Ford Escort’s precious patronage
Jeweller Russell Lord has built a silver and gold miniature model of a 1976 Ford Escort, which is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for children’s charities when sold next year.
The 6.5in-long replica is one of kind, with 70 per cent silver bodywork. Numerous details – such as the bonnet hinges, brake discs and wheels – are made of gold, while diamonds and orange sapphires are used for the lights.
It took Lord over 1500 hours spread across 25 years to build the model at his Lord of London workshop in Brentwood, Essex. The piece will be sold for charity next year either by auction or raffle, with Lord hoping to take the model to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. With over £70k of materials having gone into the model, it is estimated to raise hundreds of thousands for good causes.
Lord is a long time Escort fan; starting with the Ford Escort MkI his father first bought for him, he went on to own 55 other Escorts over the course of his driving career.
He said: ‘I’ve been lucky. I’ve had a good part of my life but there are kids out there who aren’t so lucky.
‘ They don’t even get off the starting line whether that’s due to mental or physical problems or being abused, they don’t get a chance.’
Two charities will benefit from the sale: Warley-based Special Needs and Parents; and The Maddi Foundation.
Russell is planning to unveil the model will at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, at the NEC in Birmingham on 9-11 November, where it will go on display.