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« Reply #120 on: July 08, 2013, 08:29:08 PM »

Steve, that's a great action shot of Coppins with the tires off the ground. The Escorts were very fast cars
but had far more success in Europe and NZ/AUS against the V8 cars than they did over here. I'm not sure why.
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« Reply #121 on: July 09, 2013, 01:19:04 AM »

To my knowledge, Escorts were not sold in NA.  There was no factory effort like BMW, Datsun, and Alfa. Also starting in 70 there were separate races for under and over 2 L. 
The only Escorts I remember was the one run by rally driver John Buffum at a few eastern tracks and also by Canadians Rob Tanner and Ron Shantz.

What engine size would an Aussie Escort have run in 70 and what kind of HP?  A well driven and prepared camaro should have had no problem with an Escort.


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« Reply #122 on: July 09, 2013, 10:05:53 AM »

Robert, you're right that they weren't directly offered for sale over here but some did find they way over here anyway and did race.
You're right about them not racing directly against the V8 cars but they did run in the under 2-liter class and could not win against
the Alfas and Datsuns so they wouldn't have faired any better against the V8 pony cars. Horst Kwech ran a Capri in Trans-Am in '73
and those cars did very well in Europe but were not competitive here.
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« Reply #123 on: July 09, 2013, 12:51:18 PM »

     One or two Escorts ran a few races with a Cosworth BDA 4 cyl., a Formula Car engine. 250 HP from 2 litre
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« Reply #124 on: August 03, 2013, 12:02:13 AM »

I got this forwarded to me from Robert Barg, who got it from Dale Mathers (down under)...

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Hey Everyone!
 
Here is the video from lakeside last weekend!!
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOkVySv3XXk
 
This features interviews with Jim Richards and Phil Ross from Shannons.
 
Also features a special tribute to the kiwis at the end of the video. This trip is something we will reflect on for a long time.
 
Many thanks to Murray Maunder(NZ) and Dewi and Iwan Jones(AUS) for compiling this footage
 
Also go to http://www.theroaringseason.com/showthread.php?65-New-Zealand-Historic-Muscle-Cars-Under-HRC/page42 for plenty of pictures and forum comments
 
Hope you all like it
 
Regards
 
Dale Mathers(HMC Director)
Tony Roberts(HMC Director)
Steve Holmes(HMC Director)
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« Reply #125 on: August 03, 2013, 02:41:01 PM »

Both of those links were nicely put together and great to see. Thanks Dale, Robert and Jon for putting them up for the rest of us!
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