MATT JAMES EDI­TOR THE STARS COME TO PLAY

Motor Sport News - - Review: Autosport Show - Matt James

I saw dou­ble British Tour­ing Car cham­pion Chris Hod­getts be­fore I had a proper chance to ex­plore the show halls at the NEC for my­self.

But he fired me up. “You sim­ply have to go and look at the Ford Sierra RS500S,” he told me. Like I wasn’t go­ing to any­way…

I made my way to the far cor­ner of hall 19 and was blown away by the col­lec­tion of Bore­ham’s finest: north of 500bhp on tap on tyres, what­ever their brand, that were nowhere near ca­pa­ble of trans­lat­ing that grunt on to the Tar­mac.

Such is the love for the car that more than 10 of them were gath­ered to cel­e­brate 30 years since they ruled the roost. Boy, do they still look the part. Mod­ern cars might well be faster and have more grip, but they don’t move around so much and they don’t make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It al­ways seemed to me that those who were lucky enough to race the Ford Sierra RS500S were truly tam­ing the beast.

I was per­son­ally de­lighted to bump into Karl Jones when I ven­tured over to see the cars that Paul Lin­foot had un­earthed. Jon­sey was a child­hood hero, and there he was, bask­ing in the re­flected glory of the flame­spit­ting cars. The trip down mem­ory lane was fully com­plete.

The RS500S were a real head-turner

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