CORDOVA, IL – Since 2008, FocusFest has served as an event for Ford Focus enthusiasts gather in one place to celebrate their passion for Ford’s cool hot-hatch. The show organizers choose a different location each year and pack the weekend full of events that make the trip a worthwhile stop on the enthusiast calendar. At FocusFest 16, everything kicked off on Friday with drag racing at Cordova (Illinois) International Raceway followed by a meet-and-greet party in the parking lot of the host hotel. The actual car show portion of the event took place the next day back on the grounds of the Cordova raceway where show-goers had a chance to view all of the modified Focus and Fiesta entries on display or stop by the Ford Performance tent to pick up a free Focus RS poster and a Ford Performance Parts catalog. Last year, Ford engineers who helped design the Focus ST made their way to Memphis, Tennessee, to get in front of the owners and receive real-time feedback on the car they had a hand in producing. This year, a representative from the Ford Performance Racing School was on hand to promote the Octane Academy in Toole, Utah, and teach driving techniques for the following day’s autocross event.
The enthusiast owners who attend this show each year have seen many new high-performance compact and subcompact Fords come to market over the years, and nearly all of them could be found on the show field. From the SVT Focus models to all the entries in the ST line, the “Focus Fanatics” were once again able celebrate the sport compact scene, plus get close to the latest and greatest pocket-rocket from Ford Performance, the Focus RS. The 2016 edition of FocusFest attracted over 120 cars, including no less than seven new RS models of each available color, strategically parked in the front of the show field.
When all our Ford Performance posters were handed out, we grabbed our camera and walked the show grounds, snapping photos of all the Focus and Fiesta models on display. We chose some of our favorites for the gallery below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / NICK DORAN