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Ford Escort RS1800  (Rally Giants Series)

Ford Escort RS1800 (Rally Giants Series)
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By Graham Robson
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Paperback - 210mm tall x 195mm wide - 128 pages - 112 mainly colour pictures

ISBN: 978-1-84584-140-9

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- Full detailed history of the Escort's rally career
- Complete story of concept, design and development
- Unrivalled coverage of people and influences behind the cars
- Step-by-step account of technical evolution
- Description of cars: why, how and when evolved
- Details of principal people involved
- Packed with pictures
- Comparison with rivals
- Complete listing of important successes and 'works' Escorts


The Ford Escort MkII was a worthy successor to the original MkI. It became Ford's most successful rally car and the cars are still winning historic events today. It brought new standards to the sport, inspiring many others to copy it. Contains full details of every 'works' Escort MkII that went rallying, plus driver and personality profiles, and detailed car evolution.


Escort RS1800 (Escort MkII) : This is a Rally Giant because it was consistently the fastest, most successful and most versatile car in the second half of the 1970s. Developed from the MkI, it was a conventional front engine/rear drive machine, which rallied with 2-litre engines of up to 270bhp. Rally successes were legendary – British (RAC), Safari, Acropolis, Finland (1000 Lakes), Sweden, Portugal, Canada, and many more. The cars won 17 World Rallies between 1975 and 1981. RS1800s won the World Makes Championship in 1979, and were always close to victory, always competitive. Escort drivers like Bjorn Waldegard (1979) and Ari Vatanen (1981) won the World Drivers' Championships. Over the years hundreds – and this is no exaggeration – of RS1800s were built for motor sport, and were the ideal car for almost any condition in the world because they were very powerful, but simple and rugged. The RS1800 was also the layout template which was copied by other manufacturers for cars like the Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus, the Vauxhall Chevette HSR and the Nissan GTs of the late 1970s/early 1980s, which were really all Escort 'clones'.
Ford claims, and it may be right, that RS1800s have won more rallies, at World, International and National level than any other car in the world.

Independent Reviews

... packed with pictures and quotes." - Classic & Sportscar

"A comprehensive guide to the MkII Ford Escort RS1800 that would go onto become so successful. This is a nice size book with enough detail to keep you reading and a good guide to the car that had a big impact in rallying." - Track & Race Cars

"The latest two softbacks from Veloce are part of a series by Robson that will cover 16 of the most important rally cars of the last half-century. Each runs to 120-odd pages and boasts straightforwardly written, authoritative text and a large number of colour and b&w pictures." - Octane

"... follows the highly successful and reader-friendly format of the rest of the series. The book contains over 140 photographs and charts the development, describes all of the key people involved, including drivers, and charts the rallying success from 1975 to 1981." - Old Stager

"... from Clark and Vatanen to Mikkola and Blomqvist, plus all the others behind their many successes; the competition they faced, and lovely little snippets like registration numbers and the occasional blind alley." - New Zealand Classic Car

"... Robson's compact and informative series or Veloce provides an ideal reference." - Speedscene

"Like the Audi Quattro book of the same series, if you're a fan of this car you really should buy this book. There's all the information you'll ever need on the Ford team, the cars and driver's that's easy to follow and is well written." -

Additional Information

Ford Escort RS1800 and Escort RS - 'works' and 'works'-blessed types, 1975-1981.This book covers 1975 to 1981 inclusive, all derivatives of the BD-engined 16-valve Escort Mk 2

Dose not cover lower-powered derivatives such as RS Mexico or RS2000.


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