We join Ford Fanatics South Wales at a meet in Bridgend.
Heading into south Wales early on a Sunday morning and the wipers are going full chat. It’s a tad wet to say the least, which doesn’t bode well for a car meet. But as I arrive at Bridgend Ford, it’s clear a bit of rain isn’t going to dampen anyone’s spirits today.
Founded by Chris Hatch in 2010, Ford Fanatics South Wales are very aptly named – these guys live and breathe Blue Ovals. There’s always a diverse range of cars at their meets and shows, and it’s a very welcoming atmosphere. “We have over 4000 fans on Facebook and about 150 active members,” says Chris. “We attend as many events as we can, from large to small, and do around 20 shows each year. The great thing about us is that everyone’s welcome – from a highly-tuned Focus RS to a £100 Fiesta.”
Today is all about appreciating each other’s cars, at the home of Ford, who also happen to be the club’s sponsor. They’ve very kindly opened up the dealership and are even taking part in judging the car of the day. Even better, someone has booked a butty van and the complementary burger goes down a treat (thanks, guys!).
As I unpack my camera gear, thankfully, the rain begins to ease off and everyone starts to polish and clean in earnest. A quick wander around the car park reveals a nice mix of cars – everything from a new Mustang, through to ’90s Escorts (including an immaculate Cossie) and a host of newschool Focus STs and RSs. There’s even a 1950s Anglia 100E (modified, of course). Having been to a lot of Ford events this year, it’s nice to catch up with a few old faces including the ever smiling Ceri Morgan with his stunning Focus RS which is packing over 800bhp. From a handful of cars to begin with, now the weather has improved, the car park is now chock-full of Fords; what better way to spend a Sunday morning?
The coveted Car of the Meet award goes to Lee Davison whose stunning Mk2 Escort stood out to the Bridgend Ford judges. Rebuilt in 1992, it’s still going strong in 2018.
Thanks to everyone who braved the early morning rain to attend this great event and also to the guys at Bridgend Ford for their hospitality. If you fancy joining this friendly and welcoming group, search ‘Ford Fanatics South Wales’ on Facebook.