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Old 22 Oct 2009, 17:16   #241
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A friend of mine send me two pictures found in a forum in malaysia. They show the Yap-Escort in the starting-grid at eight position and maybe after the race in the parc-ferme or something.Here are the pictures.:


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Old 23 Nov 2009, 22:01   #242
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Hezemans Escort

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Could you perhaps tell me who on earth now owns a Hezemans escort? I've done quite a bit of research on Crazy Heze's GRAB built car and even spoke to the the first owner after Hezemans and the last owner who brought the car to Trinidad & Tobago, raced it and subsequently crashed it beyond repair. So my question how can it be alive and kicking again??

(btw. I always thought there might be a second car built, but until now I couldn't 'prove' it, could it be this is the car you're talking about?)

Let us know, I'm sure we're all just as keen to know..
The gentleman who owned the car in Trinidad & Tobago would be Frankie Boodram, a true Ford fanatic. I used to run his race team in the early to mid 90s and he had an Escort (a.k.a. The Wild Geese) with alloy cage where the original pipes to the side radiators had run through the cage. At last alteration this was fitted with a Cosworth YB (NA) from Hurricane Racing in Holland.

There was indeed a second car which had visited TnT (The Shotgun) but had apparently returned to Europe. Frankie's car was rebodied with an altered Sierra silhouette which crashed. The original panels should still be somewhere in one of his warehouses in storage. I have a fantasy of reshelling the bits and even building some panels from carbon fibre and kevlar.

Out of curiosity Frankie also has two working GAA engines. I'm sure he could be persuaded to part with either for the right price.

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Old 23 Nov 2009, 22:24   #243
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I'm really searching the memory banks but I remember the rear end being quite similar to that in post 114 with fenders and front splitter same as post 225. It even had the same gold-centred, centre-locking 3 piece BBS wheels.

The front crossmember was a work of art with a lattice of small steel tubes.

The rear wing was a completely different single post, single-seater type. Frankie should still have a lot of photos.

With the YB and a Quaife 6-speed box it was a formidable car.
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Old 26 Nov 2009, 00:53   #244
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I just realised that you had asked in a Caribbean forum 2 years ago. Did you ever reach Frankie Boodram? The pictures you posted look identical to the car I remember, especially the rear wing.
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Old 26 Nov 2009, 20:18   #245
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I just realised that you had asked in a Caribbean forum 2 years ago. Did you ever reach Frankie Boodram? The pictures you posted look identical to the car I remember, especially the rear wing.
Hi DrDron, great to hear something from someone involved back then. Indeed I did post on the Carribean forum (trinituner.com I think it was), I got some help there, which was helpful, because in the end I managed to contact Frankie Boodram. Back then I didn't know very well what exactly to ask for But what I found out was the Frankie still has the front subframe of the car, the rest was apparently destroyed?? Could you confirm? I am still eager to find out! Because I still think there were two cars build by Hezemans, I'm pretty sure that one of them was the car Frankie used (athough I have read comments by people saying he drove a zakspeed escort??). Point is, the car Hezemans designed was a lot more extreme than the Zakspeed cars as far as I could see. Aluminium tubes (rollcage) everywhere through the lightened escort bodyshell, without those, the body would probaply have fallen apart.. On top of that a Hewland transaxle gearbox and it used the front brakes from a Porsche 917 if I'm not mistaken! Does that ring a bell?

Any chance you know a bit more of other interesting cars that raced back then in the 70s/80s in the carribean, I have some points of interest!
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Old 26 Nov 2009, 22:58   #246
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I've seen the pictures of the Hezeman car as well as the Zakspeed and although Frankie's car was supposed to be a Zakspeed; It was definitely very radical. Frankie still had all of the bits except the front splitter (unless he's destroyed them). Even though the car had crashed he had everything and it had been locked away in a repairable state. I could give you his number if you like.

The monopost rear wing, semi space-frame chassis, and the alloy cage I definitely remember.
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Old 30 Dec 2009, 08:22   #247
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Hi All,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

For all who are interested the Zakspeed had it's first run 2 weeks ago and went very well, it was so good to drive it and hear it run again the way it was built too after so long.

Just a few minor issues that I am sorting now and will be ready to race 2nd week in Feb.

Will add a short video link soon, I have attached a few photos for now.

Regards,

Gary.
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Old 30 Dec 2009, 09:39   #248
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Great Pics!!!
Thank you for posting . Memorys come back when I see this Pictures .
Wishing you a Happy New Year and good Luck for the next Races !!
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Old 9 Jan 2010, 19:24   #249
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hi every body happy new year gary your escort is stunning its the inspiration in me buildng a replica of it,i found a old magazine which possibly features your car but with a different rear end












is this your car as it is the car that hans heyer used to drive

ps any chance of putting some more of your build photo,s on here or on turbosport please many thanks
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Old 21 Jan 2010, 05:27   #250
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Gary zakspeed 65, while trying to uncover the history of my car , i have found some interesting info and pics of a genuine Zakspeed Escort (im not really up on what stage gr 2 grp 5 etc.) car racing here in Australia. I have come across a Zakspeed Escort imported here 1981 in Western Australia by Ian Grey sold to Mike Mettam then on to John De Haan before being sold on to a Queensland buyer in 1989. Through this period the car raced in Malaysia and at apoint around 1986 the car had its original engine replaced with a Rotary. The car is still in Queensland.
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Old 22 Jan 2010, 20:04   #251
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Gary zakspeed 65, while trying to uncover the history of my car , i have found some interesting info and pics of a genuine Zakspeed Escort (im not really up on what stage gr 2 grp 5 etc.) car racing here in Australia. I have come across a Zakspeed Escort imported here 1981 in Western Australia by Ian Grey sold to Mike Mettam then on to John De Haan before being sold on to a Queensland buyer in 1989. Through this period the car raced in Malaysia and at apoint around 1986 the car had its original engine replaced with a Rotary. The car is still in Queensland.
This is really starting to get confusing. It would make sense that the Ian Grey car that first raced her in Western Australia (WA) actually never leaved as there is now a lot of evidence pointing to a claimed Zakspeed Escort running in WA right through the 80's. I have found a mention of Joe Ricciardo running a Zakspeed Escort in the late 80's in an old Auto Action magazine. If Ian Grey was based in Asia it may be possible that he raced two difference Escorts and that your car never did race in Aus Gary?

1) The Ian Grey car that raced here in 81 was not a genuine Zakspeed Escort but one of these mentioned Replica's built to Grp 2 specs. This car then passed through various hands including Mike Meetam?.
2) It was a genuine Zakspeed car and is quite possibly still in Australia and was completely different to Gary's car?
3) Something different?

This is the WA car for sale in 1989


Another claimed Zakspeed car for sale in 2000


which is the same car as below (from 2000)
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Old 22 Jan 2010, 22:41   #252
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its simple call every owner ask who did they buy car from sell car to?
do they have any fotos of when the collected car sold car
what mods did they make?
it aint that difficult to nail down a ford escort
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Ian Grey apparently lives in the US now, one of the other owners has passed away which makes the tracking of this car a little difficult however we know that this car has been converted to a dirt track car after he couldnt sell it. Still sits in a workshop in Queensland. have spent many hours and phone calls and most people dont ring back.
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Forgot to mention that there is evidence of 10 Escorts with varying body kits currently racing here in Australia, we have photos of these cars and if you can work out which car is what i would appreciate your help. Can post photos if you like.
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Ian Grey was apparently at Macau last November for an old drivers reunion, so obviously still interested. I promised to look out his mechanics phone number for you but not got around to it yet !
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