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An Isle of Wight businessman’s striking 671bhp green and black Ford Focus RS has scooped the prestigious title of Fastcar magazine’s ‘Car of the Year 2018’.

Rich Fox’s stunning car always turns heads wherever it goes, not only because of its dominating road presence but its impressive paintwork and aggressive noises too. The now-famous car’s appropriate nickname is ‘The Monster’.

Fox, 34, who runs The Yarbridge pub near Brading, started the adventurous project back in 2010 when he bought the stock standard car from Premier Ford in Newport. Over the years the car has evolved and grown to become one of the most recognisable in the country – a fact now backed up by the incredible Car of the Year title.

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No expense has been spared in making this show stopping, award winning car with a staggering £150,000 spent on the Focus RS to date. The Focus was purchased for just £27,000.

Fastcar magazine, which began publishing in 1987, is the UK’s number 1 tuning magazine covering the modified car market and car culture. Each year they run a competition to find the country’s favourite motor from those featured in print.

Fox has battled against a shortlisted 96 cars – and then a whittled down 35 finalists – to take the sought after 2018 crown with 21.8% of the votes.

Speaking to Island Echo about his win, Rich has said:

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“I heard that things were getting close in the competition, but I never thought it would happen. To come out on top from 96 fantastic shortlisted entries is unbelievable.

“I started developing this car back in 2010 and it’s been a rollercoaster journey since, but to be awarded the title of Car of the Year is beyond my wildest dreams and makes it all worth it. It’s also great to put the Isle of Wight on the international map by having one of the most modified cars on the planet.

“I’d like to thank all of my sponsors and everyone who has supported me with this car over the past 8 years”.

Looking forward, Rich says that he hopes to take the car to the continent:

“Throughout 2019 I will be taking the car to shows across the country and hope to visit Europe soon.

“I’ve reached the limit as to what I can do with the car now, so its time to really enjoy it and show it off to the world.

I hope to see you all at the Isle of Wight Ford Takeover event at Sandown Airport in May where the car will be on full display”.

Earlier this year a new evolution of ‘The Monster’ was unveiled…

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