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Favorite Tech Features of the Fiesta

 By Bryan Redeker

             Now that I have driven the Fiesta for over a month, I am learning that there are a few tech features I have grown to love. Probably my most favorite tech feature is the Bluetooth connectivity with my phone. I can take care of phone conversations while driving without having to hold the phone to my ear or have a silly earpiece. Now that I have a phone that can be connected to the Fiesta, I find that I use the hands free feature every time I am in the car. The second favorite feature is the keyless starting and entry. No more fumbling around trying to dig the keys out to unlock the car. I just press the black button the door handle, and the door unlocks. This works the best when you are trying to load stuff in the trunk, and don’t have to dig out the key fob to release the hatch. Since getting used to the keyless starting, I find myself reaching for the button to shut off our Escape, which still uses the key. If only our house had keyless entry, then I would be all set! Another thing I really like is that the front and rear wipers do a single sweep when you first use them after engine start. This is brilliant! A single movement on the wiper stalk runs both wipers and gets me clean glass front and rear. The programming on the automatic headlights is also very well done. Our Escape turns on and off the lights constantly at dusk, while the Fiesta turns the lights on and leaves them on for an extended period of time. There is also a nice light on the dash to let you know the automatic lights have turned on. If only the fog lamps would turn on with the headlights. The least used tech feature in the Fiesta has to be the voice activated commands. I am more of a hands-on kind of guy rather than a dictate to others. I am perfectly capable of setting the temperature with my hands. Overall, the car is still performing excellent and exceeds all of my expectations. As long as the US car is like the one I am driving, Ford will have a winner!


Fiesta over Memorial Day

By Bryan Redeker

The Fiesta spent the holiday weekend giving rides, and being shown at the numerous parties we attended over our break. Brandon had the car on Friday while my wife and I took her Escape to the greenhouse to pick up plants. One of Brandon’s co-workers owns a Honda Fit, which will compete against the Fiesta when the car comes out next summer. The Fit driver was allowed to take the Fiesta with Brandon to lunch, and give back some thoughts on how the car compared to his Fit. His reaction; “If this car was available 5 months ago when I bought my Fit, I would have bought the Fiesta instead.” Wow, that is pretty good feedback. Brandon and I will be doing a Fit vs Fiesta test in June, so we will see how our reactions compare.

            I had the Fiesta for the rest of the extended weekend, and took it around town showing the car off. I was able to give a number of people rides in the Fiesta, and all of them were impressed. Thankfully, I was able to get the voice activated commands to work well enough to show them off to people. Almost everyone’s initial comments are that the car looks amazing. When they look inside, they are shocked to see leather, and a very futuristic dash without the typical cheap plastic. The received very positive comments from people ranging in age from mid 20’s to people in their 70’s. It is strange that a car gets good comments from such a broad spectrum of people. Ford clearly has done something right!

            Later this week, the Fiesta will get a very special test. How many Hoosier racing slicks will fit into the back of the car? I will find out soon, and everyone should expect a video shortly there after. Speaking of video’s, Brandon spent the weekend hiding in the production studio’s working on the mission video. We are seeking approval for it right now, and it should be on YouTube shortly. Using 3 different cameras, 5 tapes containing over 4 hours of raw footage, and working under pressure, Brandon has done a great job! We are expecting to have many new video’s produced for the month of June, so keep an eye on the BRGT350 YouTube account for more!

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Post Road Trip Summary

by Bryan Redeker

Now that I have completed a thousand mile road trip, here are some quick thoughts on what I noticed.


Steering Wheel: The steering wheel is amazing! I am shocked at how many production steering wheels are no good for using as a steering wheel. The Fiesta’s wheel has the perfect spot for your thumbs on the spokes, and your fingers fit nicely around the rim. Lately, the spokes on production cars are full of a million buttons and are too thick. The current production Focus has one of the worst steering wheels ever designed. You have to drive it like a gangsta, or else you struggle to find a place for your hands. Terrible wheel, and it has no place in a car. The Fiesta steering wheel is a perfectly designed 3-spoke. Once again, don’t change it for the US cars.


Seats: Once adjusted for my body, the seats are very nice. I lowered the seat to its lowest position, and found it to be the best for me. No more back and knee pain while driving. Even the Recaro’s in my Focus give me some knee pain on long trips. Fiesta seats are well supported and great for long trips, no need to stop and stretch out. There is a stiff piece of foam in the seat that is a little too stiff for my lower back, but it is ok.


A place for everything: Finally, somebody designed an interior that looks good and has a place for my phone, iPod, glasses, bottled water, and anything else you need for a trip. Nothing worse than having those items fly around the car while making turns. Placement is well thought out.


Turn-signals: I am a huge fan of the turn signal stalk, it is located at my finger tips, and one touch of the stalk signals 3 times. Genius!


Center display and buttons: Unlike the current Focus, with the buttons away from the display, the Fiesta does it right. The multi-function display is placed high and the buttons are close by. Everything is easy to find, and I don’t have to search around for controls. A quick glance gets the job done. Oh, I also love the red lettering! Classic fighter plane look wins every time. Phone dialing pad works great as well, and so does the navigation button. I am shocked at how well things are laid out in this car.


Convex mirrors: At first, I thought the convex mirrors were annoying, but after getting used to them, I love them. I can see much more around me, and I feel safer with them. The turn-signals mounted on the mirrors is also great since other cars can see the blinkers when they are along side of me.


No arm rest: Yep, this car is perfect without one. Adding one would just get in the way of shifting. Arms slightly bent, hands resting on the 9 and 3 of the steering wheel, the car is completely comfortable. Attend a performance driving school, learn where you hands and arms go, and you will find this works well for driving on the street. No discomfort at all with my arms. If Ford wants to make it an option, that is ok, but I will leave it off. Actually, don’t even make it an option with a manual transmission.


Ride comfort: I am amazed at how well composed the Fiesta is on the terrible Michigan roads. My head doesn’t hurt after pounding down the highway, and I don’t need motion sickness pills from a suspension that is too soft. Some group of engineers in Europe put together one of the very best factory suspension I have driven. The car changes lanes and handles great on sweepers. The SVT Focus is the other car that had it right from the factory. I like the Mini Cooper S, but that is a little abusive on Michigan roads. (Hey Lansing, we need better roads) Not offering this suspension package for the US is a mistake. Finally, a suspension that is done right!


Capless fueling: No more stinky gas hands after refueling!


Gauges: The tach and speedometer are easy to read, have the perfect size needle and lettering. The current Focus and Escape are examples of how not to make gauges, they are terrible. First gen Focus was great, and then somebody changed it. Fail.


Dislikes: (yes, I actually found some)

Voice Activated Features: While telling people the car has voice activated features sure does wow them, using the features is a lot less fun. The phone commands never dial by name, barely understand my numbers, and who remembers numbers anymore? The voice activated HVAC is also hard to use. For me, I love the buttons and knobs, so I use them instead. The Fiesta’s controls are so nice to touch, why bother trying to figure out the voice commands. If the person designing the ergonomics is an idiot and places everything is crappy locations, then you need voice activated commands. The Fiesta is laid out very well, and the controls have a very quality feel to them. Adjusting the temp manually is a joy, not a chore. Voice commands are a chore and frustrating.


Trip Computer MPG: I have not found a way to rest the mileage calculations on the trip computer, so it only reads overall average. I can reset it on my wife’s Escape for seeing how it performs on the highway.


Transmission: This car really wants a 6-speed manual, in fact, it begs for it. Dropping the revs on the highway is something the Fiesta really needs. However, it is not as simple as just swapping the final drive gear. Lowering the final drive would make the car much less responsive around town, therefore killing its fun factor. The close ratio gearbox in the Fiesta is a joy around town, but really needs a 6th gear for the highway. The Getreg twin-layshaft box from the SVT Focus seems almost too perfect of a match sans the heavy SVT clutch. Yikes, that clutch sucks the life out of the revs on the SVT. For those of us who want a manual, with a clutch, a 6-speed is the best option. I don’t want a flappy paddle gearbox, or an automatic. I also don’t want a manual with a ton of difference between gears when I shift. More gears that are close together are the best!


No Sirius Radio: I know that is not available in Europe, but I hope it is an option for the US cars. Not having Sirius is not fun on a long trip. The iPod interface works poorly on the European spec cars, and I know that is fixed for the US cars, but I still rather have my Sirius radio. Actually, I would take Sirius over Sync any day.


It’s not my car: Sadly, the Fiesta is not mine, and I have to give it back in November. The car makes me smile each time I get into it. Returning it in the fall is going to be very sad. I have really come to like this car, and it has only been a few weeks. Once in awhile you just get into a car that fits you. This is that car, it does everything well, and I see very little to change. Just hope I like the US version as much as I love the European one.


Top five reoccurring comments concerning the Fiesta

by Bryan Redeker

            Now that we have had the Fiesta for over a week, and hosted 2 events showing the car off, I decided it was time to recap the comments. The first event was held for friends and family at a park in Grand Haven, and the second was held in Grand Rapids. The second event was to present the Fiesta to the Product Design Engineering students at Ferris State University. In total, around 75 people have had the opportunity to see the Fiesta up close and sit in the car. Listed below are the most common responses after seeing the Fiesta.

 1. Looks. When I tell people that I have a Fiesta, they immediately think of either the Festiva or any of the current B-segment cars being produced. Their mental image is of a poorly built small car that looks like a failed art project. This was most apparent when showing the Fiesta to the Product Design Engineering students at Ferris State University. While walking out to see the car, everyone was sharing stories of other small cars they owned, and how bad they were. The group of 30 students turned a corner in the parking garage and was greeted by the Fiesta sitting in front of them. Instantly, jaws dropped, and then everyone was saying how good the Fiesta looks. Over and over again, the students mentioned how it looks considerably better than they imagined, and compared to the competition, the Fiesta is hands-down the best looking B-Segment car. When you tell people it competes against the Yaris and Aveo, they look at you funny. All of the students thought the Fiesta was going against the Mini Cooper, Honda Civic, and larger C-Segment cars. The reaction was the same at the event held for friends and family. The initial shock of seeing the Kinetic-Designed  Fiesta in person, leaves everyone saying how incredible the car looks. For anyone who is into cars, and has seen what American bumpers can do to ruin a good design, they are first to ask what the NA bumper will look like. We all hope the US car will look as good as the EU version. Redesigning the front bumper of the Fiesta is almost as scary as asking a few lawmakers in Washington to give Heidi Klum a nose job. Yikes.

 2. Features and gadgets. Once you can get people to stop drooling over the body, they begin to climb into the interior. People ask about what kind of features the Fiesta has, and when I say things like; “Voice activated radio, HVAC, and phone commands”, “rain sensing wipers”, “heated leather seats”, “anti-submarining air bag”, “Bluetooth connectivity”, “key-less entry and starting”, and “capless fuel tank” people begin to smile and get excited. Most people then say “But the US car won’t have any of this, right?” I respond that the US version should have many of the same features, including Sync. People then ask why anyone would consider the Yaris or Aveo. The amount of content in the Fiesta is helping reverse years of damage caused by poorly engineered small cars. Gone are the days of the small car being something that people buy because they can’t afford anything else. The Fiesta is a car that people actually want. The one thing that could ruin this shift in thought would be if the US version comes with nothing more than an AM/FM radio with optional CD player. Wow, welcome back the mid 90’s. Fail.

3. Interior. People like to touch things, and when you say “small car” everyone expects to be touching cheap plastic. Anyone has driven a GM car in the 90’s knows what cheap plastic looks and feels like. It is that shiny kind of black, almost grey, maybe textured polymer that was hard as a rock. The type of plastic that creaks and moans as you drive and you have to stare at in disgust while you sit in traffic. When showing off the Fiesta, people knock on the door panels and press on the dash. To their amazement, the dash is soft to the touch, and the door panels don’t sound hollow. Amazed by the discovery, they start to touch all of the controls. Hmm, nothing feels cheap. No nasty glossy black plastic. Sat in a 2005-09 Mustang? Then you know what cheap plastic controls feel like. Thankfully, none of that plastic was used in the Fiesta. Instead you get soft-touch controls, mat-black textured parts mixed in with very shiny, high quality silver trim, accented by just enough chrome to be tasteful. Everything is balanced. Once again, Ford has a winner, and we all hope they don’t find some left over GM regrind plastic to use for our version of the car. Don’t skimp on the quality of the interior!

4. Size. As people walk up to the Fiesta, and when they sit inside, they realize the car is not the same size as a Geo Metro. Years of producing poor small cars that only had a purpose of making the CAFÉ standards look good have really damaged the American consumer. The Fiesta seems to fit a wide range of people, which helps undo the stigma of a small car. People sit in the front seat, and then climb into the back seats. “Wow, there is more room than I thought” seems to be the repeating answer when the leg room experiment is tested. Ample head room, good leg room, and a driver seat that almost has unlimited adjustment. Steering wheel is tilting and telescoping, so just about anyone can find a comfortable seating position. When they open the hatch (which is great because you don’t have to search around the interior for the release) the first thing noted is that it a little small back there. Once they see the folding seats, they feel better. The rear cargo area is fairly deep, and can hold my wife’s massive suitcase, which is a great test of cargo room. Sadly, it won’t hold a set of golf clubs with the back seats up. Not that big of a deal, my SVT Focus can’t either. At least the Fiesta will come in a hatchback, so you can actually use the cargo area. Try to fit stuff in Brandon’s Focus sedan. Nothing fits thru the trunk opening, so it ends up riding on the back seat. Funny, the same object fits in the Focus hatchback with no problems. I really hope some bean counter at Ford doesn’t axe the hatchback Fiesta like they did with the Focus. I have a feeling I am not the only one with that fear.

5. Mileage and Price. Now that people have looked over the Fiesta, gave it their stamp of approval, they always ask two questions; “What kind of mileage does it get?” and “How much will it cost?”  Since neither answer is exact for the US version, I answer with the standard response “upper 30’s-low 40’s, and it will be priced competitively to the Fit and Yaris”. Once again, people are amazed. So, lets get this straight, Ford is coming out with a very sexy compact car, its loaded with technology, has a beautifully sculpted interior made from high quality materials, it is roomier than many small cars, it gets good gas mileage, and it will cost around the same as the Fit? Yep. “When is it going to be out?” is the next thing I get asked. Clearly, the Fiesta is going to be a winner, as long as it stays close to what the Fiesta Movement cars are. This car is really changing the minds of people who see it.


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Fiesta Fun!

By Brandon Redeker

picture-2This past weekend I was able to log some time in the Fiesta. On Saturday we had the Fiesta Welcoming Party, and had a great turn out. My girlfriend is training to run a 25k, so I took the Fiesta and would meet her every 2 miles with water and something to eat. Along the way I took some pictures, click the link to see them. Now some of what I am about to say is the same thing Bryan has already said, however this is such a great car, it needs to be said twice, or three times or more.

The fit and finish of the car is top quality, from the interior panels to how the doors close. How you use the trip computer is great, everything right at your finger tips. How the HVAC controls feel, if your not using the voice commands. Everything is just great. It takes some time to get used to the voice commands, still working on it.

The FUN factor of this car, is well, you have to drive it to know what I am talking about. Every time I get into it to drive, I can’t help but smile and giggle a little. Going through the gears in corners is a ton of fun. My girlfriend just doesn’t understand, but she enjoys the ride none the less. The suspension rolls a little then its like the SVT Focus where it doesn’t anymore and the grip just seems to be never ending. The tires help a lot, they are very quite and smooth and gives a top of grip. When it comes time to autocross, the limit will be found. For the street they are great, even in the rain!

For me personally the shifting is a bit sloppy, I can’t feel the gears or the clutch pressure point. Going from 1st to neutral is about the same as going from 1st to 2nd in my Focus with the Steeda STS. You can tell the computer is thinking a lot on this car and trying to control everything, the rev’s don’t seem to be fluid, it is almost too precise. This all put together makes it hard to heel-toe-downshift. It also seems that is hard to modulate the brakes. That might change it gets driven more. The brakes do work really good, the initial bit is really good, don’t know how they will hold up when they get hot, but cold, they work very well.

Technology, well it’s got a lot for a small car, and it takes some time to get used to it. Once you do, you will start to wonder where it is at in your normal car. Key less start, great, no more dealing with keys and key fobs. No more sound of keys clinking when driving, no more reaching in your pocket to unlock the car, it’s great! The sound system sounds really good, could use a sub for better low end, but for stock, its sounds really good. Using the USB port to connect the iPod and flash drive is really great, still learning how to use it. I would never buy a car just for the technology, but it is a big selling point for a great car.


First full week with the Fiesta

by Bryan Redeker

Well, I have now had the Fiesta for a complete week. Has the honeymoon come to an end? Not at all; actually, I want a Fiesta more now than ever.

Week one observations:

1.     Technology is great! Not having to dig out my keys to start the car or unlock it is wonderful. I also enjoy not having to listen to the sound of clanking keys hanging from the steering column. Bluetooth is also something I am starting to really enjoy. I bought a new phone so I can use the Bluetooth connectivity, and I find it to be great for using the phone while driving. Safety Bryan enjoys the added safety and convenience of a hands-free phone that doesn’t require that silly ear piece. Rain sensing wipers are also nice, as we have had constant rain for the past week. I like how the wipers adjust their speed accordingly depending on conditions. I am still working with the voice commands, and not having too much luck. An owner’s manual in English may help me learn the commands.

2.     Precision. For some reason, I really like the ability to adjust the temperature by one half degree increments. I love the feel of the temperature dial, and each move of the dial adjusts the temp by exactly .5’C is great. Even the sound of the dials inspires precision and quality. Gone are the dials that are too loose, or the ones that make annoying clicks that are loud enough for the person next to you in traffic hear. From a driving aspect, the handling is very precise! The turn-in is very crisp, and the steering feel gives great feedback. I am afraid that the US spec “All-season” terrible tires will diminish the outstanding steering feel. Slight movement of the steering wheel rewards the driver with instant change in direction. First order of business when I buy a Fiesta is to toss the factory tires in the trash. All-season tires do nothing well and most things terribly. Summer tires for summer, and winter tires for winter. This is how it is supposed to be. The only thing not precise in the Fiesta is the shifter, which is very good by “factory” standards. Having a short-throw, high-effort shifter in everything I have ever owned makes a factory gear lever feel loose. For 90% of consumers, the shifter is perfect. For the rest of us, I am hoping Ford Racing comes up with a better option.

3.     Fun to drive is an understatement! Driving the Fiesta around town is smile-inducing fun. The kind of fun you get from driving go-karts. While the Fiesta is not going to turn trees into blurs streaking past the windows, it will put a silly smile on your face when you toss it into a corner. The steering input is so accurate, it just responds to your commands like an extension of your arms. The car is easy to drive quickly, and you can accidently find yourself speeding if you don’t watch out. Like many small cars, the Fiesta requires momentum to go quickly around corners. Just like the original Focus, you keep your speed up around corners, allow the mechanical grip to keep the car planted, and gently roll the power back on at the end of a corner. My Mustang requires stopping at each corner, turn the wheel, and then hammering the gas pedal to go the next corner. Just from driving around town, I can tell that this car is going to be great to autocross!

After the first full week with the Fiesta, I am sold on this car. I just hope and pray that the US version is as good as the one I am driving. Softening the suspension, decreasing the quality, ditching the manual transmission, and leaving off the all of the techno gadgets would make the Fiesta just another also-ran, world-car attempt. I am fairly confident that Ford learned their lesson, and won’t strip the Fiesta down. The end result will be a game changing car for Ford. The same way the Model-T, Mustang, and Taurus changed the automotive landscape forever.

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Fiesta is Ford for Perfect Small Car. Part 2 of 2 Fiesta Movement Training Recap

by Bryan Redeker

The sun was shining brightly thru the hotel window, meaning it was time for me to get up and start day 2 of training. Today was the day for me, we would be learning the technical aspects of the Fiesta and then going to get our cars. All of the agents met for breakfast and began the technical training. I had many questions for Tim and Jeff concerning the Fiesta, and I knew what questions I was going to be asked from the enthusiasts. My heart began to race faster when I learned that the US Fiesta won’t be a stripped down, cheap version of the EU car. I had not even seen the EU Fiesta, but I knew it was going to better than anything Ford has made in a small car since the Focus restyle in 2005. We learned the safety features, went over the interior and exterior design philosophy, and then received our gas cards. As soon as training was done, we packed onto a bus and headed towards Alder Planetarium. All of the agents were very excited, and most were playing with their Webbie camcorders. As we got closer, Jenny and Brady handed out the keys to our cars. Soon we could see a parking lot full of cones and rows of new Fiesta’s. I envision heaven to something like that. When the bus stopped, we were told to run out into the parking lot and find our cars. By jumping inside and trying to start the cars is how we would find ours. I knew mine was Magenta without graphics, so I spotted a few in the distance with that combo. Getting off of the bus we were met by a camera crew, and all of the Ford instructors lined up giving us high-5’s as we exited. I ran quickly to the 2 magenta Fiesta’s parked together. Neither of them started. Damn, oh wait; there are two more of them over there. I ran to the next car, and it did not start. Only one Magenta one left. Sure enough, I pressed in the clutch, found the push-to-start button on the dash, and instantly the 1.6L engine came to life. I found my car! I look around and see the car is equipped with dark leather seats, beautiful bright silver trim work on the dash, and 16″ wheels. Yep, the only disappointment is the little wheels that are multi-spokes. Those are not fun to clean. Brandon and Sara show up to take a look at the car with me, and Brandon hops in to work on getting the Bluetooth working with our phones. My old Razr won’t pair, but his Blackberry will. Time for a new phone. After walking around drooling over the amazing exterior, we gathered for some last minute training before going out on the road. I was placed in the advanced driver group with two other agents, and we departed first for a trip around the grounds of the museums. I felt like I was in my second home, everything was right where I needed it to be. The shifter is a little “rubbery” compared to my short-throw Tri-X shifter in my SVT, but otherwise, I am liking this car! Few more laps around the Field Museum, and it is time to head out into the town. Couple laps around Lake Michigan Drive, once with my instructor, and I passed the driving part of the training. With training over, it is time to find Sara and Brandon with the Focus and head for home before the storms arrive.

Departing Chicago, following my SVT Focus, I realize just how good the Fiesta is. Navigating thru traffic I notice I am not having to search for where the turn signal stalk is, I am not looking for how to operate the wipers, and I don’t have any blind spots haunting me. The vast majority of cars that I get into suffer from poor placement of the controls, nothing is at my fingertips. Not so with this car, I can use my two hands to operate just about everything without even having to removing my hands from the wheel. Turning the AC off makes the car feel much more responsive, just like my 2000 ZX3 did. In fact, the Fiesta reminds me of the pure motoring joy I had with my ZX3. Not a fast car, but a quick one that handles like no other affordable car from the factory. We swapped drivers for awhile, and Brandon took his turn at the wheel. I know had a chance to see how the Fiesta looks going down the road. Stunning is how it looks! The nose is mean and aggressive, the short overhang is distinctly European, the headlights are pulled back, and the body side character line make the car look way more exotic than it really is. Everything is balanced on the exterior, nothing overdone, nothing childish, nothing arrogant. The last time I looked at a car and thought the same thing was when my 2000 ZX3 rolled of the transport and the first time I saw an Elise. Almost every car made has something for me to complain about, but the exterior of the Fiesta is perfect. Eventually, I was able to convince Brandon to stop for dinner and to get out of the Fiesta. He fell in love with the car, just as I did. We both agreed that the shifter needs to be more precise and tighter, but that is what Ford Racing is for. Usually the two of us rip cars apart after driving them. Instead of the typical “this car is crap” talk, we just sat in Taco Bell with big smiles and talked about how it is better than we could have ever imagined. I have driven Mini’s, BMW’s, Saleen’s, Viper’s, Corvette’s, WRX’s, Volvo’s, and about every Ford made since the mid 90’s. I drive the Fiesta for an hour, and realize it one of the most perfect cars I have driven. The next 6 months are going to be great!

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Fiesta is Ford for Perfect Small Car. Part 1 of 2 Fiesta Movement Training Recap

by Bryan Redeker

Actually, saying the Fiesta is a small car is kind of misleading. It may have small exterior dimensions compared to most cars, but there is a surprising amount of room inside. Actually, it feels very spacious. Before I get into the Fiesta, let me expand on the Fiesta Movement. Last Friday afternoon, Sara, Brandon, and I packed up the SVT Focus and headed to Chicago. We almost had an accident when a mattress started to blow off the roof of the car in front of us. Yikes, that would have been bad. My FocusSport tuned 2.0L Zetec made short work of getting past the mattressmobile. The rest of trip was just fine, with the three of us having fun spotting neat cars. We saw an Elise, number of new 2010 Taurus’s (Borat: Very Nice!), 430 Scuderia, new Z06, the typical hundred of AMG benzes and a few 911’s. We ended up running a little late due to a stalled car on the Dan Ryan, and then we got lost trying to find the hotel. Once all of that was resolved, we found the lobby and were greeted by Andrew and Jenny from Action Marketing Group. Picked up my new Addidas shoes and Fiesta Movement shirt and headed to our room. After getting cleaned up, I headed to the lobby to meet for dinner. I met Ryan, Kelly, and a number of the other agents before heading to BluePrint for dinner. At BluePrint I met the rest of the agents, mission control, Jeff from Ford, Jeremy from JWT, and Megan my assigned publicist. All of the agents and everyone involved are great people, and I am happy to be associated with such an excellent team of people.  After dinner and training, we received our Sony Webbie HD camcorders. I headed back to the hotel after hanging out with the other agents and talked cars with Andrew (fellow agent) and Jeff from Ford. Trying to fall asleep knowing that I am getting a Ford Fiesta in 12 hours is very hard! It is better than Christmas Eve! Welcome to my Friday night.

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