Ford Escort RS1800 (Rally Giants) (Paperback)

By Graham Robson

Veloce Publishing, 9781787111097, 128pp.

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (5/1/2008)

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Description

The Ford Escort RS1800 (Escort MkII) was consistently the fastest, most successful, and most versatile car in the second half of the 1970s. Developed from the Mk1 blueprint, its rally successes were legendary; taking victories at British (RAC), Safari, Acropolis, Finland (1000 Lakes), Sweden, Portugal, Canada, and many more.

These rugged, powerful, and efficiently designed cars were ideal for almost any condition any environment could throw at them. Between 1975 and 1981, the car would win 17 World Rallies, as well as the World Makes Championship in 1979 and Escort drivers like Bjorn Waldegard (1979) and Ari Vatanen (1981) won World Drivers' Championships.

Ford claims, and it may be right, that RS1800s have won more rallies at World, International, and National level than any other car in the world.


About the Author

After a varied career in the automotive industry, Graham Robson has gained a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has more than 160  books to his credit. Born in 1936, and educated at Ermysteds Grammar School in Yorkshire, Graham then went on to study Engineering at Oxford University. He  joined Jaguar Cars as a graduate trainee, becoming involved in design work on the Mk II, E-Type and Mark X. Beginning as a hobby, he became a rally co-driver, eventually joining the Sunbeam 'works' team in 1961, and took part in rallies up to International level (once with Roger Clark), but stopped rallying by 1968. During this time, he joined Standard-Triumph in Coventry, in 1961, as a Development Engineer, mainly on sports car projects. He then ran the re-opened 'works' motorsport department from 1962 to 1965, this being the period of the birth of Spitfire Le Mans cars, TR4, Vitesse, Spitfire and 2000 rally car developments. Graham Robson’s writing began with rally reports for magazines which evolved into a job with Autocar from 1965 to 1969. He was recruited back to industry at Rootes to run the Product Proving department, then after a brief period in 1972 as technical director of a safety belt company, became an independent motoring writer. Graham has lived 'by the pen' and 'by the voice', not only writing but commentating, presenting and organising events of all types.