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 class. Getting owned and competed in this legendary marque, I are unable to aid but admire the tenacity and commitment of the homeowners and drivers who proceed to get ready and race these magnificent vehicles.
Because their release in 1968, the Mk1 escort has consistently highlighted in Rally competitiveness around the globe. For virtually 7 years following it is launch, 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 well-known decision for youthful motorists moving into Motorsport. Many famous rally legends have manufactured their start off in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for a lot of years, no question motivated by his Father, 5 moments British Champion Jimmy who can even now be identified campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions all around Europe.
An additional extremely talented McRae in the form of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart prepared Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 in the contemporary competitiveness class. Alister dominated final year’s Classic category in a Porsche 911, I am predicting he’ll be incredibly hard to defeat.
Getting competed for Bromley escorts in this function, I’ll welcome the possibility to get a step back and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s perspective. Although enjoying the celebration from the confines of a TVR run Triumph TR8, I usually had 1 eye firmly mounted on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the phases & services parks.
I’ll be watching Alister’s overall performance at the pointy conclude of the field with fascination, but my coronary heart will be properly and genuinely set back in the vintage competitiveness class, where the spine tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in complete cry will really be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a enterprise operator, motor sport enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort admirer.