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"Classic Ford", July 15, 2013

THE GREAT UNVEILING

Four classic Fords, four very nervous owners...

It’s Sunday, 11 am, and Simon and Jamie lift off the first of the covers.

Photo Adrian Brannan, Jon Hill

Curating the cars for The Great Unveiling can be a stressful task, but this pales into insignificance compared with the graft, hours and no doubt Pounds spent that the owners and builders put into getting their projects finished in time for the show. 2013 was no exception with four never-seen-before creations revealed for the crowds and cameras on our stand. First to have the covers lifted was Clive Knight’s road and track Escort featuring 11x15 steels, a supercharged Ford/Jag 4-litre V8 and a whole host of trick suspension. Largely built by Gary Martin at Retro Motorsport, the car was nowhere near finished, but we just had to show it off.

Almost 10 years in the making, Rob Dowling’s Thames 300E was next to be revealed. It’s stunning blue paint and subtle custom tweaks were a real credit to Rob who looked like he’d had no sleep in the week running up to the show. Also sleep-deprived was Sean Chessum who’s ‘bike-engined Fiesta XR2 was a real surprise. Almost all Sean’s own work, this is a very, very clever project indeed.

In contrast, Brian Twinn looked relatively relaxed with his arched Mk1 Escort, having finished and MoT’d it the week before. Inspired by the National Hot Rods of days gone by plus the custom-influenced wiring-free engine bay, this Zetecd-powered Mk1 is full of details that keep you coming back for another look

Check out the full features on these outstanding creations in forthcoming issues of the magazine.

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