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PostPost by: jono » Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:45 am

..posted especially for Mark K (who has probably already seen it) 8)

Some great period footage, including Mini action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qECm1lkbqBM
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:52 pm

I hadn't seen that Jon...Fantastic! Thanks for posting.

Do you think that the film may have been made by Ford?!

'Sometimes the Minis tried TOO hard to keep up with the Escort'

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PostPost by: dougweall » Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:53 pm

Oooooo Croft Rallycross, World of Sport Rallycross all them years ago 8) Superb.

Thanks for putting this up Jono, this led me on to other things on uTube :wink:

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:58 pm

Autosport International Racing Car Show earlier today:

Coy's have one of the Alan Mann Escorts in the auction at the NEC this week-end Looks perfect to me.
In the "Sir Jackie Stewart display there was an Alan Mann Mk1 Cortina with Sir John Whitmore's name on the side.

Anyone betting on the price? Didn't see a guide but I'll say ?130k.
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PostPost by: holywood3645 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:33 pm

I remember watching John Taylor on a Saturday afternoon at (Laydenhill) does that sound right? I think it was more fun to watch than rallying.

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PostPost by: dougweall » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:11 am

holywood3645 wrote:I remember watching John Taylor on a Saturday afternoon at (Laydenhill) does that sound right? I think it was more fun to watch than rallying.

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Nit picking it was Lydden Hill, but yes John Taylor was an Escort driver. Happy days.

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PostPost by: jono » Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:14 am

Pete,

The Mann Escort guide is 60-70K (see the Coys thread)

I'm not in the market BTW :(

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:58 am

I would think that estimate would be blown for such a famous car, and with its FVA engine. I wonder if you could de-tune an FVA to allow it to go on the road??!!

Come to think of it, the Team Lotus Mk 2 Lotus Cortinas were road registered, and had the FVA fitted!

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PostPost by: holywood3645 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:04 am

Very excited today, Found a serial number under layers of paint on the Mk1 escort inner wing. The chassis number is BB49HC24866

According to http://www.rs-garage.co.uk/decode.html the info is as follows

B Britain
B Halewood
49 (Lotus Twin Cam engine model) Heavy duty shell
H 1968
C May
24866 (production number i guess)

Can any one offer additional info?? Is there a way to trace history?

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:27 am

Wow, James, that's quite a find. Many UK TCs have been re-shelled, and those that haven't have usually had quite a lot of bodywork replaced, often including the panel that the chassis number is stamped onto.

I'll ask the Twincam Registrar over here if he knows anything about the car.

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PostPost by: promotor » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:34 pm

holywood3645 wrote:Very excited today, Found a serial number under layers of paint on the Mk1 escort inner wing. The chassis number is BB49HC24866

24866 (production number i guess)

Can any one offer additional info?? Is there a way to trace history?
Thanks

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Normally on Escorts (of the normal variety anything from base to RS2000) that number applies to the engine number, and I would say that number is within the range of all Lotus engines produced.

Check the number on the passenger/oil pump/dizzy side of the engine block on top of where the engine mount bosses are. Will maybe start LA......
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PostPost by: holywood3645 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:26 pm

I wish the T/C motor was still there. It has a kent lump in it now. The Chassis number is the only identification I have on the car. Can chassis number of cars be searched and traced in the UK? (DLVA??) DMV in US. It appears to be one of the 'very' Twin Cams built at Halewood.

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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:01 pm

It is one of the original twincams built at Hailwood...that's what makes it so rare! By the normal channels you can only trace a car by its registration number in the UK, so if you can hunt that down from the guys in Europe that raced the car, you may get something.
So currently, the only source of information is from the Twincam Registrar as he keeps details by chassis number, and I've emailed him to see if he knows the car.

Pretty sure that the original twincam engine was not the same as the chassis number. Twincam engines were numbered by Lotus, and the Cortinas and Escorts (chasis) numbered by Ford....Lotus Cortinas didn't have matching numbers either. But my Escort Mexico does have the same number on the engine as the chassis number...that has the 1600GT Kent engine.

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