News: SIERRA RS500 NAMED THE ‘ULTIMATE COSWORTH’ ON ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Over the last couple of years there have been many Ford based conversations over at MotorMartin Towers focusing on the merits of the various Escorts, Sierras, Fiestas and such like with the general consensus being that they are sadly missed out on the highways and byways of this green and pleasant land of ours. Indeed,… Read More News: SIERRA RS500 NAMED THE ‘ULTIMATE COSWORTH’ ON ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY

News: FORDS AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE…

There were plenty of Fords and lots of awards at the weekend, as the Classic Ford Show – backed by headline sponsors EBC Brakes and Lancaster Insurance – continued to go from strength-to-strength. Now in its 13th year, the famous Santa Pod Raceway was filled with classic Fords of all ages and models, with over… Read More News: FORDS AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE…

News: FORD PERFORMANCE RELEASES FORD FOCUS RS RX DEVELOPMENT VIDEO SERIES

If ever a car could be described as boring or plain then the Ford Focus RS RX is certainly not the one. Outrageous, extraordinary, incredible, all of these adjectives can most definitely be attributed to the Focus and now, just in case, Ford have given the RS across to their performance department to make absolutely… Read More News: FORD PERFORMANCE RELEASES FORD FOCUS RS RX DEVELOPMENT VIDEO SERIES

Ford Focus 2013 Pros and Cons: Shine A Light

The following is a re-edit of a piece posted by MotorMartin on DriveTribe under The Junk Yard banner run by Tony Yates, perhaps better known as @Xinterceptor. In the beginning there was a road and it was good, but too empty. ‘What shall we fill this with?’ came the question. And the answer? It was… Read More Ford Focus 2013 Pros and Cons: Shine A Light

News: FANTASTIC FORDS HEAD TO BEAULIEU FOR SIMPLY RALLY – SUNDAY APRIL 30TH

MotorMartin’s love of all things Ford, especially those Ford’s that could now be described as ‘classic’, is well known to regular readers and so news regarding the new 2017 show season has been eagerly anticipated for quite some time.  And here it is, if you can ignore the sound of celebrations emanating from MotorMartin Towers… Read More News: FANTASTIC FORDS HEAD TO BEAULIEU FOR SIMPLY RALLY – SUNDAY APRIL 30TH

News: FORD SALES HIT RECORD FAST START IN JANUARY, BEATING A BUOYANT UK MARKET

Another month and another report of excellent sales has arrived up on the top floor here at MotorMartin Towers, indeed it will soon become time to install a direct hotline from Ford straight through if these sales continue. Ford have therefore shared with MotorMartin that their total UK sales exceeded 30,000 and led the industry… Read More News: FORD SALES HIT RECORD FAST START IN JANUARY, BEATING A BUOYANT UK MARKET

News: NEW FORD KA+ AND FOCUS ST WIN CARBUYER 2017 AWARDS

It’s award season at present for the motoring manufacturers, whereby worthy winners of all sorts of categories are announced by a wide variety of judges. Some of the awards are clearly more desirable than others but all winners, you would assume, are proud of their achievements. Now MotorMartin loves a Ford, what with an aching… Read More News: NEW FORD KA+ AND FOCUS ST WIN CARBUYER 2017 AWARDS

News: “PLEASE TAKE ME TO SCHOOL, MUM!” PRACTICAL FORD HOT HATCHES ARE PUTTING NEW BUYERS IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT

Ford have been a particular favourite of MotorMartin for quite some time now, perhaps it was growing up in the environs of Essex surrounded by XR3is, RS Turbos and XR4x4s (if you were lucky) but fast Fords have always been high up on the wish list here at MotorMartin Towers. The idea that the average… Read More News: “PLEASE TAKE ME TO SCHOOL, MUM!” PRACTICAL FORD HOT HATCHES ARE PUTTING NEW BUYERS IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT

News: FORMIDABLE FORD FOCUS RS AND ITS ENGINEER CROWNED BY AUTOCAR

The Ford Focus RS has been the Focus (ahem) of a few posts here at MotorMartin Towers where, as a fast Ford fan, I’ve been following the progress of this hottest of hot hatch from the very beginning. Indeed, a quick click on the following will give those that missed it a chance to catchup… Read More News: FORMIDABLE FORD FOCUS RS AND ITS ENGINEER CROWNED BY AUTOCAR

News: ICONIC ESCORT NAMED BRITAIN’S FAVOURITE CLASSIC FORD

It’s as if someone, somewhere, had noticed that the MotorMartin Flag fluttering above the iconic MotorMartin Towers had recently been flying at half mast and decided to find some motoring news that would raise the spirits up here in the Towers. Now friends of MotorMartin are well aware of the high regard that Ford are… Read More News: ICONIC ESCORT NAMED BRITAIN’S FAVOURITE CLASSIC FORD

News: MORE THAN 800 FORDS AT BEAULIEU’S BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND RALLY

Over the years, MotorMartin has had the good fortune to have had a 2.0 Laser Capri, 1.6i Orion Ghia, Mondeo and Focus sat on the drive here at MotorMartin Towers at one point or another and as such, it’s always particularly satisfying when new Ford news arrives. Further to https://motormartin.com/2016/02/17/simply-ford-sunday-1st-may-2016/ posted recently, MotorMartin has the… Read More News: MORE THAN 800 FORDS AT BEAULIEU’S BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND RALLY

News: FOCUS RS: A PEOPLE’S SUPERCAR TO MAKE UK TV DEBUT

Important news has arrived on the desk, here at MotorMartin Towers and it’s marked, quite clearly, with a large blue oval. Like an excited child on Christmas morning, MotorMartin has already read through the notice from Ford UK and Eurosport so that I can save you from your suspense. And it’s this. In a continuation… Read More News: FOCUS RS: A PEOPLE’S SUPERCAR TO MAKE UK TV DEBUT

News: ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS RS PIONEERS INNOVATIVE AWD AND PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES FOR ULTIMATE DRIVING ENJOYMENT Part 2

In a continuation from http://motormartin.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/news-all-new-ford-focus-rs-pioneers-innovative-awd-and-performance-technologies-for-ultimate-driving-enjoyment-part-1/ we open Part 2 with Ford sharing with MotorMartin a little more of the technology present in the all new RS Focus. Advanced performance technologies Ford have spent a long time making sure that the Focus RS offers advanced performance and driver assistance technologies to help ensure that its extreme… Read More News: ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS RS PIONEERS INNOVATIVE AWD AND PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES FOR ULTIMATE DRIVING ENJOYMENT Part 2

News: ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS RS PIONEERS INNOVATIVE AWD AND PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES FOR ULTIMATE DRIVING ENJOYMENT Part 1

Is the Ford Focus the ultimate ‘real life’ motor? It certainly presents the consumer with a host of tempting features including economy, comfort, handling, a decent boot, excellent cabin size, refinement and amazing technology as standard. Yet you can pick up the latest Focus from just £15,995 OTR, rising to £22,095 for a Titanium X.… Read More News: ALL-NEW FORD FOCUS RS PIONEERS INNOVATIVE AWD AND PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES FOR ULTIMATE DRIVING ENJOYMENT Part 1

Ford Fiesta 1.0 Econetic: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

It was a disease that changed history, in England complications from the disease accounting for Edward VI, thus ending the Tudor male line; Elizabeth I and her sister Mary both suffered scarring from the disease; and Mary II, wife of William III, died of smallpox before she could produce an heir.  The fight-back against the disease began… Read More Ford Fiesta 1.0 Econetic: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

News: DEMAND FOR NEW FORD FOCUS ST MORE THAN DOUBLES AS DIESEL POWERSHIFT DEBUTS

The latest news shared with MotorMartin from Ford’s European headquarters at Brentwood, Essex is that Ford Focus ST sales have leapt by a quite stunning 270 per cent since the introduction of new petrol and diesel powertrains. This has led to almost 6,700 diesel and petrol Focus STs being sold in the UK so far… Read More News: DEMAND FOR NEW FORD FOCUS ST MORE THAN DOUBLES AS DIESEL POWERSHIFT DEBUTS

News: FORD REVEALS ALL-NEW FOCUS RS SPRINTS TO 62MPH IN 4.7 SECONDS AND HITS 165MPH

Exciting news on the future of the new Ford Focus RS was shared with the automotive press and public in Frankfurt, Germany, 16 September, 2015 –  where it was announced that the all-new Focus RS will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds, making the high-performance hatchback the fastest accelerating RS model ever. The Focus RS will… Read More News: FORD REVEALS ALL-NEW FOCUS RS SPRINTS TO 62MPH IN 4.7 SECONDS AND HITS 165MPH

MK1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: Chipping Ongar and back, an odyssey.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven…… This could go on for hours, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve etc. Every journey in a Mk 1 or 1.5 Ford Focus, (check out Mk1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: An introduction. For part 1.) reinforces the fact that between 1998 and 2004 Ford sold rather a lot of MK1 Focus’… Read More MK1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: Chipping Ongar and back, an odyssey.

Mk1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: An introduction.

On the 16 September 1998, The Union Jack dress worn by the Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, sold at Sotheby’s for £41,320, an astonishing sum for a piece of contemporary pop memorabilia. Whilst this momentous event had stolen the world’s attention a smaller, yet no less significant event had occurred. There has been much love for the Original Ford… Read More Mk1.5 Ford Focus Zetec: An introduction.