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Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 19th July 2011 Car - 19/07/2011 / 1972 Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 Rally Recreation / Lot 228
There was, in the early days of the Ford Escort, a higher performance version for rallies and racing. The Mark I Escorts became very successful as a rally car, and they eventually went on to become one of the most successful rally cars of all time. The Ford works team was practically unbeatable in the late 1960s / early 1970s, and arguably the Escort's greatest victory was in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally being driven by Finnish legend Hannu Mikkola. This gave rise to the famous Escort Mexico special edition road versions in honor of the rally car. In addition to the Mexico, the RS1600 was developed which used a Kent engine block with a 16-valve Cosworth cylinder head. Both the Mexico and RS1600 were built at Ford's Advanced Vehicle Operations (AVO) facility located at the Aveley Plant in South Essex. As well as higher performance engines and sports suspension, these models featured strengthened bodyshells, making them an ideal model for rallying. Even today Mark I Escorts are still popular in the amateur rally scene. Ford also produced an RS2000 model as a more ""civilised"" alternative to the somewhat temperamental RS1600, featuring a 2.0 L Pinto (OHC) engine. This also clocked up some rally and racing victories; and pre-empted the hot hatch market as a desirable but affordable performance road car. This 1972 Ford Escort Mk. I bubble arch originally started life as a 1300L then went on to be rebuilt to RS2000 specification and used as a hill climb car for two years, it was then placed into storage for number of years. The car has had a full restoration over ten years to RS2000 bubble arch specification, but with more enhancements. Including the following new parts used: a light weight bonnet, arches, boot, and all new rubbers to the doors, boot, screens, windows. A new large aluminium radiator, electric cooling fan, thermostat and silicon radiator hoses. Wheels have been replaced with 13x8 Compomotive wheels on the back using 205/60/13 tyres and 13x7 Alleycat wheels on the front with 185/60/13 tyres. The brakes have been rebuilt with Willwood four pot brakes, adjustable bias pedal box, line lock, braded brake hoses, new brake pipes, AP Racing brake pots, and nine inch rear brake drums with new rear wheel cylinders. Suspension rebuild included Bilstein suspension, 2.25"" adjustable dampers on rear, poly bushes all round, single leaf rear springs, lowering blocks. An Helical differential, single piece prop-shaft, Ford type nine five speed gearbox, alloy bell housing, quick shift gear change. A 2.0 litre Ford Pinto engine bored out to 2,100cc, lightened and balanced, fitted with a 32/33 fast road rally camshaft, ported polished big valves, fully gas flowed cylinder head, exhaust manifold 4 into 1, 2.5"" exhaust silencer. High volume oil pump, oil cooler, thermostatic valve, alloy sump, world cup type cross member, front suspension strut brace. The carburetion is using 4x38mm flat slide carburettors on specialist custom built inlet manifold. Large fuel tank in boot, electric fuel pumps with fuel regulator, electronic ignition, HT leads and spark plugs. New high intensity beam head lights. A four point roll cage, bucket seats, kill switch, oil pressure gauge, temperature gauge, rev counter and fire extinguisher. This car was known as the Brims Bullet and was used for sprint racing and hill climb before being restored. Finished in Orange the car has a MoT test certificate until 19 August 2011.