HAYNES OPEN DAY

Haynes Ford host their pop­u­lar Ford Per­for­mance event.

Fast Ford - - CONTENTS - Words JAMIE/HAYNES Pho­tos JA­SON DODD

Fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess­ful ‘Steeda Satur­day’ in 2016, which launched Haynes and Steeda UK’s joint Mus­tang ven­ture, came the very first Per­for­mance Day in 2017. But for 2018, Haynes de­cided to plan for an even big­ger event, and in­vited lo­cal own­ers clubs and en­thu­si­asts to bring along their beloved Blue Ovals and be part of the dis­plays on show at the Ford Per­for­mance Day 2018. Lo­cal, and not-so-lo­cal, fans flocked to the Maid­stone site, with dis­plays cov­er­ing clas­sic and retro mod­els through to the very lat­est fast Fords – in­clud­ing plenty of Ford Per­for­mance mod­els, nat­u­rally. The day even at­tracted Tran­sit own­ers, with a se­lec­tion of the feisty MS-RT mod­els on show too.

With back­ground mu­sic pro­vided by lo­cal band, Rockin’ Repub­lik, Ford fans and en­thu­si­asts – some who had seen the event ad­ver­tised on so­cial me­dia, oth­ers as part of Haynes’ own cus­tomer data­base – min­gled to­gether along­side the Haynes staff to en­joy the fan­tas­tic weather and ad­mire the huge se­lec­tion of both new and clas­sic fast Fords on dis­play.

This year’s event saw a fan­tas­tic range of around 150 ve­hi­cles on show, with beau­ti­fully re­stored ex­am­ples of early Es­corts, Corti­nas, Capris, and Ze­phyrs all mak­ing the trip out. One of the old­est, and most talked-about cars to make the event was a metic­u­lously re­stored Model T. While chil­dren and adults alike all recog­nised the Ford An­glia brought along from its as­so­ci­a­tion with Harry Pot­ter films.

Ford’s lat­est Per­for­mance mod­els were well rep­re­sented by own­ers who had pur­chased from Haynes, with the Fo­cus RSs ‘pop­ping’ their ex­hausts in com­pe­ti­tion with the deep rum­ble from the V8 Mus­tang GTs, in var­i­ous colours, with var­i­ous graph­ics and plenty of per­for­mance up­grades fit­ted.

The Kent RS Own­ers Club pro­vided a range of RS his­tory, with some beau­ti­fully

re­stored ex­am­ples of Cos­worth-pow­ered Fords and the full range of three gen­er­a­tions of the Fo­cus RS.

Like­wise, the Kent Mus­tang Own­ers Club pro­vided a range of Ford’s fa­mous mus­cle car, from the 1965 coupe to the more re­cent UK spec­i­fi­ca­tion GTs, with many of the lat­est mod­els hav­ing had up­grades in­stalled by the Haynes team.

Haynes Ford also took the op­por­tu­nity of plac­ing their own 1965 clas­sic Mus­tang on dis­play which was well re­ceived by the guests and with many com­ments on the stan­dard of paint restora­tion com­pleted by their very own Ac­ci­dent Re­pair Cen­tre.

The dealer’s cur­rent Mus­tang, Fi­esta ST and Fo­cus RS per­for­mance demon­stra­tor mod­els were also on hand to take guests for ‘hot’ rides around the roads of Maid­stone too, en­abling guests the op­por­tu­nity of a ride in a car that many have only ever dreamed of own­ing.

Out­side, re­fresh­ments were avail­able from Ex­quis­ite BBQ, who catered to nearly 400 peo­ple across the day. Mean­while, in­side, the show­room was busy through­out the day with a rac­ing sim­u­la­tor. The nine-screen tech­ni­cal power wall in the show­room mak­ing the laps seem very re­al­is­tic and life­like.

Steeda UK rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Haynes staff were on hand through­out the day, ready to ad­vise on per­for­mance up­grades and gen­er­ally chat with vis­i­tors, own­ers and en­thu­si­asts. Haynes’ sales team were more than happy to share their knowl­edge of Ford’s fu­ture plans for the new Mus­tang, and were able to an­swer many ques­tions on the lat­est Mk4 Fo­cus, with demon­stra­tions of the B&O Play sound sys­tem in the show­room oc­ca­sion­ally pro­vid­ing a very loud back­drop to the rac­ing sim­u­la­tor!

With the 2018 Ford Per­for­mance Day prov­ing such a huge hit, plan­ning is al­ready un­der­way for 2019 dates, and the Haynes team are look­ing to make the day even big­ger and bet­ter again! Keep an eye on the Haynes Ford web­site – www.hay­nes­ford.

co.uk – for the lat­est up­dates.

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