WIN a Scalex­tric Ford Es­cort MKI

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This month we’ve been ran­sack­ing shelves at the lo­cal Scalex­tric dis­trib­u­tor in search of new ar­rivals — and while there were many new ad­di­tions to the pop­u­lar range of slot-car rac­ers, this dis­tinc­tive yel­low-and­green Es­cort MKI caught our eye. Fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion re­vealed a very fa­mil­iar name, that of Jean Todt. While rally fans will know Todt from his in­volve­ment with rally stars such as Rauno Aal­to­nen, Ove An­der­s­son, Timo Mäki­nen, and Hannu Mikkola, amongst many oth­ers, Peu­geot en­thu­si­asts will be more fa­mil­iar with his role as the di­rec­tor of Peu­geot Tal­bot Sport dur­ing the ’80s and early ’90s. Nat­u­rally, the ti­fosi will point to Todt’s in­volve­ment as man­ager of Scud­e­ria Fer­rari — and, of course, he later took over from Max Mosley as pres­i­dent of the Fédéra­tion In­ter­na­tionale de l’au­to­mo­bile (FIA). How­ever, back in the ’60s and early ’70s, Todt was mak­ing a name for him­self as a rally co-driver — and it’s from this pe­riod that the Scalex­tric Es­cort dates. It car­ried the liv­ery of Team Ford and BP, and Todt co-drove the car along­side Jean-françois Piot on many ral­lies dur­ing 1969–’72, in­clud­ing the 1970 Monte Carlo Rally — hence the sig­nage for this rally on the Scalex­tric model. Alas, Piot and Todt didn’t have too much luck on the 1970 Monte — they re­tired with trans­mis­sion woes. But you could get lucky thanks to the good guys at Toymod Ltd — the NZ Corgi/ Van­guard dis­trib­u­tor — as we’ve got one of th­ese Es­cort slot-car rac­ers to give away to a lucky reader. Just an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion: Q: How is Jean Todt con­nected to the award­win­ning movie, Crouch­ing Tiger, Hid­den Dragon? Toen­terthis­com­pe­ti­tion,headto: clas­s­ic­car.co.nz/com­pe­ti­tions Com­pe­ti­tion­clos­esoc­to­ber20,2015. Scalex­tric­mod­el­sa­reavail­able­fro­ma­ll­go­od­toy and­hob­byshops.con­tact­toy­modltd (Pobox18263,auck­land,ph.095270122/ fax095270144)tofind­y­our­closes­tre­tailer.

Kyosho Bent­ley Mulsanne Speed

We couldn’t re­sist mak­ing a quick men­tion of the two ver­sions of the fab­u­lous Mulsanne Speed that are part of Kyosho’s Orig­i­nal range. Th­ese im­pres­sive 1:18 die-cast mod­els — avail­able in ei­ther Onyx or Ru­binho Red — are suit­ably mas­sive and heavy. De­tail­ing, as we’ve come to ex­pect from Kyosho’s mod­els, is su­perb, and hav­ing just got back from a drive in one of the top-of-the-range Bent­leys, we can at­test to the ac­cu­racy of the model, es­pe­cially the au­then­tic-look­ing in­te­ri­ors. Due to their sheer size, th­ese mod­els aren’t ex­actly bar­gain priced — un­less you com­pare the cost with that of the real thing. Kyosho mod­els are avail­able from all good toy and hobby shops. Con­tact Toymod Ltd (PO Box 18263, Auck­land, ph. 09 527 0122 / fax 09 527 0144) to find your clos­est re­tailer.

Not to be out­done by the US, Ford’s Euro­pean divi­sions (plus a few well-known tuners) have a long tra­di­tion of turn­ing stan­dard fare into de­sir­able per­for­mance cars — but can you iden­tify all th­ese fast Fords?

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