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MATT WILDRIDGE SAYS THIS WAS HIS FIRST CAR AND HEíS KEPT THE FAITH EVER SINCE.

FORD ESCORT HISTORY

MATT WILDRIDGE SAYS THIS WAS HIS FIRST CAR AND HEíS KEPT THE FAITH EVER SINCE.

This was my first car Ė Iíve had it for 14 years. My parents gave it to me for Christmas. A friend had two RS2000s and a bucket load of spares, so we bought those and I still have the other car Ė itís white.

I did my L-plates in this car. When I went to renew the registration, it had a little rust in the floor and they wouldnít renew it. I was in year 10 at school, so I stripped it back and fixed it and painted it as I started an apprenticeship in panel and paint.

I drove it round for a few years, then it sat for seven, and I brought it out in January this year and put it on club plates.

The engine has had a little work: cams, valves and things with twin 40mm side-draft Webers. It woke it up a lot, but your modern two-litre will beat it, itís just a cool cruiser and sounds good.

Itís running a standard four-speed transmission. I did have a Sierra five-speed in it, but we ended up putting it in a race car, and weíve gone back to standard on this one. Thatís all it needs.

Underneath itís running coil-over front suspension plus disc brakes all round. The fronts are Jaguar and the rears are Commodore.

The family has always been involved in racing Ė I have a Mk2 race car as well. Iíve got two RS2000s, a Mk2 race car, two Mk1 Escort project cars, plus a couple of others. Weíre always building cars for other people as well.