Ford Mon­deo

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - JAMES SADLIER MAN­AG­ING ED­I­TOR

1994 FORD MON­DEO 1.8 GLS

If there was one event I had to take the Mon­deo to, then it was the Clas­sic Ford Show at Santa Pod. The one hour drive there was un­event­ful – it cruises hap­pily like the com­muter car it once was – but the rev counter and speedome­ter seem to be mak­ing soft click­ing noies. I guess some­thing has come loose but ev­ery­thing still works.

Once at Santa Pod, the car park felt like a show in it­self. I parked next to a pris­tine Capri 2.0 S which looked tiny in com­par­i­son.

Hav­ing not been to this event be­fore, I ex­pected to see plenty of mod­i­fied Fords, but there were plenty of fac­tory stan­dard as well as heav­ily mod­ded ex­am­ples on the drag strip. It was then that I re­gret­ted not en­ter­ing the Mon­deo, not to race any­one in par­tic­u­lar, just to be able to say that I clocked a time! Away from the drag strip the club stands show­cased all eras of Ford and I even man­aged to find a Mon­deo that was even more base­line than mine. It felt good to see an­other one like it be­cause they’re be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly rare sight, these days.

I en­joyed dic­ing with other Fords out of the show­ground at clos­ing time. It was a real bat­tle be­tween me and a whale­tale Cos­worth bomb­ing across the grass to get out first. No prizes for guess­ing who won that par­tic­u­lar duel…

Even my 1994 Mon­deo seemed old along­side this W-reg Es­cort.

Long lost brother nearly got to meet the GLX.

Two sil­ver saloons, just four years apart.

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