As the former editor (now retired) of Britain's best and brightest (my own ever so slightly based opinion) light commercial vehicle magazine, I still retain a strong interest in all things light and commercial. So the latest news from M-Sport's Road Technology department and their Welsh 'Van-Sport' partners stirred up more than a bit of interest.
For 2018, Ford gave its Transit Custom a facelift to incorporate the new 'family' grille and hard on its heels, the white coat brigade in Dovenby and Pontypool added their own thoughts and flair to the matter.
The end result is a purely cosmetic exercise with no changes to the 168bhp 2 litre TDCi diesel and includes a new front bumper and grille with integrated fog lamps, front diffuser, wheel arch extensions, sills, rear diffuser and rear spoiler, all of which are manufactured by MS-RT at its UK factory in South Wales.
The external look is finished off with a British-made twin sports exhaust system, lowered springs and exclusive new 18-inch Anthracite OZ Racing alloys with 103 XL load-rated Hankook Ventus S1 evo2 tyres.
The interior is treated to a set of MS-RT nappa leather and suede seat facings, an MS-RT sports steering wheel with carbon fibre inlays and it's finished off with a set of MS-RT branded floor mats and dash clocks.
Pricing for the van starts at £32,995 which isn't that too far away from Ford's own 'Sport' version of the same vehicle. Quite a looker, eh?