It all started with Kai Petermann from Heldth who had organised a few photoshoots for his site with Ford Germany, all set around Fords first Blogger related Event. Ford Germany is based in Cologne, my hometown, and through that was always a presence when living here. From friends who work there to the big factory grounds and obviously the cars. It was a very nice two days which started with meeting Kai and picking up a Ford RS200 Rally car from the Ford Classic team. Crazy!!! I mean driving through the streets of Cologne in a classic rally car is super awesome. Though that little bugger, the RS200 not Kai, is really small. I barely fit in the passenger seat, so driving that thing was completely out of the question. And as I was only there to help out Kai, if help needed, I didn’t shoot the car myself, yet, but also could drive it for him to get some drive by shots or so. Chopping off my legs would have been to obsessive though I think.
After that we headed back to the Hotel to get ready for the evening activities, which were par meet and greet with the Ford and Ford Classic team and a rare chance of a factory tour on which we where even allowed to shoot photo and video. A very cool experience as it was my first car manufacturer factory tour, I was really amazed how “silent” and calm everything was. So we went down the complete production line of the brand new Ford Fiesta. A car I was very excited about from the day I got my invite to the event, especially the Fiesta ST. So after a exciting day at the Ford factory the next day was all for driving. We had a wide variety of cars to choose from, the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, the Kuga, even a US Explorer and F-150. Our choice was very easy though as we both were very eager to try out the new Fiesta ST and that wonderful Lava Red had gotten me from the first second. Kai wasn’t too eager on the color in the beginning, but I guess he changed his mind in the end.
As for the Fiesta ST, I am very positively surprised. What a fantastic little car. It has enough power to bring you a lot of fun, on the Autobahn or the country roads. Its agile as you would think, there is no major understeer in quick corners and the manual transmission is short and precise. For a daily drive that you could do a few laps on a trackday with, this is one of the biggest surprise cars for this year so far. And I can’t even imagine how much more of a tracktool it could get with a few minor mods to the chassis, maybe lower it a litte… I digress.
So enjoy the photos and have a fantastic day.