By 1975, the Ford Escort RS1600s had won world-class rallies as different as the East African Safari (1972, when Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm became the very first European-based crew to win this long and gruelling event), the British RAC (three times in succession, 1972 - 1974), the Finnish 1000 Lakes (five times), the Arctic Rally in Finland and New Zealand's Heatway Rally. No matter what the competition, the surface, the conditions, or the nation, the Escort was always successful, at all levels of the sport. Near-standard Group 1 Escorts (this is the 1970s equivalent of today's Group N 'showroom' category) were also often victorious, memorably with three consecutive outright wins in the 1974, 1975 and 1976 Tour of Britain events, which famously combined racing with rallying. The team at RSD have a collective experience of over 60 years in the build, preparation and engineering of the ford Escort. We have been lucky enough to build cars for the likes of Peter Smith, Nick Elliott, Matthew Robinson and the legendary Steve Bannister.