Ford Escort 50th birthday: Time for Tea?


The Ford Escort still has such large a presence on the global motorsport stage that you'd be forgiven for forgetting that this model is actually 50 years old in 2018. Today, as in the late 1960s, Escorts compete in rallying and historic touring car races the world over, scraping hedges and banging bumpers as well as they ever have.

On its 50thΒ birthday, if you were to add up the international, national and club level wins achieved in an Escort, it'd probably be Ford's most successful competition car by a long margin - and it's not like the tally is showing any signs of slowing in growth.

To some purists, the rear-drive Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts will forever remain the best of the bunch, born before the rise of all-wheel drive rallying. Even Ford itself appears most fond of the early cars, as is evident in its new video, which features them exclusively.

In it there are several legendary names from the Escort's motorsport past and countless clips of vintage video from its rallying and racing days. Which only means one thing: time to get the kettle on. Or whatever else you might fancy at this time of year...

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  • Leggy 11 Dec 2018

    Had a both MK1 & 2 Mexico’s back in the day.
    My ideal garage would have one of each with forest arches, and an X-pack Mk2.
    Iconic and still a joy to watch after all these years.

  • greenarrow 11 Dec 2018


    Along with the Mini one of the most iconic British cars of all time and best motorsport cars ever. I am sure the Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts are a big reason why the Brits even to this day are so fond of Fords.

    I had a Mk2 estate back in the day and it was dreadful, but I wish I'd bought a Mexico when you could pick em up for a grand! When I passed my test in 1988 you really could!

  • s m 11 Dec 2018

    Leggy said:
    Had a both MK1 & 2 Mexico’s back in the day.
    My ideal garage would have one of each with forest arches, and an X-pack Mk2.
    Iconic and still a joy to watch after all these years.
    Would have liked an X-pack RS2 too - managed to own a few Escorts and couple of RS ones - had great fun in them

  • blade7 11 Dec 2018

    s m said:
    Leggy said:
    Had a both MK1 & 2 Mexico’s back in the day.
    My ideal garage would have one of each with forest arches, and an X-pack Mk2.
    Iconic and still a joy to watch after all these years.
    Would have liked an X-pack RS2 too - managed to own a few Escorts and couple of RS ones - had great fun in them
    I don't get the motivation for fitting big power turbo engines, part of the charm was there was more chassis than engine, and it was easy to throw them around.

  • ArnageWRC 11 Dec 2018

    The car, that even now, in 2018, defines British Rallying; which is remarkable. Not that it's necessarily a good thing.....

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