Friday, May 24, 2013

a few FiestaMovement refelctions

A few people are now announcing that they have been selected in the last group of 50 agents and our name not yet called, or interviewed, it appears we haven’t made the cut for the new and improved FiestaMovement. Obviously when all of the names are posted, and if indeed our team is missing, we will be saddened to not once again take to the roads in a Fiesta (or even the FiestaST!)

Our time with the first FiestaMovement was fantastic. We not only had a wonderful experience with missions and adventures but with meeting new people and friends. What a great opportunity it was to see the amazing things all over our country. To us, this is what will last long after even this Movement ends. Naturally we felt we contributed greatly to the FM and wanted to showcase our skills once again. However, we are not YouTube celebs, nor are we internet superstars. We are hard working, dedicated ‘civilians’ of the American way. I think our adventures and contributions from the first FM showed that the common person could compete with the so-called superstars and web celebs. FollowtheFiesta was one of a handful of teams/agents that was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, one of a few that made the Fiesta dealer brochure, and one of a few selected to have a winning mission video. We always pushed ourselves with new adventures, like our trip to the Las Vegas Speedway, a self-created mission, and of course our trip to touch all 48 states with the Fiesta in a single month. Not only did we create strong content, but we also cared about the realities of the car. What’s the biggest concern to those buying a car? To us, gas mileage was a huge one. So, for 90+ fill-ups we tracked the gas mileage on Fuelly. Actually, we still continue to this day tracking gas mileage in both my Ford Escape, and Emma’s Honda CRV. We would have loved a chance to compare the two models and to see how this car could stack up in the long run. I think what America wants to see is how a car will hold up over time, how it will maintain it's re-sale value, does it live up to the specs of what the manufacturers claim?

When we turned in our car, Vortex, we rolled into the hotel (a second time) with exactly 25,000 miles. It was a bittersweet moment. And years later, we discussed the pros and cons of even auditioning for this new FM after receiving the invitation from Mission Control. A decision we did not take lightly. We understood the time commitment, the hard work, and the dedication needed to be successful with something like this. Of course, success is rated by your own standards and we constantly push ourselves. Both Emma and I believe that if you are going to do something and put your name on a project you must do it as well as you can. Don’t get me wrong…it was a blast and we wouldn’t trade our time with the Fiesta, Mission Control, or Ford -- it was a huge time commitment, and one we were willing to make again.

It will be hard to follow the excitement and energy of the new agents as they travel the country to go on missions that we wish we were on. And, if our name is not in the final list of the 100 we wish each and everyone of them great success in the program. It will be an adventure you will never forget. Good luck to everyone on your, trainings, adventures, and your missions.

We hope to see you on the road!

 -Brad (and Emma ☺)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

It's all in the name. Why the #FiestaMovement needs a home here in medFORD!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Here's the route we took in our 48 state trip for the first FiestaMovement! Help us get selected for the new and improved Movement! Give a shout out to @fordfiesta and @ford to let them know it won't be the same without us!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

We're back! It's the FiestaMovement revisited

Well, here we go again.

Ford has kicked off the FiestaMovement once again.

We can't believe that it's been four years since we took 'Vortex', our Ford Fiesta out on the road for 25,000 miles! We had a blast in the first installment of the FiestaMovement and can't wait for another chance. Here's our latest audition video. Please share and comment. We'd love to hear from you.


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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mission 6: Raider Nation

Check out our final FiestaMovement Mission! We see how the Tailgating action holds up in Raider Nation. We had a blast! Thanks to all of the fans that worked with us on the video and for sharing the incredible food!


Monday, October 5, 2009

What we learned at the LVMS

He's 14 and Rocks!
Originally uploaded by followthefiesta
We had a great time at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for our 5th Fiesta Movement mission. One thing that we didn't get in our main video was our interaction with a 14 year old driver named Dylan Kwasniewski.

Dylan, the #3 driver at the LVMS, is one of the most impressive kids that I have spoken to. He not only has talent for racing around the track in the Pro Legend (LVMS track holder) and Trucks (for the first time Labor Day weekend) but has the personality to back it up. His attitude is not that of a budding superstar as one would expect -- there is no apparent 'I am the world attitude.' He is well-spoken, gracious, and very down to earth.

I think if the world was full of kids like Dylan, we would all feel a little better about our futures. Check out the video interview with Dylan HERE. (Just ignore me, I was taken over by a California surfer and could only spit out the word awesome over and over again.) And if you haven't seen the full LVMS video you can find that HERE.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Home from the trip

Originally uploaded by followthefiesta
This sums up how we felt when we returned home from our 48 state road trip in July. All in all we drove 12,000 miles in hitting all the lower 48 and D.C.