The racy model that has been the focus of my love for years
Published 06/09/2013 | 01:30
Not surprised to see the Ford Focus Mk1 (1998-2005) voted the public's number one car over the past 25 years.
I first discovered the joys of a Focus on a working trip to Northern Ireland from Scotland in the late 1990s.
Collecting her at airport car-hire, I soon found myself zooming off into the night and feeling right comfy with it.
Years later, after dallying with a delightful MX5 (dubbed a 'hairdresser's sports car', for some reason, but still unrivalled in its cheap beauty) followed by a wee red van (totalled on an icy island road), I got my own FF.
And I've had her ever since, yea, even unto the rust on the doors. She's nearly 13 now.
She was the third Focus I'd test-driven. First two didn't do it for me, but this baby had turbo-diesel whizz-go oomph.
She doesn't have much else, mind.
Neither do I, so we're made for each other.