Mo­tor­way bat­tle of the ‘fast’ Fords

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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

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