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Post  turn the wheel on Sat Jan 10, 2015 12:11 am

Perhaps I am a little premature of perhaps a bit more than a little premature........but I am  just thinking that in 2018 the Ford Escort will be 50 Years old......
     The car has had a long life worldwide and  the great car really stamped its name  in the History of motorsport and especially in Rallying.....
     I guess its life or lifetimes in Motorsport will not go unnoticed or  go uncelebrated......and of course the Escort continue in Rallying to this day and I believe will be here for a long time to come, because the car has been around so long that many generations feel that they grew up with the Escort both Mk1 and Mk2..........
     I carry a photo of our Mk1 Rally car on the rear doors of my van in daily use and its amazing the amount of conversations  and questions the photos trigger off every day.....from "I learned to drive in one of those Mk1 Escorts" to "is that a Vintage Car??   How many years ago was that photo taken and people are surprised when they hear it was only a few months ago.......They can also be stunned at what its costing and the power that can be reached with such an old machine....
     The Mini is the only other car I can think of that made such an impression on Rallying and Motorsport...
What do you guys think??????    What kind of celebrations will there be.????

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Post  Hampton Caught on Mon Jan 12, 2015 1:23 pm

Donie,

Whilst I'm no fan of the blue oval and its products, I have every respect for the Escort as it has left (and continues to leave) a real (positive) mark on rallying, rallycross and other motorsport in the UK and far beyond. The majority are rear wheel drive which of course makes them very interesting to watch and the sound of a screaming BDA engine is something I grew up listiening to on Grandstand at at Brands Hatch, pushed up against the catch fencing as a youngster!

I would hope that the Ford workd will give the Escort a suitably huge celebration. The mini boys and girls took over Silverstone for the Mini's 50th. Hopefully the Escort will have an event in which enthusiasts can park up and shows theirs off whilst watching others race around a circuit whilst others tackle a rally stage, all at the same site. Of course Ford would want to show off the showroom-fresh current models but perhaps also some historic cars from their own collection?

Just some ideas. Will be interesting to see what happens.

Cheers, Steve
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Post  turn the wheel on Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:48 pm

Yes I hope so too...

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Post  Speedy on Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:58 pm

Chris (CDM) has a few years to plan his Race Retro displays so Very Happy
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Post  bmd on Tue Jan 13, 2015 10:17 am

aye, I learned to drive in my mums 1600 sport mk2, still hanker after one of these but they're fetching silly money......def soft spot for the escorts.. I love you (don't tell gaz lads please lol!!) Embarassed
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Post  Hampton Caught on Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:02 pm

bmd wrote:aye, I learned to drive in my mums 1600 sport mk2, still hanker after one of these but they're fetching silly money......def soft spot for the escorts.. I love you   (don't tell gaz lads please lol!!) Embarassed

What's it worth, Billy???????? Laughing

Cheekily, Steve
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Post  bmd on Tue Jan 13, 2015 2:11 pm

ah he'll give me abuse anyway steve, has no respect for the number 1 Manta-man you see... lol!
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Post  newt5550 on Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:19 pm

Closest Ford fan are we Billy. Laughing
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Post  Hampton Caught on Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:02 pm

Chris,

I don't know if you've noticed but we're the same age as each other and the Ford Escort. That means we'll be 50 in 2018 too!

Don't know how that passed me by.... but wish it would!

Gulp!

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Post  bmd on Tue Jan 13, 2015 6:43 pm

chris maybe closet m8, but def not closest, i'm on the wrong side of the water lol!!!! Rolling Eyes lol!
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Post  newt5550 on Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:52 pm

Hampton Caught wrote:Chris,

I don't know if you've noticed but we're the same age as each other and the Ford Escort.  That means we'll be 50 in 2018 too!

Don't know how that passed me by.... but wish it would!

Gulp!

Cheers, Steve


I am trying hard to forget this coming event Steve. Anyway they say your as old as you feel. Time to find a younger women lol. Don't tell the mrs Laughing
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Post  newt5550 on Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:53 pm

bmd wrote:chris maybe closet m8, but def not closest, i'm on the wrong side of the water lol!!!! Rolling Eyes  lol!


lol!
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Post  Hampton Caught on Thu Jan 15, 2015 12:22 pm

newt5550 wrote:
Hampton Caught wrote:Chris,

I don't know if you've noticed but we're the same age as each other and the Ford Escort.  That means we'll be 50 in 2018 too!

Don't know how that passed me by.... but wish it would!

Gulp!

Cheers, Steve


I am trying hard to forget this coming event Steve. Anyway they say your as old as you feel. Time to find a younger women lol. Don't tell the mrs Laughing

Don't worry, Chris. Mum's the word! Oh, hang on, that's illegal!! And older!! affraid

Cheers, Steve
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