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1. What prototype RWD rear-engined rally car was conceptualized by Stuart Turner and Roger Clark and featured a BDA engine with chassis/body designed by Len Bailey?

2. Two famous Clarks driving Cortinas in the same rally... where/when?

3. What prototype turbocharged RWD front-engine rally car was engineered by John Wheeler but cancelled? (who later worked on the RS200, Sierra/Escort Cosworth.... nice chap, too!) Hint: the prototypes mostly went to South Africa!

4. What happened to all of the Cosworth BDT engines procured for the cars in question 3 that were never built?

5. The RS200 has an interesting lever next to the gearshift. What does it do?

6. RS200 road car sales were lackluster until what change spurred on sales of the remaining inventory?

7. What was unique/unusual about the engine specification of Roger Clark's 1972 RAC winning Escort LVX942J?

8. In his 1977 Safari winning Escort, what test did Bjorn Waldegard put his car to before the actual event?

9. What was the license plate number of Roger Clark's first rally Cortina GT, which had come from his Mini?

10. Clark's Escort LVX942J was known as "Esso Blue" --- what was its sister car, LVX941J known as?

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>1. What prototype RWD rear-engined rally car was
>conceptualized by Stuart Turner and Roger Clark and featured
>a BDA engine with chassis/body designed by Len Bailey?

That would be the GT-70, wouldn't it?

>2. Two famous Clarks driving Cortinas in the same rally...
>where/when?

That would be Roger and Jimmy? I'd guess at an RAC, but I have no clue as to the date except that it had to be before 1968.

>3. What prototype turbocharged RWD front-engine rally car
>was engineered by John Wheeler but cancelled? (who later
>worked on the RS200, Sierra/Escort Cosworth.... nice chap,
>too!) Hint: the prototypes mostly went to South Africa!

Escort RS1700T - Ford's GpB project before they realized that Audi had moved the goalposts.

>4. What happened to all of the Cosworth BDT engines procured
>for the cars in question 3 that were never built?

Did they go into open-wheel race cars?

>5. The RS200 has an interesting lever next to the gearshift.
>What does it do?

I'd guess from your post in my quiz that it disconnected the front drive.

>6. RS200 road car sales were lackluster until what change
>spurred on sales of the remaining inventory?

Probably the cancellation of GpB rallying.

>7. What was unique/unusual about the engine specification of
>Roger Clark's 1972 RAC winning Escort LVX942J?
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>8. In his 1977 Safari winning Escort, what test did Bjorn
>Waldegard put his car to before the actual event?

Driving through part of a lake, I believe - there is video (maybe in It's a long way to Nairobi).

>9. What was the license plate number of Roger Clark's first
>rally Cortina GT, which had come from his Mini?
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>10. Clark's Escort LVX942J was known as "Esso Blue" --- what
>was its sister car, LVX941J known as?

Adrian
(off the top of my head)
 

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>>4. What happened to all of the Cosworth BDT engines procured
>>for the cars in question 3 that were never built?
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>Did they go into open-wheel race cars?
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They were used in the development of the RS 200.

>>RS200 road car sales were lackluster until what change
>>spurred on sales of the remaining inventory?
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>Probably the cancellation of GpB rallying.
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Numerous victories in British and European rallying & rally cross?

>>7. What was unique/unusual about the engine specification of
>>Roger Clark's 1972 RAC winning Escort LVX942J?
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Fuel Injection?

>>9. What was the license plate number of Roger Clark's first
>>rally Cortina GT, which had come from his Mini?
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2 ANR

>>10. Clark's Escort LVX942J was known as "Esso Blue" --- what
>>was its sister car, LVX941J known as?
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"Esso Red"?

>Adrian
>(off the top of my head)

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You guys are pretty good! You must be non-American. :)

1. Yes Adrian, the GT-70, designed by the same stylist as the GT-40.

2. Yup, Roger and Jimmy....66 RAC. Jimmy crashed (twice). ROger thought he rallied pretty well though!

3. Yes, the RS1700T was a Grp B RWD monster but they hadn't anticipiated the 4WD revolution. Ford works mechanic **** Jones ran them in South Africa for a bit. Some have returned to the UK. A very rare car.

4. Right Donald. They were rebuilt and capacity increased and used in the RS200s. The open wheel program C100 was cancelled at the same time. Not sure of any technology overlap there.

5. Yes, it disconnects front drive. The idea was that if the car was used for tarmac that it would be faster as a RWD car, but it turned out that it made little difference.

6. This one is pretty funny. Ford (Peter Ashcroft I think) raised the price from GBP 40,000 to GBP 50,000 and sales immediately increased ---- it clearly put the car at a new "level". I'm sure there's some ebay consumer pricing theory here, but...

7. Yes, it ran a prototype fuel injection system and unlike many of the other cars entered it actually finished. It also featured a prototype fire extinguisher system too. (I've "met" the restored version of the car which is restored to its 1972 RAC winning trim.)

8. Yes Adrian, the film shows it being used as a submarine with the water above the hoodline in places!

9. Nice job Donald. Roger's first Cortina actually got pretty thrashed and his first involvement with Ford was them giving him a fresh shell. (Sideways to Victory a good read here)

10. LVX941J was known as "Old Gold".

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Glenn

I see you mentioning LVX941J etc. You may be interested to know I have a copy of the Sears promo film for 946J that ran in the East Afrrican safari, I also know where the car is!

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I've already chatted with the 946J owners. :) It sounds like it needs a bit of work. Well worth restoring though.

Of course, I happen to own the "other" LVX942J (an Escort Twin Cam with a WA personalized plate in honor of Roger's car)

I really need to do that "North American Mk 1 Escort Owner's Registry" thing.....

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>I've already chatted with the 946J owners. :) It sounds like
>it needs a bit of work. Well worth restoring though.
So who owns 946J and where is it? Twin Cam or RS1600? What year Safari and who was driver/co-driver?
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>Of course, I happen to own the "other" LVX942J (an Escort
>Twin Cam with a WA personalized plate in honor of Roger's
>car)
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>I really need to do that "North American Mk 1 Escort Owner's
>Registry" thing.....
You should! It would be nice to know how many Mk 1's and Mk 2's (if any) are here in this country.
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>Glenn
I wonder what happened to Buffum's Escort Mk 1 and I remember a blue Mk 1 with works arches that ran POR in the 80's?

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> I wonder what happened to Buffum's Escort Mk 1 and I remember a blue Mk 1 with works arches that ran POR in the 80's?

Donald:)
Stumbled across this thread while researching something else Ford. The blue MK.1 (and MKII) cars at POR were likely the visiting Norwegian teams. The cars went back to Norway after the event.
 

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Stumbled across this thread while researching something else Ford. The blue MK.1 (and MKII) cars at POR were likely the visiting Norwegian teams. The cars went back to Norway after the event.
Bruce,

You are forgetting about the Bernie Stolzman purchased Escort brought into the US and licensed by one Gene Henderson and driven by Bob Hourihan in several POR's. Buffum also rallied his welded together Escort at times in the early 80's. Don't remember any Norwegian Escorts at POR but, wasn't there so you may be correct and I'm thinking about the 70's?? Time flies when you are rallying and having fun.
 

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Bruce,

You are forgetting about the Bernie Stolzman purchased Escort brought into the US and licensed by one Gene Henderson and driven by Bob Hourihan in several POR's. Buffum also rallied his welded together Escort at times in the early 80's. Don't remember any Norwegian Escorts at POR but, wasn't there so you may be correct and I'm thinking about the 70's?? Time flies when you are rallying and having fun.
I'm thinking Gene's car was white but it was before my time. (Hard to believe, I know.) Bob had gone to the Volvo when I started ( POR 1974). The Norwegian cars were blue- at least the Mk.I and the Mk. II.
 

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Was Gene's car an Escort or a Cortina? I have evidence of a Cortina, but none for an Escort. This was before my time as well.
 

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Gene once mentioned to me that his favorite car was a Lotus Cortina --- though at the time I assumed he was talking about a road or race car, and not a rally car.

Man this was an old thread you've bumped here!

I've since acquired a nice Mk II RS2000 road car (LHD).
 

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'71 Monti Gene holding court before the start. A month later the "stump" did him in.



I remember people lining up to try to make a deal with the Norwegian's for the 'wrecked' Escorts but all the cars and bits had to go back per import papers. If I remember correctly one of the Escorts had a 2000 pinto engine and it was as fast as the others.
 

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I remember people lining up to try to make a deal with the Norwegian's for the 'wrecked' Escorts but all the cars and bits had to go back per import papers. If I remember correctly one of the Escorts had a 2000 pinto engine and it was as fast as the others.
One car was a RS1600 ( the Mk1?) which was a BD series engine. I think the Mk. 2 was a RS2000, which would have been a "Pinto" engine.

Gene ran the Lotus Cortina as a race car at Waterford Hills before stage rallying came to the U.S.

I think the person passing in front of the Escort is Bendt Pahl. He bought the POR-winning "Thunder Cricket" from Scott Harvey when Scott switched to (Mitsubishi) Colts.
 

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You are correct sir. Broken Pahl as we sometimes called him.
Other in the photo are; far left- Gary Henderson. Black shirt near Gene is John Townsend (red/white/blue Camaro fame) his navi Rick Shue then Bob Bradley (prez of the SCCof Ann Arbor) and his navi the little guy in the blue shirt on the right Keith Angell. The far right is John Hare.
 

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Any chance that is Rod Natho - back to camera - behind the Valiant?
 

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I don't remember Rod having a Valiant that looked that good. I do remember a white one that appeared under the hood to have had a serious engine fire.

The guy in the white shorts is Bill Potvin and the white teeshirt next to Townsend looks like it could be Harry Ward.
 
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