The latest in Ford’s series of films sees journalist Steve Sutcliffe get behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang Bullitt on the famous Isle of Mann.

“Imagine German autobahns, then add hills and twists, and shrink it to a single carriageway with incredible views, and what you have are these utterly fantastic, and dramatic, roads,” Sutcliffe said.

“The Mountain Road feels – and is – an utterly dramatic place to drive. It’s epic, and quite unlike anywhere else.”

The mountain itself is said to be unique because it is the only place from which you can see all four countries that make up the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

And regardless of the opportunity to drive fast, it does pay to slow down and enjoy the incredible scenery, as well as the local hospitality.

“The food and drink is excellent, pretty much everywhere on the island,” Sutcliffe said.

“You may go there for the exhilaration of driving one of Europe’s most notorious roads, but it’s the people, the food and the scenery that will compound your sadness to be getting the ferry home.”

This is the ninth film in the series that has included everything from a Ford GT supercar across the stunning Atlantic Ocean Road, in Norway, to a Fiesta ST on the virtually empty Via Campocatino, in Italy.

Rated on factors including thrill factor, food and road surface, the Mountain Road achieved the highest score in the series to date.

 

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.