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  1. If bling is more your thing than driving then this is the perfect car for you. It’ll never be roadworthy, but this Ford Escort is worth a fortune. Why? It’s a one-off 1:25 scale model made from silver, gold and diamonds The project has been a slow-burning labour of love for professional jeweller – and petrolhead – Russell Lord. The owner, over the years, of 55 full-sized Ford Escort cars, Lord first began work on this amazing model 25 years ago, pouring thousands of hours into completing the car. The body is made of silver and the car also features gold brakes and spoiler, 18-carat gold wheels and bonnet hinges, 18-carat white gold front grille, 72-point diamond headlights, orange sapphire indicators and ruby rear brake lights. “It’s been a hobby that I’ve come back to again and again but three years ago I determined to finish it. I know this car inside out – so there were no plans I just built it from the ground up piece by piece,” said Lord, from Essex, in the UK. Based on the works rally car driven by Ari Vatanen in the late 1970s, the Mk2 Escort – which cost 90,000 euros (£78,000) in materials alone – will be auctioned on the car auction website on May 2, with all profits donated to charity. Details include spinning pulleys on the front of the engine, a moving diamond-encrusted platinum gear stick and the glass windows – that involved smashing countless vases to find sections of glass with exactly the right curve.
  2. done...but left a link to the thread there which will expire within a short time
  3. Celebrating the Ford Mustang's 55 Years of Production and the release of the All-New Focus ST John Grose invite you to Fast Ford Day on Sunday 19th May on Ransomes Europark in Ipswich, IP3 9BE. Come along between 10am until 2pm to get a closer look at the stunning Fast Ford range including the New Focus ST, as well as a number of new and classic fast Ford vehicles, AND we'll have two fully fledged racing simulators. PLUS we would love for you to bring your fast Ford along to be part of the event! If you would like to display your vehicle on the day please contact Rebecca Neale on 01473 242229 or Find out more information here:
  4. Well, there are now 7 cars registered for the stand so far, which is promising at this stage.
  5. Ford Owners Club will once again be present at the Ford Fair at Silverstone on Sunday 4th August 2019 and you are invited to be part of the Club Stand at the event. To join us on the day, you will need to book and pay directly through the organiser’s website which gives you a selection of options.  Click on this link Click on ‘Book with your Club' - select   Ford Owners Club  in the drop-down menu. When a password is requested, enter  166.170 to proceed. Note: It is worth remembering to order the Vehicle Passes at the time as it is difficult to add afterwards. Vehicle Passes and Child Passes (2 free with adult) are free of charge If you need further assistance with booking space on the Club Stand then please contact either a Club Moderator or  Admin.   For more information, click here: Club Booking Closes: Wednesday 10th July 2019
  6.'s a dark art knowing how to collapse the banner 🙂 Here is the login password that has just come through from Kelsey for Club bookings 166.170 I shall post up all the info on the site today and we can see if we can get a good number of members to attend.
  7. I am applying to Kelsey for this years log in details to access the admin area of the site. This may take a few days but when they get back to me I shall post up the password for club members to purchase tickets on the Club Stand. alexp999 If you would be so kind as to take the banner up with you I can drop it off the same as last year.
  8. As Ford marks Mustang’s 55th anniversary, enthusiasts everywhere are celebrating the world’s best-selling sports coupe for the fourth consecutive year From Australia to Peru, Mustang reigns as the best-selling sports coupe in the world for 2018, selling 113,066 cars, according to data from IHS Markit. 2018 not only marks the fourth straight year of Mustang’s global leadership as the world’s best-selling sports coupe, but also as the best-selling sports coupe in the United States, where Ford sold 75,842 Mustangs last year. Ford sold 2,300 Mustangs in Europe in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of more than 27 per cent compared with the same period last year.* “We broke the mould when Ford launched the Mustang 55 years ago,” said Jim Farley, Ford president, global markets. “Nothing says freedom, the wind in your hair and the joy of driving like Mustang; it’s an icon. The roar of its V8 on a spring day, there’s nothing better. No wonder it’s the most popular sports coupe in the world.” Mustang was available for purchase in 146 countries in 2018, based on worldwide Ford sales data. More than 500,000 sixth-generation Mustangs have been sold worldwide since 2015, including more than 45,000 in Europe, with the pony picking up an additional half point of global share last year to capture 15.4 percent of the segment fuelled in part by the new Mustang Bullitt.
  9. HI all, Historically, the numbers for this event have been dropping over the years, mainly due to the poor organisation of the event by Kelsey which has led to huge congestion and hours wasted trying to get into the showground and also clashing with other events. We are happy to support the Club with application and support but only if the numbers are there....I think we need at least 20 cars for entry as a Club Stand. Let us know if you want to proceed and we will get it underway. Alternatively, if anyone is interested in running our own gathering either bespoke or as part of another event (see links below for examples)
  10. Premium Members can get 10% discount on marked Prices (not sale items)
  11. This is a quick note to let you know of a free event which may be of interest to your members - A talk on the new Ranger Raptor, at Jury';s Inn, Glasgow, on 2nd May. The talk will be given by Kyle Shearer, Ford Motor Company T6 Segment Chief - EU & MEA , Programme chief of the Ranger Vehicle Programme. The event is being run by the Glasgow & South West Scotland area IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers), and is free to attend. More information and to book: Registration is not compulsory, but does allow us to make sure catering provision etc.. is appropriate!
  12. Ford has introduced a special edition of the Fiesta ST, one year on from the first examples hitting UK roads The Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition is limited to just 600 examples, all in three-door bodystyle and finished in Deep Orange paint. Based on the best-selling ST-3 trim, the Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition gains specially-designed Ford Performance parts, including 18-inch Ford Performance alloy wheels – shaving seven kilograms of weight from the standard wheel set – and a Ford Performance coilover suspension pack with stainless steel damper housing and powder-coated Ford Performance Blue springs. “The Fiesta ST is the car that keeps on giving,” said Andy Barratt, managing director, Ford of Britain. “It’s fast, fun, affordable, practical and economical – and now we’ve built a unique example for Ford fans wanting to stand out from the crowd. This ST is for customers who are performance-oriented drivers and tuning enthusiasts who demand maximum fun on the road combined with a sporty appearance – the ultimate Fiesta ST.” The coilover suspension pack lowers the ride height by 15mm at the front and 10mm at the rear, and has been extensively tested at the Nürburgring Nordschleife by Ford Performance engineers. The suspension can be adjusted manually, with 12 bump settings and 16 rebound settings for a personalised, finely-tuned driving setup. The 10-spoke, 18-inch flow formed alloy wheels are lighter, stronger and more durable than a traditional cast wheel. Flow forming involves the application of pressure to the inner barrel of the wheel while spinning and after it has been cast, which stretches and compresses the aluminium, increasing tensile strength. These alloy wheels are finished with a winter-resistant, high-grade triple layer "Magnetite" paintwork. Other standard equipment includes LED headlamps and B&O premium audio system, in addition to the ST’s signature Performance Pack, comprising a specially-designed Quaife limited slip differential (LSD), launch control and performance shift light indicators. The latest-generation Fiesta ST went on sale in the UK in May last year, and more than 5,000 examples have been sold in that time. The Fiesta ST has been crowned Parker’s overall Car of the Year, and both Top Gear Magazine’s Car of the Year and Hot Hatch of the Year. Final pricing for the Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition will be announced next month, however this ultimate ST specification will carry a premium of at least £3,000 over the standard ST-3 list price. It goes on sale from June 2019, with deliveries expected from early September.
  13. The UK’s two top-selling cars in Fiesta and Focus are benefitting from new Ford security technology which disables their keyless entry fobs when not in use to block illegal hacking Keyless entry fobs of all makes of cars have been targeted by thieves with “relay box” equipment, used to extend the signal from fobs in homes to unlock and start vehicles parked outside. Now, a new motion sensor inside the Ford fob detects when it has been stationary for longer than 40 seconds and triggers a sleep mode, which will not respond to attempts to hack its signal via a “relay box” or through the misuse of other specialist equipment. Moving the keyless fob by picking it up inside the home and taking it to the car will restore full functionality by the time Fiesta and Focus drivers approach their cars. Ford fobs are designed to operate only within a two-metre radius of the cars they are bonded to. Britain’s best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta, plus the Fiesta Van version, are already being delivered with the new fobs as standard at no extra cost, followed by Ford Focus production from next month. Simon Hurr, Ford security specialist, said: “The online availability of devices which have no place in public hands has long been a problem for Ford, our industry and crime fighters. We are pleased to respond with a simple but effective solution – swiftly implemented to help protect owners of our top-selling cars.” Latest Ford Fiesta and Focus models can have security upgraded with replacement fobs, priced from £65 (Fiesta), £72 (Focus) plus 0.9 hours labour to programme and test. This is available to owners of the current Fiesta, which has been on sale for two years, and of the Focus introduced last year. Over the next two years Ford will be rolling out the same motion-sensor technology across its other cars’ key fobs. Additionally, Ford’s Trade Vehicle Locks (TVL) security range has been increased to 125 available locks, guards and related accessories for its car and van customers. Key TVL products for cars include wallets that block access to fobs inside them, protectors covering OBD ports (the diagnostic socket within the vehicle used by dealer technicians to access the vehicle’s electronics) and vehicle marking kits. The van range includes a range of security accessories to help protect both theft from and of the vehicle, such as additional locks for front doors, side doors and rear doors, and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and catalytic converter locks. Ford balances fitting vehicles with the equipment required to keep its cars and vans secure, and which match customer priorities and price expectations. For example, every new Fiesta has had an immobiliser since 1994 and all but entry-level models have included a standard Thatcham category one alarm since mid-2017. This means that once set, the in-built alarm system sounds if the car is attacked with force, including entry by an unauthorised person, movement within the cabin, wheel removal and so on. If criminals reach the OBD port, any attempt to plug into the car’s diagnostics automatically initiates a 10-minute software lockdown, while the alarm continues to sound. Repeated attempts to access the system restarts the 10-minute wait period, eliminating the possibility of rapid illegitimate programming of keys for the car via the OBD. On the market-leading Transit – Britain’s favourite van for over 50 years – cabin and load space are now secured separately, meaning that breaking into the front of a Transit van does not provide access to the load area behind which remains locked and valuable cargo protected. Top Ford security tips Check for visual cues to confirm the car is double locked (after a double click of the lock button on your remote) as you walk away. The indicators flash as the alarm is set and in some cases, wing mirrors fold in as permanent confirmation that the car is secure Do not store keyless entry fobs just inside your front door within close range of a car parked outside. Fobs without new sleep mode should be stored further away, in a suitable metal box or shielded pouch available as part of TVL range – and TASSA (Tracking & Aftermarket Security System Association) approved A Ford dealer checks every time a car is serviced for any security software upgrades or other recommended modifications. It is important to visit a dealer, especially with an older car, to receive outstanding updates