Scanning by means of the entry checklist of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was delighted to see no less than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the basic opposition classification. Getting owned and competed in this legendary marque, I cannot support but admire the tenacity and devotion of the homeowners and drivers who continue to prepare and race these impressive cars.
Since their launch in 1968, the Mk1 escort has regularly showcased in Rally competitiveness about the world. For nearly Escort edinburgh after it really is release, the MK1 Escort dominated the international rally scene, last but not least passing on the mantle to it is similarly dominant Mk2 successor.
Even these days the Mk1 Escort is a popular selection for youthful drivers getting into Motorsport. Several renowned rally legends have produced their begin in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for numerous several years, no question affected by his Father, 5 moments British Champion Jimmy who can nevertheless be discovered campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions all around Europe.
One more extremely talented McRae in the condition of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart prepared Mitsubishi Lancer EVO ten in the modern day opposition classification. Alister dominated previous year’s Vintage category in a Porsche 911, I’m predicting he’ll be extremely challenging to conquer.
Getting competed for the final 2 years in this occasion, I am going to welcome the chance to get a stage back again and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s standpoint. Whilst enjoying the event from the confines of a TVR run Triumph TR8, I always had one particular eye firmly mounted on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the phases & provider parks.
I will be seeing Alister’s functionality at the pointy finish of the area with curiosity, but my heart will be well and really fastened again in the classic competitiveness category, exactly where the backbone tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in total cry will truly be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a company owner, motor sport enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort fan.