Farewell Fiesta | Binky the Fiesta

Alex Cranfield grew up on a farm and his first experience of driving was when he was around 12/13 was a Fiesta. Him and his brothers bought a white G reg Ford Fiesta Popular for £50 to tear around the fields (1989 also the year he was born). It survived years of abuse, multiple trips into hedges and even being crashed through a huge wall of burning tyres.

A few years later, when it was time for Alex to learn to drive, he got his hands on an R reg Fiesta Zetec. This was the car that he learned to drive in and then drove after passing his test. It too survived more abuse than Alex cares to admit, before he sold it to a close friend. The friend continued to use it until he sold it to another friend, who eventually wrote it off by letting it run completely dry as it hadn't been serviced in years.

But the Fiesta that held the most sentimental value for Alex and his family was his late nan's 2001 Fiesta Zetec, which was lovingly named Binky. It served her faithfully until she passed away and was then passed down to the family. Over the years, two of Alex's cousins learned to drive in Binky, and Alex and his brothers often had to rely on her during times of need when they were between cars or back from university.

After 20 years and over 100,000 miles of faithful service, Binky finally went to car heaven in 2021. Alex and his family were sad to see her go, but they were grateful for the many memories she helped create. From childhood adventures in the fields to first driving lessons and emergency rides, the Fiesta had been an integral part of Alex's life and a symbol of fantastic memories.