Up here in MotorMartin Towers, if there’s ever a gap in the busy schedule that MotorMartin works through, then relaxing with a movie can often be an excellent way to recharge the batteries whilst planning the next adventure. As is often the case though, even the films playing can often be found to include cars and car chases, indeed, whether it’s the tyre-screeching Consul 3000GT from The Sweeney, Steve McQueen’s smoking Bullitt, Gene Hunt’s famous bronze Cortina from Life on Mars or the somewhat more genteel flying Anglia from Harry Potter, Fords have long been stars of film and TV.

But which is the nation’s favourite? This is a question that the organisers of FordFest, which rounds off the show season for fans of the Blue Oval at Santa Pod on September 18, are determined to find out. Because of this, the organisers have shared with MotorMartin their own shortlist which includes their own favourites, such as Starksy and Hutch’s Gran Torino, Thelma and Louise’s Thunderbird and Glynis Barber’s Escort Cabriolet from Dempsey and Makepeace.

Fans of Fords and fans of films can vote for their favourite here:

The results of the survey will be revealed ahead of FordFest, which will give fans a chance to see classics like the ones in their favourite shows, with a mixture of old and new Fords set to draw in the crowds.

MotorMartin has been in the fortunate position of having the following explained by the organisers of FordFest, based at the world famous drag strip in Podington, Beds, the first year saw incredible attendance, with over 1,700 club cars on display, and 2016 looks set to be even bigger and even better.

Ford fans are set to be very well catered for as the range of Fords on display is from Anglias to Zodiacs, via Mondeos and Mustangs, Fords of all eras will be in display as both club and individual entries, while the drag strip itself will be active, with a Ford-themed ‘Run what Ya Brung’ event taking place for show visitors – tickets to take part are just £10 for camping visitors, or £20 for four runs on the day, while individual display tickets cost £17. Sounds like good value to me.

As well as the ‘Run What Ya Brung’, the drag strip will also play host to Fireforce 3, Santa Pod’s very own Jet Car, capable of a sub-six second quarter mile and speeds in excess of 300mph.

For those of you out there looking for that elusive bargain or have been searching for that extra special second hand part, a substantial retail village, full of new and used parts, clothing and souvenirs is also a major highlight, as is the party atmosphere of the event itself, with camping available from midday on Saturday September 17, plus a bar and live entertainment. Excellent news.

MotorMartin has been informed that other highlights are to include the massively entertaining Drift Trikes (at just £10 a go), a Show and Shine sponsored by AutoPerfekt, entrance photography by Photography UK and stands from the leading Ford titles, Fast Ford and Classic Ford.

So there you go, for those of you that haven’t been to this event yet, FordFest is part of a family of Ford events celebrating Europe’s love for the famous blue oval brand, including the International Ford Show, Classic Ford Show, The Ford Summer Festival and Ford Fair.

Tickets are available to book online via the official website, at, with a range of camping and advanced purchase savings available. 

Sounds like it’s going to be quite a show and well worth making sure you can get along.

Where will you go?

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