I thought I'd start a thread on something different from the usual rumour mill/what mod? threads that are the staple diet of FF. So post any short/long stories as long as it involves a Ford!
Mine does, in fact, LOTS of Ford.
I had a two week trip to the USA, the primary purpose was to attend a giant metalfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that has been running for years and years. As a couple fo you know, I run my own record label, and I decided to meet up with a good mate of mine who also runs a label as well. He lives in San Luis Obispo, halfway between LA and San Fran. I arrived at LAX and was picked up in a Ford Excursion, which was a recent purchase of my mate's friend. His father has recently passed away, and this monstrous beast took an incredible chunk out of his inheritance! This thing was massive - V10, all leather interior, seated 8 people and still had more room in the back than your average aussie station wagon (F350 based). I'll skip the LA experience - it was brief, and despite the large amounts of alcohol was very memorable. :D
Anywayz, we drove this thing (near new, probably not the best way to run the engine in...) from Cali to Milwaukee, and back again - 5000 miles all up. That's close to 8000Ks, otherwise known as a bloody long way! We drove via Las Vegas/Denver to Milwaukee, and was probably the least exciting half of the journey. Milwaukee was great, but the metalfest was a bit of a let down for me. for a country with 250 million+ people, it wasn't what I expected. Still, met lots of people, guys in bands, etc so from that perspective it was loads of fun.
The trip home was heaps better - especially South Dakota (the state we stayed in the most during the trip, other than Cali/Wisconsin of course...). SD women are very wild - maybe not as glammy as the LA chicks but a lot more down to earth!
We stopped into the Ford dealer at Sturgis (South Dakota, home of the Sturgis rally - 1 million plus people on Harleys and other bikes - we were there one week before it started so it was bikes galore even then!) to give the Excursion a service. I was yakking to one of the sales guys at the Ford dealer, and when he asked what I drove (the EA S at the time), his jaw hit the floor. 'You guys still make Falcons??'. 'Yeah, and Fairmonts/Fairlanes too!' which made him spin out even more. I told him about our Ford range in general, which he seemed pretty impressed with! Just to ensure I didn't leave unsatisfied (after mentioning the XRs, he took me to the locked up showroom and let me sit in a brand new Saleen Mustang convertible that was very very awesome. I didn't want to get out of the thing!! They also had one of those Ford Explorer, ute based sport SUVs which was very cool as well.
I did actually drive the Excursion for a few stints. Driving on the wrong side of the road is definitely a weird experience. However, this thing drove itself! The engine has lots of power, but loads of torque too. Even with the mass of SUV's there (we dwarfed your average Explorer sized 4WD!) everyone seemed to move out of the way. Saw tonnes of Mustangs, but only one Viper.
Anywayz, that's my Ford-influenced pile of drivel...next!