Manta crew switches to Escort for 2016 historic rally campaign
Brothers Simon and Alister Crook have acquired the ex-richard Hill Ford Escort Mk2 for this season’s British Historic Rally Championship.
Originally, they hoped to get their Opel Manta converted to historic trim but eventually decided to switch to the Escort used by Hill on last year’s BHRC.
“I’ve always yearned for a full spec car since starting rallying in 1980; it will be nice to have a few years in one,” said Simon.
They will miss round one, the Red Kite Stages, due to their father’s 80th birthday, so will join the BHRC for Rally North Wales. They will shake the car down on the Bovington Stages in early March.
Seasoned Yorkshire rally driver Charlie Gabb has completed the build of a Lotus Cortina Mk1 for historic rallying and tested the car recently. His plans will likely centre on northern forest events