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Social media and forums connected with modified saloon racing fequently have the question of what happened to this race car or that race car raised after those cars have long since slipped off the radar. So an invitation to a discrete lock-up at a location somewhere in Nottinghamshire revealed a car once the fastest Silhouette car round Brands Hatch with plans to bring it back to life. The car in question is the spaceframe Escort RS2000 which had a relatively short circuit racing life with Robin Hooker and then Matthew Mortlock. It was a 600 bhp flame-belching Silhouette racer that caused some attention at the time before more spectacular action in a career in Hillclimbing with Bernard Armitage at the wheel.
Then more recently it was retired from competition , sold on and work began to convert the car into a road car. That would have sounded the end for the car to ever return to where it was intended ,the race tracks. That was until its new owners , a father and son team with a passion for Escorts and the dream of taking the car back to its roots sourced the car in London and brought it back to their workshop in April 2016.

DATE CAR NO. CIRCUIT RACE RESULT
APR 20th #28 BRANDS HATCH BARC/BRSCC Silhouettes 1st + fastest lap
MAY 10th DONINGTON PARK BARC/BRSCC Silhouettes 5th ( 3rd in class )
MAY 25th MALLORY PARK BARC/BRSCC Silhouettes 2nd overall ( 2nd in class )
JUN 27th OULTON PARK BARC/BRSCC Silhouettes 2nd overall ( 2nd in class )

to the hills...

The next phase of the Escort`s life was in the mysterious world of Hillclimbing and Sprints . A form of motorsport that traditionally get hardly any media coverage but dates bck toi the birth of motorrsport.
The Escort proved a formidable car and took Bernard Armitage to the Midland Speed Championship`s Sports Libre class title in 2004 , 2005 and 2007.
The car had been altered by then , the engine had been replaced by a 2.6 litre 300 bhp Millington Diamond and the gearbox for a 4-speed. It was also now a bright yellow colour but that huge wing no doubt gave Armitage plenty of downforce to keep the car stuck to the tarmac.
In 2008 Armitage advertised the car for sale for 15k with the intension of retiring from motorsport. This wasnt immediate but the car was eventually sold on.

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