The first ever running of Pure Ford on Saturday 13th of May at Castle Combe Circuit 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 an eye from various models and different tuning.
It was clear from the off that Pure Ford’s lack of history hadn’t prevented the 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.
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.
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. Full gallery form all the action below
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