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Phil & Tom's Big Scottish Adventure

11 June 2015 - 09:38 PM

Well after months of planning a route, finding post codes for the sat navs, booking hotels and identifying points of interest photo opportunities our road trip around Scotland is nearly here. Me and my son Tom are leaving Halifax on Sunday morning in our Fiesta ST 180's and have 5 days of driving planned going up the west coast, across the north and back down past Loch Ness and Cairngorms to Edinburgh and home. Approximately 200-300 miles and some 6 hours driving each day.

 

The GoPro, stills camera, two way radios (in case of poor mobile signal), sat navs and various bits and bobs including several charges are all ready.  We're now hoping for good weather, not concerned about it being hot but hopefully it will stay dry so the views are not obscured by low clouds and the roads are not wet.

 

I've listed below an overview of our route and will try and post a daily update each evening. The videos will be edited when we get home and I'll post them later, likely to be quite a few hours to view back and edit down to the more interesting and scenic bits.

 

Day 1 - 344 miles

 

From Halifax taking the A65 via Skipton, Ingleton to the M6 and M74 stopping off at Lockerbie to visit the memorial. Back on the M74, M8 and M898 past Glasgow. No more motorways now for 5 days.

 

A82, A83 to Arrochar and onto Inveraray. Then A819, A85, A82 to Glencoe and on to Fort William for our overnight stop.  

 

Day 2 - 203 miles

 

A quick viewing of Ben Nevis from the Commando memorial then along the A82 to Invergarry. Pick up the A87 to Dornie and Eilean Donan Castle. Then the A890 to the start of Bealach na Ba (Applecross Pass) 3rd highest road in Scotland some 2054 feet above sea level. Search you-tube there are lots of videos of cars driving this road and it looks awesome.

 

Arriving in Applecross which is on the coast after descending all 2054 feet I suspect the brakes are going to be cooking! We'll then follow the coast road past Cuaig and Sheildaig to pick up the A896, A832 all the way up to Ullapool and the end of day 2.

 

Day 3 - 204 miles

 

From Ullapool we will drive along the A99, A9 and A862 to Dingwall, A837 to Lochinver and Ardvrek Castle. You will all recognise this castle even if you don't know the name.

 

We continue up the coast to Scourie and Durness. Then straight across the north coast on the A836 to Thurso, stop off at Dunnett Head the most northerly point on the UK mainland and onto John O'Groats. Then down the A99 to Wick and our next stop over.

 

Day 4 - 293 miles

 

This is our longest day in the highlands so will be quite a challenge. After following the A99, A9 and A862 to Dingwall a quick sortie inland to come out at Drumnadrochit and Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. Down the A82 to Fort Augustus. We are then driving back up the other side of the loch on the B862, B851 and minor roads across to Findhorn bridge. Then following the A9, A938, A95 and A939 to Tomintoul and !Removed! Bridge via the second highest road in Scotland at 2133 feet. From !Removed! Bridge via the Cairnwell Pass the highest road at 2198 feet high down to Braemar, the Spittal of Glenshee and across the B950 to Pitlochry and our final nights rest.

 

Day 5 - 321 miles

 

Leaving Pitlochry we take minor roads to Kenmore and pick up the A822 to Crieff and Greenloaning before joining the A9 and M9 to Falkirk were we will visit the Kelpies and Falkirk wheel. Then onto the Forth bridges and bikers grove cafe.

 

Then back to Halifax.

 

Total is over 1350 miles but with a few unplanned detours and re-runs to get photos and videos I expect it to be nearer 1500 miles in total. Probably need new tyres and brakes by the time we get home. 

 

If any of you guys up in Scotland see a blue and a white Fiesta ST along this route give us a wave and we'll stop and have a chat with you.

 

I hope this also might inspire some of you guys to plan something similar, perhaps you've already done a road trip. Let me know where you went and how you got on.


Philf1's Spirit Blue Fiesta St2

06 April 2015 - 10:44 AM

So guys I’ve had my ST2 for about 15 months now and have done quite a few cosmetic mods to it so decided it was time I put a thread up for you all to see how it’s progressing.  Hope you enjoy reading this as much as I’ve enjoyed do all the mods.

So here we go;

This is the day I picked it up from the dealers In January 2014 after a 4 month wait from ordering due to Ford completely under estimating the demand in the UK. Seen here with my ZS going the other way in part ex after 11 months ownership.

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Took it out for the first drive up on Saddleworth moor, it was January so it got dark pretty early that day,

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Mods started pretty much straight away.

First up I put my Brodit phone cradle in powered from the 12v power socket so my iPhone is always charging, very useful when I have the sat nav app running.

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Next up added a few extra bhp by adding the club sticker. Decided to place it on the rear window

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K&N filter and Mountune silicon inlet hose went in next, this is my only real “performance” mod although let’s be honest the difference is negligible, probably less than the FOC sticker!

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Next up lights. Started with de-tango all round

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Then number plate bulbs, fitted Cree’s first but wasn’t happy with the light spread so changed for a  different style of Cree bulb which give a much better appearance

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Finally HID 6000k 35w headlight conversion (just need to hide the ballasts down under the light now)

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They do have a slight blue tinge to them so I am considering a change of bulb temp and maybe an upgrade to 55w, although the ones I had in the ZS were 55w and they wouldn’t work in the ST they just flickered then went out so I’m not sure of best way for these?

Next job was interior lights Cree’s again (I do love them) plus red foot well bulbs and a LED strip light in the boot makes it far easier to see at night

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2014 Fiesta Safety Recall

23 February 2015 - 09:33 PM

Just a heads up guys Ford have issued a safety recall on all Fiestas manufactured after 17/09/14 due to a fault with rear seatbelts. My son got an email from our local dealer today so if affected you should be contacted but might be worth being pro-active and getting in touch with them if you may be affected.

 

I found this on Fiesta STOC which gives a bit more detail.

 

"Seat belt buckles made 17/09/14 up to 30/09/14, (build date of the car is irrelevant) the date is on the back of them so if its inbetween and including those dates it needs checking by your dealer, I wouldn't worry as Ford themselves will send out a letter to owners of affected vehicles."

 

 


Advice Wanted From Scottish Members

18 February 2015 - 09:15 PM

Hi guys North of the border I'm hoping you can give me some advice.

Me and my son are planning a driving trip to your wonderful country this June or July. We will have 4 maybe 5 days. We want to drive some spectacular routes in the mountains and visit john o'groats at some point.

I've already pencilled in Applecross pass but if you have any other suggestions I'd be really grateful to hear them.

Also any where we should avoid?

Cheers guys.


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Paintmodz Fiesta St Exterior Plastics Upgrade

24 January 2015 - 10:23 PM

Today I've had my exterior plastics changed to piano black gloss ones by Chris at Paintmodz in Blackpool. You can also order them via SICO Developments. You can order direct to fit yourself or go to Blackpool and exchange them to get them cheaper, that's what I did and Chris will fit them for you as well having watched him fit the new parts I recommend that you do as well.

 

Quality is excellent and I would really recommend anyone who wants to change the appearance of their car have this done. It's what Ford should have done when they released the car in the first place.

 

Here's what I've had done today;

 

Fog Light surrounds

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Lower grill

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Rear Valance

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Rear wiper arm

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Washer jets

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He can do any car and also paints the engine cover and various other parts.

 

Very reasonable prices make it a win win all round.

 

Here is Chris's buisness card (I have no connection with him and only recommend him based on the quality and price of his service) He is just starting out on his own after many years working in a local Ford dealer

 

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