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Scanning through the entry list of this year's 2009 Western Australian Targa West tarmac rally, I was pleased to see no fewer than 5 Mk1 Ford Escorts entered in the classic competition category. Having owned and competed in this legendary marque, I can't help but admire the tenacity and dedication of the owners and drivers who continue to prepare and race these magnificent vehicles.


Since their release in 1968, the Mk1 escort has consistently featured in Rally competition around the globe. For almost 7 years after it's release, the MK1 Escort dominated the international rally scene, finally passing on the mantle to it's equally dominant Mk2 successor.


Even today the Mk1 Escort is a popular choice for young drivers entering Motorsport. Many famous rally legends have made their start in an Escort. The late Colin McRae campaigned escorts for many years, no doubt influenced by his Father, 5 times British Champion Jimmy who can still be found campaigning Escorts in the Historic competitions around Europe.


Another extremely talented McRae in the shape of Alister will be competing in this year's Targa West in a Ralliart prepared Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 10 in the modern competition category. Alister dominated last year's Classic category in a Porsche 911, I'm predicting he'll be extremely hard to beat.


Having competed for the last 2 years in this event, I'll welcome the opportunity to take a step back and soak in the spectacle from a spectator's perspective. While enjoying the event from the confines of a TVR powered Triumph TR8, I always had one eye firmly fixed on the Mk1 Escort Mexico's and RS2000's in the stages & service parks.


I'll be watching Alister's performance at the pointy end of the field with interest, but my heart will be well and truly fixed back in the classic competition category, where the spine tingling throaty roar of twin weber adorned Mk1 Escorts in full cry will truly be a sight to behold.




When I first laid hands on the Escort Passport IQ, I called it a game changer in the fact that Escort's engineers were able to create a radar detector that had the high performance of the Escort 9500ix and stuff it all into a full featured dash mounted GPS that also included optional blue tooth capabilities for hands free calling, live XM traffic reporting while also developing the capabilities for future devices.


Are you searching for a high performance radar detector that will not break your budget and is affordable? If so I would recommend the Escort 8500x50 from Escort. Test after test the Escort 8500x50 is hailed as one of the best and most affordable extreme range radar detectors made today.


The Escort Passport 8500x50 provides extreme range on all police radar bands, instant on including POP mode with minimal false alerts.


And like many of the other higher end Escort units, the x50 also includes filtering with their proprietary Traffic Sensor Rejection software to eliminate those annoying false alerts that you may encounter from those traffic flow sensors that are popping up on many of our roadways.


If you're someone like me who cannot even program my own TV remote control because it is so confusing, you will find the programming of the Escort 8500x50 a snap to program for its advanced features. Don't live in an area where X band radar is used or do you want to use the expert meter? Just press two buttons and it is programmed to your specifications.Some of the more frequently asked questions about the Escort 8500x50 include;




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