It can’t just have been MotorMartin that was surprised by the length of time that the Fiesta has been produced. Yet, after an incredible 40 years of being one of Britain’s most popular cars, the humble Ford Fiesta will finally be celebrated in a special birthday display at The International Ford Show, which takes place at Sandown Park, Surrey, on April 30-May 1. And although MotorMartin has shown the following short film from Ford’s own YouTube channel before, see: http://motormartin.com/2015/12/21/ford-fiesta-1-0-econetic-seventh-son-of-a-seventh-son/ part 1, Ford Fiesta MK7. I will share it once again as it celebrates the continuing success of the humble Ford Fiesta.
Examples of all seven generations of Fiesta, from the earliest Popular and Popular Plus models through to the very latest ST, will form part of a standout display marking the model’s anniversary. All types of Fiesta will be included, from showroom condition standard variants to some of the more unusually modified examples, but all with a common theme. For Fans of the Fiesta, this is going to be the display to see, although common sense dictates that the organisers will probably notice if you try to remove one or more of the exhibits to take home.
Event Manager Katherine Chappell shared with MotorMartin that: “Everyone has a Fiesta memory. First car, Mum or Dad’s car, a friend’s car, I don’t think there’s anyone who hasn’t had a Fiesta in their lives at some point or another, so it’s right that we should use this brand new show as the first opportunity to mark the model’s milestone anniversary.” MotorMartin wholeheartedly agrees.
Ford Fans are also in for another incredible treat as it won’t only be the Fiesta that’s celebrated at the show. The show will also mark the golden anniversary of Ford’s Essex V6 engine, with a dedicated The Only Way is Essex display. Iconic cars that used the engine, from the very earliest V6-powered Mk4 Zephyr and Zodiac to the fearsome Capri RS3100 will make up the ranks. For the dedicated Ford fan, MotorMartin included, this could well turn out to be the perfect show.
The International Ford Show have also confirmed to MotorMartin that there will also be a dedicated show area for Ford’s ST model ranges as the performance badge heads towards its 20th anniversary.
The indoor event will have TV Star Ant Anstead from For the Love of Cars as its guest of honour. Ant will be present on Saturday April 30 to answer visitors’ questions and talk about the series’ Mk1 Escort restoration.
The show will also feature some of the finest Fords from the UK and beyond, be them standard, restored or modified, along with premium trade stands from a variety of Ford experts and specialists. There will be live demonstrations throughout the day, along with a significant presence from two of the Ford scene’s most respected magazines – Classic Ford and Fast Ford. Wow.
The organisers are keen to point out that advanced tickets for the show are available now, priced at just £10 per person for single day access, or £20 for the weekend (up to two children below the age of 14 go free with each paying adult). Those wishing to make even more of a weekend of it can also take advantage of on-site camping for an extra £10 per person, adding to the show’s festival feel. They can be bought from the show’s official website at www.theinternationalfordshow.com well worth a look in my opinion.
Full details of the show and cars can be found on the event website, or via the official Facebook page and twitter feeds.
So there you have it. The Ford fans perfect weekend out and it sounds fantastic.
Where will you go?