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Top 20 Ford Escorts 1970

As a new decade arrived it was the new Ford Escort that soon became the car to have replacing the ageing Ford Anglias. Escorts won 97 saloon car races or at least the `big` class in the 1970 season at club level. The car also launched the career of the likes of Dave Brodie ,Tony Sugden ,Colin Hawker ,Doug Niven who would all become stalwarts of special saloon racing through the next decade.

The list below documents the variety of Escorts in terms of success purely on that 1970 season. These are for just special saloon races not British Saloon car championship ones but includes those Brit Saloon cars ( Group 2 ) who did appear in special saloon races as often happened back then.

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CAR : FORD ESCORT 2.1 'YKM 766J'aka'Run Baby Run'

DRIVER : DAVE BRODIE (b.1943) from Maidenhead

ENTRANT : FRANK WILLIAMS RACING

ENGINE : Twin-Cam bored to 2100cc ( 200 bhp )

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 32

ACTUAL WINS 1970 : 20 outright plus 1 further class = 21

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 16 ( 5 jointly )

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : 4 ( 2 shared )

Thruxton ,Brands club ,Mallory full ( shared ), Brands GP ( shared ).

CHAMPIONSHIP : BRSCC 'Hepolite' class winner

                    Atlantic Challenge class winner            

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6 'WGC 274G' upgraded to RS1600 - prepared by David Wood Engineering

DRIVER : JOHN BLOOMFIELD

ENTRANT : JOHN BLOOMFIELD CARS ( LONDON )

ENGINE : G2 Twin-Cam 1594cc (174bhp) to June 20th

           BDA 1601cc debut June 28th

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 16

ACTUAL WINS 1970 : 10 outright wins

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 10

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : 2 Crystal Palace , Mallory clubmens.

CHAMPIONSHIP : none in particular contested

nb- for sale May 1971 less engine by Geoff Nicklen

 

DAVE BRODIE - 21 Class Wins 1970

JOHN BLOOMFIELD - 10 Class Wins 1970

TONY SUGDEN - 11 Class Wins 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6  

DRIVER : TONY SUGDEN (b.1932) from Doncaster

ENTRANT : TONY SUGDEN RACING

ENGINE : Twin-Cam 1558cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 23

ACTUAL WINS 1970 : 2 outright wins + 9 further class =11

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 4  ( 2 shared )

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : BRSCC-N 'Troy Tires' class winner

DOUG NIVEN - 10 Class Wins 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.8 'XTW 386F' ex-Graham Birrell

DRIVER : DOUG NIVEN from Scotland

ENTRANT : WYLIE`S of GLASGOW

ENGINE : Twin-Cam bored to 1850cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 13

ACTUAL WINS 1970 : 9 outright wins + 1 further class = 10

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 8  ( 1 shared )

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : Ingliston 'Hartley Whyte' winner

COLIN HAWKER -

8 Class Wins 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 3.0

DRIVER : COLIN HAWKER from Ilford

ENTRANT : TOLEMAN TRANSPORT

ENGINE : Ford Zodiac V6 2994cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 23

ACTUAL WINS 1970 : 7 outright wins + 1 further class = 8

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 8  ( 2 shared )

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : Atlantic 3rd in class

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DAVE MATTHEWS - 8 Class Wins 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6 ( Group 5 ) ex-Frank Gardner ( Alan Mann ) ,Barry Pearson + 1.3 ( Group 2 )

DRIVER : DAVE MATTHEWS from Rotherham

ENTRANT : MELTON RACING

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1594cc ( ETCC-spec )

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 13 + 2 in 1.3 G2 car

ACTUAL WINS 1970 : 6 outright wins + 2 further class = 8 ( 1 outright was in the 1.3 car )

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 7  (1 shared) + 1 in 1.3 car

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : Aintree , Cadwell Park full ,

CHAMPIONSHIP : none in particular

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DAVID COLEMAN - 6 Class Wins 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6

DRIVER : DAVID COLEMAN

ENTRANT : DAVID COLEMAN

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1558cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 14 all at Snetterton ACTUAL WINS 1970 : 3 outright wins + 3 further class = 6

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 3  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : none in particular

VINCE WOODMAN - 6 Class Wins 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT GT 1.3 ( G2 ) + 1.0

DRIVER : VINCE WOODMAN from Bristol

ENTRANT : VINCE WOODMAN MOTORS

ENGINE : Ford 1297cc (148bhp) + 1.0

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 5 in 1300cc ,2 in 1000cc

ACTUAL WINS 1970 : 3 outright wins + 3 further class = 6 ( 2 outright + 2 in 1.3 car )

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 2  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : 1 Castle Combe 1300cc

CHAMPIONSHIP : none in particular

NB : 2 outright wins in 1300cc car in races against 1300+ cars

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STUART TURNER - 3 Class Wins 1970

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CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.8

DRIVER : STURT TURNER from Manchester

ENTRANT : STUART TURNER

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1760cc?

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 8 ( 5 at Oulton Park )

KNOWN WINS 1970 : 1 outright + 2 further class = 3

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 1  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : BRSCC Hepolite  Glacier

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.8

DRIVER : ANDY O`KEEFE of Farnborough ,Kent

ENTRANT : BARGAIN WALLPAPERS

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1760cc ( 170bhp) prepared by David Wood Engineering

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 22 ( 12 at Brands )

KNOWN WINS 1970 :1 outright + 1further class = 2 *

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 1  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : none in particular

*not counting the class win at Snetterton when an extra class of 1300-1600cc was used.

- sold to Norman Hodgson for 1971

ANDY O`KEEFE - 2 Class Wins 1970

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CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.8 / 2.0

DRIVER : JENNY BIRRELL

ENTRANT : WYLIE`S of GLASGOW

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 11 ( 8 at Ingliston )

KNOWN WINS 1970 : 2 outright wins

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : Ingliston Hartley Whyte r-up

 

JENNY BIRRELL - 2 Class Wins 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6 Group 2 spec ,built by Broadspeed. Ex-Chris Craft ,Jackie Stewart.

DRIVER : GRAHAM BIRRELL

ENTRANT : WYLIE`S of GLASGOW

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1594cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 3 ( all in Ingliston )

KNOWN WINS 1970 : 2 outright wins

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 1  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : Ingliston Hartley Whyte.

uprated to 1.8 BDA for `71 G2 and advertised Sep 1971

 

GRAHAM BIRRELL- 2 Class Wins 1970

JOHN MORRIS - 2 Class Wins 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.9

DRIVER : JOHN MORRIS

ENTRANT : JOHN MORRIS

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1865cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 9 ( 7 at Oulton )

KNOWN WINS 1970 : 2 outright wins

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 1  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : BRSCC Hepolite Glacier

 

PAUL STEPHENSON - 1 Class Win 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6

DRIVER : PAUL STEPHENSON from Market Weighton

ENTRANT : PAUL STEPHENSON

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 10 ( 5 at Oulton )

KNOWN WINS 1970 : 1 outright win

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : Nottm 'Troy Tires + Autos'

 

PHILIP 'PIP' DANBY - 1 Class Win 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6

DRIVER : PIP DANBY (9) + CYD WILLIAMS (1)

ENTRANT : INTERTECH /LAWRENCETUNE

ENGINE : Ted Martin V8 2846cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 10 ( 5 at Thruxton )

KNOWN WINS 1970 : 1 class win

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : BARC Osram

NB : car badly damaged at Crystal Palace . reapired and 3-litre Martin engine fitted for 1971.

 

BRIAN CUTTING - 1 Class Win 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 3.0

DRIVER : BRIAN CUTTING from Bournemouth

ENTRANT : BRIAN CUTTING

ENGINE : Ted Martin V8 2846cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 4 ( 3 at Castle Combe )

KNOWN WINS 1970 : 1 outright win

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 1  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : 1 Castle Combe

CHAMPIONSHIP : BARC Osram

 

 

NICK MAY - 1 Class Win 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6 Group 2

DRIVER : NICK MAY (5) + WILLY KAY (2)

ENTRANT : WILLY KAY

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1594cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 7

KNOWN WINS 1970 : 1 outright win

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : BRSCC Hepolite

 

 

KEITH BOWMAKER - 1 Class Win 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.7

DRIVER : KEITH BOWMAKER

ENTRANT : PERDAL DEVELOPMENTS

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1760cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 6

KNOWN WINS 1970 : 1 class win

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : none in particular

 

 

TERRY DRURY - 1 Class Win 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6 Group 2

DRIVER : TERRY DRURY

ENTRANT : TERRY DRURY

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1594cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 5

KNOWN WINS 1970 : 1 class win

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : none in particular

 

 

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6 ( ex-Mike Young )

DRIVER : ARTHUR PREOU

ENTRANT : ARTHUR PREOU

ENGINE : Ford Cosworth FVA 1650cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 10

KNOWN WINS 1970 : none ( 3 x 2nd in class )

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : BARC Osram ( 8 rounds )

 

 

ARTHUR PREOU - 0 Class Wins 1970

DEREK RIDLER - 0 Class Wins 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6 Group 2 spec

DRIVER : DEREK RIDLER from Brighton

ENTRANT : VIP PETROLEUM

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1594cc ( 184 bhp )

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 8

KNOWN WINS 1970 : none best finish 3rd

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : none in particular

- footnote car sold to Simon Kirkby for 1971

 

PAT MANNION - 0 Class Wins 1970

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6 Group 2 spec 'PJN 232G'

DRIVER : PAT MANNION

ENTRANT : REVOLUTION STEERING WHEELS

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1594cc Vegantune

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 6 ( 3 at Thruxton )

KNOWN WINS 1970 : none best 2nd in class x 3

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : none in particular

 

 

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6 / 2.1

DRIVER : ERIC CHAPPELL

ENTRANT : ERIC CHAPPELL

ENGINE : Ford twin-cam 1558cc = 2105cc

KNOWN STARTS 1970 : 7 ( 4 at Brands )

KNOWN WINS 1970 : none ,best 2nd in class x 3

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0  

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1970 : none

CHAMPIONSHIP : none in particular

 

 

ERIC CHAPPELL - 0 Class Wins 1970

and the best of the rest in 1970...

ROGER TAYLOR

( 1968 Redex winning car ,1820cc, badly rolled at Snetterton in June - 4 known races )

GLEN CAMPBELL ( 3.0 , 3 known races )

WILLIAM DREYER ( 3 known races )

CHRIS VENTER ( 3 known races )

BRIAN ROBINSON ( 1.6 Group 2-spec , 2 known races )

and 1 known races for : JOHN FITZPATRICK (G2) ,JOHN HINE (G2) ,KEN COFFEY (G2) ,ZEKIA REDJEP (G2) ,TONY ALGIERI (G2) ,PHIL DE BANKS ,SUSAN TUCKER-PEAKE ,KEVIN McDONALD ,RAY AUSTEN ,MARTIN HURST ( Rover V8 ) ,PETER WARREN ,BOB TORRIE ,TOM JEFFREY and in Ireland ROBERT WARD ( photo ).

Figures to be updated if more results become known

 

 

 

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