Scanning through the entry list of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was happy to see no fewer than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the classic competition classification. Obtaining owned and competed in this famous marque, I cannot support but admire the tenacity and devotion of the proprietors and drivers who continue to get ready and race these impressive automobiles.
Because their launch in 1968, the Mk1 escort has consistently highlighted in Rally competitors around the globe. For virtually seven many years following it’s launch, the MK1 Escort dominated the intercontinental rally scene, lastly passing on the mantle to it truly is equally dominant Mk2 successor.
Even today the Mk1 Escort is a popular selection for youthful drivers coming into Motorsport. Numerous renowned rally legends have produced their begin in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for numerous a long time, no question motivated by his Father, five times British Champion Jimmy who can nevertheless be discovered campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions close to Europe.
Another incredibly proficient McRae in the shape of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart geared up Mitsubishi Lancer EVO ten in the modern day competition class. Alister dominated previous year’s Vintage class in a Porsche 911, I’m predicting he’ll be very tough to conquer.
Possessing competed for the last two several years in this function, I’ll welcome the chance to get a stage again and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s perspective. Whilst taking pleasure in the event from the confines of a TVR driven Triumph TR8, I constantly had a single eye firmly fixed on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the levels & services parks.
Cumbria escorts will be seeing Alister’s functionality at the pointy stop of the discipline with fascination, but my heart will be properly and genuinely fixed back again in the classic competitors classification, exactly where the spine tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in total cry will genuinely be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a company owner, motor activity fanatic and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort fan.