Es­cort mem­o­ries

New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers’ Writes -

Donn An­der­son’s ar­ti­cle (page 50, Is­sue No. 308, Au­gust 2016) sparked a great me­mory-lane jour­ney. I spent much of the ’70s in var­i­ous mar­ket­ing roles in Ford New Zealand, and Es­cort was a very big part of my work in those days: some of the high­lights that come to mind in­clude or­der­ing the bulk ship­ments of CBU [com­pletely built up] Es­cort 1300 GTS and 1300 Sports in 1973/’74, the launch of the MKII model in 1975 and the 1600 Sport in 1977, co­or­di­nat­ing our mar­ket­ing with the Mas­port rally team and their suc­cesses year af­ter year, and im­port­ing a gen­uine UK RS2000 for the Ben­son and Hedges en­durance race (1978 I think, Denny Hulme / Mike Hail­wood were the driv­ers; the car was pre­pared by Mas­port). The 1978 Mo­tog­ard Rally also stands out, with Es­corts first to sixth, and eight in the top 10, and the ad­ver­tise­ment head­line we used was adapted from Meat­loaf’s hit song, “Eight out of 10 ain’t bad”!

The crown­ing piece of Donn’s story — the pic of the 1980 Es­cort lead car that Rob Wylie and I drove that year!

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