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Old 25 Aug 2017, 16:52 (Ref:3761550)   #121
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Yes, my father did build another car after this escort but it was very short lived as it totally destroyed its engine after 6 laps private testing at Silverstone first time out, found to be a stone got into one of the the fuel injection trumpets and took a piston then the rod etc... he did beat the 2 litre lap record in that short time though ! The engine of that car was from British Vita racing who were pulling the plug on their racing at that time so that was the end of his racing.GW
I would be interested to know what the new car was. Was it a development of the Escort or something different? Was the engine a 2 litre BDA from BVRT?
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Old 26 Aug 2017, 08:52 (Ref:3761673)   #122
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Hart Escort Special Saloon

Open injection trumpets at the front of these Special Saloon Mini's were always in danger of swallowing debris and causing untold damage to the engine.

We always put mesh over the trumpets. In one instance tea strainers did the job perfectly.
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Old 26 Aug 2017, 19:22 (Ref:3761738)   #123
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Hart Escort Special Saloon @ Spec-R Alloy

GREAT NEWS! Cyril Malem Legendary Historic F1 Chassis Builder turned up at the workshop today and spent the whole day with me and authenticated that he in association with famous chassis designer Len Terry designed and built this one off full space framed Mk1 Hart Escort for Geoff Wood.

Cyril confirmed the chassis is totally original from the day he built it in 1973 at his factory (CTG RACING) in Ferndown Dorset.
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Old 26 Aug 2017, 23:54 (Ref:3761786)   #124
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GREAT NEWS! Cyril Malem Legendary Historic F1 Chassis Builder turned up at the workshop today and spent the whole day with me and authenticated that he in association with famous chassis designer Len Terry designed and built this one off full space framed Mk1 Hart Escort for Geoff Wood.

Cyril confirmed the chassis is totally original from the day he built it in 1973 at his factory (CTG RACING) in Ferndown Dorset.
Fantastic thanks for sharing the news!
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 10:37 (Ref:3761874)   #125
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Authentic Hart Escort Special Saloon.

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GREAT NEWS! Cyril Malem Legendary Historic F1 Chassis Builder turned up at the workshop today and spent the whole day with me and authenticated that he in association with famous chassis designer Len Terry designed and built this one off full space framed Mk1 Hart Escort for Geoff Wood.

Cyril confirmed the chassis is totally original from the day he built it in 1973 at his factory (CTG RACING) in Ferndown Dorset.
Fantastic Provenance, who can doubt that this car is unique and must be the only Ford Escort Special Saloon built like a Grand Prix car by F1 fabricators Cyril Malem and Len Terry.
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 18:00 (Ref:3762039)   #126
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Hart Escort Special Saloon.

If the engine was any further back Pete, it would be considered a rear engined special saloon.

The Lucas fuel injection on this Hart engine is a real pain to set up, will it be done when you send the engine back to Hart for refurbishment.
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 12:38 (Ref:3762585)   #127
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Hart Escort at Spec-R.

Thanks Pete for the pics of the Escort. I have noticed you haven't put this picture on the forum that shows how close the Hart engine is to the driver, the induction noise must be very loud for the driver.

OOP's, missed out image, see below.

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Old 29 Aug 2017, 12:52 (Ref:3762592)   #128
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Thanks Pete for the pics of the Escort. I have noticed you haven't put this picture on the forum that shows how close the Hart engine is to the driver, the induction noise must be very loud for the driver.


OOP's missed out the image , see below to view the engine.
Here is the pic of the Hart engine.
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 13:18 (Ref:3762599)   #129
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Here is the pic of the Hart engine.
Scary!!! The noise, vibrations and as has been mentioned before fumes must have been on another level!
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One thing that strikes me as odd is that I am almost 100% certain that in the 60s' days of Special Saloons we had to have a firewall between the engine and the driver's compartment. In fact, one of the reasons that Richard Scantlebury's Janglia was in a specialist's workshop, alongside my car (there for the rear wheel arches), was because they were creating the firewall because the straight six protruded beyond where the original bulkhead would have been.

You also had to have a firewall between the driver's compartment and where the fuel tank was situated.
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 16:43 (Ref:3762658)   #131
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One thing that strikes me as odd is that I am almost 100% certain that in the 60s' days of Special Saloons we had to have a firewall between the engine and the driver's compartment. In fact, one of the reasons that Richard Scantlebury's Janglia was in a specialist's workshop, alongside my car (there for the rear wheel arches), was because they were creating the firewall because the straight six protruded beyond where the original bulkhead would have been.

You also had to have a firewall between the driver's compartment and where the fuel tank was situated.
I believe this Hart engine would have had alloy covering's surrounding it as well as the fuel tank on the passenger side, bloody scary if it hadn't.

Pete have you alloy firewalls with the car, if you haven't I would strongly recommend them and if you do have them, there are lightweight materials that line the back of the alloy sheets for fire retardation and also will help with the lowering of the decibels inside the cockpit.
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 16:50 (Ref:3762660)   #132
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This is the Jaguar super saloon from the 1975 meeting
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 18:10 (Ref:3762697)   #133
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Andy, this is another difference in regulations between the 60s and 70s, because in the 60s, Special Saloon regs stated that the engine had to be mounted in original, or as near to the original, mounting point. So, as far as I can remember, the Janglia's straight six was mounted at the front not mid way through the cockpit, as was the engine in, say, Doc Merfield's V8 Cortina.

The above is as I remember it from 50 years ago; I'm happy to be corrected if I'm wrong.
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Old 29 Aug 2017, 18:33 (Ref:3762707)   #134
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You are correct, Mike but then as now 'interpretations' came in to play. As long as the engine was in front of the centreline it was construed as front engined and behind the centreline as being rear engined. Simples. The layout of engine, gearbox and diff was another matter!
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Thanks for coming to my rescue, Peter. After I posted I thought that I might have been digging a very large hole for myself.

But am I right in assuming that engines were permitted to be uncovered right next to the driver? Had nobody considered a backfire causing flames to erupt from the carburettors' trumpets?

I go back to the original point about in the 60s not being allowed to have the fuel tank in the cockpit. We weren't even allowed to run fuel lines, copper ones if I remember, through the car which was the easiest route. They had to be under the floor-pan.
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