Scanning by means of the entry listing of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was delighted to see no less than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the classic competition classification. Possessing owned and competed in this legendary marque, I can’t help but admire the tenacity and devotion of the house owners and drivers who continue to prepare and race these magnificent automobiles.
Since their launch in 1968, the Mk1 escort has regularly featured in Rally competition about the globe. For practically 7 many years following it’s release, the MK1 Escort dominated the international rally scene, finally passing on the mantle to it truly is similarly dominant Mk2 successor.
Even right now the Mk1 Escort is a well-known option for younger motorists entering Motorsport. Many well-known rally legends have created their start in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for numerous a long time, no question influenced by his Father, 5 occasions British Champion Jimmy who can nevertheless be located campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions all around Europe.
Yet another incredibly talented McRae in the shape of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart ready Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 in the modern competition classification. Alister dominated very last year’s Basic category in a Porsche 911, I am predicting he’ll be very hard to conquer.
Getting competed for the previous 2 many years in this function, I will welcome the possibility to take a stage back and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s standpoint. Although making the most of the event from the confines of a TVR powered Triumph TR8, I often had a single eye firmly fixed on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the levels & support parks.
I’ll be seeing Alister’s functionality at the pointy stop of the discipline with desire, but my heart will be well and genuinely fastened back in the vintage competition class, where the backbone tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in complete cry will truly be a sight to behold.
Escorts in Jaipur is a company operator, motor sport fanatic and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort fan.