HERE really is a fascination amongst petrolheads with fast Fords - and this week’s test car looks like keeping that tradition going.
Even though it is Britain’s bestselling (and so most common on the road) hatchback, the shiny little blue car caused quite a stir as I drove it around for a week.
The reason being that this was the new Fiesta ST – which even had the salesman at a posh Range Rover dealership asking for a look inside.
Over the years fast Fords have gained a big following - and prices of classic models have gone crazy in recent times. Oh how I wish I had kept the Mk1 3.0-litre GXL and Mk2 2.0-litre S Capris I owned back in the day... and even more so the now ultra-rare Consul 3-litre GT (the original TV Sweeney car) and the theft magnet that was my Sapphire Cosworth.
The latter led to armed police knocking at my door in the early hours after some crims ‘borrowed’ it to rob an East Lancs Road petrol station and then left frustrated plod in their Astras in the dust!
But thanks to great strides forward in car security those problems are mainly a thing of the past - and this latest offering looks