Scanning through the entry set of this year’s 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was pleased to see no fewer than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the classic competition category. Having owned and competed in this legendary marque, I can’t help but admire the tenacity and dedication of the owners and drivers who continue to prepare and race these magnificent vehicles. beautiful girls from nakshitra jain
Since their release in 1968, the Mk1 escort has consistently featured in Rally competition around the world. For nearly 7 years after it’s release, the MK1 Escort dominated the international rally scene, finally passing on the mantle to it’s equally dominant Mk2 successor.
Right now the Mk1 Escort is really a popular choice for young drivers entering Motorsport. Many famous rally legends have made their begin in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for many years, without doubt influenced by his Father, 5 times British Champion Jimmy who is able to be found campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions around Europe.
Another extremely talented McRae in the form of Alister will undoubtedly be competing in this year’s Targa West in a Ralliart prepared Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 in the present day competition category. Alister dominated last year’s Classic category in a Porsche 911, I’m predicting he’ll be extremely hard to beat.
Having competed going back 24 months in this event, I’ll welcome the opportunity to have a step back and soak in the spectacle from a spectator’s perspective. While enjoying the event from the confines of a TVR powered Triumph TR8, I usually had one eye firmly fixed on the Mk1 Escort Mexico’s and RS2000’s in the stages & service parks.
I’m going to be watching Alister’s performance at the pointy end of the field with interest, but my heart will be well and truly fixed back in the classic competition category, where in fact the spine tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts completely cry will truly be a sight to behold.