Croydon escorts by means of the entry list of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was happy to see no much less than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the basic competitiveness class. Having owned and competed in this legendary marque, I can’t help but admire the tenacity and determination of the house owners and motorists who continue to put together and race these magnificent autos.
Given that their launch in 1968, the Mk1 escort has constantly showcased in Rally competitiveness about the globe. For virtually seven a long time after it is launch, the MK1 Escort dominated the worldwide rally scene, lastly passing on the mantle to it really is similarly dominant Mk2 successor.
Even right now the Mk1 Escort is a well-liked choice for younger motorists coming into Motorsport. Several well-known rally legends have made their commence in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for several many years, no doubt influenced by his Father, 5 times British Winner Jimmy who can nevertheless be located campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions close to Europe.
One more incredibly gifted McRae in the condition of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart geared up Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 in the present day competitiveness classification. Alister dominated last year’s Basic class in a Porsche 911, I’m predicting he’ll be incredibly difficult to beat.
Possessing competed for the very last 2 a long time in this celebration, I am going to welcome the prospect to just take a phase back again and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s standpoint. Even though enjoying the function from the confines of a TVR powered Triumph TR8, I always experienced 1 eye firmly set on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the phases & services parks.
I am going to be observing Alister’s performance at the pointy stop of the discipline with fascination, but my heart will be effectively and genuinely fastened again in the vintage competitiveness group, where the backbone tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in full cry will really be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a enterprise proprietor, motor sport enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort fan.