Ford 100E Van as a Rally car

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Ford 100E Van as a Rally car

Post  CDM on Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:22 pm

The following article comes from the SHMAC club magazine for January

As one Roger Clark model is complete another email arrives asking about another one. This time I thought Stan & Jim must have been on the pop or had a very good pre-Christmas lunch. Apparently they had found a picture in a magazine of a Ford 100E van no 5 at Brands Hatch – the driver was Roger Clark. Apparently they raced this at Brands Hatch and Mallory Park as well as on some night road rallies.

The photo below is from the early 1950s. Those that know Brands Hatch will spot that they are racing clockwise (the first races were run anti - clock) and you can just about make out Bottom Straight and Clearways.



Navigator Jim Porter remembers “I'm sure (?) it was maroon. When it was first raced at Mallory Park no-one was clued up about scrutineering and it failed because of having the standard toughened windscreen. So out came the screen - which ruined the aerodynamics - so off came the back doors. So if the model is to be truly authentic it should have removable screen & rear doors...................and I am not making this up!” We kept it in Brands Hatch spec!!

I was confused when I found that Vanguard made such a thing but called it a 300E. So a quick email to Ford expert Dave Turner for some advice “The saloons from October 1953 with sv engine were 100E until Sept 1959, then the Popular from Sept 59 to June 62 was also 100E The Prefect from Oct 59 to March 61 had an ohv engine and was 107E, all these had the same body either 2 or 4 door.

The van version of this body (Vanguards) from Aug 54 to April 61 was 300E both 5cwt and 7cwt.  

Even though the Escort and Squire estates used the van body they were still called 100E, so if the vehicle started off as a van, and had windows put in later it is still a 300E! Confused…?”

Well I was still none the wiser….. So three Vanguard 300E vans were purchased and dismantled and after an hour or two in the garage with the drill and a file I had the windows cut into the back panels. Fortunately the window area does have the glazing behind the panels and there is a floor to the van at the back. So after a respray in maroon, add one spot light and a couple of badges it was job done. Chris









Whats next...a Triumph TR2 thats red at the front and white at the back!!

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Re: Ford 100E Van as a Rally car

Post  newt5550 on Thu Dec 22, 2016 4:41 pm

Nice work Chris.
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Re: Ford 100E Van as a Rally car

Post  potiman on Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:38 pm

Nice conversion Chris.

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Re: Ford 100E Van as a Rally car

Post  Zeus on Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:34 pm

That's cool never would have thought they raced one
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Re: Ford 100E Van as a Rally car

Post  CDM on Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:35 pm

Dave

Back in the 50s they raced all sorts of daft cars.

I am sure the Irish rally supporters on here can come up with a new thread with some very odd cars rallied in Ireland

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Re: Ford 100E Van as a Rally car

Post  reeft1 on Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:47 am

Excellent - won't be many of those knocking about!
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Post  mconboy on Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:46 pm

Nicely built Chris. A lot of thinking.
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Re: Ford 100E Van as a Rally car

Post  Mark Lowe on Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:31 pm

Fecking mint.
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Post  turn the wheel on Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:43 pm

CDM wrote:Dave

Back in the 50s they raced all sorts of daft cars.

I am sure the Irish rally supporters on here can come up with a new thread with some very odd cars rallied in Ireland

Chris
Just to take up the challenge.....being Irish and all that bulls**t.....
1...Morris Minor !!!!!!
2...Watburg Knight
3...DKW !!!!!!!

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Re: Ford 100E Van as a Rally car

Post  Hampton Caught on Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:42 am

Hey Chris,

Not been on the Forum for a few weeks so hadn't seen this thread and the pics before.

Nice going, Chris. You have a lovely model there. A very interesting addition. Man congratulations.

Cheers, Steve
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