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
In the tiny city of Shelbina, we stopped for breakfast at Martha’s Diner, all leather banquettes and lurid mustard squeezers: a slice of pure Fifties nostalgia. I eavesdropped on the ancient couple in the booth behind us cheerily discussing one of their farm workers who kept accidentally running over other employees in his tractor. “What a dolt,” chuckled the husband.
“We’re off on a trip,” his wife addressed me, catching my eye. “To Mexico.”
Mexico? That’s 1,000 miles south, surely?
“Mexico, Missouri,” she clarified. “I need a new plug for my old Ford tractor.”
I loved that. Not their tractor, but her tractor. In Britain, pensioners get mobility scooters. In Missouri, they have their own tractor.