Deciphering through the entry set of this year’s 2009 West Australian Targa West the road rally, I was satisfied to see no fewer than 5 Mk1 Ford producer Escorts entered in the classic competition category. Having owned and competed in this legendary marque, I actually can’t help but appreciate the tenacity and devotion of the owners and drivers who continue to prepare and race these magnificent vehicles.
Since their release in 1968, the Mk1 escort has constantly featured in Rally competition over the world. For almost several years after it’s release, the MK1 Escort focused the international rally field, finally passing on the mantle to it’s evenly dominant Mk2 successor. escorts
Possibly today the Mk1 Take is a popular choice for young drivers going into Motorsport. Many famous move legends make their start in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for many years, without doubt influenced by his Father, 5 times Uk Champion Jimmy who can still be found advertising Escorts in the Historical competitions around Europe.
An additional extremely talented McRae in the condition of Alister will be competing in this year’s Targa Western world in a Ralliart well prepared Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 12 in the modern competition category. Alister dominated previous year’s Classic category in a Porsche 911, Now i’m predicting he’ll be extremely hard to beat.
Having competed for the previous a couple of years in this event, I’ll welcome the possibility to take a step back again and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s perspective. While enjoying the event from the limits of a TVR driven Triumph TR8, I got one eye firmly set on the Mk1 Companion Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the stages & service parks.
I’ll be observing Alister’s performance at the sharp end of the field with interest, but my heart will be very much so set back in the basic competition category, where the spine tingling throaty roar of twin weber embellished Mk1 Escorts in full cry will truly be a sight to catch a glimpse of.
Alan Blackmore is the owner of a business, motor sport enthusiast and diehard Ford Mk1 Carry fan.