Ford Focus ST estate driven in Russia
Matt Jones shows our hot hatch of the year around its new home…
Posted: 22 May 2013
As quick as it thickens, the traffic dissipates. I start making real progress and onto a little reunion - I've found some mature expats (this is still built in Cologne, remember) that have gone a bit... native. Twelve years ago, Sergey Kourkin and Ekaterina Kirillova started collecting Russia's classic American cars, most of which were ordered by high-ranking politicians for, as far as I can tell, a bit of a laugh.
They broke down, but resourceful mechanics simply ripped out the errant engines and replaced them with tiny Soviet ones (55bhp Mustang, anyone?). There are 100 heavily antiqued examples here, 20 of which are Fords, all collected in the spurious name of preservation. We linger at the junkyard for a happy hour, but it's getting late, and we need to get back to suburban Moscow for some more wheeled sight-seeing.