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
Yes, this was produced to build on the success of the RS1600 in the 16,000-mile London-Mexico World Cup Rally, and that makes it, in the cold light of day, a business product, a piece of commercial exploitation. But it came out at a time when probably no one who drove one or even saw one had ever been to Mexico or anywhere like it. They wore anoraks with stripes down them though, 'cos they looked like the ones the rally guys wore. Ford was practically unbeatable on the stages, and the Mexico celebrated Ford's rallying heroes. It didn't claim to turn you into one: it fizzed and snarled and snuffled along, carrying just manual window-winders and the optional carpets with it, and made you feel unbelievably happy and excited and glad to be alive. Still does. I miss it already.