Motorway battle of the ‘fast’ Fords
Iread the article about the Ford Escort Mexico in CCW’s 11 January issue with a smile on my face. Someone here in Todmorden has one and each time I see this Mexico it brings back memories of a day in the 1970s when I overtook one on the relatively new M62 in my 1967 Ford Anglia 105E.
When I bought the Anglia it was in a sorry state with tatty bodywork and an unhappy engine that had the appearance of having contracted rabies, foaming in the radiator and oil filler caps. A friend’s brother was a coach painter by trade and while he was happily transforming its appearance I took the cylinder head off and found that the head gasket had well and truly blown. I spent quite a while on that cylinder head and then, with the correct engine oil and looking resplendent in its new paintwork, my ‘new’ Anglia was ready for a test drive.
The engine was running superbly, it sounded fine and there were no untoward noises or smells, so I thought I would take it up the motorway ‘to see what she would do’. I headed east towards Yorkshire and was soon climbing up to the summit of what was then Europe’s highest motorway.
As I reached the summit, I caught up with an Escort Mexico and passed it. The driver wasn’t happy and was frantically rocking to and fro in the driver’s seat trying to make his car go faster. I don’t know if it was the engine work or the smooth paintwork that allowed me to glide in front of that Mexico, but I’m pretty sure it was the fact that he was towing a large boat! Martin James Wild, Todmorden, West Yorkshire