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The Mark II Escort won the RAC Rally every year from 1975–79 as well as a variety of other events around the world. In the 1979 World Rally Championship, Björn Waldegård took the drivers’ title, Hannu Mikkola was runner-up and Ari Vatanen finished the year in fifth place, all driving Escort RS1800s, giving Ford the manufacturers’ title. Vatanen won the drivers’ title in 1981 at the wheel of an RS1800. Even 35 years after it was first used in anger, the Mark II Escort is still a hugely popular car, not only in Historic Rallying, but also as a weapon of choice for many clubmen. The RS1800 shown here was driven by Malcom Wilson to victory in the 2008 Roger Albert Clark (RAC) Rally.


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Confirmed Petrol Head first and foremost, who happens to enjoy photography as a hobby.
I was bitten by the motor sport bug at a young age and prefer long distance sports car racing over single seaters. I also love the passion and enthusiasm of the owners and drivers of historic race cars and find this form of motorsport, as well as rallying, the most spectacular because of the lower grip levels and loose style of driving employed.

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  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...about 4 years ago

    Awesome Escort!!

  • Thanks Ken

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