Scanning by way of the entry checklist of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was delighted to see no much less than five Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the classic competition category. Getting owned and competed in this famous marque, I can’t support but admire the tenacity and devotion of the house owners and motorists who keep on to get ready and race these magnificent cars.
Because their launch in 1968, the Mk1 escort has constantly highlighted in Rally competitors around the globe. For virtually Escorts in southend after it truly is launch, 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 option for youthful drivers moving into Motorsport. A lot of popular rally legends have made their begin in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for a lot of several years, no doubt influenced by his Father, five times British Champion Jimmy who can still be located campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions around Europe.
Another incredibly talented McRae in the condition of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart ready Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 in the modern competitors classification. Alister dominated last year’s Classic category in a Porsche 911, I am predicting he’ll be extremely difficult to beat.
Possessing competed for the previous 2 years in this event, I am going to welcome the possibility to take a phase again and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s viewpoint. Although taking pleasure in the celebration from the confines of a TVR run Triumph TR8, I constantly had one eye firmly fixed on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the stages & provider parks.
I am going to be seeing Alister’s performance at the pointy end of the area with curiosity, but my heart will be effectively and actually set back in the traditional competition class, the place the backbone tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in entire cry will truly be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a company proprietor, motor sport enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort fan.