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Ford GT70

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Ford GT70

Ford has enjoyed many successes in motorsport but one of its rarest creations came about thanks to a failure. In 1970, on the way back from an unsuccessful Monte Carlo Rally, Ford’s then competitions director Stuart Turner, and Ford rally driver, Roger Clark, discussed the need for a light and simple mid-engined car capable of taking various engines.

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Jim Clark Tribute

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Jim Clark Tribute

Jim Clark won his home Grand Prix at Aintree in 1962, at Brands in 1964 and at Silverstone in 1963, 1965 and 1967, every time driving a green Lotus and his career-long love affair with Lotus is as much integral to the Jim Clark legend as the stunning level of easy, almost unaware, genius that this softly spoken border sheep farmer always displayed.

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Nigel Mansell – 1992 Formula 1 World Champion

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Nigel Mansell – 1992 Formula 1 World Champion

The 1992 Formula One season made history, Nigel Mansell in a Williams-Renault won the first five races in a row, a feat only equalled by Michael Schumacher in his Ferrari in 2004. After the early season success it was always a when Mansell would be crowned World Champion – not if. 1992 was he year of Nigel Mansell.

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Lotus Esprit Buyers Guide (1976-1988)

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Lotus Esprit Buyers Guide (1976-1988)

Sharp-edged wedges were the order of the day in the Seventies, when Giorgetto Giugaro’s original Lotus Espirt was unveiled as the Silver Car concept at he Turin motor show in 1972 . Based on a Europa twin-cam chassis, it was developed to the point where the first Espirt prototype was displayed at the 1973 Geneva salon.

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Jack Sears

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Jack Sears

Born on February 16th 1930 and is a British former race and rally driver. He won the inaugural British Saloon Car Championship in 1958, driving an Austin Westminster and regained the title in 1963, driving a variety of cars including a Ford Cortina GT, a seven litre Ford Galaxie and a Lotus Cortina, which was used for the final two races.

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Ford Cortina History

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Ford Cortina History

Fifty years ago, on September 21, 1962, Ford’s new Cortina was launched. Costing £573 for the standard 1200 saloon, it became an instant best-seller and enjoyed a 20-year career in which 4.3 million units were produced.

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Group B Rally Cars

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Group B Rally Cars

In 1982, the FIA introduced a set of regulations for competition vehicles in racing and rallying, referred to as Group B.

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COB 6008 – The History of a Racing Cobra

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COB 6008 – The History of a Racing Cobra

On 6th September 1964, COB 6008s first owner, Bruce Ropner, entered the Capston 4-hour relay race at Croft and on 29th September competed in a drag race at RAF Church Fenton where it won its class. Keith Schellenberg purchased 6008 during 1965 and continued to compete during that season. He then took part in the Angolan Grand Prix in Africa in November 1965.

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166 RUR – The First Ever Lotus Works Cortina

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166 RUR – The First Ever Lotus Works Cortina

166 RUR, chassis number 17, is believed by Lotus experts to be the second oldest surviving Mk1 Lotus Cortina in the world. At the Oulton Park Gold Cup on 20th September 1963, it was the very first ‘works’ car to be raced.

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Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 Buyers Guide

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Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 Buyers Guide

Henry Ford was never one to miss a marketing opportunity. Since putting the world on wheels his ethos was to provide the public with what they want at an affordable price and make a tidy profit along the way. The escort RS2000 took the maximum to a new level.

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