Storm­ing sea­son-closer at the strip.

Classic Ford - - CONTENTS - Words Si­mon Wool­ley Pho­tos Rob Schave­r­ien, Chris Frosin

The UK Ford out­door show sea­son went out on a high for the year with FordFest at the end of Septem­ber. Thou­sands of en­thu­si­asts de­scended on Santa Pod and they were treated to a feast of Blue Oval-re­lated good­ness, with hun­dreds of the UK’s big­gest Ford clubs putting their best feet for­ward to cre­ate in­cred­i­ble dis­plays.

As al­ways, there were a wide range of awards up for grabs, from best Club Dis­play stand to best Clas­sic Club, and there was a di­verse range of cars from a bunch of dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties. From Face­book groups to own­ers’ clubs, fam­ily clubs to fo­rums, there was some­thing for ev­ery­one and it left the judges with the dif­fi­cult task of pick­ing the award win­ners.

Head­line spon­sors EBC Brakes, who gave all show­go­ers 20 per cent off all of their prod­ucts on the day, were tasked with choos­ing the Best Club Dis­play and after an ar­du­ous process of de­lib­er­a­tion they plumped for Sim­ply Mus­tangs UK. The club brought over 50 spot­less Mus­tangs with them after grow­ing their club from just five cars in 2015 and they also took home the best One-Model Dis­play tro­phy to round off what has been a great year for them.

Other win­ners in­cluded Ke­jja Mo­tor­sport for Best Clas­sic Club, while Bed­ford­shire RS Own­ers’ Club took home the award for Best Re­gional Club Dis­play.

It wouldn’t be FordFest with­out the hotly an­tic­i­pated Show & Shine com­pe­ti­tion and this year’s spon­sors Roar Pol­ish­ing spent the morn­ing run­ning the rule over the 20 stun­ning cars vy­ing for the ti­tle. The com­pe­ti­tion was fierce and the team at Roar spent hours try­ing to sep­a­rate the best cars, but in the end it was Lewis Tay­lor and his Fo­cus ST that took the vic­tory and the cov­eted Show & Shine tro­phy, as well as a bag of de­tail­ing good­ies from Roar.

The Re­tail Vil­lage was jam-packed through­out the day with show-go­ers tak­ing ad­van­tage of a whole range of ex­clu­sive dis­counts and of­fers. AET Mo­tor­sport, spon­sors of the Drag Strip, were on hand to give tun­ing ad­vice while Photography UK were able to give vis­i­tors a sou­venir of their day with their of­fi­cial en­trance pho­tos.

There was plenty of in­ter­est in the Nankang Tyres Tyre Chal­lenge, which saw com­peti­tors tasked with chang­ing a front wheel in the quick­est time pos­si­ble, and the vic­tory went to David Da­too in an im­pres­sive time of 20.81 sec­onds.

If David had a good day then Stephen Tu­dor had an even bet­ter one. Stephen was one of hun­dreds of peo­ple who paid £1 to en­ter the prize draw to win a Mk1 Mon­deo – and he left the show with a smile from ear to ear as the proud owner of a car that re­cently com­pleted the fa­mous Two-Ball Rally with­out a sin­gle is­sue.

FordFest re­turns in 2019 – dates and de­tails will be re­vealed soon.

Phil Reeves ran a 9.31-sec­ond quar­ter in his Zetec turbo Mk2, mak­ing the XR2 the fastest front-drive car in Eu­rope. YB in­side. Dar­ren Scan­nell’s Cossie Mk1 lines up against Dave Reed’s sim­i­lar-pow­ered Mk6 Fi­esta. Stu Great­batch was vy­ing for top hon­ours in the Show & Shine with his Hol­bay Mk2.

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