Published: 27 Sep 2012
British Motorsport Champion and Guinness World Record holder, Paul Swift, treated customers of Jennings Ford to an afternoon of high speed skilled stunts and manoeuvres in the all-new Ford Focus ST model.
To view video footage from the event visit HERE
The event, which took place at the group’s Cargo Fleet Lane dealership in Middlesbrough, was organised to mark the launch of Ford’s latest and most-keenly anticipated performance hatchback.
Its launch also coincides with a starring role in the new all-action movie adaptation of British TV cop classic, The Sweeney.
Throughout the afternoon the all-new Ford Focus ST was put through its paces as customers witnessed a number of high speed stunts, including handbrake parking, J-turns, a ‘Strictly come driving’ car ballet, in addition to nail-biting 2 wheel rides.
33-year-old, Paul Swift, from Darlington, said; “We were delighted to perform at the launch of the Focus ST. We have just taken delivery of our ST and the car is superb. We perform shows all over the world so it was really special to perform one in my local region.”
Customers who purchased a Focus ST model over the event weekend received a free Paul Swift ‘Stunt Driving Experience Voucher’ worth £249.
In addition to this, customers who took any car in the new Ford range were also given the opportunity to win a ‘Stunt Driving Experience’ with Paul Swift.
There was also face painting for the children, refreshments and free cinema ticket ‘give-aways’ to see The Sweeney.
Based on the 1970s hit TV series, the new 2012 British police drama stars Ray Winstone as Jack Regan and Ben Drew as George Carter. The flying squad detectives lead a cast of crime-busting officers as they give chase to London’s criminals in black Ford Focus ST hot hatchbacks.
Colin Massey, sales manager at Jennings Ford in Middlesbrough, said; “We were delighted to be able to showcase the all-new Ford Focus ST with such an exhilarating event for the whole family.”
Powered by an advanced, direct injection 2.0-litre, all alloy, turbocharged, four cylinder EcoBoost engine, the new Ford Focus ST develops 250PS, yet remains capable of returning 39.2mpg and C02 emissions of 169g/km – 20 per cent better than its predecessor.
Unique suspension, non linear variable-ratio steering and performance brakes have all been specifically tuned, while striking central exhaust, imposing trapezoidal front grille and even the Tangerine Scream paint option which were inspired by the original Ford Focus ST Concept, have been brought to production.
Paul Swift is a seven-time British Motorsport Champion and a multiple Guinness World Record holder. He began performing stunts in 1986 at the tender age of seven when he was keen to follow in the footsteps of his legendary stunt driving father, Russ Swift. Paul became part of his father’s team performing in a half-scale Mini Cooper.
At 16, Paul began competing in Motorsport and rapidly moved up to the National Autotest Championship. Over the following eight seasons, Paul secured both the MSA Autotest Championship three times and the BTRDA four times, winning over one hundred other events outright.
Following this success, Paul established Paul Swift Precision Driving Ltd and today, with over 25 years’ experience, Paul Swift Precision Driving is now the global leader in precision driving, providing the professionalism and experience of some of the best drivers available in the world today.
For more information about the Ford Focus ST and range of products and services available at Jennings Ford, call in to the Cargo Fleet Lane dealership or contact 01642 240055.
For more information about Paul Swift Precision Driving, visit www.paulswift.com
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