A historic line-up of 40 Ford Fiestas came together in convoy to mark the model’s 40th birthday at the Ford Summer Festival. Setting off from Dagenham in the UK., the Fiesta convoy was made up of classic and modern Fiestas, driven by owners’ club members, Ford employees and the media. Dagenham is a large suburb of east London, England.
The cavalcade included some very special Fiestas, including the new ST200, a super-rare Mk 1 Fiesta Van, A Fiesta Fly Crayford Convertible and the last Fiesta to leave the Ford site, which had covered a mere 27 kilometers (17 miles) from new before going on the run, in fourteen years.
The run was also joined by a car that joined Ford’s heritage fleet just a day before the event, a silver Fiesta Mk 4 that was donated to the company by its previous owner, having covered only 35405 km (22,000 miles). Others from Ford’s own collection included two immaculate Mk 1s, a 17,000-mile from new Fiesta Mk 2 and a pair of original, unrestored XR2s, one of which was driven to the venue by a prominent European Car of the Year Juror who remembered driving it when new.
The birthday run concluded at Brighton Racecourse with a cake-cutting ceremony, while a display of even more classic Fords meant there was plenty for guests to look at. The People’s Choice award for car of the day went to Dave Lane for his Mk1 Cortina Estate, while the award for furthest travelled went to Avelino Pirin, who had driven 378 km (235 miles) to get to the event.
Organized by the team behind Fast Ford, Classic Ford, Fast Car and Retro Cars magazines, the event also featured live music for a Rod Stewart tribute act, a casino and a Scalextric competition, along with guest appearances and former racing driver Barrie Williams, who has a long-standing history with the Blue Oval brand.