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Ford Fair 2016: Classics & Retro

Ford Fair 2016: Classics & Retro

23rd November 2016

For our fifth Ford Fair 2016 gallery we're looking at the classic cars from the show. As usual a fantastic selection of mostly Escorts but with a few other gems. The Zakspeed replica Capri looks a lot closer to completion that last year. It's good to see that it's looking like it's not going to be painted in the Jägermeister or Wurth scheme, which is good as it will give the car an identity of its own rather than trying… Ford Fair 2016: Classics & Retro »

Ford Fair 2016: Cosworth & RS200

Ford Fair 2016: Cosworth & RS200

23rd October 2016

Last year I wrote how the popularity of the Cosworth might have been on the decline. Happily this doesn't seem to be the case as they were out in force at Ford Fair this year. 2017 will mark 25 years…

The Fords Of TRAX 2016

The Fords Of TRAX 2016

13th October 2016

TRAX this year was unusually late in the season - right at the end of September, which was a bit of a risk given the changeable weather. It worked out fine though, overcast in the morning gave way to sunshine…

Ford Fair 2016: Focus Groups

Ford Fair 2016: Focus Groups

14th September 2016

It would be hard to argue that the popularity of the Focus hasn't eclipsed the Fiesta. As Ford's favorite child it receives the most attention and investment - there hasn't been an RS model that's not a Focus for over…

Ford Fair 2016: Tiempo De Fiesta

Ford Fair 2016: Tiempo De Fiesta

28th August 2016

With each consecutive year that passes and each corresponding Ford Fair, change is noticeably in effect. Trends emerge and fade, colour palettes surface and receed and certain models gravitate popularity. A few years ago I wrote how the Mk6 seemed to be the most frequent exhibitionist at the show. It's only taken that short amount of time for the Mk7 to eclipse it, no doubt due to the gradual aging reducing prices and the snowball effect of the car's popularity…

Ford Fair 2016: Ford Folk, Us

Ford Fair 2016: Ford Folk, Us

13th August 2016

Although an excellent show, Ford Fair this year seemed smaller than last year, a thought confirmed when downloading my photos - 239 compared to 303 last year. There were some repeats (if I've previously shot a car and it's visually no different I tend not to take another pic as it wastes space - both on the page and on disk), but the total number of pics I take is a good indication of the size of the show.

That's not…

Tuner Fest North 2016: Fords

Tuner Fest North 2016: Fords

12th July 2016

The trouble with car shows in the UK is that even if you schedule them slap bang in the middle of summer you're still at the mercy of the British weather. Torrential rain does not make for an enjoyable show, but dark clouds make for dramatic photos and my decision to rock up to the event at a leisurely midday seemed to have paid off. Moody skies persisted, but the rain had stopped and everything was beginning to dry out.

Tuner…

Ford Fair 2015: Classics & Retro

Ford Fair 2015: Classics & Retro

15th November 2015

For our sixth gallery from Ford Fair this year we're taking a look at the older vehicles present at the show. As usual Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts were the most popular and the lasting appeal of these shows no signs of waning. Also noteworthy was the Escort RS1700T and the Cosworth powered Anglia on the Classic Ford stand.

The most interesting and promising pick of this bunch has to be the work-in-progress Zakspeed Capri replica. Based on the Group 5 machines…

Ford Fair 2015: Cosworth & RS200

Ford Fair 2015: Cosworth & RS200

11th October 2015

Two years we mentioned that the popularity of the Cosworth may be on the decline. In 2013 the Ford Fair gallery had 30 photos. Last year a couple less and this year just 24. I imagine some of the less well cared for examples will rust away and be scrapped, but where do the rest go?

I think with the launch of the Mk3 Focus RS some owners who prefer their Fast Fords with 4WD will finally jump ship so maybe…

Ford Fair 2015: Focus Point

Ford Fair 2015: Focus Point

19th September 2015

The popularity of the Focus shows no signs of waning and every Ford Fair seems to produce an even higher number of examples. This abundance drives people to create something different which as you can see from the photos below can be good, or not so good!

Ford's own stand had the new Mk3 RS on display. Opinions seemed to be polarised - for some people the 4x4 compensating for less road presence and a not so special engine than the…

Ford Fair 2015: Fantastic Fiestas

Ford Fair 2015: Fantastic Fiestas

28th August 2015

We've seen all the Mk3 Fiestas from Ford Fair this year and now it's time to check out all the others. The undoubted Star Of The Show was Marc's JWRC kitted Mk6 Cosworth making it's show (and track) debut. What was originally a grotty 100k miles diesel has been transformed beyond all recognition into an incredible machine with most of the work being done by Marc himself. You can read the complete history of the build here.

Elsewhere a lot…

Mk3 Still Going Strong

Mk3 Still Going Strong

17th August 2015

Ford Fair this year was incredible for Mk3 Fiestas. Given that there was only a handful last year I don't know where they have all come from. Some we've seen before but a lot were new. It's been a fair few years since it was possible to post a gallery consisting solely of the Mk3, but here we are doing just that and over 25 years since the model was launched. Here's to another…

What We Saw At The Fair

What We Saw At The Fair

6th August 2015

Ford Fair was huge. Massive. Expansive. Certainly the biggest ever. There’s stacks of photos to post over the coming weeks, categorised as usual, but by way of an introduction to this year’s show here’s an initial selection of cars that don’t fit into the Fiesta/Focus/Cosworth/Old School…

The Fords Of TRAX 2015

The Fords Of TRAX 2015

3rd August 2015

As mentioned previously, the turnout of Fords at TRAX this year wasn't great, due to a date clash with RSOC National Day. Fortunately Ford Fair really delivered so there are plenty of great cars in the forthcoming galleries for that show.

Although not a Ford, the Cosworth engined Dimma Clio in the last photo I thought was worthy of…

The Fiestas Of TRAX 2015

The Fiestas Of TRAX 2015

28th July 2015

A date change for Trax this year brought the show forward by six weeks or so from the usual beginning of September to mid July. This also created an unfortunate clash with the RS Owners Club's National Day, meaning the turnout of Fords wasn't as great as previous years. There were still plenty of Fiestas though. I guess with it being 20 years since we last had a Fiesta RS they don't feel particularly at home at National Day.

The Mk7…

TRAX Takes All Sorts

TRAX Takes All Sorts

21st July 2015

Many of us view cars as a blank canvas to display our originality and taste. This leads to all kind of strange creations. Here are a few examples which caught my attention at TRAX this…

Ford Fair 2014: Track Action

Ford Fair 2014: Track Action

26th November 2014

Our last visit to Ford Fair this year and we finish up with track action. I've tried to add some variety to the photos this year by shooting from different points around the track and also at a selection of zoom lengths. Another way I've used to get a different looks is the shutter speed. A fast shutter speed will freeze motion but produce a clear, sharp photo. A slower shutter speed will give a better sense of speed but…

The Fords Of TRAX 2014

The Fords Of TRAX 2014

28th October 2014

Our third and final gallery from Trax this year contains the rest of the Fords present that weren't Fiestas or Focuses. Escorts, Sierras, a couple of KAs and more Mustangs than you'd expect to see at a show like this.

Maybe next year we'll see one or two of the 2015 UK spec…

The Focuses Of TRAX 2014

The Focuses Of TRAX 2014

7th October 2014

A seemingly ever increasing Ford presence at TRAX means this year for the first time there's enough Blue Ovals to fill not just two, but three galleries. Right now it's the turn of the Focus. We'll finish up with the other Fords next time then back to Ford Fair for the rest of what we saw…

The Fiestas Of TRAX 2014

The Fiestas Of TRAX 2014

15th September 2014

TRAX this year seemed to have increased in size compared to 2013 - the stands spreading further out into the area surrounding the track with many clubs in attendance. Plenty of Fiestas too, with the Mk6 and Mk7 being the most popular choices although theew was a couple of Mk3s. Two stood out for very different reasons. The red sleeper Zetec Turbo on the Fast Ford stand was very nicely done, and what appeared to be a standard-ish Si turned…

Ford Fair 2014: Classics & Retro

Ford Fair 2014: Classics & Retro

3rd September 2014

Two years ago we used the phrase "Old Fords don’t die, they just get faster". Looking at the dimensions of some of the Escorts at Ford Fair this year it might be more apt to replace faster with fatter. X-Pack, bubble, forest or tarmac, there are many ways to make your 'scort wider. Such an increase requires wider wheels and many of these old cars sport new wheels, wrapped in the latest grippy rubber. 40 years of tyre technology to…

Ford Fair 2014: Cosworth & RS200

Ford Fair 2014: Cosworth & RS200

27th August 2014

Is an RS200 technically a Cosworth? Their BDT engine was produced by them, but unlike the Sierras and Escorts it was not badged as such. Previously I've grouped them in, but there was enough present at the show this year to add their designation to the title of this gallery. I counted four, including MDV's tarmac racer (more on that later) and the standard one in the concours. I didn't photo that one as it's identical to how it was…

Ford Fair 2014: Focal Range

Ford Fair 2014: Focal Range

18th August 2014

The Focus appears to be getting more popular every year, and with this in mind people are going further with modifications in order to create something unique. We're seeing more cars than ever with full wraps - an excellent and non-permanant way to immediately stand out, along with some tasty wheel choices such as the white Jaguar XF ones below.

Several time over the past few years I've snapped a Focus RS500 with the plate "BA57ORD". This used to be matt…

Ford Fair 2014: Fiesta Fiesta

Ford Fair 2014: Fiesta Fiesta

10th August 2014

We love Fiestas. They're why we're all here - on the site, not the planet that is. Ford Fair always displays the variety that exists on the scene and the Fiesta is no different. With every generation represented, from standard concours to track machine, they're something for every taste.

Car of the show for me had to be SCC Performance's wide-arch ST. With a Revo mapped engine, race seats and a eye catching wrap, the Fifteen52 wheels finished it off a…

Ford Fair 2014: Weird & Wonderful

Ford Fair 2014: Weird & Wonderful

4th August 2014

For our first look at Ford Fair 2014, I decided to pick out some of the more interesting cars at the show which ultimately means very strange, very impressive or in some cases - both.

A Case in point being KMS Motorsport’s Focus RS. How do you make your demo car stand out from the hundreds of others at the event? WRC spec bonnet, spoiler, lamp pods and roof scoop along with a crazy wrap and blue and pink wheels…

Ford Fair 2013: Classics & Retro

Ford Fair 2013: Classics & Retro

23rd March 2014

There's a schools of thought who say that you shouldn't mess with a classic. This doesn't seem to be adhered to much in the world of retro Fords though. Out of all the cars pictured below, not a single one is standard, except perhaps the concours Mk1 Twin Cam, although I'm not convinced those Cibies are OEM!

Classic shapes will always be loved, but the power plants of the 60s and 70s, perhaps not. This was clearly demonstrated in the number…

The Focus Wedding

The Focus Wedding

4th December 2013

Traditionally getting married has been all about the bride, but who says the groom can't have a little something for the special day? This was exactly the question Rob asked, already having the answer in mind.

As a car fan and Focus RS owner the plan practically formed itself and being a member on FocusRSOC.com that was the ideal place to ask for help. The idea was to have five white Focus RSs to act as transport on the big day.…

Ford Fair 2013: Track Traffic

Ford Fair 2013: Track Traffic

14th November 2013

Most people would consider Ford Fair a show, some owners however, see it as just a busy track day with considerably more spectators than usual. They aren't interested in shiny cars or ear splitting ICE installs, just laying down rubber around Silverstone and trying to burn off as much V-Power as possible per session.

You can spot these folk a mile off, their car will not have been cleaned prior to the event. To them wax is something stuck to their…

Ford Fair 2013: Cosworth

Ford Fair 2013: Cosworth

29th October 2013

If there's one thing you can count on with the Cosworths it's variety - concourse and standard, track spec, street racer - anything that can be done with them has. No Ford Fair Cosworth gallery would be complete without a couple of photos that on first glance would appear to have been included by mistake. Wenny's Mk3 Escort here being a perfect example. Scroll down to the engine bay pic though and all becomes clear. Where the original Cosworth that…

The Fords Of Trax 2013

The Fords Of Trax 2013

6th October 2013

We've seen the Fiestas present at Trax so now it's time to take a look at the other Fords. As mentioned the turn out was really good. A wide variety on display from Mk2 Escorts to the latest Fiesta ST.

In the Ford Fair Focus gallery I remarked that the “BA57ORD” Focus RS500 seemed to be a different colour at each show, and now it's changed from pearl white to a photography-proof shade of orange. Who can afford to get their…

The Fiestas Of Trax 2013

The Fiestas Of Trax 2013

19th September 2013

Trax is normally quite a quiet show for Fords, however this year was different. I'm not sure what caused it but there seemed to be a lot more present than last year. Enough to split the galleries in two and dedicate this one just to the Fiesta.

Car of the show for me was the Fiesta WRC so it was a shame that it was just sat in a tent all day rather than being given some exercise round the track…

Ford Fair 2013: Focus Pocus

Ford Fair 2013: Focus Pocus

1st September 2013

Last year I wrote about what I called a "quantity dilution" effect of so many Focus RSs being in one place making them less impactful. 12 months later I find myself the owner of an FRS but still of the same opinion, so you won't find any photos of my near standard car below. What you will see is the best examples Ford Fair had to offer. As you might expect, my interest in the Focus has been magnified infinitely,…

Black Clouds & Boost

Black Clouds & Boost

1st September 2013

We've done this a few times now and it's always been great to meet up with friends and burn off half a tank or so of V-Power and with this being the last run of the year there was no deviation from a winning format. As usual everyone converged on BD Performance but before departing it was decided a group shot would be in order. Cue your truly climbing up a ladder, camera in hand, onto a shipping container and…

Ford Fair 2013: Fat Fiestas

Ford Fair 2013: Fat Fiestas

26th August 2013

The Fiesta is the reason this site exists, and despite expansion towards other models Ford's supermini is where the roots are firmly embedded. For a while the Fiesta had little love from Ford when it came to performance but the 2013 ST looks to change all that. When Ford make potency the tuners pounce, and the "CP220" sticker on the back of Collins' ST demo car should hint at the power already being extracted from this engine.

One of the benefits…

Ford Fair 2013: Diversity

Ford Fair 2013: Diversity

15th August 2013

The greatest day in the Ford fan’s calendar has finally been delivered and it was in every way as good as expected. The weather held out, the cars were top notch and the crowds were as big as ever.

Last year was the first time in seven years that I had attended but as a Renault owner I had to remain in the car park. Now as a very happy Mk2 Focus RS driver I was able to bring my car…

Third Time Unlucky

Third Time Unlucky

12th August 2013

Number three of the North Wales Ford owners meets and the now established format and running order proved a success again. The route this time took in the Evo Triangle - some of the best driving roads in North Wales, if not the UK.

En route we stopped again at the Horseshoe Pass then later on at the Rhug farm shop in Corwen for food. Suitably refuelled we continued on to the Triangle and after a short pause to regroup headed…

Fords, Friends & Fun Roads

Fords, Friends & Fun Roads

7th July 2013

The second meet up and run out of the North Wales Ford owners took place on the final Sunday of June. Once again organised by Bobbie from the Focus RS Owners Club the meeting started at BD Performance, an RS and ST specialist based in Wrexham. The turn out was much improved over last month - I counted 21 cars at one point. As with last month most were Focus RS and ST although we did get a couple of…

Blue Sky & Boost

Blue Sky & Boost

25th May 2013

As a relatively new Focus RS owner I've been spending a a lot of time on the Focus RS Owner's club forums and whilst there I spotted a topic organising a drive out into North Wales. Being local and with a free Saturday I decided to tag along.

The initial meeting place was Delamere Forest with the next stop at the Ponderosa Cafe at the top of the Horseshoe Pass which is where I joined them. Due to short…

Winter Sun & Track

Winter Sun & Track

17th December 2012

When we heard that the Track Division of the West Of Scotland RSOC were coming down to Oulton Park with the Fiesta Evo (literally) in tow we knew we had to be there. A full feature of that car is to follow, but for now here's what we found at The Park on a glorious sun-kissed Winter Saturday in…

Ford Fair 2012: Track Action

Ford Fair 2012: Track Action

17th October 2012

When it comes to cars laying down laps of Silverstone, my observations led to conclude that there seems to be an inverse scale at work - the more enjoyable for the drivers, the less spectacular the viewing for everyone else.

Watching people swap paint whilst simultaneously burning off a grand's worth of rubber and then crawl back to the pits on bare rims ranks quite highly on the excitement scale, but as a pro drifter or touring car driver the huge…

Ford Fair 2012: The Wait

Ford Fair 2012: The Wait

4th October 2012

There’s a moment in time, a period where everything is set and all you can do is wait. Maybe you’re meeting someone for a first date. Perhaps you’re outside an interview room, or you might be about to take your pride and joy onto one of the most famous racing circuits in the world.

Whichever of these situations you find yourself in, the feeling is identical - you’ve done all you can to get this far, now it’s down to part…

Ford Fair 2012: Old's Cool

Ford Fair 2012: Old's Cool

26th September 2012

There's an old saying that goes "Old Fords don't die, they just get faster". As time goes on and old Fords get older this seems to get more and more true.

To my mind there's just something so perfect about the marriage of that classic body shape and modern technology. It's the best of both worlds.

Not all the retro Escorts at Ford Fair were track monsters though. Some owners have their own views on how such aged machinery should be treated.…

Ford Fair 2012: Cosworth

Ford Fair 2012: Cosworth

19th September 2012

Cosworth has always been a name synonymous with the fastest of the fast Fords. Even though there hasn't been one produced for over 15 years they are still hugely relevant, no doubt down to the fact that no other Ford has been a worthy successor. The Mk2 Focus RS is getting increasingly close in terms of power outputs but the lack of rear wheel drive or 4x4 and the absence of true motorsport heritage has left a sizeable portion of…

Trax 2012 - Beyond The Blue Oval

Trax 2012 - Beyond The Blue Oval

12th September 2012

TRAX is I guess what you might call a sister show to Ford Fair. It's organised by the same company - Future Publishing, and takes place at the same location - Silverstone.

Driving down the same route and parking in the same car park, my sense of déjà vu only persisted until I got over the first bridge to be greeted by a sea of different makes.

We've already covered the important bit - the Fords, so let's take a look at…

The Fords Of Trax 2012

The Fords Of Trax 2012

10th September 2012

Trax has always been a bit of quiet show for Fords, as the cars on display tend to be ones seen a couple of weeks earlier at Ford Fair. Having said that, there were a couple that either weren't present at FF, or I missed, such as the JWRC kitted black Mk6.

The main reason for attending Trax is the sheer variety of machinery on display from all the different marques. We'll be taking a look at the goings on in…

Ford Fair 2012: Focus On Focus

Ford Fair 2012: Focus On Focus

6th September 2012

The Fiesta's bigger brother - the Focus - has proven to be a sure fire hit with Ford fans. Judging from the count at Ford Fair I'd say they are almost as popular as the Fiesta. The Focus being Ford's favourite son gets RS and turbocharged ST models, but the Fiesta gets to play WRC now which we can only hope leads to something more special than the recently announced Fiesta ST.

For a road car the Mk2 Focus RS is…

The Fiestas Of Ford Fair

The Fiestas Of Ford Fair

23rd August 2012

No extended narrative here, just pure imagery.

Our pick of the best Fiestas at Ford Fair 2012. From concours to track, stance to supercharged, they're all…

Ford Fair 2012 - Part 1: I Am Ford

Ford Fair 2012 - Part 1: I Am Ford

18th August 2012

Brand loyalty is a strange thing. Sometimes it is passed down through generations, sometimes formed at an early age or maybe just forged from the positive experience of a product. It creates tension and rivalry, causes us to blindly overlook faults and incites defensiveness when we are challenged to validate our decisions. These downsides however, pale into insignificance when it comes to the passion, time and dedication to a marque displayed by true fans.

Ford Fair is brand passion exemplified. Hundreds…

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