Craig’s race against time

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Me­chanic Craig Dawes is racing to fix his Ford Es­cort MkII so that he can at­tempt a record-break­ing run. Dawes will be go­ing for Guin­ness World Record glory by at­tempt­ing the world’s fastest quar­ter-mile car­a­van tow at the Clas­sic Ford Show at Santa Pod, Bed­ford­shire, this Sunday (4 June), hope­fully driv­ing his tur­bocharged Es­cort MkII.

How­ever, the Es­cort’s head gas­ket failed dur­ing prac­tice runs. Dawes says: ‘I’m cur­rently pric­ing up re­place­ment head gas­kets and timescales to see if I can re­pair it in time.’

The show will also play host to a Face Off in­volv­ing the UK’s best Ford-based drag­sters. Split over ses­sions in the morn­ing and af­ter­noon, driv­ers will be in­vited to set their fastest time, af­ter which the two fastest cars will go head-to-head, with the win­ner be­ing crowned the 2017 Face Off Cham­pion.

There will also be a Ford-only Run What Ya Brung on the drag strip, open to show visi­tors and their cars.


Is Craig’s Es­cort a record-breaker?

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