Scanning via the entry listing of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was pleased to see no much less than five Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the traditional opposition classification. Obtaining owned and competed in this legendary marque, I are unable to support but admire the tenacity and devotion of the owners and drivers who proceed to prepare and race these magnificent automobiles.
Since their release in 1968, the Mk1 escort has persistently highlighted in Rally competitiveness around the globe. For practically 7 a long time soon after it truly is launch, the MK1 Escort dominated the international rally scene, finally passing on the mantle to it is equally dominant Mk2 successor.
Even nowadays the Mk1 Escort is a popular choice for young motorists coming into Motorsport. Uk escorting have produced their commence in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for a lot of several years, no question motivated by his Father, five instances British Winner Jimmy who can nonetheless be identified campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions all around Europe.
One more very talented McRae in the shape of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart well prepared Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 in the modern day opposition group. Alister dominated very last year’s Classic category in a Porsche 911, I am predicting he’ll be extremely hard to conquer.
Possessing competed for the last two several years in this function, I’ll welcome the prospect to just take a action back again and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s perspective. While making the most of the function from the confines of a TVR driven Triumph TR8, I often experienced one eye firmly set on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the levels & provider parks.
I am going to be viewing Alister’s efficiency at the pointy conclude of the subject with desire, but my coronary heart will be nicely and really fastened back again in the vintage opposition classification, exactly where the backbone tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in complete cry will genuinely be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a company operator, motor activity enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort supporter.Others