Classic American

Damn Yankees Summer Slam, North Weald, July 17


As if the heat the previous weekend at the Rally of the Giants wasn’t enough, the following Sunday saw the Met Office issue a red warning for exceptiona­l heat… and boy was it hot! That didn’t put off many attendees (although it undoubtedl­y impacted on a few) including this exceptiona­l 1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7, which might look a little familiar to some readers. Recognise it? Yes, it’s the very same Cougar that won Car of the Year back in 2005! Laboriousl­y restored 17 years ago, it’s unusual in that cars of this era have a lot more plastic used in their constructi­on, which in itself is a challenge, yet this Mercury looks mint, as if it’s just rolled out of the factory. Current owner Mike Churchill is no stranger to Car of the Year, having taken part in the 2017 competitio­n with his 1973 Lincoln Continenta­l Mark IV, and is 2022’s heat 4 winner.

 ?? ?? 1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7...
1973 Mercury Cougar XR-7...
 ?? ?? … belonging to Mike Churchill. HEAT 4
… belonging to Mike Churchill. HEAT 4

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