The torrential rain failed to stop play during this year’s FordFest at Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire, with another huge turnout desperate to get its Ford fix.
The show included plenty of attractions such as high-octane drag demos, awards and classic displays, and it was something of a surprise that a tired old Transit van turned out to be one of the stars of the show as FordFest marked 100 years of Ford Commercial Vehicles.
Purdey, a crowd-funded restoration, is a rare Ford Transit Mk2 in British Telecom yellow. Owned by Penny Panagi from St Leonards-on-Sea, the van is famous in Hastings and it won many more hearts over the weekend.
Among the vast array of awesome machines to wow the crowds were Grant Butler’s impressive 1010bhp Focus RS and the legendary Sierra Sapphire Cosworth ‘Snow Storm’ – both storming Fords that put a smile on the faces of the performance enthusiasts.
Other highlights included the ValetPRO Show and Shine competition and stands from the leading Ford titles Fast Ford and Classic Ford.
There were several accolades up for grabs and it was The Diesel ST Owners Club who battled the elements and took the coveted Best Club Stand Crown while Jack McConnell secured 1st place for his iconic Bronze Cortina Mk 2 in the ValetPRO Show and Shine competition. It is the second year running that Jack has won this award.
William Peckham was another receiving honours, taking the Individual Display Car of the Show with his White Fiesta.
Aside from the competitions, FordFest visitors took advantage of the substantial retail village with myriad stalls offering new and used parts, clothing and souvenirs.
FordFest is part of a family of Ford events celebrating Europe’s love for the famous blue oval brand including the Classic Ford Show and Ford Fair.
So, another season of Ford events comes to a close. Dates and details for next year’s events will be available very soon.