19th September 2021 – Ford Power Live at Brands Hatch
Write up coming soon …
12th September 2021 – Breakfast Meet at The Sportman Pub, Surrey
A different venue for a breakfast meet, but The Sportsman at Mogador in Surrey turned out to be a great venue for a great meeting.
Most people met at Maresfield Services and convoyed up from there, and although other traffic split up the group, all arrived safely to join the other cars that had made their own way there.
After a chilly start early on, the sun came out and it turned out to be a gloriously sunny and warm day, making the good turn out of varied fast Ford’s gleam and glisten even more than usual. As increasingly seems the way lately the conversations flowed easily and it was great to be among such a friendly and sociable group of people, all with a common interest and passion.
The Sportsman did us proud with lots of lovely choice for breakfast, and they had also kindly reserved the tarmac part of the car park just for us, which we completely filled with another fine turn out. The landlord, Sean, even complimented us on the behaviour of our Group, another feather in our cap!
Thank you to everyone for coming, to The Sportsman for so graciously hosting and to all those involved in organising this lovely event, we shall be back.
29th August 2021 – National Day at Donnington
With much anticipation for the long awaited and Covid postponed National Day, some of us travelled up the day before and stayed in a nearby hotel, while the rest of us hardy (or should that be foolish) souls got up VERY early and drove up and back on the day itself. Other people’s accidents unfortunately caused delays on the M1 for both groups on both days but we all made it safely there and back.
The weather was sadly overcast and windy on the day but at least it did not rain and the warm atmosphere amongst us all more than made up for the cloudy skies. We all arrived and fettled our cars, arranging these in a lovely display with all helping to set up the flags, banner and gazebo. We did our best to represent our Sussex RSOC Club as well as we could and we hope you will agree from the pics that we did you all proud.
There were lots of great cars in the showground for all tastes and we all found plenty to look at whilst on our walks around. There was also plenty’s of other entertainment with live music stage, dodgems, bmx displays, trade stands etc. The atmosphere was friendly and convivial and even better among your own representatives there.
All in all another great day with great people, leaving us looking forward to next year, onwards and upwards fellow members…
8th August 2021 – Ford Fair at Silverstone
It was yet another early start, for convoy 1. Not knowing what the weather weather was going to be like, we decided to take the Fiesta ST along, instead of the RS.
We arrived at McDonald’s in Maresfield just before 5am to find a very eager Callum who was attending his first show in his gleaming Mk2 Focus ST, already waiting. Once Mike (Fiesta ST), Ben (Red Edition MK3 Focus RS) and Simon (Fiesta XR2) had arrived, we set off to meet Convoy 2 at Cobham Services for 6am. Meanwhile, convoy 2 had arranged to meet at Peas Pottage and consisted of Eric (UG Focus RS), Josh (Blue Edition Focus RS) and Chloe & Will (Modified Fiesta). We all got together at Cobham and after a quick refreshment break and meeting up with a new member, Michaela (MK3 Focus RS) we all headed off towards Silverstone.
After queuing for around half an hour we eventually entered Silverstone Circuit at around 8am where we met up with Adam in his Fiesta ST200, Dave and the boys from the Kent RSOC with an array of MK3 Focus RS’s and a Mondeo ST and Colin and Serena with their Focus ST track car and their MSRT van, all making for a pretty impressive Sussex RSOC stand. With the cars all polished up and looking great, banners and flags erected it was time for a wander, as usual the show didn’t fail to disappoint. There was something for everyone from old School to the newer ST’s and RS’s.
A mixed array of track cars blatting around the track, plenty of food stalls and, although not as many as in previous years, there was a good mixture of merchandise stands.
After a quick lunch break, in which we all sang Happy Birthday to a horrified Chloe, we were off again visiting the stands that we hadn’t had time to visit earlier.
By around 3pm the early start was catching up with everyone so we decided to make a move. The motorways were quite a bit busier on the return journey so the journey did take a bit longer but all in all everyone had a great day.
Considering the weather forecast the day turned out to be a lot better than we’d anticipated and it was an absolute pleasure having the younger members of the club joining us on the stand, we’re all in it for the same reasons at the end of the day no matter what car we have.
Well worth the early start for any ford fan, there’s something for everyone and a great day out with the Sussex RSOC and always good to have Dave and the Kent boys on board.
Jackie and Andy Coleman
18th July 2021 – Simply Ford at Beaulieu Motor Museum
Well fortunately not too early a start and the weather could not have been better, hot and sunny, in fact dare we say a little too hot as the day progressed!
Our first group met at 6:30am in a layby just past the Kingston Roundabout on the A27, in order Jackie in her white Series 1 Escort Turbo, Andy C in his ultimate green Focus RS Mk2, Andy B and Emma in their black Focus RS Mk3, Mike, Jo and little Sophie in Mike’s green Escort Cosworth and Josh and his brother in the Nitrous Blue Focus RS Mk3. We had already agreed to let Jackie set the pace as her engine was still being run in following a rebuild by the ever helpful Mike. Then we picked up Eric in his ultimate green Focus RS Mk2 from a layby just past the Southwick Tunnel, again on the A27, so our little convoy was complete. We did, however, pass Glenn trailering his beautifully restored blue Focus RS Mk1 in Worthing.
We then had a nice relaxing journey to Beaulieu and keeping the speeds (and engine revs) low was really not an issue due to large parts of the A27 and M27 having 50mph limits with average speed cameras enforcing the restrictions. Then at Rownhams Services we met up with Dave and the other Kent RSOC boys and cars and our small convoy set off again. Of course with traffic lights etc. we did get divided as we approached the venue, and as, at the time of booking, club stands were not available, we were not able to park together on arrival but we ended up being fairly close.
Quick fettling and refreshments later we all set off on foot for a tour of the varied and lovely cars on show, particularly impressive was a collection of Focus RS Mk1s, very unusual to see so many together. We were delighted to find that Glenn’s Mk1 had been selected by visitors as one of the car of the meet candidates and, among stiff competition, he ended up coming third, well deserved indeed. In our little group it was certainly Jackie’s Series 1 that attracted the most attention, a tribute to her, her husband Andy C and Mike for all the effort they have all put into this beautiful car.
After some more refreshments it was decided by some of us to go on the statue tour and little Sophie appointed herself as tour guide which meant a somewhat convoluted but highly entertaining trip around the delights of the Beaulieu grounds. By now it was very hot indeed in the unbroken sunshine and so we returned to the shade of the trees by our little group of cars.
Eventually those of us remaining then agreed to set off for home with the convoy largely following the same order as the outward journey, again keeping engine revs and speeds relatively low in consideration of Jackie’s engine rebuild. Eric left us at Chichester as, typical of him, he had agreed to do a little job on another friend’s car there. Once again the relaxed speed of the journey was really not an issue with heavier traffic and the aforementioned speed limits, and I even managed to average 37mpg on the day in my car, unheard of with my more usual enthusiastic driving, thanks Jackie!
This was the second annual Sussex RSOC visit to Simply Ford since reforming, and I think I speak for the whole group attending when I say another great day with lovely people and fantastic cars. We will certainly visit again.
10th July 2021 – Bristol and Swindon RSOC Regional Day at Castle Combe
27th June 2021 – Oxford RSOC Regional Day at Cotsworld Wildlife Park
30th May 2021 – Breakfast Meet at B_Road Hunting Club
We all know how exciting a car meet is, getting the cars ready, the anticipation of how many cars and types will turn up and then, of course, the drive to the venue catching up and talking everything Ford. This excitement seemed to be multiplied for our first Breakfast meets since what seems to be eternality!
The date was set and the online marketing was in full swing, an eye on the weather forecast for Sunday 30th May was hot topic. A new venue of Bentley (nr Lewes) which is nestled into the beautiful Sussex countryside and has had, in its past, a small Classic Car collection ensured that this meet had the added excitement, anticipation and adrenaline for all those involved in the planning of this first meet. This venue is well known to local car clubs and been home to many cars events in the past and is now under new management by BRHC.
The numbers of cars allowed on the day was restricted and within the guidelines booked in on a ‘first come first served’ booking system, I’m pleased to say that the meeting worked well, thank you to all that came and a fantastic job was done by the Sussex RSOC committee, not an easy task to manage.
A fantastic and wide range of cars including concourse RS Escort Turbo S2 very original with low miles, 280 Capri, in long ownership and unbelievably great condition to RS Focus MK2 and 3 to MK1 escorts, 3door and Sapphire Cosworths, Series 1 Escort Turbo and a growing number of ST Fiesta’s. The Scene for the ST Fiesta’s seems to be strong and its well published that these fiesta are as ‘more fun than bigger budget supercars’, we look forward to seeing more from this marque.
Needless to say that we look forward to our next meeting, planned at the same beautiful location in June, and with less restrictions to follow in July… thank you to …..sponsors etc…. BRHC.
5th December 2020 – Sussex RSOC visit Birchwood Ford, Hastings for the new Puma ST VIP reveal
25th October 2020 – Formula Ford Live at Brands Hatch
20th September 2020 – Ford Power Live at Brands Hatch
13th September 2020 – Simply Ford at Beaulieu Motor Museum
23rd August 2020 – Old Ford Rally at The British Motor Museum
26th July 2020 – Beachy Head Drive Out
We had a splendid drive arranged to the south coast with various meeting points and times pre arranged. We picked up members en route including some new faces which was lovely to see. Along the way we passed several Sunday classic cruisers who decided to tag along for the drive. What more could we want than a long convoy of Fords!
When we reached our destination at the picturesque Beachy Head, Eastbourne we enjoyed a very civilised, socially distanced catch up among like minded enthusiasts and beautiful cars.
Second to the club chairman Phil’s speech, SAS awarded the “car of the drive” award to Simon Colliver with his lovely original Mk2 Fiesta XR2.
As always Thankyou for your continued attendance and support.
22nd September 2019 – Sussex RSOC hosts it’s first Cars n Coffee morning
The Sussex RSOC group has had a very successful first show session with a really friendly atmosphere amongst the group, we continue to welcome new members and look forward to building on our learnings and successes next year.
However, before the nights draw in completely, and before some of the cars hibernate away for the winter, it was decided that we should host a Breakfast meet at our monthly venue, The Plough Inn at Plumpton Green. The date was set, 22nd Sept and the media campaign to attract as many as possible cars begun.
The weather forecast was hot conversation on the lead up to the day, with a week to go the forecast was heavy thundery rain, then just two days to go the risk of rain was midday onwards so we crossed our fingers that people wouldn’t be put off and would chance a soaking.
Time 10:30 Sunday 22nd, with the roads wet from the night before the sky’s were bright enough to give everyone confidence that we had at least the morning of dry weather. I’m pleased to say that we attracted over 40 cars which is an amazing turn-out, a superb range of RS’s and ST’s. Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3 focuses of all stages of tuning and upgrades, a couple of Cosworth’s both Sapphire and 3dr examples, a Mustang and a great range of ST fiesta’s and Focus, including the very latest models; courtesy of our club sponsors.
We, Sussex Group, continue to be impressed with the support we have been given in our first year from our members and the Kent RSOC group, whom again made the journey down into Sussex to support this event, and a massive thank you to The Birchwood Group for your continued support and making the trip over from Eastbourne.
8th September 2019 – Sussex RSOC attends it’s 1st Ford Power Live
With beautiful weather; An early, but not terribly anti-social start for this event saw us meet at Maresfield Services at 6:30am for a quick coffee and a chat before the convoy of eight RS’s set off for Brands Hatch. The relatively straight forward drive to the venue to less than an hour and although Sussex did not have an stand booked for this event, we did all manage to park together when we arrived. Although mot new to the social media group, for many of us, it was the first occasion we had got to meet Richard & Charlotte face-to-face, and we were all very impressed with Richard’s stereo (pictured below). The organisation of this event was excellent! All fords were in attendance, with some great display stands, local groups and individuals, as well as the usual trade stands. There was an arena for cars to do burnouts if the so wished and some great track action, including twenty minutes or so of F1 cars doing laps of the famous track. A fantastic day was enjoyed by us all with a unanimous vote to attend next year with a Sussex Group stand. Jason had a slight problem with his 3dr Cossie loosing power on the way home, but we wouldn’t leave a man behind and it seemed to be a temporary glitch, so after a short stop, Jason (and his gorgeous Cossie) made it home ok.
1st September 2019 – Birchwood Ford lends our Chairman a Mustang
Our club sponsors offered to lend me this 2019 Mustang 5.0 for the weekend with permission to use the line lock function, in exchange they asked me to write a review of the car for their website …..As you can see I had no hesitation in accepting their offer!! Go and have a look at their Ford Performance website https://www.birchwoodgroup.co.uk/ford/performance/
25th August 2019 – Sussex RSOC attends RSOC National Day at Donington
A very early start for those of us travelling up on the day, Dave, Joe, Billie, Eric, Jason, Emma & Andy had all agreed to meet up at Pease Pottage Services at 4:00am and Dave got there early and first! This was a surprise as for those who don’t know, poor Dave gets a lot of stick for usually being late so he has now proved that he can be early! After a brief comfort break we all set off in convoy with the group suggesting I (Andy B) lead due to my by now infamous need for frequent “comfort” breaks!
In view of the early set off traffic was light and my bladder was holding up well so we made good progress through the 50mph average speed limit on the M23 and on to the M25 where again for once traffic was light and moving well. Onto the M1 and cruise control set I was surprised to get a (hands free and with Emma as passenger) call from Joe asking me to slow down as we had lost sight of Eric, Jason and Dave. This again was surprising as I get the mickey taken out of me for not fully exploiting the capabilities of my car. Eventually my need for a comfort break arose and so we stopped for breakfast at Northampton Services where we indulged in MacDonald’s, only to be interrupted by the sight of clouds of thick smoke coming from the car park. We all rushed out, firstly checking our cars were OK, which they were, and then seeing a fairly new Discovery was the source of all the smoke. Dave quickly diagnosed that the diesel car was running on its own engine oil but Dave, Jason and Eric managed to eventually stop the engine. The poor owners and their dogs were grateful for our intervention and we earned some more fans of our Sussex Group!
Eric then lead the convoy and it was his turn to surprise us all as we had to “slightly” exceed the speed limit to keep up with him, much to the amusement of those of us following, proving once again that jokey reputations are not always valid! By now daylight had arrived and it was hot and sunny without a cloud in sight.
We arrived at Donington at 8:00am on the dot and after a bit of queueing got to our stand where Jackie, Andy C and Harry were waiting for us, having camped the night before. We found Phil on the MJP Stand and then set up our banner and flags, all doing final clean ups on our cars so that we could proudly represent Sussex. The day just kept getting hotter so, cars all done, we set off on a walkabout where we spotted Brett’s lovely RS1600i, he booked too late to join us on our stand but it was great to see his car and, later, to chat to him as well. We also saw Colin S and Serena with their cars in the Concours Area frantically fettling so we tried not to disturb them for too long. Some of us sought shade in a trackside stand where we watched some racing but the early start was catching up with some of us who started nodding off (mentioning no names of course) so we came back for refreshments and re-joined our stand. Other nearby stands, notably Kent and also South London, came over for chats and the atmosphere at the show was great, as was seeing all the other cars and stands there. There was certainly plenty to see and do and the weather also helped to make it a great day surrounded by fellow petrol-heads.
Eventually prize-giving time arrived and we did ourselves proud as follows:
Sussex RSOC – Best Local Group
Colin Stone – 1stPlace post ’81 modified Concours – Escort RS Turbo
Colin Stone – 4thPlace Non-RS Concours – Transit Custom MSRT
Serena Stone – 1stPlace Standard 3 door Cosworth – Cosworth 3 door
Serena Stone – Chairman’s Choice Award
We left shortly after prize-giving had finished and set off in convoy for the return journey, re-fuelling being the first stop. Phil joined us on the M1 and Joe’s scenic route due to heavy traffic meant we had quite a different journey back with a few pops and bangs on the way.
I think you will all agree that we did well on behalf of all of you in our great club, onwards and upwards guys and girls, already looking forward to next year.
17th August 2019 – Sussex RSOC visit Birchwood Ford in Hastings for the Ford Performance Event
Once again as guests of our club sponsors; The Birchwood Group, hosted a Ford Performance event which we simply couldn’t miss out on.
We all met as before at Light Bites Bistro in Polegate for a some fuel of our own. Then we convoyed through Little Common, for the mass arrival at Birchwood. As always we received a very warm welcome from our friends at Birchwood Hastings, and were spoilt with drinks and food on arrival. The Ford Performance event gave us the opportunity to look at the new Raptor, Bullitt Mustang, Fiesta & Focus ST’s. There are some fantastic performance cars coming through from Ford at the moment and we were only too please to get to experience them in the flesh. A really enjoyable morning was had by all and once again it was a pleasure to support The Birchwood Group with their event. A big thank you to everyone who was involved in this day.
August 2019 – The London Cartel International Auto Show
23rd June 2019 – Sussex RSOC attends Cars & Coffee at The Plough Inn, Plumpton
As on previous occasions the meeting kicked off at 10am at The Plough Inn, which is home turf for the Sussex Group. Significant numbers were expected so we arrived early to claim our spot. As it turns out we ended up with a Ford takeover, with members from the Kent RSOC and ROSE (Rolling Oval South East) in attendance there was nearly 60 cars crammed into the car park. Some real classics Fords graced us with their presents including a peach of a Mk2 Granada. It was as always a very friendly atmosphere with some stunning cars on display and a great opportunity to share ideas with other Ford enthusiast groups. As always the staff at The Plough provided lovely food and refreshments. A great time was had by all.
15th & 16th June 2019 – Sussex RSOC attends Groombridge Place for Fathers Day Weekend Special.
An early start for this event meant that we all met at the McDonalds in Maresfield at around 7:45am for a spot of breakfast before the convoy through the Ashdown Forest. Groombridge Place is a truly beautiful venue situated right on the Kent/Sussex border, and other than a strong breeze the weather was doing it’s bit to help enhance the beauty of the place. For Mikey in particular, this was a very special day; as it was the first time ever, that he’d had the opportunity to drive an 800hp RS200; however, just like Mikey; the temperamental old girl was showing her age and wouldn’t start so poor old Mikey had to make do with just steering while we all pushed her into place. After the cars were all set up, cleaned and gleaming; we all set about enjoying the beautiful surroundings, some were happy just to kick back and do a spot of sunbathing; whilst others preferred to take a walk around the grounds; the really brave amongst us tackled the treetop walk. Our little RS-ettes had a whale of a time on the climbing frames and swings, and at midday we watched the Birds of Prey display; which was very good up to the point where the Eagle flew off over the woods and out of sight.
Our Chairman & Treasurer had agree to attend both days of this event so the Sunday involved an equally early start at Maresfield. Unfortunately the weather decided not to play ball and rained all morning up to lunchtime. We’re all hardy old bunch some a bit of rain didn’t dampen the spirits; brollies out whilst we set the cars up; a quick wipe over to make them presentable and off to the restaurant for a cuppa was the order of the day. Eventually, the weather perked up and the motorcycle stunt team started their display; so all was not lost.
There were some wonderful cars on display at the event but I have to take my hat off to the members of the Sussex RSOC who’s efforts really made our club stand out above all the others in attendance at the show; and the crowds that came to our stand said the same. A great family event that we will happily be part of for the years to come.
27th May 2019 – Sussex RSOC attends Motorsport at the Palace in Crystal Palace as guests of the Kent Group
We had six cars confirmed to attend; Shaun’s 3dr Cossie, Jason in his Saph Cos, Mikey’s Escort Cossie, Dave in his Mk3 Focus, Phil, Mk3 Focus and me in my 3dr. An early start was planned, to meet up at the A23 service to make the hour trip into the big smoke to Crystal Palace, pleased to report that the journey at 7am was easy. Unfortunately, Phil had to cancel last minute due to enjury while tinkering on the car. The 7am meeting was great timing and we joined the Kent group as they pulled into the grounds of the palace.
The event is an established racing event that saw some meticulously prepared cars to take on the short, but very technical, sprint around the picturesque grounds. With plenty of old school fords; Mk1 & 2 Escorts, Sierra Cossies and early Formula Ford cars all competing. It was the Escorts that really entertained as they loved to go sideways around the corners, that’s not to mention the distinctive induction and exhaust noise, it really took me back to the ‘good ole days’ when these cars were a common sight on our roads…
Fortunately, the weather was kind to us, although it threatened all day to rain, but thankfully it held off with just a few spots early afternoon. The Kent Groups gazebo was welcome shelter from the sun and was eyed-up by Mikey when we thought the rain was coming, he suggested everyone vacated and he parked his car in there, not sure we would be that welcome… however it did also start some interesting gazebo envy and future plans were discussed for Sussex RSOC’s own one.
Journey home was equally as easy as the journey in, with minimal traffic, this meant when we hit the A23 we had some fun and stretched the legs of the RS’s, the site and sounds of Sierra’s and the new Focus together is such a fantastic view and reminds me of how great these cars really are. We would like to, again, thank the Kent group for the invite and for making us feel very welcome. We will no doubt have a long and enjoyable relationship with our regional neighbours.
26th May 2019 – Sussex RSOC attends Cars & Coffee at The Plough Inn, Plumpton
We all met at a civilised 10am at The Plough Inn, which is home turf for the Sussex Group. We were expecting lots of people so we had arrived early give us time to set up on the grass at the front of the pub. It seemed many others had also had this idea as by 10:05am the car park was almost full!
With 10 members cars on display and claiming our patch early we also had the opportunity to use our group flags and banners provided by our sponsor Birchwood Ford. Greeted by tony the event organiser on arrival to assist with ensure we had the space we needed, this successful monthly breakfast meet was on this occasion attended by 48 cars and over 100 people. It was a very friendly atmosphere with some stunning cars, and we were able to speak to so many people as well as managing to recruit 3-4 new members to the Sussex RSOC. We all thoroughly enjoyed this meet and I can say with confidence that we will continue to frequent this meeting.
16th May 2019 – Sussex RSOC visit Birchwood Ford in Hastings for the reveal of the Mk4 Focus ST
We were very pleased to be invited to come and see the new ST at the Ford Store in Hastings. Our sponsors Birchwood were (as usual) very accommodating and stayed open late in the evening to give us all time to make the journey once we had all finished work. We were all quite surprised at how large the car seemed in comparison to its predecessor. It was a very well appointed car with some similarities to the Mk3 and of course some obvious improvements too. We were all very happy to hear the pops and crackles from the exhaust is a feature that has been carried over from the Mk3.
6th May 2019 – Sussex RSOC visit The Holbrook Club in Horsham for their annual Family Fun Day
We met at midday at Pease Pottage Services on the A23 (apart from our Chairman who was half an hour late, heavy traffic, apparently!) We convoyed a short distance to the venue; our biggest concern being the kerb we would have to get up to gain access to the field. As it turned out, the only problem was getting past the stack of Harley Davidson motorcycles which had also turned up to support the event. Upon arrival we received complimentary food vouchers which we wasted no time in spending. We gorged on burgers, hotdogs, chips, all topped off with ice cream and candy floss. Our little RS-ettes had a fantastic time on the bouncy castle, the funfair rides and of course the face painting. It was a very enjoyable day with a relaxed family atmosphere, and we very much hope to be asked back again in the future. A big thank you to everyone who was involved in this day.
4th May 2019 – Sussex RSOC visit Birchwood Ford in Hastings for a meet & greet with our club sponsors
Our generous club sponsor; The Birchwood Group, provided our club with flags and a banner to use at all the events and shows we attend. Once we had taken delivery of the items, we were invited as a group to visit the Birchwood Ford Store in Hastings for tea and coffee.
We all met at a very civilised 9am at Light Bites Bistro in Polegate for a bacon sandwich and to distribute the new group clothing which arrived the day before (just in time!). Then we convoyed through Hailsham, Boreham Street, Battle and Johns Cross to pick up the A21 for the mass arrival at Birchwood. We received a very warm welcome from all at Birchwood, the coffee and the chit chat flowed very easily. It gave us the opportunity to look at all the new Ford’s in the showroom which included a 5.0 Mustang, and it gave the Birchwood staff a chance to look at all our cars too. A really enjoyable morning was had by all and we feel it has been a very positive start to the partnership between The Birchwood Group and Sussex RSOC. A big thank you to everyone who was involved in this day.