A Brief History of the Ford Escort Mk 1

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Introduction: Exit the Anglia, Enter the Ford Escort Mk 1 The Ford Escort Mk 1 is one of the most beloved British cars of its generation with styling that quickly embedded itself into the British and European pantheon of humble commuter cars that made good on the race tracks of the Continent, not to mention…

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Untelevised Race: 1980 Showroom Stock C National Championship Race

1980 Showroom Stock C National Championship

Showroom Stock racing is exactly what it says on the box, cars are strictly limited to factory fresh condition with no performance modifications allowed. Only safety mods are permitted, typically limited to a roll bar, fire extinguisher, and multi-point driver restraints. This particular race was never televised and you can hear the commentators slipping between…

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Cannonball! World’s Greatest Outlaw Road Race – A True Story

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The fact that Cannonball! is a true story is almost impossible to fathom looking back on it from 40+ years since it was last run. The Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash The actual race was named the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash with the first running of the event taking place in 1971, though…

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The Triumph Bonneville TT Special – The Rare Factory TT Steeplechase Racer

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The Triumph Bonneville TT Special was designed specifically for American TT Steeplechase racing – interestingly the final specification of the model was developed not in England, but on the West Coast of the USA by Johnson Motors, commonly known as “JoMo”. The Triumph Bonneville TT Special – Competition Sports In the 1960s Triumph had two major importers…

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The Greeves Challenger – The Unusual World-Beating Two Stroke

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To say that the Greeves Challenger, and all Greeves motorcycles, were ahead of their time is to significantly understate the remarkable foresight of Bert Greeves and his lightweight two-stroke off-road racing motorcycles. Bert developed the first examples of his scrambles and trials machines in 1952, almost 20 years before lightweight two-stroke motorcycles would rise to…

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1960 Triumph TR6 Trophy – The Iconic Desert Sled

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The Triumph TR6 Trophy is perhaps better known by its legendary nickname – “The Desert Sled”. It’s not known who coined the term, but it stuck like glue, and it’s followed the intrepid Triumph off-road racer for decades. Even if you don’t immediately recognize the model, you’ve seen it before if you’ve seen the movie…

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