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Richard Heseltine’s top 10 fast Fords

Resisting the temptation to include the OSI 20M TS, Richard Heseltine selects his favourite fast Fords.
11

Ford Escort Twin Cam

This was the first Escort I ever drove of any description so I set the bar pretty high! Q-car-ish looks, tuneful engine and bags of character, too.  It was a lovely thing, one that made me realise what I had been missing.
22

Ford Escort RS1600

The union of a Cosworth BDA engine and a first-gen Escort hull made for a brilliant rally weapon. While perhaps a bit grumpy at low speeds, they’re great fun at speed. I wish I had the wherewithal to buy one.
33

Ford Escort RS1800

Yep, it’s another Escort… What’s more, it’s another homologation special built with motorsport in mind. To me, it conjures images of Hannu Mikkola and Roger Clark driving on the lockstops – between trees – on the RAC Rally. That is a good thing.
44

Ford Escort Gartrac G6

I used to watch Gartrac’s steroidal, rear-wheel drive Escort MkIIIs rallying when I was a young pup. I was also awed by Martin Schanche’s turbo G4 rallycross weapon which was insanely powerful. I craved a G6 road car back then. Nothing has changed in the meantime.
55

Ford GT40 MkII

Yep, it’s a bit (very) exotic but this was at the epicentre of Ford’s Total Performance programme in the 1960s. I got my bum in one a few years back and it was everything I hoped it would be and more. It lived up to the hype.
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Ford Capri RS3100

It was either this or a German market-only RS2800. The RS3100 wins the toss because of the stripes. Oh, and the ducktail spoiler. It just screams 1970s, as does the garb and hair-don’t of sometime Capri racer, Sir Jackie Stewart, pictured here.
77

Ford Focus RS Mk1

I picked this for no other reason than I once spent a very enjoyable weekend thrashing one around Wales. The Focus wasn’t without its flaws, but they were rather outnumbered by the positives. It was an instant classic, one fully deserving of its RS badging.
88

Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1

To be honest, it took me a little while to warm to the Lotus Cortina. It was only after I drove one that had been meticulously restored that I appreciated what all the fuss was about. It really is a wonderful car, and one that burnished the reputations of both Ford and Lotus.
99

Ford Cortina Savage V6

I am a sucker for modified Fords from the likes of Super Speed, Allard, Willment and so on, but the Race Proved Cortina Savage MkII wins the toss. I would have the estate version in a heartbeat. Image © Charles/Flickr
1010

Dave Brodie Capri II Super Saloon

Yes, it’s a racing car, but just look at it! What should have been a proper Blue Oval challenger to the DTV/Gerry Marshall Vauxhall steamroller didn’t amount to much, but I don’t care. It’s bloomin’ ace.
Resisting the temptation to include the OSI 20M TS, Richard Heseltine selects his favourite fast Fords.
11

Ford Escort Twin Cam

This was the first Escort I ever drove of any description so I set the bar pretty high! Q-car-ish looks, tuneful engine and bags of character, too.  It was a lovely thing, one that made me realise what I had been missing.
22

Ford Escort RS1600

The union of a Cosworth BDA engine and a first-gen Escort hull made for a brilliant rally weapon. While perhaps a bit grumpy at low speeds, they’re great fun at speed. I wish I had the wherewithal to buy one.
33

Ford Escort RS1800

Yep, it’s another Escort… What’s more, it’s another homologation special built with motorsport in mind. To me, it conjures images of Hannu Mikkola and Roger Clark driving on the lockstops – between trees – on the RAC Rally. That is a good thing.
44

Ford Escort Gartrac G6

I used to watch Gartrac’s steroidal, rear-wheel drive Escort MkIIIs rallying when I was a young pup. I was also awed by Martin Schanche’s turbo G4 rallycross weapon which was insanely powerful. I craved a G6 road car back then. Nothing has changed in the meantime.
55

Ford GT40 MkII

Yep, it’s a bit (very) exotic but this was at the epicentre of Ford’s Total Performance programme in the 1960s. I got my bum in one a few years back and it was everything I hoped it would be and more. It lived up to the hype.
6-jack6-jack

Ford Capri RS3100

It was either this or a German market-only RS2800. The RS3100 wins the toss because of the stripes. Oh, and the ducktail spoiler. It just screams 1970s, as does the garb and hair-don’t of sometime Capri racer, Sir Jackie Stewart, pictured here.
77

Ford Focus RS Mk1

I picked this for no other reason than I once spent a very enjoyable weekend thrashing one around Wales. The Focus wasn’t without its flaws, but they were rather outnumbered by the positives. It was an instant classic, one fully deserving of its RS badging.
88

Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1

To be honest, it took me a little while to warm to the Lotus Cortina. It was only after I drove one that had been meticulously restored that I appreciated what all the fuss was about. It really is a wonderful car, and one that burnished the reputations of both Ford and Lotus.
99

Ford Cortina Savage V6

I am a sucker for modified Fords from the likes of Super Speed, Allard, Willment and so on, but the Race Proved Cortina Savage MkII wins the toss. I would have the estate version in a heartbeat. Image © Charles/Flickr
1010

Dave Brodie Capri II Super Saloon

Yes, it’s a racing car, but just look at it! What should have been a proper Blue Oval challenger to the DTV/Gerry Marshall Vauxhall steamroller didn’t amount to much, but I don’t care. It’s bloomin’ ace.

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