The inaugural pilgrimage to the first ever running of Pure Ford on Saturday 13th of May at Castle Combe Circuit celebrated Dagenham’s finest export. The event provided the ideal opportunity for Ford fans of all ages and tastes to gather to share their passion, which in turn meant that it wasn’t at all uncommon to find fully paid up classics like Prefects nestled next to fresh off the line Focuses! It was hailed as a great success by all who attended and now looks set to become a fixture of the UK’s blue oval calendar.
It was clear from the off that Pure Ford’s lack of history hadn’t prevented the FoMoCo community from well and truly embracing it, and this was reflected in the number of vehicles in attendance. Almost 600 display cars representing every model, era and kind of Ford imaginable made the pilgrimage, including a strong contingent of US muscle. The variety of metal on display was only made more apparent by the track’s decision to set aside a sizeable area for non-club individuals and their cars, plus another for Ford-only parking. It was a fitting way to mark the commitment of those who attended, some of whom came from as far afield as Scotland.
Car clubs have long been well catered for at Castle Combe shows, and Pure Ford was no exception. The number of different car clubs and forums representing their respective communities served to underscore both the size and diversity of the Ford scene in this country, with Cortinas sharing space with Cosworths, Capris with Consuls and Fiestas with Focuses. Put simply, Pure Ford proved a feast for anyone with a heart that beats that bit
quicker at the sight Mk2 Escort smoking its rear tyres!
There was an impressive turnout for both the Immaculate Concours and Show & Shine displays, and the judging team genuinely struggled to shortlist their winning entries. Kevin Flatman organised the former and came up trumps with an amazing display of spotless cars, with Michael Stewart’s 1976 Mk2 Escort RS2000 ‘Broadstripe’ ultimately judged the winner. Show & Shine was just as hotly contested, with the Mk1 Focus RS of Steve Owens awarded overall honours, just ahead of the Mk1 Escort of David Wilson and the Mk2 Focus RS of David George.
Of course it wouldn’t be a Ford show without some on track heroics, and Pure Ford certainly delivered in this respect. Those wishing to take to Castle Combe’s hallowed tarmac were able to via a limited run of bookable track time slots, but the real stars of the show were Trig Bishop and his band of old school Ford drifters. Not only were onlookers treated to a jaw-dropping display of sideways, tyre-smoking action, they were able to watch the drifters work on their cars in the paddock between sessions.
The trade village was as busy as ever, packed with a wide selection of firms selling pretty much anything a Ford owner could ever want or need. It meant that Pure Ford wasn’t merely considered a triumph by those trading on the day, it was also warmly received by those seeking out rare, hard to source parts for long ago discontinued models. Zephyr owners rejoice!
It might well have been the first ever running of Pure Ford at Castle Combe but you’d never have guessed. The overwhelmingly positive response from traders and visitors ensures that Pure Ford 2018 is very much on the cards, so keep your eyed peeled for further information about next year’s show.