THE UK’S PREMIER CLASSIC FORD EVENT
Words Jamie Arkle, Marc Stretton, Simon Woolley
Photo Adrian Brannan, Jon Hill
Sometimes, just sometinmes, a show comes together perfectly. All the elements fall into place, carefully made plans come off without a hitch, and areas outside your control (the weather) decide they’re going to play ball — in a big way. That was the Classic Ford Show 2013 in a nutshell, and everything conspired to make the 10th running of the event a massive success.
Let’s face it, the weather can make or break a Santa Pod show, but we needn’t have worried. The sun beat down the entire weekend and rain was never an issue. In fact, as the day wore on, an increasing number of old Ford fans could be seen with slightly-scorched skin, desperately sinking restorative pints in an effort to keep the heat at bay.
The standard of cars was fantastic as ever, and the old Ford scene continues to surprise even us with its depth and sheer variety. The Classic Ford stand was rammed all day, firstly with the sheer number of feature cars, then, once the gates opened, with Ford fans eager to admire the handiwork of dedicated owners and tuners.
Then 11am saw the sixth running of The Great Unveiling — an event that saw the crowds around the Classic Ford stand swell yet further to the point where we felt like we were watching a band at a festival, not a car being uncovered. All this was accompanied by the sound of highly-strung and heavily-tuned Capris, Escorts, Cortinas and Anglias tearing up Santa Pod’s legendary quarter-mile, and a number of Personal Best times were chalked up under the baking hot sun.
We hope enjoyed the tenth running of the show and hope to see you all back again next year. Till then though, sit back, get a cup of tea, and soak up some of the cars and the atmosphere that make the Classic Ford Show the best event on the European calendar.