The Ford Escort Mark 1 or Mk1 was introduced in the winter of 1967 as a replacement for the long-running and popular Ford Anglia model. These were produced in 2 factories – Halewood, UK for the Right Hand Drive (RHD) and Genk, Belgium for all Left Hand Drive (LHD) models.
The Mk1’s went on to become very successful cars in motor racing. Their cars were practically unbeaten and in the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally, it was a memorable occasion for the team at Ford Europe.
This race that began on 19th April in London had cars that passed through Dover (UK) - Boulogne-sur-Mer (France) - Mannheim & Munich (Germany) - Vienna (Austria) - Budapest (Hungary) - Belgrade (Yugoslavia) - Sofia (Bulgaria) - Trieste, Venice, Genoa (Italy) - Toulouse, Pau (France) - Burgos, Salamanca (Spain) - Lisbon (Portugal) - Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) - Montevideo (Uruguay) - Buenos Aires, Bariloche (Argentina) - Santiago (Chile) - La Paz (Bolivia) - Lima (Peru) - Cali (Colombia) - Panama City (Panama) - San José (Costa Rica) before ending at Mexico City, Mexico on 27th May. It was a competition that had 32 stages that took 39 days to cover a distance of 25,700 kms.
A car driven by Scandinavians Hannu Mikkola and his co-driver Gunnal Palm won that this race. In honour, Ford in the same winter of 1970 launched the model called ‘Mexico’.
The Ford Escort Mk1 - Mexico cars were built with bodyshells having sheet-metal panels that would take additional stresses required for racing. Over 10,000 of the ‘Mexico’s’ were produced.
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