THE BEST OF WHAT’S DROPPED IN OUR INBOX THIS MONTH
CAR OF THE MONTH
Car: Mk2 Consul
Driving your old Ford on a daily basis takes some commitment, especially if the car in question is something as vintage as a Mk2 Consul! Colin Hanwell does just that though, and he and the car have already had a number of long distance excursions in 2013. In early April, Colin and his son, Noah travelled all the way from South Wales to Falkirk for a family wedding and, as you might expect, the Consul drew admiring glances and appreciative comments left right and centre.
A trip back home via the scenic A6 road from Shap to Kendal was the perfect end to the trip, and allowed the Consul top properly stretch its legs!
From: New Zealand
Car: Mk2 Escort Sport
27-year-old Jason hails from New Zealand and has recently finished restoring this 1981 Escort 1600 Sport.
He bought it 10 years ago for a bargain price and proceeded to use it as a daily driver for three more. Time and daily use took their toll though, and a few years ago he opted to carry out a full restoration. This included fitting new door skins and patches under the fuel tank and spare wheel well.
Jason originally planned to repaint the car in its standard Stratos Silver colour, but the South London-style Signal Orange Mk2 Escort of Gary Saunders on our July 2011 issue prompted him to change his mind, and looking at the photos, we reckon he made a great choice.
In all the restoration took just over 18 months to complete, and the car, now with rebuilt 2-litre Pinto, was ready for the New Zealand summer show season. Jason now plans to use, maintain and enjoy the car as often as he can. Good man!
Car: Mk1 Fiesta
This Fiesta is immaculate, no doubt about it, but it only got to this level through owner Joel Vieira’s dedication and hard work. It’s only covered 12,000km from new, but Joel’s worked hard to keep it looking factory-fresh, with various new parts fitted, including a carb, filters, brakes and other service items. The exterior has been treated to a full respray in ‘Coca Cola red’ (hence the coke cans hanging from the front valance), with black and red steels tucked under the arches. He’s not finished though, and plans are afoot to fit some 7x13 inch JBW wheels, some lowering springs and an aftermarket exhaust.