Beetle V8 60s Saloons

UK Special Saloon + Modsports Historical Database

Ford Escorts 1971

posted in order of class wins :

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DAVE BRODIE -  13 Class Wins 1971

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

DRIVER : DAVE BRODIE (b.1943) from Maidenhead

ENTRANT : RACING SERVICES

ENGINE : BDA bored to 2150cc ( 215 bhp )

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 22   ( + 2 DNS )

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 13 in Escort ( 21 outright for the season including those in Lotus Elans and Lotus 62 )

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 11

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 5 Mallory club

( shared ), Mallory full ( shared ), Brands G.P. ( shared ), Castle Combe , Crystal Palace.

CHAMPIONSHIP : BRSCC Hepolite Glacer 2nd in class

NORMAN HODGSON - 13 Class Wins 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6 ( ex-Andy O`Keefe )

DRIVER : NORMAN HODGSON

ENTRANT : CROSBY MOTOR GARAGE

SPONSOR : HOWARD ARTMS HOTEL

ENGINE : Twin-Cam 1.6 with fuel-inj ( 175 bhp )

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 26

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 12 outright plus 1 further class win

( plus 1 more class win in the Janglia )

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 11

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 :

CHAMPIONSHIP : BRSCC-N Northern Saloon class winner

( 8 of the class wins came at Croft )

CAR : FORD ESCORT GT 1.3 G2-spec ( ex-John Fitzpatrick Broadspeed car ) 'EVX 256H'

DRIVER : VINCE WOODMAN ( b.Bristol 6-8-36 )

ENTRANT : VWM

ENGINE : 1298 cc

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 7

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 4 outright plus 2 further class win

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 3

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 1 Castle Combe ( shared )

CHAMPIONSHIP : non ( 4 of the 7 races at Castle Combe ) . In G2 finished 2nd in class ( 1300cc ) in British Saloon Car Championship in 1971 ,3 class wins

VINCE WOODMAN - 6 Class Wins 1971

BRIAN CUTTING - 5 Class Wins 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT V8

DRIVER : BRIAN CUTTING

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ENTRANT :  

ENGINE : Martin V8 2998cc

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 13

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 5 outright

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 6

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 :

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular ( 9 of the 13 races were at Thruxton )

TONY SUGDEN - 4 Class Wins 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.9

DRIVER : TONY SUGDEN ( b.Doncaster-23-04-32 )

ENTRANT : Tony Sugden

ENGINE : twin-cam bored to 1906cc , 2010cc

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 10

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 2 outright + 2 further class

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 1

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 1 Cadwell

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular but was 4th in class BRSCC Hepolite Glacer

JOHN BLOOMFIELD - 4 Class Wins 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT RS1600 G2

DRIVER : JOHN BLOOMFIELD

ENTRANT : John Bloomfield

ENGINE : David Wood-prepared BDA 1790cc ( 238 bhp )

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 9 ( 5 at Brands Hatch )

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 4 outright

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 4

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 :

CHAMPIONSHIP : Brands-based ARCO championship

plus 4th in class in British Saloon Car Championship ,2 class wins

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6

DRIVER : DAVID COLEMAN

ENTRANT :  

ENGINE : Twin-Cam 1.6

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 14

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 4 outright plus 2 further class wins in Ford Anglia 1.6

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 4

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 :

CHAMPIONSHIP :

DAVID COLEMAN - 4 Class Wins 1971

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CAR : FORD ESCORT t/c

DRIVER : DAVE MILLINGTON

ENTRANT : BROOK HIRE LIVERPOOL

ENGINE : Twin Cam

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 5

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 3 class wins

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 :

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular

DAVE MILLINGTON - 3 Class Wins 1971

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CAR : FORD ESCORT RS1600

DRIVER : JENNY BIRRELL

ENTRANT : Wylie's 

ENGINE : 1970cc

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 6 ( all at Ingliston )

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 4 outright

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 3

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 :

CHAMPIONSHIP : SMRC Hartley Whyte Championship ( Ingliston )

JENNY BIRRELL - 4 Class Wins 1971

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CAR : FORD ESCORT 2.1

DRIVER : STUART TURNER of Manchester

ENTRANT : STUART TURNER

ENGINE : Vegantune t/c 2.1

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 12

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 1 class win

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 :

CHAMPIONSHIP : Hepolite Glacer

NOTE : Not quite fast enough for outright wins but Stuart was a consistant class podium finisher. Not to be confused with Fords Motorsport man with the same name.

STUART TURNER - 1 Class Win 1971

DOUG NIVEN - 4 Class Wins 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT BDA

DRIVER : DOUG NIVEN

ENTRANT : Team Forbes / Perdal

ENGINE : BDA 1850cc , 2090cc

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 18 ( 9 at Ingliston )

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 3 outright

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 7

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 :

CHAMPIONSHIP : SMRC Hartley Whyte ( Ingliston ) ,

BRSCC-N Northern Saloon Championship  

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BOB TORRIE - 3 Class Wins 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT RS1600

DRIVER : BOB TORRIE

ENTRANT : Bob Torrie

ENGINE : BDA 1680cc

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 12 ( 10 at Silverstone )

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 3 outright

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 3

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 :

CHAMPIONSHIP : BRDC Triplex ,2nd in class  

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GRAHAM BIRRELL - 2 Class Wins 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT RS1600 ( 2 team cars )

DRIVER : GRAHAM BIRRELL

ENTRANT : Wylie's 

ENGINE : 1600cc + 1970cc

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 4

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 4 outright

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 1

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 1 Ingliston

CHAMPIONSHIP : SMRC Hartley Whyte Championship ( Ingliston ) .

If 1970 was dominated by the new influx of Escorts winning 97 races ( or at least big classes of races ) there was a drop for 1971 to 78 ,still a huge figure. One reason for the drop was that Mick Hill in his new Boss Capri won 31 races and set a new benchmark in special saloons. Escorts did start to win outside of the big class also with Vince Woodman + Teddy Savory in the 2 G2 VWM Escort 1.3 GTs winning 7 times between them. David Wragg became the first winner in a 1-litre Escort in that class.

The list below documents the variety of Escorts in terms of success purely on that 1971 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.

CAR : FORD ESCORT FVA ( F2 rear gearbox )

DRIVER : NORMAN ABBOTT ( + JOHN EMMINS )

ENTRANT : Norman Abbott

ENGINE : Abbott FVA 2150cc

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 6 + 4

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 2 outright ( 1 win each driver )

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 2

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : Brands Hatch club for Abbott ( Dec.5th ) 53.2

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular

NORMAN ABBOTT/JOHN EMMINS - 1+1 Class Wins 1971

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ROBIN GRAY - 1 Class Win 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT V8

DRIVER : ROBIN GRAY

ENTRANT : LAWRENCETUNE

ENGINE : Martin 2998cc V8

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 10

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 1 overall win

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 2

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 :

CHAMPIONSHIP : BARC Osram

NOTE : 5x 2nd in class finishes. Gray is still racing today ,now in his black Pontiac Firebird in the CSCC Future Classics series.

 

COLIN HAWKER - 1 Class Win 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT V6

DRIVER : COLIN HAWKER

ENTRANT : TOLEMAN DELIVERY SERVICES

ENGINE : Ford V6

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 11

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 1 overall win

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 1

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 :

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular

NOTE : having raced a V6 Escort in 1970 Hawker returned with what Autosport described as a new car at Crystal Palace on June 18th.

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Hawker chasing Bloomfield

DAVID WRAGG - 2 Class Wins 1971

TEDDY SAVORY - 1 Class Win 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT GT 1.3 G2

DRIVER : TEDDY SAVORY

ENTRANT : Vince Woodman Motors  

ENGINE : 1.3  

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 4

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 1 class win

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 0

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular

NOTE : The VWM team's second car . Best finish in G2 was 3rd in class at Brands Hatch.

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.0

DRIVER : DAVID WRAGG

ENTRANT : DAVID WRAGG

ENGINE : Ford 1-litre

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 5

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 2 class wins

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 0

CHAMPIONSHIP : Northern Saloon Championship

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MATTIE McNAMARA - 2 Class Wins 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT BDA

DRIVER : MATTIE McNAMARA

ENTRANT : AMOCO

ENGINE : BDA 1.8

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 4 ( 3 at Mondello Park )

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 2 outright wins

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 1

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 0

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular but races in Ireland. Described as a new car ,Autosport June 1971.

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PHIL DE BANKS / BILL GRAHAM

- 1 Class Win 1971

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.6

DRIVER : PHIL DE BANKS + BILL GRAHAM

ENTRANT :

ENGINE : FVA twin Cam 1.6

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 3 + 3

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 1 overall win ( De Banks )

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 0

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular

NOTE : Sold by De Banks to Graham lmid/l ate August

CAR : FORD ESCORT t/c

DRIVER : JOHN KEARNEY

ENTRANT : Roche

ENGINE : Twin Cam 1.6  

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 2

ACTUAL WINS 1971 : 1 outright ( Mondello )

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 1

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 0

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular

JOHN KEARNEY - 1 Class Win 1971

KEITH BOWMAKER

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.8

DRIVER : KEITH BOWMAKER

ENTRANT : Auto Tune

ENGINE : 1762cc  

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 7 ( all at Croft )

BEST FINISH IN 1971 : 2nd in class twice

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 0

CHAMPIONSHIP : Northern Saloon Championship

 

CAR : FORD ESCORT 1.3 GT ( Broadspeed ) G2

DRIVER : JOHN LITTLER

ENTRANT : Littler Brothers

ENGINE : 1.3  

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 5

BEST FINISH IN 1971 : 2nd in class twice

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 1

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 0

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular .

NOTE : finished 5th in class in the British Saloon car championship

JOHN LITTLER

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DENNIS NOTT

CAR : FORD ESCORT 'Jagscort' ,then BRM

DRIVER : DENNIS NOTT

ENTRANT :

ENGINE : Jaguar 3781cc , BRM 2999cc F1 V12  

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 4

BEST FINISH IN 1971 : 2nd in class

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 0

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular

 

ALAN TOBIAS

CAR : FORD ESCORT RS 1600

DRIVER : ALAN TOBIAS

ENTRANT : Perdal

ENGINE : 2040cc  

KNOWN STARTS 1971 : 4

BEST FINISH IN 1971 : 4th in class

KNOWN FASTEST LAPS RECORDED : 0

LAP RECORDS HELD end of 1971 : 0

CHAMPIONSHIP : non in particular

NOTE : Tobias also owned the famous Janglia Anglia arouned the same time.

 

BEST OF THE REST...

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The special saloon scene was again livened up by occasional visitors from the British Car Championship ( Group 2 ) in search of more track time. This was best illustrated by the now legendary Crystal Palace round of the BARC Osram Championship on September 11th captured by TV cameras and regarded as one of the best motor races of all time. Two G2 visitors diced wildly ( see photo ) with Martin Thomas ( Camaro ) hounded by Mike Crabtree ( Escort ) until the pressure told and Thomas spun and Crabtree took the flag. Except Crabtree had been adjudged to have jumped the start and lost the win to Gerry Marshall ( Viva ) who had huing on to the coat tails of the 2 up front.

ESCORTS APPEARING IN SPECIAL SALOON RACES 1971 ( not already featured above ) :

MIKE WESTON ( 1.6 ) 4 races at Brands Hatch , 2nd in class 3 times

NEIL HODGSON ( 1.6 ) 3 races at Ingliston , best finish 3rd in class

WILLY KAY ( BDA 1.8 G2-spec ) 3 races at Silverstone , 2nd in class 3 times

MIKE CRABTREE ( Willment G2-spec ) 2 races

DEREK HUNTLEY ( 1.6 ) 2 races

KEN COFFEY ( 1.8 G2-spec ) 2 races at Oulton Park ,1 class win

TERRY HARMER ( DJ Bond G2-spec ) 2 races at Brands Hatch

GLEN CAMPBELL ( V6 ) 2 races

PAUL SHRUBSHALL ( 1.6 Belmont Racing ) 2 races

ROD MANSFIELD ( 1.8 G2-spec ) 1 race

JOHN WINGFIELD ( 1670cc ) 1 race

PAUL STEPHENSON ( 1.6 ) 1 race

SIMON KIRKBY ( ex-Ridler ) 1 race

MIKE GORMAN ( 1670cc ) 1 race

SUSAN TUCKER-PEAKE ( 1297cc ) 1 race

PETER DALKIN ( in Doug Niven's car ) 1 race

JEFF CHURCHILL ( 1.3 ) 1 race

BRENDAN O'MAHONY ( 1.6 ) 1 race

JOHN WELCH ( Rallycross car ? ) 1 race

DIVA MAVROPOULOS ( Rally car ) 1 race

ROD SMITH ( Rally car ) 1 race

CHARLIE BRADLEY ( 1.8 ) 1 race

plus in entry lists :

JOHN ROBINSON ( 998cc )

ZEKIA REDJEP

RICHARD ELLICE ( 1.3 )

BRIAN PEACOCK ( 1.3 )

ROY STANDLEY ( 1.6 )

 

Source : entire season of 1971 Autopsort race reports ,so the above page is reflective of results rather than listing every Escort to race in entire season. List to be updated as more information becomes known.

 

 

Track tested by 'Motor' July 1971

Graham at Silverstone

Escort Milington