FORD ESCORT HISTORY
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.