Scanning by means of the entry list of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was pleased to see no fewer than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the basic competition group. Getting owned and competed in Escort edinburgh , I cannot support but admire the tenacity and dedication of the owners and drivers who continue to prepare and race these magnificent automobiles.
Since their launch in 1968, the Mk1 escort has persistently highlighted in Rally competitiveness about the world. For almost seven several years soon after it’s release, the MK1 Escort dominated the international rally scene, last but not least passing on the mantle to it truly is equally dominant Mk2 successor.
Even nowadays the Mk1 Escort is a well-liked selection for younger drivers getting into Motorsport. Many renowned rally legends have manufactured their commence in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for numerous years, no question influenced by his Father, 5 instances British Winner Jimmy who can nevertheless be found campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions all around Europe.
One more incredibly gifted McRae in the shape of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart ready Mitsubishi Lancer EVO ten in the modern day competitors category. Alister dominated last year’s Basic group in a Porsche 911, I am predicting he’ll be extremely hard to conquer.
Obtaining competed for the final two many years in this occasion, I’ll welcome the possibility to take a step back and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s standpoint. Even though enjoying the occasion from the confines of a TVR run Triumph TR8, I often had one eye firmly set on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the levels & services parks.
I am going to be watching Alister’s performance at the pointy finish of the area with curiosity, but my coronary heart will be nicely and really fixed again in the basic competition category, in which the spine tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in full cry will really be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a company proprietor, motor activity fanatic and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort fan.