thrilled by the high revs and tyre screeching drag race sprints.
Families and serious Ford fans crowded the stands to admire random combinations of blue oval marked machines, in awe of some of the modded varieties, but also in admiration for the simplicity of the untouched. It didn’t matter that a bog-standard Fiesta MkI would be up against a Cosworth, the race was all about fun and personal goals to get to that finish line as fast as they could. Magenta Wright had multiple attempts in her own Fiesta, attempting to beat her previous personal best, which she achieved on her first attempt.
There were Ford delights away from the drag strip with Ford movies playing in the bar area plus a ‘Burnout competition’ where one of the cars managed to burst its tyres quite dramatically. The club areas also provided a sea of varying Fords, with many new members recruited on the day.
Event marketeer, Matt Ross, said, ‘It was non-stop action all day. Usually there’s a lull and break in play but today has been just incredible.’
Leaving the show in a big Ford convoy was nearly as much fun as being there.
Chas Evans bought this 1974 Escort 1300E from a ‘one Grandpa owner’ but now wants to sell it so he can buy a Mustang fastback for himself and his wife. This Escort sat in a barn until 2009 when Chas undertook a full concours restoration. Adrian Shimmans of the AVO Owner’s club allowed Adrian ‘Flux Babes’ to help model his 1974 RS2000. He began a six-year restoration 16 years ago preserving Its genuine originality. Chas raced Dave Santer (inset) in his 1973 Escort Mexico 1600GT. He has owned this car for four years. It still has the original standard engine and has undergone a £30k rebuild. Magenta Wright bought this 1982 Fiesta 1.1L as her daily drive as she wanted something ‘quick and nippy’. She managed to get the car to the finish line in 20.7secs beating her previous best of 20.9secs. ‘Magenta said, ‘I had a good run, the start felt good and I had a start reaction
time of 0.14secs’. The car park was just as glorious as the event itself. Reece Bennett pictured here with his 1984 Ford Escort RS Turbo. He says driving the B-roads to the event was fun. Wesley Hayes in his 1987 Sierra RS Cosworth, which he’s owned for three weeks. He bought it to replace an existing Cosworth which required too much work to restore.
BELOW The DGZ Ford Freakz are a relatively new car club with 43 members and recruited more at the show. Left to right: Peter Delamare with his 1978 Escort MkII. Craig Mitchell’s Honda S2000engined 1980 Escort MkII, Club Founder Jamie Peplowe’s 1970 Capri, and Liam Peplowe with his 1982 Fiesta MkI.