We at TTAC take pride in the fact that we have a strong, tight-knit community of regular commenters, and many of those familiar voices come from the auto industry. We’re also proud of the fact that we have met a fair number of the B&B in real life. Sometimes, the convergence of the online and offline realms goes even further.
TTAC reader tresmonos is familiar to many of you for his tales of life at an OEM transplant located south of the border, where he helped launch the vehicle you see above. Through the comments section, and our TTAC email account, tresmonos and I have struck up a friendship that has moved from email correspondence into a genuine “real world” friendship when tresmonos was called up to the Toronto area for a business trip.
While tresmonos wasn’t the first member of the B&B that I’ve met, our proximity in age, our respective career stages and personal circumstances ensured that we kept in touch. And when I was able to get a Fiesta ST for a recent road trip with my girlfriend, I made sure to send him the VIN number to get the real story behind the press car. His reply below
Ordered 3/14/13. Scheduled a bunch of times. I rescheduled it as the ST build was packed full. The [redacted] guys had slipped it into the build without permission or coordinating with us and I kicked it out of our PP, and moved it into our MP1 build (so I delayed it about 5-6 weeks). I bumped it as the PP build was full and plant allocation was maxed out. It was produced on 7/31. Shipped 8/13 and arrived in Canada in 8/26. It kept getting scheduled to 5-6 different build weeks. Our build kept moving and I bumped it.I left CSAP on 6/18. My buddies left in August, so they saw it get built.It’s a small world. You know the history of that car and why its VIN has a higher number for the last 6 digits than a normal press car. Normally you’d see some zeros on the 3rd or 4th last digits.I am kind of getting choked up thinking back on all of this and looking at where I’m right now. Those orders were some of the last things I did in Mexico…That car represents some of the last bits of work I did.