OLD SCHOOL RULES
Flying the flag for heavily modified old-school cool was Martin Woods and his brilliant low-mileage 1976 Viva HC load-lugger. He bought the car in March 2016. Back then, it was off the road and in a totally standard state of tune save for a set of JBW Minilight thirteen-inch wheels. “I’m a fan of old Fords,” he says, showing us photographs of his bubble-arched modified Mk1 Escort estate. “I bought the Viva and quickly fitted a Pinto lump, but engine technology has moved on so much since those powerplants were designed and built. Wanting to use more modern machinery, I decided to take on the challenge of fitting a two-litre ‘Black Top’ Zetec inlinefour lifted out of a Mondeo.” Mated to a Sierra Type 9 gearbox, the project required a Magnum rear axle, custom engine mounts and rerouted fluid transfer pipework. GAZ GHA adjustable coilovers were fitted, as were Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R motorcycle carbs, a custom exhaust, a Mk1 Escort brake servo, aftermarket seats and Smiths gauges before the car was sent for its MOT test just two days before PVS. Thankfully, Martin’s cool cargo carrier was given a clean bill of health. Not bad for an old Vauxhall which hasn’t seen the road for almost thirty years!