We join hundreds of Ford fans as they take over the Bridgend engine plant for a great day out – it’s what Sunday’s were made for.
Ford's family day at Bridgend engine plant had loads to offer...
The Bridgend Ford engine plant may be a major industrial operation, but that doesn’t mean Ford has forgotten about the people who really count (that’s you lot by the way). There may be immense pressure on global car manufacturers in 2018, but I for one say a hearty well done to Ford for throwing open the doors of the Bridgend plant for their popular family day.
These free to attend events are a must for any self-respecting Ford fan, giving an insight to the production process, as well as the opportunity to check out some stunning cars. Add to this a live action arena with Paul Swift making fast Fords do things they really shouldn’t be able to do, and you’ve got the recipe for a top day out.
This year, the turn out was huge, bolstered no doubt by the spell of Mediterranean weather to hit the UK. The event was split into two areas, with the engine plant tour and car displays inside, while a large club area took pride of place on the grass in front of the building. It was the latter where we set up our Fast Ford stand, complete with some very special cars including Ceri Morgan’s Focus RS from last issue and ‘ELE’, Mark Hudd’s deeply impressive 700bhp-plus 4x4 Sierra Cosworth.
It really was a sight to behold; row upon row of highly polished Fords, with pretty much every performance model from the last 40 years represented. From immaculately restored Series One RS Turbos, to big-power Focus RS Mk3s, there was something for everyone. The clubs really pulled out all the stops for this one and it was great to chat to so many happy (although very sweaty) Blue Oval fans.
Inside, we got a rare chance to see the latest EcoBoost engines being produced with the sheer scale of the operation something to behold. A large hall at the end of the tour had been taken over by cars organised by the West Wales RSOC, and what a line up there was. Things kicked off with the latest Ford GT taking pride of place,
while behind it sat some iconic Blue Ovals including the current WRC Fiesta, as well as selected treats from the Ford Heritage fleet.
Outside, Paul Swift took some lucky passengers out in his modified Focuses to give a textbook demonstration on car control, before taking them for a drive on two wheels.
After a full day of blazing sunshine, hot Fords and great entertainment, we left happy; a little sunburned, but happy. A hearty well done to Ford Bridgend for putting on such a great event and to all of the clubs and Fast Ford readers who helped to make it such a cracking day out. We’re already looking forward to the next one.
The sheer volume of engines the plant produces is mind-blowing The grass areas outside played host to a selection of Ford clubs from across the UK Paul Cox’s concours RS Turbo is a regular at RS events Ford GT may not have been a runner, but it looked beautiful Engines galore!