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There are allot of people who ask me how I do what I do and what inspires me to get me to take the pictures I do. In this blog I hope to give an insight into Owens Eye. I hope to share some of the stories behind pictures and answer some of the more common questions I have been asked in the form of tips and advice.
"I can't get no sleep"
2:30am on a Sunday most sane people would be in bed, asleep - dreaming of nice things, last Sunday this was not me.... No.. sleeping would of been pointless as I was due up at 3:00 and didn't mind in the slightest... you see last Sunday was Ford Fair!!!
If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know I have a fondness for the ST220 and this year is its 15th Anniversary...
Well the ST220 Enthusiasts delivered with a whopping 60 Cars on their anniversary club stand, set outside the pits in prime position.
It was an epic day filled with bacon (supplied by the aptly named Bacon Station and its resident chef) and lots of good banter which in all fairness is a true extension of the clubs online Facebook page. The stand was full of people helping each other, given advice and in some cases literally modding on the day - this to me is the true spirt of Ford Fair.
There were some awesome cars on display, but the 3 that were awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the prestigious Best On Stand competition really were deserving winners.
The Best On Stand completion was judged by someone who knows a thing or two about modding Mondeos - Dennis Hays of Dennis Racing who runs a fully race prepped ST220 which is currently competing with in Classic Sports Car Club ( CSCC ) new millennium series (class C).
Many congratulations to Steve who won a photoshoot and owenseye.com voucher for coming first place.
After an epically long day (you know what? I am pretty sure I was the last car out of Silverstone... No really, even the Silverstone staff had left before me :))
all I can say is..... Bring on Next Year !!! :)
To find out more about the ST220 Enthusiasts, and of course tips on all things bacon click here
To find out more about Dennis Racing and their awesome racing machine click here
To find out more about the CSCC and New Millennium Series click here
To celebrate a number of ST220 descended upon the British Motor Museum in Gaydon to mark the event.
15 Years old already? Who would think this lovable under rated fast ford has hit this milestone.
ST220's were an sport edition of the Mondeo MKIII, not to be confused with the ST TDCI… the diesel variant that pushed out 155Bhp via a 2.2 lump though still a very capable car it was the ST220 shipped with a 3.0 V6 Making 220Bhp from ford with lowed suspension, full leather recaro seats (including the rare red and super rare red and black combo), heated front seats and twin exhausts from factory - what is there not to like about this beast? famously even the full x top gear crew including Clarkson him self found it hard to find fault - That being said I am a bit biased as I have one my self :)
To celebrate a large number of ST220s descended upon the British Motor Museum in Gaydon to mark the event. There were some epic Mondeos on display from all over the UK and beyond on what was a great day out for all.
Click below for a video of some of the cars on display.
If you were there in a Mondeo then the chances are I got entry pic of you. Click here for the Entry Pic gallery
Ford by name ford by nature, Well it was not likely to be a Vauxhall was it?
So were to start? This car has come a long way in a short amount of time. When I first saw Amy (lovingly named by Harry) was it around a year ago and even then she was a tidy Panther black ST220 now she has transformed into the show car she is today. Lets look at the facts?
20" Rims, AP coilovers, full decat, Blue flame performance exhaust, Tripple R front spiltter, big break conversion and an awesome BluePrint wrap and even then I sure there are still a few mods Harrys not mentioned :)
This car is not one to blend into the crowd and I am sure will continue to evolve as Harry did admit to me... "he is actually a little obsessed with her" which shows given the commitment he has shown to get her ready for show season.
This is one Mondeo you'll want to watch out for sure.
If you would like to know where you can find Harrys Mondeo over this years show season, Check out the Blue Oval Project (TBOP) Facebook page for more details of where the club will be displaying
So as you know I've got a thing for ST220's... In fact you could say I am into ST220's. Well I've never seen a 220 like this before...
It started life a Performance blue 220 but Darren had other plans and gave it to Kode Performance in Sheerness to work their magic. So lets start with the obvious, this ST220 is not in your average colour, the colour is called 'Deep Base Pearl Purple Velvet' (I wonder if they call it DBPPV for short?) off topic I know sorry... getting back to it - its epic. To describe it, it short of shifts tone as you move around the car, having followed the car around on the shoot I can say the colour is quiet a head turner. Ironically the next thing the stands out is the sound track of this beast, even when poodling around this car is not shy, on over run she pops like small firearm which is unexpected from a Mondeo and then there is the styling. Putting aside the colour there are a number of details that only a trained eye would catch like in the inside of the vents are painted green to match the engine bay and breaks, and the is a tiny strip of carbon on the back bumper that ties in the lower bumper with the upper lip spoiler all add to the small details that tie the car together.
So lets talk about the arches?
Yes they are wider but don't look overly extreme and are deliberately in keeping to the original design, some people will have to look twice as there is a clear difference just not an obvious one, its common to here people say "that's not normal... is it?" or "is that a little wider?". From the back she looks clearly fatter and it has to be to accommodate the massive Kode 9.5j alloys sat under the on the rear.
Darren wanted a one off and to my eye has accomplished that already...
That being said he assures me he has more up his sleeve for this car so you can expect to see more of her in the future.
To see the full gallery click here
For more information about Kode Performance click here
What do you all think of her?
Catch you all soon,
It's been almost a year since My last blog post, to be fair I've not been too active this year so far but I have a feeling that will change shortly - but I'll get into that a another time :), but now back with a vengeance and what a great way to start with coverage from Ford Fair 2016 held at Silverstone Circuit. The Biggest and the best was back again for another year. This year in convoyed up to Ford Fair with The 'Blue Oval Project' though My ST220 was on the 'ST220 Enthusiasts' stand along side 26 of her friends.
The show its self was jam packed full of Ford greatness with highlights being:
Getting a glimpse of the epic new ford GT
Paul Swift doing his thing in the live action arena with the new RS Focus
And hanging out with the fine people of the ST220 Enthusiasts
ST220 Enthusiasts StandFord Fair 2016
All in all a great day and we look forward to next years instalment, Click Here for the full gallery
Click to find out more about Ford Fair
Have a great day,