The Fords Of TRAX 2019

As much as I enjoy the wider car scene that TRAX provides, away from the insular nature of Ford Fair and other exclusively blue oval shows, it does present a bit of a problem for sites like this that are only interested in that brand. This being that a lot of the cars are “repeats” of Ford Fair. With only a few months separating the shows (but credit to the organisers for stretching this gap in recent years), there’s not really the time to see any major changes.

Having said that, there were a number of cars that I either missed from Ford Fair or were absent. The flip chrome wrapped Focus presented some difficulty photographing it correctly, with the colour displaying differently depending how the light hit it. A cool effect in person but very strange looking in the photo below! The rusty Mk2 Escort seems to have deteriorated artificially quickly when compared to how it looked last year. Switch the years and you have an excellent restoration job.

I’ve never been convinced by applying a race livery to a near standard car like the Rapid Fit branded Mondeo. To my eye it’s a overpromising and reminiscent of Batesian mimicry where harmless species of animals imitate poisonous markings to deter predators. I think some of the high power Focuses that do this can pull it off, as they pack a punch that in terms of horsepower figures, exceeds what they are paying tribute to, but Prodrive’s BTCC creation is so far removed from the road car that the reversed wolf/sheep attire analogy is strong here.


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