Reader: Oumar's Ford family
OUMAR'S FORDS: Wheels24 reader Muhammad Sheik Oumar shares his family’s Fords. Send images of you Ford here! Image: Muhammad Oumar
In July 2013, Wheels24 reported that Ford celebrated the 150th anniversary of the birth of Henry Ford. Its founder's innovative ideas revolutionised transportation and brought mobility to the masses.
The anniversary of his birth is being commemorated around the world throughout 2013 so Wheels24 asked readers to send us images of their Fords.
Wheels24 reader MUHAMMAD SHEIK OUMAR sent us images of his family’s Blue Oval-badged vehicles and tells us about his love affair with Ford:
1 Ford Fiesta 1.6 – “In the gallery, you can spot my silver Fiesta 16 Titanium.”
2 Ford Focus 1.6 - “My brother owns a white Focus 1.6 Trend option pack.”
3 Ford Mondeo - “My father owns a green Mondeo CLX 2.0”
4 Ford Escort estate - “My white Escort station wagon basically belonged to my dogs.”
5 Ford Escort XR3 - "Along with the Mondeo my father also owns a maroon Escort XR3."
WHY THE LOVE AFFAIR WITH FORD?
“My family’s love affair with the Blue-Oval started back in 1985 when my dad bought an XR3. At the time it was one of top hot-hatches. My dad has kept this vehicle for 28 years to date.
The XR3 proved to be an enjoyable and practical car. As kids we became familiar with the Blue-oval and we’d get excited anytime we saw a new car sporting the Ford badge.
When the Mondeo was launched, my dad was smitten. It won the European Car Of The Year award and deservedly so. My dad purchased a 2.0 CLX model. It came with plenty of creature comforts and proved to be the ideal family car.
The Mondeo has 200 000km on it and the drive is nothing short of sublime. It will shame many newer cars in the way it rides, handles and cocoons its occupants. It’s never given us a moments grief.
‘TRUST, COMFORT AND REASSURANCE”
As I grew up I became more interested in the motoring world and started reading various motoring publications. I knew Ford was special when many of their cars came out tops in comparative tests. When my brother and I graduated we could look at Ford with an eye of trust, comfort and reassurance.
I’m currently driving a Fiesta 1.6 Titanium and my brother drives a Focus 1.6 Trend.
Whenever I ask myself: “Why Ford?” I get my answer almost immediately. On a recent work trip I drove a Toyota Verso from Pretoria to Taung in the North West. The 500km trip was a dreadful experience largely because the Verso was such a chore to drive.
When I returned to Pretoria I was tired and frustrated. My Fiesta stood there waiting in the car park for me.
‘THE RIDE FELT LIKE A MASSAGE’
From the moment I let out the clutch, the question in my head about why drive a Ford was answered - the drive. The Fiesta feels like a sports car. Its sharp steering, slick gearbox and controls are weighted to give the impression of quality and control.
Driving home from the office was as if the Fiesta was telling me “there, there fella, you’re all fine now”. The ride felt like a massage.
That said, I will continue to pick my cars from Ford’s stable. Henry Ford would have been proud of the cars Ford is currently producing, however he will have to thank the Germans for that rather than his American brethren.
The reason for this is that Ford’s global vehicles are largely designed and engineered in Aachen, Germany. The Fiesta and Focus are also built by Germans. You gotta love ze Germans…”
In celebration of Henry Ford’s 150th birthday, send us images of your Ford. Email us and we'll publish your Ford on Wheels24.