FORD FA­NAT­ICS

We join Ford Fa­nat­ics South Wales at a meet in Brid­gend.

Fast Ford - - CONTENTS - Words and pho­tos DAVY LEWIS

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.

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