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Re: Fords, (was Spridgets, Bruce, and Midnight Rides)

Subject: Re: Fords, (was Spridgets, Bruce, and Midnight Rides)
Date: Mon, 9 Aug 1999 12:25:28 EDT
In a message dated 8/8/99 3:40:34 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< Took the bent 
 Midget down to Villanova to participate in a Ride and Drive. Got to drive 
 a new Ford Focus around following a bunch of millionaires. Our own Allen 
 Heffner was there as well. And he actually saved my bacon. Thank you SO 
 VERY MUCH Allen!!
 Any way about 2 PM I went to the boss and told him I had an opportunity 
 to see Bruce Springsteen but I needed to leave now. I had coverage for my 
 slot (Allen). His reaction "Why are you still here?"  >>

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Great story Larry.  Hope you catch up on your sleep by Tuesday.

The Ride & Drive was fun, but the New Ford Focus is just another 
cookie-cutter car aimed at entry level car buyers. ($13K to $15K)  Way 
under-powered.  Larry and I shared a 5 speed car with the lower powered (110 
HP) 2L engine.  The 130 HP Zetec engine is probably better, but not by much.

Two cars died completely during the demo, several lost their air conditioner, 
some lost all electrical power, and a fuel gauge broke on one.  Not too bad 
out of 156 cars being shown and driven.  It cost Ford $25 million to put on 
this show!

I addition to us "locals" they have professional drivers to lead the groups 
around town on the test drives.  The guy I worked with is an instructor at 
Bondurant's School of High Performance Driving, and he does stunt driving for 

This car is being demo'd to dealers before it's intro this fall.  It could be 
a good, cheap enthusiast car if they would put a Zetec turbo, 5 speed, full 
instruments and better brakes in the 3 door hatchback model.  They had no 
hatchbacks in the demo, and the turbo isn't available in the states.  The big 
guys at Ford just don't think like us.

A fun day, a free shirt, and $125 for working.  I'll do it again.

Allen Hefner
'77 Midget
'92 Mitsubishi Expo LRV Sport

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