Scanning throughout the entry checklist of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I had been happy to see no much less than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered inside the basic Opposition category. Acquiring owned and competed With this legendary marque, I can not help but admire the tenacity and commitment of the house owners and drivers who continue on to organize and race these magnificent cars.
Because their launch in 1968, the Mk1 escort has consistently featured in Rally Opposition within the globe. For almost 7 decades following It can be launch, the MK1 Escort dominated the Intercontinental rally scene, lastly passing about the mantle to It can be Similarly dominant Mk2 successor.
Even today the Mk1 Escort is a popular option for youthful drivers getting into Motorsport. A lot of well known rally legends have built their start within an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for quite some time, little question affected by his Father, 5 times British Winner Jimmy who can even now be identified campaigning Escorts within the Historic competitions about Europe.
Yet another incredibly talented McRae in The form of Alister is going to be competing With this yr’s Targa West within a Ralliart prepared Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 in the trendy Levels of competition class. Alister dominated last 12 months’s Traditional classification in the Porsche 911, I am predicting he’ll be incredibly not easy to beat.
Owning competed for the last 2 yrs Within this celebration, I am going to welcome the opportunity to take a stage back again and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s perspective. Although having fun with the occasion from your confines of a TVR driven Triumph TR8, I generally experienced a person eye firmly fixed around the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s while in the phases & provider parks.
I’ll be viewing Alister’s functionality for the pointy conclusion of the sector with curiosity, but my heart will be well and truly preset back again while in the basic Competitiveness class, where the backbone tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in total cry will truly certainly be a sight to behold.
Alan Blackmore is a business proprietor, motor Activity enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Escort supporter.