Whether it’s the tyre-screeching Consul 3000GT from The Sweeney, Steve McQueen’s smoking Bullitt, Gene Hunt’s famous bronze Cortina from Life on Mars or the somewhat more genteel flying Anglia from Harry Potter, Fords have long been stars of film and TV.
But which is the nation’s favourite? FordFest, which rounds off the show season for fans of the Blue Oval at Santa Pod on September 18, are determined to find out, and have shortlisted their own favourites, including others such as Starksy and Hutch’s Gran Torino, Thelma and Louise’s Thunderbird and Glynis Barber’s Escort Cabriolet from Dempsey and Makepeace.
Fans of Fords and fans of films can vote for their favourite Ford on film here.
The results of the survey will be revealed ahead of FordFest, which will give fans a chance to see classics like the ones in their favourite shows, with a mixture of old and new Fords set to draw in the crowds.
Based at the world famous drag strip in Podington, Beds, the first year saw incredible attendance, with over 1,700 club cars on display, and 2016 looks set to be even bigger and even better.
From Anglias to Zodiacs, via Mondeos and Mustangs, Fords of all eras will be in display as both club and individual entries, while the drag strip itself will be active, with a Ford-themed ‘Run what Ya Brung’ event taking place for show visitors – tickets to take part are just £10 for camping visitors, or £20 for four runs on the day, while individual display tickets cost £17.
As well as the ‘Run What Ya Brung’, the drag strip will also play host to Fireforce 3, Santa Pod’s very own Jet Car, capable of a sub-six second quarter mile and speeds in excess of 300mph.
A substantial retail village, full of new and used parts, clothing and souvenirs is also a major highlight, as is the party atmosphere of the event itself, with camping available from midday on Saturday September 17, plus a bar and live entertainment.
Other highlights include the massively entertaining Drift Trikes (at just £10 a go), a Show and Shine sponsored by AutoPerfekt, entrance photography by Photography UK and stands from the leading Ford titles, Fast Ford and Classic Ford.
FordFest is part of a family of Ford events celebrating Europe’s love for the famous blue oval brand, including the International Ford Show, Classic Ford Show, The Ford Summer Festival and Ford Fair.
Tickets are available to book online via the official FordFest website, with a range of camping and advanced purchase savings available*.