PAR­AL­LEL PARK

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The first dis­ci­pline I got to grips with was the par­al­lel park. This is one of the stunts Paul’s fa­mous for – usu­ally squeez­ing the car into an ever-de­creas­ing gap un­til there’s just a few mm to spare! Thank­fully for us, the team had thought­fully repli­cated the two parked cars with a se­ries of cones mark­ing out the ‘space’ we needed to aim for.

The car we used was Mk3 Fo­cus RS, but this one had re­cently been fit­ted with Ford Per­for­mance’s ‘Drift Stick’ – an elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled hand brake that locks the rear wheels, so- called as it helps to ini­ti­ate drifts.

As a Ford Per­for­mance prod­uct, the Drift Stick is cur­rently only avail­able for LHD cars, but Paul is test­ing a RHD ver­sion for Ford. I have to ad­mit, it’s pretty ad­dic­tive too. And very ef­fec­tive – you no longer need to be vi­o­lent with the hand­brake; a gen­tle pull on the Drift Stick and the rear wheels lock with ease. The dif­fi­cult part is get­ting the car to pirou­ette neatly into the park­ing area with­out send­ing the cones fly­ing ev­ery­where!

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