Name: Kevin Cannon
The classic: Ford MKII RS 2000
When you’re out on the road and people point at the car as you’re driving around – it’s a feeling like no other. People even take photographs and wave as I drive past. You just don’t get that with modern cars. It’s great speaking to people too. Whenever you pull up somewhere, people always say the same thing: ‘oh, my dad used to own one of those,’ or, ‘my family used to own one’. It brings back lots of memories for lots of people, seeing classic cars on the road, and that’s something which I think will always be special.
Kevin has owned his 1980 Signal Yellow MKII RS 2000 since 2008. ‘I first saw the MKII when I was at a classic show in Pickering,’ he recalls. ‘At that point, I’d just sold my Series II, so I was part of the RS Owners’ Club but had no car! I’d been part of the club for about 35 years at that point, so I was looking for something else.
‘I remember first seeing the MKII; it was bright yellow and in fantastic condition. The owner told me that the yellow colour was too bright for him but I loved it, so I told him I was interested, and it was soon mine! He actually brought it down to me from Cumbria. It hardly needed any work needing doing to it at all aside from a few cosmetic bits – I was very lucky.’
Kevin’s love for Fords has been going strong since he bought his first RS 2000 back in 1984. Although he no longer owns that particular classic, he’s been an enthusiastic member of the RS scene ever since, even becoming Chairman and President of the RS Owners’ Club. ‘I remember my first ever RS very well,’ he recalls. ‘I was driving past a forecourt and saw part of this car and it just struck me how great it looked. It’s just in my blood now; I’ve actually only ever owned RS cars since then!’