In fact, many of them were milling around a new Focus RS in a neglected looking shed in Dagenham, which is normally home to more than 60 heritage cars.
So it was appropriate that Ford’s pre-motor show party was centred around the heritage of the new 295bhp, front-wheel-drive RS. And very impressive it is, too. The row of historic models ranged from the Capri RS through to the famous Sierra Cosworth RS, and all of them held more appeal to me than plenty of today’s faster sports cars.
The new Focus RS promises to hold to all those values, including benchmark performance in its class, the flexibility to be used every day, and looks good enough to inspire any car nut old enough to consciously hanker after a motor.