CLAS­SIC FORD OF THE YEAR

Mickey Ste­wart’s Es­cort RS2000

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The polls have closed, the votes have been counted and we are pleased to re­veal that your Clas­sic Ford OfTheYear for 2018 is Mickey’s sub­lime Olympic Blue RS, fea­tured in the Septem­ber 2018 is­sue.

Life­long Es­cort fan, Mickey picked up this Mk1 last year, and while it was al­ready a good car Mickey wanted to go one bet­ter, and make up for the Olympic Blue Mk1 he re­gret­ted sell­ing many years ear­lier.

“I wanted the best RS2000 out there, and restor­ing a car to that kind of con­di­tion is well be­yond my skills, so the com­plete job was handed over to Kelly Baver­stock and Neil Bonds at Panel­craft Con­cours Ve­hi­cle Restora­tion.” With the word ‘con­cours’ in their com­pany name Kelly and Neil lived up to that rep­u­ta­tion, as the work they’ve done on the Es­cort proves.

There are de­lights ev­ery­where you look on this car, from the stan­dard steel wheels (rather than the usual, op­tional four-spokes) shod with era-cor­rect Dun­lop SP Sport Aqua­jet tyres sourced from Long­stone, to the gen­uine Group One ad­di­tions in­clud­ing the steer­ing wheel and huge air­box for the down­draught IDA carbs — just one part of the per­fect 2-litre Pinto put to­gether to cor­rect pe­riod spec by Con­naught Com­pe­ti­tion En­gines.

It may be fin­ished to con­cours spec, but Mickey is adamant that this RS2000 is to be en­joyed, so ex­pect to see it hack­ing down a B-road near you with Mickey grin­ning at the wheel for many years to come.

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