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Little Classics News: 3 May 2016

Classic Fords See Biggest Simply Ford Rally at Beaulieu

Beaulieu Simply Ford Rally - Ford Escort MK2

A record 1,350 Fords, including a huge number of classics, gathered in the grounds of Beaulieu for the seventh Simply Ford rally.

Beaulieu Simply Ford Rally - Ford Transit

Ranging from classic family saloons to vans, hot-rods, restoration projects and more, the incredible display of classic Fords celebrated many of the cars which were once common and are now fondly remembered.

Beaulieu Simply Ford Rally - Ford Consul

Fords which have been lovingly modified by enthusiasts represented a large part of the cars on show, ranging from a Model A hot rod and a Maserati V8-engined Popular 103E, to a turbocharged 1980s Escort van.

Beaulieu Simply Ford Rally - Ford V8 Popular

Lovers of highly original machines were also spoilt for choice. An Escort Mk1 Nimbus camper van, still used for camping by the same family which bought it as new, was an unusual sight. While equally rare was a 1962 Ford Anglia Friary estate (below), which is one of only three examples known to exist in the UK.

Beaulieu Simply Ford Rally - Ford Anglia Friary

Other pristine classics on show ranged from Mustangs and Zodiacs to Capris and Cortinas, while a cosmetically-challenged Granada Dorchester limousine may have been a work in progress for its owner, but still turned many heads.

Beaulieu Simply Ford Rally - Ford Zephyr

American Fords also wowed the crowds. No less than three 1960s Ford Galaxies, with huge bodywork and powerful V8 engines, were on display, while a 1972 Ford Econoline van from the States contrasted with the British Transits, including a period-perfect Mk2 Transit restored as a Gulf racing team support vehicle.

Beaulieu Simply Ford Rally - Ford Ecoline Van

Show regulars Ford Heritage brought along stunning original examples of the Mustang and the Focus RS, along with the latest versions of these respected performance models.

Throughout the day, rally participants and Beaulieu visitors voted for their favourite car from the wide variety on show in the People’s Choice Award. Glyn Baker’s stunning 1973 Ford Escort Mk1 RS2000 was the overall winner, having been restored by Glyn using a Cosworth engine and a selection of high performance components.

Beaulieu Simply Ford Rally Peoples' Choice Award

“My modifications mean that it is more of a modern car to drive than a 1973 RS2000, although on the road it does shake your fillings,” said Glyn, who was presented with a commemorative Beaulieu trophy and a special Autoglym prize by Mark Docherty, Autoglym’s PR & Events Manager.

The People’s Choice Award runners-up were Dave George, with his vivid green Focus RS, and Chris Arkell, who had rebuilt his 1970 Mustang Cobra Jet with skills he had learnt from watching Youtube videos.

Visit: www.beaulieu.co.uk



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