Scanning via the entry listing of this 12 months’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I used to be happy to see no fewer than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered within the traditional competitors class. Having owned and competed on this legendary marque, I am unable to assist however admire the tenacity and dedication of the homeowners and drivers who proceed to arrange and race these magnificent automobiles Escorts.
Since their launch in 1968, the Mk1 escort has constantly featured in Rally competitors across the globe. For nearly 7 years after it is launch, the MK1 Escort dominated the worldwide rally scene, lastly passing on the mantle to it is equally dominant Mk2 successor.
Even in the present day the Mk1 Escort is a well-liked selection for younger drivers coming into Motorsport. Many well-known rally legends have made their begin in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for a few years, little question influenced by his Father, 5 instances British Champion Jimmy who can nonetheless be discovered campaigning Escorts within the Historic competitions round Europe.
One other extraordinarily gifted McRae within the form of Alister might be competing on this 12 months’s Targa West in a Ralliart ready Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 within the trendy competitors class. Alister dominated final 12 months’s Traditional class in a Porsche 911, I am predicting he’ll be extraordinarily onerous to beat.
Having competed for the final 2 years on this occasion, I am going to welcome the chance to take a step again and soak within the spectacle from a spectator’s perspective. Whereas having fun with the occasion from the confines of a TVR powered Triumph TR8, I all the time had one eye firmly mounted on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s within the levels & service parks.
I will be watching Alister’s efficiency on the pointy finish of the sphere with curiosity, however my coronary heart might be effectively and really mounted again within the traditional competitors class, the place the backbone tingling throaty roar of dual weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in full cry will really be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a enterprise proprietor, motor sport fanatic and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort fan.