WHEN I started at the local paper, I used to type the obituary.
Some with hundreds of mourners, all written on A4 paper.
Another job is searching the archives for “That Was Then” — revisiting stories from that week ten, 25 and 50 years ago.
Then before I knew it, I did a “knock of death”.
A terrible but also important part of being a journalist.
It would be rude to write about someone’s death and not contact the family. To check the facts. To give them the opportunity to pay tribute.
I was reminded of all those runways this week after driving a Ford Focus ST.
Amazing, amazing car. Looks good. Drive better. You will always go far from home.
But then I realized: This is the last one.
FOCUS WILL BE REMOVED ON 2024.
Another much-loved family bike on its last legs. Fond memories
So I started a blower to Ford and they all confirmed it.
The Focus plant in Germany will close in 2025.
There are no plans to further electrify the Focus.
Only the Puma, Kuga, Mach-E and two electric crossovers between the Puma-E and Mach-E are confirmed from 2025 onwards.
Oh no, FoMoCo.
That’s three Ford breads and butters removed within three years.
Mondeo left earlier this year. Fiesta will go next year. And now Focus.
According to my research, we have purchased 6.2 million Escort/Focus motorcycles since 1968.
That’s a lot of cars.
And many beautiful memories for you.
At least the Focus will be the best because the updated 2022 model is truly the best of its kind. Especially this ST.
Key facts: Ford Focus ST
Machine: 2.3 liter turbo petrol
Power: 280hp, 415Nm
0-62mph: 5.7 seconds
Top speed: 155mph
Go out: Now
It has all the ingredients you’d expect from a fast Ford: Speed, plenty of grip, sharp handling, and noise.
This is a car that begs to be driven when the road opens in front of you.
You can trace the ST pedigree all the way to the Mexican Escort in the seventies, to the XR3 and XR3i in the eighties and nineties, and then the first Focus ST170 in 2002.
That’s 50 years of engineering excellence poured into this 2022 car.
Yes, we know the ST is a little less specialized than the older RS models, but it’s still fun to drive with the limited-slip differential and Track mode.
This is also very reasonable.
The test car features pop-out door edge guards, adjustable cup holders, Quickclear heated windshield and smart LED Matrix lights that don’t dazzle oncoming traffic.
I drove the A1 at 4am on a Sunday and they worked great.
Special kudos also to the SYNC4’s super wide touchscreen.
It works really well and the reverse camera is very clear.
You also get adaptive cruise control, a heads-up display, and wireless phone charging to make life easier.
The Ford Performance seats are very comfortable.
To summarize, then.
The Focus is a polished and practical everyday car.
The Focus ST is a polished and practical everyday performance car.
When they leave, the mourners list will fill up the old BT phone book.
The most famous bodyguard of all
DEFINITELY the most famous Escort is Princess Diana’s 1985 RS Turbo.
Interestingly, the S014 requests that it be painted BLACK for consideration when all other models are WHITE only.
It is expected to pick up the six-figure sum at auction at the Silverstone Classic on August 27.
If I were William, I would buy it now.