Scanning via the entry listing of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was happy to see no less than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the classic competitiveness category. Obtaining owned and competed in this legendary marque, I are unable to support but admire the tenacity and devotion of the homeowners and motorists who keep on to prepare and race these magnificent cars.
Given that their release in 1968, the Mk1 escort has regularly featured in Rally competitiveness close to the globe. For practically 7 several years following it is release, the MK1 Escort dominated the intercontinental rally scene, lastly passing on the mantle to it’s equally dominant Mk2 successor.
Even today the Mk1 Escort is a popular choice for younger drivers coming into Motorsport. Croydon escorts have made their commence in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for numerous a long time, no doubt influenced by his Father, 5 instances British Champion Jimmy who can nonetheless be located campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions all around Europe.
Yet another incredibly talented McRae in the shape of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart ready Mitsubishi Lancer EVO ten in the present day opposition classification. Alister dominated very last year’s Basic category in a Porsche 911, I am predicting he’ll be really tough to beat.
Possessing competed for the previous 2 a long time in this event, I am going to welcome the opportunity to take a stage again and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s perspective. Whilst experiencing the function from the confines of a TVR powered Triumph TR8, I usually had one eye firmly mounted on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the phases & service parks.
I’ll be observing Alister’s functionality at the pointy stop of the area with interest, but my coronary heart will be properly and really mounted again in the vintage competition category, the place the spine tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in complete cry will genuinely be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a enterprise owner, motor sport enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort fan.