Rowan Atkinson is known for his automotive enthusiasm almost as well as he is for his portrayal of Mr. Bean and other goofy characters. He regularly drives his McLaren F1, occasionally writes for UK car magazines, temporarily topped the Top Gear test track leaderboard, and even convinced Rolls-Royce to lend him a V16 prototype for us on screen in Johnny English Reborn.
Atkinson, however, isn’t perfect. He’s crashed his McLaren F1 multiple times, and has now just gotten himself into yet another unfortunate mess in none other than a classic Ford Falcon Sprint at the Goodwood Revival.
He’d been participating in the Shelby Cup event when two cars ahead of him spun out. Unable to steer clear, Atkinson hit one of the vehicles, damaging the car enough to retire from the race. Fortunately, Atkinson walked away unscathed, but the same can’t be same of the classic Ford.
It’s not every day we get to see a Ford Falcon Sprint, and it’s even less common to get to drive one. So on behalf of Shults Ford of Harmarville, mind the machinery, won’t you Mr. Atkinson?
The Ford Pinto never had the staying power of, say, the Mustang—but maybe that’s worked to the car’s advantage historically, as the Pinto remains one of the company’s most popular vintage cars. In fact, about 50 Pinto owners drove from all over the country to convene at the Ford employee car show on July 19. They showed off the Pintos there and also at places like the fourth annual Pinto Stampede, proudly displaying their love for the classic Ford car. The Pinto Stampede also acts as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.
“They’re cute. They’re unique. They’re sexy. They’re a breed all their own. They’re an attention-getter. I get stopped by people, because they have a Pinto story,” Jim Smutek, an owner of an orange 1976 Pinto coupe, said.
The Pinto is just one example of the special connection between Ford owners and their vehicles—it’s more of a love affair than a simple relationship between a driver and a car. Today’s Ford vehicles are just as good and as lovable as the Pinto, so come check vehicles like the Mustang, the F-150, and the Focus at Shults Ford of Harmarville today.