Ford Es­cort’s pre­cious pa­tron­age

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

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.


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