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Old 2 Aug 2017, 14:55 (Ref:3756962)   #16
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Mk1 Hart Escort Special Saloon

Hi Spec-R, you have one seriously rare car. When are you hoping to start the restoration and are you going to do the work yourself.
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Old 2 Aug 2017, 20:27 (Ref:3757032)   #17
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Mk1 Hart Escort Chassis Now Confirmed

Sorry for late reply everyone,been doing more digging and you where correct in thinking Alan.It took a while but ive tracked Cyril Malem down and he is in Dorset (retired now)..I left a message with him and he phoned me back within 5 mins.What an amazing man he is and such a pleasure to talk to and the history behind this man is unbelievable. Cyril has now CONFIRMED that he built the chassis and the body on this Mk1 Escort.And Len Terry worked for Cyril at the same time and designed the chassis for the escort.Cyril said also this was the 1 and only FULL Spaceframed Mk1 Escort Chassis he ever built!
There was and is so much to talk about that he kindly offered to come up and see myself and the Escort @ Spec-R.What an amazing day its been and would like to thank Alan and the Forum members for pointing me in Cyril's direction thus far.Thank you.
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Old 3 Aug 2017, 07:44 (Ref:3757142)   #18
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Hart Escort Special Saloon.

Cyril Malem was considered the best Grand Prix chassis fabricator of his time, manufacturing chassis frames for Collin Chapman's Lotus GP car's and Emerson Fitipaldi's GP car's chassis.
It's got to have been quite special for him to make this Ford Escort special saloon chassis. I wonder if he made any more, or was it a one off as I have never seen another. Get some images up Pete.
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Old 3 Aug 2017, 15:12 (Ref:3757218)   #19
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Chassis of special saloon

Hi Spec-R, this chassis on your car, are all the welds brazed and is the roll cage part of the space frame chassis. Looking at the pics, the cage tube thickness looks to be the original smaller diameter compared to the T45/50 of the present day race cars. When we restored our works car, we fitted the thicker steel tubing just in case the race scrutineers objected to the original cage being too thin and unsafe for circuit racing. On speed events many of the original roll cages can be used and the MSA allow for the smaller diameter roll cages of pre 1995 cars, I believe. But if this car is fully original and to be kept authentic, the qualification for an FIA certificate should be investigated, if you want to race the car in the future and keep a premium value.

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Old 4 Aug 2017, 05:31 (Ref:3757311)   #20
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If you haven't already, Spec-R, please join the CSCC Special Saloonscand Modsports FB group. It's a very active community and hey would love to hear about your car.
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Old 4 Aug 2017, 10:20 (Ref:3757326)   #21
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If you haven't already, Spec-R, please join the CSCC Special Saloonscand Modsports FB group. It's a very active community and hey would love to hear about your car.
Thank you Andy, spoke to Hugo @ CSCC yesterday and he mentioned that yesterday after Cyril Malem has been down to see the Escort.Kind Regards Pete
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Old 4 Aug 2017, 11:54 (Ref:3757339)   #22
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Any more pics of the car Pete, we would all like to see this rare Escort in its barn find state and make the images of the engine, chassis, interior and don't forget the dead rat you found in the seat, large pics.
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Any more pics of the car Pete, we would all like to see this rare Escort in its barn find state and make the images of the engine, chassis, interior and don't forget the dead rat you found in the seat, large pics.
Ok I'll put some up later from here in workshop😉Never kept the Rat too far gone sorry lol
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Old 4 Aug 2017, 12:28 (Ref:3757348)   #24
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Len Terry sometimes used Cyril Malem at CTG Engineering for fabrication work. He used to be based in Ferndown, I think.
Your right Alan was in ferndown, retired now and have found and spoken to him. Len Terry worked for him at this stage and he confirmed Len designed the chassis on the Escort and he(Cyril) built it and body.Amazing Result! The one and only Escort they ever designed and built.Kind Regards Peter
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Old 4 Aug 2017, 17:07 (Ref:3757415)   #25
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Mid Engine Hart Escort Special Saloon.

This is the Geoff Woods Escort, showing quite a low line for the day.
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Fascinating stuff - I'm looking forward to reading more about the history and restoration!
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Great news and as the CSCC's tame special saloon historian i`ll pass on any photos and race history i can find . This is a very worthy restoration project and we`d be very interested to one day see it race in our series.
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Am I right in thinking that those pictures were taken at Mallory?
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Would be nice to see CSCC relax the rules and let it run with the open "wing exciting" pipe....
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