Across America in the Ford Focus ST
It's one of TG magazine's greatest ever adventures: coast to coast across the US in the hot Ford. In five days...
Posted: 10 Oct 2013
The thinking, if indeed there was any, went something like this: in the beginning, there was the car, and the car was good. The car allowed drivers to explore new and exciting corners of the country. And then came the motorway, and the motorway was very good for getting people from one side of the country to the other, but very bad at giving them any appreciation of what actually lay in the middle.
So, by shunning interstates and sticking to state highways and back roads, perhaps we could find the true America, the land that freeways forgot, and give the new Focus ST a thorough workout at the same time. Hell, maybe we’d even stumble on some corners. Trouble was, we’d need to cover over 700 miles a day, in a nation with painfully low speed limits and a Taser-based approach to enforcing said limits. We’d be lucky to average 40mph, I reckoned. This was gonna be a long one. Gone midnight, we stopped for sleep in the town of Victorville, somewhere in deepest backwater California.