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Old 10 Aug 2017, 10:20 (Ref:3758565)   #61
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From reading some late 1978 MNs, the RACMSA apparently had plans to introduce silencers from 1979. Categories affected included Spec. Saloons, Modsports, Donny GTs etc
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Old 10 Aug 2017, 10:51 (Ref:3758569)   #62
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Hi Dave,ref your e-mail dated 7th Aug to myself you mentioned there was x10 races found with Geoff Wood in 74/75.Can you please confirm here Dave which these were?? much appreciated.
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I have results sheets showing 5 races:

5.10.74 Silverstone GP circuit - qualified 17th out of 18 1-52.2 (pole 1-35.4) - Race retired after 10 laps out of 12.
4.5.75 (Driver Jim Crawford) Silverstone club circuit. Q 12th/20 1-02.8 (pole 58.6). Non starter for race.
28.6.75 Oulton Park -Q 12th/18 1-10.4 (pole 1-04.6). Finished 8th in race.
19.7.75 Silverstone (GP meeting) Q 26th/32 2-19.9 (wet) (pole 1-51.5). Non starter for race.
24.8.75 Mallory Park Q 12th/15 52.8 (pole 47.6). Race shown as retired with no laps completed so could possibly have been a non starter.

So on this evidence not too successful but I do know having raced against it that it was a quick car.
Did it race in 1976?

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Old 10 Aug 2017, 12:31 (Ref:3758593)   #63
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I have two more for Geoff Wood in 1975

8.6.75 Silverstone Club - Qualified 7th out of 20, 1-4.0 (pole 1-1.2) - do not have race result.
27.7.75 Mallory Park - Qualified 3rd out of 15, 52.0 (Pole 50.6) - do not have race result

Both meetings car is recorded as Ford Escort 1850cc
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Old 10 Aug 2017, 13:06 (Ref:3758607)   #64
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27.7.75, Geoff finished second to Strawson's big Capri. I don't have times, but from memory he was well behind. Only 2 other, and v slow, over 1300s raced.

24.8.75, as Peter says. Or is it Chris?
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Old 10 Aug 2017, 14:35 (Ref:3758622)   #65
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27.7.75, Geoff finished second to Strawson's big Capri. I don't have times, but from memory he was well behind. Only 2 other, and v slow, over 1300s raced.

24.8.75, as Peter says. Or is it Chris?
Peter, though Chris was usually a little bit quicker back in the day. I remember meeting up with you at Cadwell a few years back, Dan, when I was racing the Cortina (or it might have been my son, also Dan, who was driving).

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Old 10 Aug 2017, 17:26 (Ref:3758640)   #66
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Hart Escort Special Saloon.

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I have two more for Geoff Wood in 1975

8.6.75 Silverstone Club - Qualified 7th out of 20, 1-4.0 (pole 1-1.2) - do not have race result.
27.7.75 Mallory Park - Qualified 3rd out of 15, 52.0 (Pole 50.6) - do not have race result

Both meetings car is recorded as Ford Escort 1850cc
I do remember Geoff Woods being very quick in his Mini's but when he raced the RWD Hart Escort he found the induction was so noisy, with the engine at the side of him, and with the powerful Hart engine chucking out a lot more power it disorientated him and made him feel unbalanced and physically sick. He did say it was more like racing a bloody big Go Kart and that wearing glasses did not help, no wonder his lap times were a bit slower.

This is more common than some drivers think, you get use to a particular car and its handling year after year as he had in the Mini's, that other cars can seem so alien, especially such a modified car as this mid engine, space framed monster, which needs hours of practice lap times.

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Old 11 Aug 2017, 00:23 (Ref:3758695)   #67
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From reading some late 1978 MNs, the RACMSA apparently had plans to introduce silencers from 1979. Categories affected included Spec. Saloons, Modsports, Donny GTs etc
I started racing in 1978 in the Rivet Supply Special Saloon Championship. Certainly '78 was unsilenced, maybe '79 too.
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Old 11 Aug 2017, 08:45 (Ref:3758759)   #68
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Hart Escort Special Saloon.

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I started racing in 1978 in the Rivet Supply Special Saloon Championship. Certainly '78 was unsilenced, maybe '79 too.
It certainly makes this Hart Escort ahead of it's time, as the silenced unit may have been put on some time before, either by Geoff Woods or Phil Winter 1974-77. Unless Andrew Grover the last owner/driver who did his last circuit race in 1979 had it fabricated and then the car was stored for nearly 40 years in a barn.
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Old 11 Aug 2017, 19:33 (Ref:3758879)   #69
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Old 11 Aug 2017, 19:43 (Ref:3758885)   #70
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Old 11 Aug 2017, 22:20 (Ref:3758910)   #71
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Did the car race in 1976? Can't find any results for it.
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Old 12 Aug 2017, 14:43 (Ref:3758978)   #72
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Did the car race in 1976? Can't find any results for it.
I have looked through my 1976 results and can find nothing for Geoff Wood.

Phil Winter raced his Mini throughout the year.

Found your name (Peter Wray, Ford Escort) mentioned several times.
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Old 12 Aug 2017, 18:43 (Ref:3759012)   #73
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Mk1 Hart Escort

Found some more history on the Escort when Andrew Grover raced her at Castle Combe.I have the programs for all of 79.Heres a picture of Andrew coming round Quarry at the May Bank Holiday meeting. And also a copy of the e-mail Pete Stowe sent me(Historian and Archives @Castle Combe).

Hi Peter

As discussed, Iíve attached the information I have on Andrew racing the Escort at Combe in 1979.
He was entered in the Special Saloon championship races at each of the five meetings that year, winning the final race on 27 August outright, and becoming Class B (1300 to 2500cc) Champion.
1979 was the only time he was entered in the Escort at Combe. His only other race entry at Combe was on 30 August 1976 in a 1293cc Mini in Special saloons.
Geoff Wood does not appear to have entered any races at Combe.

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Castle Combe Special Saloons
Andrew Grover, Ford Escort, 1975cc

16-Apr-79, Special Saloon cars, #9, 2nd in class
7-May-79, Special Saloon cars over 1000cc, #14, 1st in class
28-May-79, Special Saloon cars, #7, DNS or retired
7-Jul-79, Special Saloon cars over 1000cc, #15, DNS or retired
27-Aug-79, Special Saloon cars over 1000cc, #8, 1st overall, 1st in class

1979 Special Saloon Championship Class B Ė 1st


We donít have any photos of the Escort in the Circuit Archive.
The photo by John Gaisford that appeared in the 7th July programme was from the 7th May meeting.

Hope that helps.

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Old 12 Aug 2017, 19:18 (Ref:3759017)   #74
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This is bringing up History of the Escort as i find it as i thought you would all like to know and the cars on the Grid of that era
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just looking through some of my fathers old files and found his race licence and his explanation of the event's of the dreaded wet Silverstone F1 meeting where the escort was driven by Geoff Friswell and ended up in the banking in the rain GW
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