In the August Issue | Outside the Econobox

By Staff Writer
Jun 26, 2020 | Ford, Festiva

Story and Photography by Chris Tonn

There are many types of car enthusiasts, and nearly as many ways to classify them. Some have a collect-them-all philosophy, following their passion from pony car to roadster to hot hatch. Others find a marque or model they adore and rarely stray.

Joe King fits in that second category. Starting with his very first car, he’s dedicated his motor-ing life to one specific model: the Ford Festiva. Sixteen years on, Joe still owns that first car and has added 10 more to the fleet–including this 1991 Ford Festiva time attack car. 

I spotted an article in a magazine on swap-ping a turbo engine into a Festiva to make a nice little sleeper,” he recalls. “I didn’t have enough money for any of the hot cars back then and loved the idea of taking a cheap car and build-ing it to beat up on better, more expensive cars. I’ve never really lost that mindset and still love beating better cars on track.”…


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hybridmomentspass New Reader
6/24/20 9:03 p.m.

When will the August issue get to subscribers?

Nicole Suddard
Nicole Suddard Marketing Coordinator
6/25/20 4:05 p.m.

In reply to hybridmomentspass :

The August issue will officially be on sale on July 7th, so it should get to subscribers around then. There is a couple weeks of flex time depending on when people subscribe and how long it takes for the issue to ship to the subscriber's address.

CyberEric Dork
6/25/20 4:06 p.m.

Oh cool! As a Festiva owner, I love seeing them get some press. 

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