Hammond drives the Escort Mexico
Richard drives one of Essex’s finest old girls - the legend that is the Escort Mexico MkI
Posted: 21 Sep 2011
It's an odd car really, born out of straightforward commercial greed; Ford launched it in 1970 to exploit the rallying success of the Escort RS1600 and designed it to sit between the Escort GT and Twin Cam. It doesn't have a turbo, or a twin-cam head. It's got an old-fashioned, 1.6-litre overhead valve pushrod engine, leaf springs at the back and a live rear axle.
It's based on - and not far from - the most humble of cars, and there was very little about it to distinguish it from the one your mum might have taken you to school in. In fact, mine did, in a blue, basic MkI. But looking at the Mexico, wandering around its surprisingly tiny form and simple lines, you just know that it's special. It's about attitude, stance, cheekiness, perkiness. It has the same effect on me as a plate of garden-fresh, newly boiled peas. It made me grin until I thought my head would fall in half.