The car for sale here, driven by Matt Edwards from North Wales, is without doubt the most successful in the last few years. It was originally owned by Baz Jordan and had a Holbay engine but this engine gave up the ghost on Matt's first event. After this, famous Escort guru Geoff Jones took over the preparation of the car in his workshop near Machynlleth in West Wales. Geoff is not just a builder of cars but a hugely successful driver who does test and development work for many teams throughout the world and his first step was to order a BDG engine from Paul Gardner Engines in Lancashire. Anyone even slightly interested in rallying knows the unmistakable sound of the high revving BDG engines which now produce up to 275 bhp but this engine was to sacrifice a little power in exchange for mid-range torque and drivability. Jones then spent some time on the suspension and used his expertise and years of knowledge to make small modifications which produced a car that those who have driven it say handles and stops like no other Escort they have driven. One of the toughest British rallies in many years was the RAC in 2014, specifically on the first night with fog and slippery roads, and Matt was in no doubt that his 58 second lead after only twenty minutes of competition was largely down to Geoff providing a car that did everything required in the most difficult conditions. The car is fitted with a close ratio straight cut Rocket type gearbox with zero competition miles since a full rebuild by John Roberts who also rebuilt the Atlas axle, fitted with a 5.1:1 ZF differential, and the axle has less than 250 miles of competition use since then. The Gardner engine has only had nine hours competition use so has plenty of life before a rebuild is required. New front discs and pads have also been fitted. Before its last event the car, which has a full historic specification weld in roll cage, was treated to new forest arches and a complete respray and was fitted with a new RSD professional wiring loom. Seats and belts are in date currently but will need replaced for the 2017 season. Matt is only selling the car as he is intending to compete in the 2016 British Rally Championship for modern cars. For anyone who wants to move into Historic rallying for the first time or move up to the top class and wants a car to help them to do so this Escort must be the car to purchase. A small spares package will be supplied. Geoff Jones is more than happy to continue looking after the car and deliver it to and from events and Matt, who is an experienced rally instructor, will provide one day's help and support at a test day to enable the new owner to be fully up to speed before the first competitive event.
08 Nov 2015
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