Iwas very excited to read Quinton Taylor’s article The Jeweller’s Touch in the September issue [No. 333]. My interest in the story is not just for the fantastic-looking and lovingly restored Lotus twin-cam Ford Escort — which in my eyes is a true classic car — but also because of the owner, Bruce Mayo.
Sometime in the late ’70s, I joined the Escort Car Club, of which Bruce and Pam were already members. Early on, Bruce would turn up to club events in the family car — a white with yellow stripe Mk1 Escort. He would compete against the best of them — some with cars in full rally trim — and blow our doors off! Gradually, over time, bit by bit, more ‘go fast’ bits were added, and then finally a roll cage. Years later, when Bruce was rallying his Mk2 two-litre BDA, in which he had some great results, I crewed for him, and I have great memories of the times we all shared as members of what was an awesome little car club. It was nice to see that Bruce still has his enthusiasm for the little classic Escort, which has always punched well above its weight. He is clearly still as fussy as he always was, and should be very proud of what he has achieved. As a footnote, Bruce is also a very talented jeweller, as the rings on my wife’s fingers are still testament to some 35 years later.