Scanning through the entry checklist of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was delighted to see no less than five Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the classic opposition category. Having owned and competed in this famous marque, I can’t support but admire the tenacity and determination of the owners and drivers who carry on to get ready and race these impressive cars.
Since their release in 1968, the Mk1 escort has regularly highlighted in Rally competition close to the world. For practically seven a long time soon after it is launch, the MK1 Escort dominated the worldwide rally scene, last but not least passing on the mantle to it is similarly dominant Mk2 successor.
Even nowadays the Mk1 Escort is a common option for young motorists coming into Motorsport. Numerous well-known rally legends have created their start off in an Escort. Derby escorts campaigned escorts for several many years, no doubt affected by his Father, 5 instances British Champion Jimmy who can even now be discovered campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions close to Europe.
An additional very talented McRae in the condition of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart prepared Mitsubishi Lancer EVO ten in the present day opposition category. Alister dominated final year’s Basic category in a Porsche 911, I am predicting he’ll be very tough to defeat.
Obtaining competed for the previous two years in this celebration, I am going to welcome the possibility to take a phase back again and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s viewpoint. Although making the most of the function from the confines of a TVR driven Triumph TR8, I always had 1 eye firmly fastened on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the stages & support parks.
I will be observing Alister’s functionality at the pointy stop of the area with curiosity, but my coronary heart will be nicely and really mounted again in the basic opposition category, where the backbone tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in full cry will genuinely be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a business operator, motor activity enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort fan.