LUCKY NUMBER SIX
Fast Ford|January 2020
A lifelong Ford fan, Simon Tudor always had a soft spot for the Mk6 ST and he now owns one of the best examples you’ll find...
Davy Lewis

When Ford launched the Mk6 Fiesta ST back in 2004 it caused a bit of a sensation. After a succession of luke-warm hot hatches, Blue Oval fans were hungry for a proper, old-school fast Ford – and the new ST certainly had the credentials.

Powered by a 2.0-litre Duratec lump, the new small Ford offered lively performance, backed up with a well-sorted chassis and good looks. Some may have bemoaned the fact that it didn’t have a turbo, but for most, it offered a lot of potential.

Over the years we’ve seen a huge number of tuned examples, from mildly upgraded cars with wheels and suspension, through to full-on track monsters that take no prisoners, but there’s something about a really nicely done example that still hits the spot.

And Simon Tudor’s car has to be one of the finest you’ll come across.

“I’ve always been into Fords. My old man had RS Turbos and Cossies when I was growing up,” he says. So it came as no surprise that his first car was a Mk4 Escort LX, followed by a succession of further Fords, including a Fiesta RST and an Orion with RS Turbo power that was featured in this very magazine around nine years ago. But there was one model he’d always had a real soft spot for – the Mk6 ST.

“I’ve always loved Mk6 STs and have had four or five of them. My best mate has one, so I’ve always been around them and think they drive great. I also owned an Arctic Blue model that had been turbocharged, but it had so many problems that I ended up getting rid of it,” he recalls.

“I knew this particular car was very clean, well looked after and had been cherished from day one – and I love them in silver; it’s quite rare.” He continues: “I’d known the fella that had this one for a long time and I always said to him, ‘if you ever want to sell it, let me know.’”

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM FAST FORDView All

ONE LOVE

RS Turbos have been a lifelong passion for Adam Bowler. So, when he discovered that this one was riddled with rot and bodges, he couldn’t bring himself to scrap it; instead, he built it into something rather incredible…

6 mins read
Fast Ford
January 2020

LUCKY NUMBER SIX

A lifelong Ford fan, Simon Tudor always had a soft spot for the Mk6 ST and he now owns one of the best examples you’ll find...

4 mins read
Fast Ford
January 2020

FIRST CLASS SERVICE

The RS is back at mountune, not for upgrades this time but for its third annual service…

4 mins read
Fast Ford
January 2020

TRACK HABIT

James Allen has an all-consuming addiction, measured not in tenths of an ounce but in tenths of a second…

6 mins read
Fast Ford
January 2020

RE-FOCUSING – THE MK FOCUS WRC…

The first WRC Focus made the rallying world take notice of Ford again, the second Focus WRC made them fear the Blue Oval once more…

5 mins read
Fast Ford
January 2020

SHADOW PLAY

Jamie Kent’s silver dream machine appears at first glance to be a flawless Cosworth converted to WRC body specs. But there’s a whole lot of smoke-and-mirrors going on here…

5 mins read
Fast Ford
January 2020

INSIDE M-SPORT

We go behind the scenes at M-Sport’s factory and take a ride in one of the WRC cars built there for an experience to remember!

6 mins read
Fast Ford
January 2020

GONE IN TEN SECONDS…

This stunning Sapphire Cosworth is unlike any other, thanks to a homebuilt 760bhp YB engine and a sequential gearbox that help it cover the quarter mile in just 10.3 seconds...

5 mins read
Fast Ford
January 2020

FORDS THAT COULD HAVE BEEN…

The Ford Fiesta was and still is, a fantastic car. The Cosworthdeveloped BDA engine was a world-beater. So, what would happen if the two were to meet? We nearly found out…

3 mins read
Fast Ford
January 2020

DRIVEN M520 FOCUS RS

Jamie gets to try out mountune’s lairy new power upgrade for the Mk3 Focus RS; the 513bhp m520 MRX version…

5 mins read
Fast Ford
January 2020
RELATED STORIES

"Welcome to the most extreme Ford GT ever built"

Though outwardly it looked broadly the same as the cars it succeeded, famously the Ford GT40 MKIV was a completely different animal underneath.

1 min read
Top Gear
February 2023

2023 FORD F-150 RAPTOR R: Trucks of Fury

Highs: 700 horsepower, monster-truck presence, surprisingly graceful on-road manners. Lows: Not 703 horsepower, can't lock the rear diff in two-wheel drive, it costs how much?

3 mins read
Car and Driver
January 2023

This fourdoor Ford foreshadowed late-model Broncos

Ddecades ahead of the '20 four-door Bronco, and even preceding the Ford Explorer and Excursion, came an SUV that could have passed for OEM and was built to answer the call for a three-row people-haulin' off-roader.

3 mins read
Four Wheeler
February 2023

WORK FORGES AHEAD AS SCHEDULED ON KENTUCKY EV BATTERY PLANTS

Ford Motor Co. and a South Korean partner company showed off their progress in developing a massive battery production venture in Kentucky, where they have laid the groundwork for one of the \"big bets\" the automaker is making in its electric vehicle business.

2 mins read
Techlife News
December 10, 2022

WORK FORGES AHEAD AS SCHEDULED ON KENTUCKY EV BATTERY PLANTS

Ford Motor Co. and a South Korean partner company showed off their progress in developing a massive battery production venture in Kentucky, where they have laid the groundwork for one of the \"big bets\" the automaker is making in its electric vehicle business.

2 mins read
AppleMagazine
AppleMagazine #580

Make it Happen!

Ford rolled out a 2024 Mustang GT3 race car during the 2024 Mustang launch-but what about a Cobra Jet?

4 mins read
Hot Rod
February 2023

French Philosophy Now

Manon Royet tells us what's happening in French philosophy, and why you don’t know about it.

10+ mins read
Philosophy Now
December 2022 / January 2023

FAT FENDER RESCUE

A forgotten 1938 Ford Deluxe Coupe is pulled from the weeds.

3 mins read
Hot Rod
January 2023

DOSSIER: 2022 FORD F-150 LIGHTNING

FORD'S ELECTRIC PICKUP SHOWS ONE POSSIBLE FUTURE.

9 mins read
Road & Track
December 2022 - January 2023

FORD DISBANDS ARGO AI AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE UNIT, POSTS LOSS

Ford said that it is disbanding Argo AI, an autonomous vehicle company that it co-owns with Volkswagen.

3 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #574