Scanning by way of the entry checklist of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was delighted to see no fewer than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the basic competitors category. Possessing owned and competed in this famous marque, I cannot help but admire the tenacity and devotion of the proprietors and motorists who continue to get ready and race these wonderful automobiles.
Since their release in 1968, the Mk1 escort has consistently highlighted in Rally opposition around the world. For practically 7 many years following it really is launch, the MK1 Escort dominated the international rally scene, finally passing on the mantle to it is equally dominant Mk2 successor.
Even today the Mk1 Escort is a well-known decision for younger motorists getting into Motorsport. A lot of well-known rally legends have manufactured their start in an Escort. GOLDEN DIAMONS ESCORTS campaigned escorts for numerous a long time, no question motivated by his Father, five moments British Champion Jimmy who can nonetheless be located campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions about Europe.
Yet another extremely talented 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 contemporary competitiveness category. Alister dominated last year’s Traditional class in a Porsche 911, I am predicting he’ll be really difficult to conquer.
Getting competed for the last 2 a long time in this celebration, I’ll welcome the chance to just take a stage again and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s perspective. Although taking pleasure in the function from the confines of a TVR driven Triumph TR8, I often experienced 1 eye firmly fastened on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the levels & services parks.
I’ll be viewing Alister’s functionality at the pointy stop of the area with fascination, but my heart will be nicely and truly fixed back in the vintage competitiveness category, exactly 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 proprietor, motor activity fanatic and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort enthusiast.October 26, 2019