Is your son out on the Ystwyth? Ive been to the start many years ago but didnt stay about to watch. Hopefully with all this rain it wont be so dusty for him.
Do you know of Guy woodcock also? Escort PHF356T he owns, its ex mersyside police car, my dad used to drive it on patrols!!!
I like escorts, but ive never had the money for a competitive one. When i got into rallying some 25 years ago, my mate suggested to buy a lada instead, and that was really good car to be fair. Ended up with c20xe in it but never actually did more than 2 novice events in it. It started to rust so i bought the bmw 10 years ago and never looked back really. I think they are the escort of now.. First event out in it did the gogledd and won the novice class! Now its got a fair spec for a RR car, 2.3 volvo engine 6 speed is200 box, porsche 996 calipers 3 way avos, best part is the motorsport abs!, looking at doing rally mon next if i can get it sorted in time. On rally mon, its the only rally ive done where you get people waving you on, and just really happy for the rally to go on, people stood in gardens watching the cars going past , its good.
Your sons escort is what i call an escort! The ones ive been involved with as in servicing wise have been big power ones. My friend Keith Douthwate just packed up rallying but he had the full hit, 2.5 JRE jobbie, sequential, the lot. This is why im servicing for richard now, he had a 1600 zetec darrian, sold that and has gone back to a nova.
Belgium is meant to be amazing, 2 lads i know from manchester had a compact, they went over, and then didnt do any more rallying over here, just belgium. Its meant to have one great atmosphere to the rally.
This may make you laugh, when i first got the BMW, i bought some escort 260/60 long inserts and wanted rae to put them into bmw struts, and i had heard it was the thing to do. when i got the inserts, i measured the travel and it was maybe 3" shorter than a standard bmw strut! So whats a mini like ! I bought some b6 struts of Dave Baines instead and returned teh escort ones. Dave did the manx in a almost standard 2.8 capri years ago, he said everyone was laughing at him but when he was out, when the escorts where flat in top, 90 mph or what ever, he was doing 125 making up loads of time !
The other escort point ill make is, when yoour stood at a speccy point at 3 am, its raining, its dark and cold, and your thinking why am i here? Then you see the lights over the hill, lighting up the sky, and they go. Then you can hear bits, and it goes, then lights, and you hear this full hit pinto powering threw a SCCR box, brakes down to you, send her in, big smiles out, you know why you came then!