Kent's All Ford Show - Sunday 23rd April
Haynes Ford attended Kent's All Ford Show on Sunday 23rd April 2017 at Aylesford Priory. On display, we had our Steeda Mustang Q350, Focus RS and M-Sport Ranger. The event was a fantastic opportunity for Ford enthusiasts to meet and display their vehicles. It was great to meet so many of you.
Duxford Spring Car Show - Sunday 30th April
Haynes Ford attended the Duxford Spring Car Show on Sunday 30th April at the Imperial War Museum. We took along our red Ford Mustang V8 demonstrator and Grabber Blue Steeda Q350 SSV Mustang. There was a large turnout of contemporary and classic cars from various clubs and owners, with some of the most famous manufacturer models on display. Our Mustangs' were a hit with passers by, with many enthusiasts stopping to have a look. It was a great event with lots of stalls available to browse and cars to see.
Steeda Driving Experience "Speed Matters" - Friday 2nd June
Haynes Ford attended the Steeda Driving Experience day on Friday 2nd June at North Weald Airfield. Steeda invited people to bring their cars and have a blast driving around the airfield. Visitors were able to learn the limits of their Ford's handling whilst having a good time with the Steeda team. The majority of cars were Ford Mustangs' and our red Mustang V8 demonstrator and Grabber Blue Steeda Q350 still managed to stand out in a crowd. We had the opportunity to speak to enthusiasts about their cars and learn about how they had made their car their own.
American SpeedFest V - Saturday 10th June & Sunday 11th June
On the 10th and 11th of June, we attended American SpeedFest at Brands Hatch. This was the third year that Haynes Ford have supported the American themed event. Our stand was the biggest we had exhibited with so far, with 5 different vehicles on the stand and 2 being used as track vehicles on the circuit. We had our Classic 1965, Focus RS, Van Sport Ranger, Steeda UK Q350 and our V8 Mustang on the stand, with our Ford Mustang and Ford Ranger demonstrators on the track.
On our stand, we were selling small items from our KentMustang.com accessory and merchandise shop. The Haynes Ford staff were available to chat to passers by about our cars, servicing options and upgrade performance packages. The event was a huge success with visitors, as American motoring was combined with great food, great music and great entertainment. Classic American cars were showcased, so our Mustang really did fit right in. As a spectator, you could witness the main event - NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, as well as Pickup Truck races, cheerleaders, the Sprint Cup and plenty of demonstrations round the track. It was a fantastic event, where we were excited to meet so many different people with varying interests. It was an all-American day of motorsport entertainment.
Ford Only Track Evening - Wednesday 21st June
On Wednesday 21st June, Haynes Ford attended the Ford Only Track Evening at Brands Hatch, hosted by MSVT Trackdays and in association with Retro Ford Magazine. This annual event is a fantastic opportunity for Ford enthusiasts to look at old and new cars, showcase their own and take plenty of pictures. Situated in the inner paddock of Brands Hatch, there is an amazing atmosphere as the Fords' race around the track. There were no limitations for the type of Ford you could bring - any age and any model was welcome. We decided to showcase our grey Focus RS which was taken round the track, and certainly turned some heads! Our friendly staff were on hand to answer any Ford/car related questions.
Tunerfest South - Sunday 25th June
We attended Tunerfest South on Sunday 25th June at Brands Hatch. It was a great day with the Steeda UK Q350, our V8 Ford Mustang and Ford Focus RS demonstrators. There were some fantastic cars on show and it is well worth a visit if you have an interest in Performance Cars. It was an exciting event which focuses on high-end tuning, where visitors came to display their modified vehicles and take them for a ride on the track.
Tunerfest South promised it would be adrenaline-filled, and they certainly fulfilled this promise. Time Attack were testing car performances by measuring lap speeds and those who compete in Time Attack normally sport highly-modified vehicles. This will generally include huge rear wings, spoilers, exhausts and much more. There was a lot of tension during these races, where competitors are desperate to get the best time. Haynes Ford are looking forward to visiting again in 2018!
Harley Davidson Independence Day BBQ - Saturday 1st July
On Saturday 1st July, we attended the Harley Davidson Independence Day BBQ at the Harley Davidson Aylesford dealership. This event saw a celebration of all things American, from the bikes, to the food, to the music and to our V8 Ford Mustang. Our American Muscle Car managed to fit in very well. Haynes Ford enjoyed live music and American-style food, including burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, and more. Harley Davidson were advertising bike offers, painting and pinstriping demonstrations for the bikers, a custom bike contest and an eating contest! It was a celebration of American heritage and we hope to visit again in 2018.
Indian Motorcycle Open Weekend - Saturday 15th July
It was great to spend a weekend at Robinsons Foundry in Canterbury, South-East retailers for the UK Indian Motorcycle Company. Haynes Ford took their V8 Ford Mustang to the event. The Test Drive event for the American iconic motorcycles was hosted by the very friendly team from the Foundry and it was a pleasure to show both themselves and their customers some American 4-wheel muscle power. There are a lot of very knowledgeable and enthusiastic advocates of American Rar Power in the motorcycle world and a great relationship has been formed between Haynes Ford and the Indian Motorcycle Company. We look forward to working closely with them again!
Classic Cars & Retro Vintage on the Green - Sunday 30th July
Haynes Ford attended Classic Cars & Retro Vintage on the Green at Bearsted Green. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the event, where up to 200 Classic Cars were showcased. In the height of Summer, the weather stayed bright and dry for us and our selection of Ford vehicles looked impressive on the green. We were displaying our V8 Ford Mustang demonstrator, Focus RS, the All-New Fiesta and our M-Sport Ranger. Haynes staff members were available all day to chat to visitors about our cars and about the company. As well as a plethora of cars, there were Retro Vintage stalls to browse, a selection of delicious food and drink and the Medway Lindy Hoppers paid a visit to dance throughout the day! Swing singer, Steve Conway, was also present to perform. Haynes Ford had a great day meeting so many car enthusiasts, and we look forward to attending in 2018.
Charity Truck Pull at Evolution Strength & Fitness - Sunday 20th August
Haynes Ford were delighted to be invited to the Charity Truck Pull at Evolution Strength & Fitness Gym as all proceeds were for a good cause. We were able to show off our V8 Ford Mustang on the day, which fit in with the muscle theme very well. The event drew in crowds who wanted to watch the numerous participants attempt to haul an 8-tonne, 18-tonne, or 22-tonne truck a distance of 15-metres. It was a fun-filled day and Haynes really enjoyed chatting to visitors, spreading the brand message and supporting all the fantastic charities.
Kent's Classic Car Show - Sunday 10th September
We attended Kent's Classic Car Show at Aylesford Priory on the 10th September. With us, we took our red V8 Ford Mustang and a Ford KA+. There were so many fantastic cars on display with many car enthusiasts to talk to. This was a great opportunity for Haynes to spread brand awareness at a local event and speak to owners of other car manufacturers, not just Ford.
Haynes Ford Performance Day - Sunday 17th September
On Sunday 17th September, Haynes Ford hosted their very first Ford Performance Day by opening up their large site to Kent's Ford Owners clubs and enthusiasts to display their vehicles. With background music provided by local duo 'The Cheeky Blinders', vehicle owners mingled together, along with members of Haynes staff, enjoying the fantastic weather and viewing the multitude of both new and classic Ford models on display. There were around 100 vehicles on show, with beautifully restored examples of Ford Escorts, with a Zephyr, Cortina's and a Capri also featuring. The care shown and meticulous keeping of all tax discs by one attendee from his 1983 Ford Escort, bought by himself from Haynes provided a real talking point for all who walked past.
Ford's latest Performance models were well represented by owners who had purchased from Haynes, with the deep rumble from the V8 Mustang GT's, in various colours and with various graphic additions. Haynes Ford took the opportunity to place their own 1965 Classic Mustang on display, which was well received by guests and with many comments on the standard of paint restoration completed by our very own Accident Repair Centre. The companies current Mustang and Focus RS performance demonstrator models were used to take guests for test drives around the roads of Maidstone.
Refreshments were available and 2-wheeled American performance interest was catered for by Robinsons Foundry from Canterbury displaying 5 of their latest Indian motorcycle demonstrators. Louise Cook, Maidstone's Rally Champion and sponsored by Haynes Ford, was based in the car showroom with her racing simulator, set up with the 9-screen technical power wall in the showroom making the laps seem realistic and lifelike. There was also a face painter on site and colouring sheets were available for the smaller Ford fans, creating a real family atmosphere.
Steeda UK representatives and Haynes staff were on hand throughout the site ready to advise on Performance upgrades and generally chat with visitors, owners and enthusiasts. Haynes are pleased to have hosted a local show for the many local Ford enthusiasts who really seemed to have enjoyed the day. Feedback and social media interaction shows that there is enough interest for Haynes to do a show like this annually.
Ford Only Winter Track Day - Tuesday 14th November
Haynes Ford attended the Ford Track Day at Brands Hatch, hosted by MSVT Trackdays in association with Retro Ford Magazine. This annual event allows the public to showcase their fantastic Ford vehicles and mingle with other Ford enthusiasts, enjoying a brilliant atmosphere within the inner paddock of the circuit. We were excited to present our impressive 5-litre V8 Ford Mustang and rugged MS-RT Ranger and it was great to see our Mustang getting a lot of attention, with many taking photographs of it both on and off the track.
Our V8 Mustang was noise tested before entering and with an extraordinary static level of 101 dB, it was certainly going to turn some heads when racing around the track. The rumble of it could be heard in competition with the revving engines and 'popping' exhausts of the likes of the Focus RS Mk3. As it was the 30-year anniversary of the release of the Sierra RS500, a parade lap took place in the afternoon. Haynes were delighted to have their Mustang participating in this alongside other RS badged vehicles, where its' Race Red paint and unique graphics pack was distinctive on the track. It was exciting to see it drive alongside many iconic Fords including the Focus RS Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3 and a unique Sierra Cosworth RS.
Staff were present throughout the day to happily chat to visitors, welcoming any Ford relating questions. It was great to see the appreciation for the Mustang.