Little and large: two performance Fords hit LA
Another classic feature from the last 20 years of TG mag: can a 'world car' work for passionate performance sub-brands?
Posted: 18 Oct 2013
TF: In America, the Mustang still makes sense. The sheer charisma of the thing is infectious. The Fiesta, the neat little hatch, is more demure. It's a good-looking car, never demanding attention out of proportion to the speed it can deliver. The wide grille and wedged profile make it look athletic rather than genuinely sporty, and it sits well on the 17-inch wheels. But it hasn't got the drive-by impact you might expect. It's very subtle. Perhaps too much so. The Stang, unsurprisingly, is theatre, but is also stymied in town, barely getting into third gear. The Fiesta is more fun, and comprehensively outguns the hefty GT500 in the nipping-through-town stakes, but both cars need to breathe. So we head out of LA, run through the I60 East, and out towards the I10 Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway to Palm Desert, and hook the '74 to a place called Idyllwild and Pine Cove. Pat, apparently, has something to show me...
PD: Have I got a treat for you. You might have spent the past couple of hours being bounced around on the freeway, but your reward will be some of the best driving roads in the US - I know you think you are going to have all the fun when we get there, but I think you'll think again when we're done.