My take on the Tickford / Prodrive changes
The fact that Prodrive is the new owner of Tickford means we won't be seeing any more wings on Fords. Nobody at Ford is talking so it's hard to say what input Ford had in the buyout.
I really believe this will work out in favour of Ford. Up to now, the hot Fords have all come from Tickford & to be honest, even though Ford have benefited from the extra sales, the Ford brand name has not seen anywhere near as much benefit.
Why? If you ask someone who owns a Tickford what car they own, they'll say a Tickford XR6/8 etc, not a Ford.
The fact that Prodrive do pretty much the same thing as Tickford but don't advertise it with wings etc, we'll still have the same (if not better) great looking & performing cars, but the Ford brand name will gain all the credit as it so richly deserves.
Again, I'm not sure if Ford had any say in the takeover but I'd be really suprised if they didn't and in the end it should prove to be a very smart move.