Scanning by means of the entry checklist of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was pleased to see no much less than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the classic competition category. Possessing owned and competed in this legendary marque, I can not assist but admire the tenacity and commitment of the owners and motorists who continue to prepare and race these spectacular automobiles.
Since Escorts bristol in 1968, the Mk1 escort has persistently featured in Rally competitors about the world. For virtually seven a long time after it truly is release, the MK1 Escort dominated the worldwide rally scene, lastly passing on the mantle to it’s similarly dominant Mk2 successor.
Even nowadays the Mk1 Escort is a popular choice for youthful drivers moving into Motorsport. Several well-known rally legends have manufactured their start off in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for numerous many years, no doubt motivated by his Father, 5 instances British Champion Jimmy who can still be identified campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions around Europe.
Yet another really proficient McRae in the condition of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart geared up Mitsubishi Lancer EVO ten in the modern competition group. Alister dominated very last year’s Basic class in a Porsche 911, I’m predicting he’ll be incredibly tough to defeat.
Getting competed for the last 2 years in this event, I’ll welcome the possibility to take a stage back and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s viewpoint. Although taking pleasure in the event from the confines of a TVR powered Triumph TR8, I always had one particular eye firmly fastened on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the phases & service parks.
I will be viewing Alister’s functionality at the pointy end of the subject with fascination, but my heart will be nicely and genuinely fixed back again in the classic competitors classification, where the spine tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in complete cry will actually be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a enterprise operator, motor activity enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort fan.