Scanning through the access list of this yr’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I changed into pleased to peer no fewer than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered inside the classic opposition class. Having owned and competed in this mythical marque, I cannot help but respect the tenacity and determination of the proprietors and drivers who hold to prepare and race those fantastic cars.
Since their release in 1968, the Mk1 escort has continuously featured in Rally opposition around the world. For nearly 7 years after it’s launch, the MK1 Escort ruled the worldwide rally scene, ultimately passing on the mantle to it is similarly dominant Mk2 successor.
Even these days the Mk1 Escort is a popular choice for younger drivers getting into Motorsport. Many well-known rally legends have made their start in an Escort. The overdue Colin McRae campaigned escorts for decades, no doubt stimulated through his Father, five times British Champion Jimmy who can nevertheless be observed campaigning Escorts within the Historic competitions round Europe.
Another extraordinarily proficient McRae within the shape of Alister may be competing on this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart organized Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 in the modern-day competition class. Alister dominated last yr’s Classic category in a Porsche 911, I’m predicting he’s going to be extraordinarily tough to conquer.
Having competed for the final 2 years on this event, I’ll welcome the opportunity to take a step lower back and soak inside the spectacle from a spectator’s perspective. While enjoying the occasion from the confines of a TVR powered Triumph TR8, I constantly had one eye firmly fixed at the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the degrees & service parks.
I’ll be watching Alister’s performance at the sharp cease of the sector with hobby, however my heart will be well and virtually fixed back within the traditional competition class, where the spine tingling throaty roar of dual weber embellished Mk1 Escorts in full cry will in reality be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a business owner, motor sport enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort fan.