Scanning through the entry checklist of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was delighted to see no fewer than five Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the classic competitiveness category. Possessing owned and competed in this famous marque, I cannot aid but admire the tenacity and dedication of the proprietors and drivers who continue to put together and race these magnificent automobiles.
Since their release in 1968, the Mk1 escort has regularly featured in Rally competitors about the world. For practically 7 many years soon after it is release, the MK1 Escort dominated the intercontinental rally scene, finally passing on the mantle to it is equally dominant Mk2 successor.
Even Indian escorts is a well-known decision for youthful drivers entering Motorsport. Several popular rally legends have produced their commence in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for a lot of years, no doubt motivated by his Father, 5 instances British Champion Jimmy who can nevertheless be identified campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions all around Europe.
Yet another incredibly proficient McRae in the form of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart ready Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 in the modern day competitors classification. Alister dominated final year’s Vintage category in a Porsche 911, I’m predicting he’ll be extremely hard to beat.
Having competed for the previous 2 a long time in this function, I’ll welcome the possibility to consider a action back and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s perspective. While enjoying the event from the confines of a TVR driven Triumph TR8, I often had a single eye firmly fixed on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the levels & provider parks.
I’ll be observing Alister’s overall performance at the pointy finish of the discipline with fascination, but my heart will be effectively and actually set again in the traditional opposition category, exactly where the backbone tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in full cry will really be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a business operator, motor activity enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort enthusiast.