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 opposition category. Possessing owned and competed in Escorts in southend , I can not aid but admire the tenacity and dedication of the house owners and drivers who keep on to get ready and race these wonderful vehicles.
Since their release in 1968, the Mk1 escort has constantly featured in Rally competition all around the globe. For nearly 7 years following it really is release, the MK1 Escort dominated the global rally scene, ultimately passing on the mantle to it’s similarly dominant Mk2 successor.
Even these days the Mk1 Escort is a popular choice for youthful drivers entering Motorsport. A lot of famous rally legends have made their begin in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for a lot of a long time, no question affected by his Father, five occasions British Winner Jimmy who can nevertheless be discovered campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions close to Europe.
One more very talented McRae in the condition of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart geared up Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 in the modern day competition group. Alister dominated final year’s Basic group in a Porsche 911, I am predicting he’ll be very difficult to defeat.
Having competed for the very last 2 several years in this celebration, I’ll welcome the prospect to consider a action again and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s viewpoint. Although experiencing the occasion from the confines of a TVR driven Triumph TR8, I always experienced one particular eye firmly set on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the phases & provider parks.
I will be watching Alister’s performance at the pointy stop of the discipline with interest, but my heart will be effectively and actually set again in the basic opposition class, exactly where the spine tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in full cry will actually be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a business owner, motor sport enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort admirer.