About The Author
Steve with more hair and a drawing board - Dunton 1987
I grew up in the seventies in Essex. My interest in cars, specifically Fords, began when my mum pointed out a pair of Fiats driving by, fitted with heavily disguised front ends. These were the very first “Bobcat” (Fiesta) prototype mules and, from that moment on I was hooked. I had one goal, to work at nearby Dunton. As a Product Designer at Ford in the eighties, I indulged myself looking at prototypes every day, driving as many RS, Capris and Fast Fords as I could. I was to own several Capris, including the rare Aston Martin Tickford Capri and later covered many miles in modified Sierra Cosworths.
I left Ford to join Mazda, then part-owned by Ford, and subsequently Porsche. I later moved into management consulting and then into marketing in the nineties. In 1996. I wrote a soft-cover, privately published book on the Capri Mark III, but I knew I had another book inside me to write one day, with a bigger story to tell. Since then, I’ve had to wait while doing many other things, over 20 years in fact!
In the 2000s, I worked in brand consulting within the car industry, ending up as communications director at Jaguar, with responsibility for global advertising. Later, I did a stint running global brand strategy for Nissan and VW’s media. Along the way, I’ve been very lucky to have consulted to Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, Lexus, BMW, and Lotus. I’ve driven some memorable cars, from Trabants to Lamborghinis, but I will always have a strong affection for the faster Fords and, in particular, its coupes.
I’ve enjoyed researching and writing this book. I hope you will enjoy reading it too. Take a look at the video below as I walk you through it or just start reading here now for free!