Easidrive mem­o­ries

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I read with in­ter­est Stephen Ho­p­ley’s let­ter in your 24 Fe­bru­ary is­sue, as I too had an MoT test on a ve­hi­cle at the be­gin­ning of this year. The new cer­tifi­cate’s ex­piry was in­cor­rectly set at 12 months from the test date, and not three weeks later as was the pre­vi­ous ex­piry date. Af­ter ask­ing the ex­am­iner why, I was told it was be­cause my car

Your Let­ters, The Editor, CCW, I was pleased to see your front-page taster for Top 10 Road Rac­ers ( CCW 24 Fe­bru­ary) show­ing a gen­uine Ford Es­cort RS1800, and was look­ing for­ward to read­ing the ar­ti­cle.

How dis­ap­pointed I was. The main body of the fea­ture was gen­er­ally fac­tual, but the state­ment that ‘a large chunk of th­ese headed off for the rally stages’ is to­tally off the mark. Very few of the 109 road cars were ral­lied. Most rally cars were built up from fac­tory shells and reg­is­tered as Es­cort RSs not RS1800s. Your Fas­ci­nat­ing Fact over­looks that the RS1800 was avail­able in two trim lev­els, and that the ex­tra cost Cus­tom fin­ish was ex­actly the same as the RS2000 with the same trim. Your What to Pay pric­ing is miles out, too. I am writ­ing in re­sponse to the Manu­matic Mem­o­ries let­ter from Stephen Moyce ( CCW, 10 Fe­bru­ary). I served my ap­pren­tice­ship in a Rootes garage when the Minx was in­tro­duced. Dur­ing this time I don’t re­call see­ing a Manu­matic Minx, but there was a Minx Easidrive. This semi-au­to­matic clutch­less sys­tem was fit­ted to the Su­per Minx.

It did have its teething trou­bles, mainly the gear se­lec­tion. Those ve­hi­cles fit­ted with Easidrive only had a col­umn change, with the gear­lever si­t­u­ated on the left of the steer­ing col­umn. P Mackinder, Peter­head, Aberdeen­shire

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