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Paper, Scissors… // #RangerRaptor

More posing from this stunning vehicle… and also from my co-driver 😂. He has enough bad pictures of me to compensate, I can tell you…

Told you the FOX Racing shocks also flash blue…


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Blue Boats // #RangerRaptor

Essaouira was once Morocco’s biggest port, and the workhorses of those generations were the traditional blue fishing boats.

Times have changed, although you can still see catches coming in and shipbuilders building and repairing these special vessels.

I think the Ranger Raptor, designed to carry people and cargo to get modern business done on land, fits in beautifully here, at the start of our final long off-road stage.

Rangers are part of our official relationship with the RNLI in the UK as well – something we in the Company are hugely proud of given the challenges the RNLI face on our behalf, every single day.


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Here for the Views // #RangerRaptor

I’ll make no apologies for the image-heavy post. THIS is why I wanted the blue one…


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Sunset // #RangerRaptor

Sunset.

A quick change, and time for the technical presentation hosted by our Chairman, Steven Armstrong.

Then dinner, and catching up with Elisabeth and Florian, from the other employee pair.

We were all exhausted, sand-blasted (I swear sand poured out of my ear like a cartoon), and smiling from cheek to cheek – reflecting on our good fortune to be here at all but also on the experience of being in such an effortlessly capable vehicle in such exciting surroundings.

You know, we are still only on day one… stay tuned!


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Dune // #RangerRaptor

So tell me more about that Mud/Sand mode…

I might not need it so much in Southend on Sea, but out here in Essaouira it came into its own…

Those windmills? It was windy. My skin has never looked so good before the sandblasting I got that day.

I told you it also came in grey (although blue holds my heart)…

As the light softened, the sun set, and camels and Raptors made their way home…


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Not a // #RangerRaptor

It may have some threads of Ford Performance Blue in that blanket, but I know which I’d rather take for a spin…


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Forget-me-not // #RangerRaptor

My buddy for this trip was the inimitable Filip, a Business Manager from Ford of Poland.

You get paired up at random on these trips I find, so you’re never quite sure how your personalities and priorities for the trip will combine.

I was so lucky in Spain to have a wonderful co-driver who took in all my excited demands to park the car in ‘just THIS field please’ to get the shots I wanted – would I still get to play with locations this time?

The die was cast pretty early on – the Ranger Raptors on our drive were available in two stunning colour ways, Ford Performance Blue and Conquer Grey (with optional Raptor decals), and we were both agreed we had the blue in mind for the first of our adventures.

The deep blue is simply stunning – of course it looks amazing in the Moroccan sun, but equally it would look at home back in the UK.

You also find blue in the stitching of the premium leather power seats, the interior leather details, and on the FOX Racing long-travel shocks.

So far so good – we set off in convoy, and that was that…

Or was it?

I couldn’t find my mobile phone.

What to do?

Would Filip let me go back to the airport for it, and drop out of the convoy? Would he forgive me for being an utter pain?

Of course he did…

By the time we picked my phone up from the airport car park floor (in my defence I had probably dropped it while pulling myself up into this hefty beast of a vehicle!) and returned, there was no convoy ahead, just donkeys.

Not a problem of course – with the route mapped into our Sat Nav (with ‘breadcrumb’ feature to leave a trail when exploring uncharted areas) it was time to play catch-up…


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