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Classic Ford Spring 2020

Classic Ford is rammed full of expert technical features, the best feature cars from across the world, a dedicated motorsport section plus all the news, products and information you'll need from across the entire classic Ford scene. Please note: This digital version of the magazine does not currently include the covermount items or content you would find on printed newsstand copies

United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
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this issue

JAMIE ARKLE CONTRIBUTOR Rally fan, Jamie can’t get enough of Mark Borthwick’s historic and modern-spec Escorts. Find out why on page 110. DAN BEVIS CONTRIBUTOR Dan’s reminiscing over misspent youth this issue with Stephen Hume and his oh-so-’80s Mk5 Cortina two-door. Page 64. ADE BRANNAN CONTRIBUTOR It’s that man again... Ali McMillan has added yet another Ford to his collection — this time a Mk1 Capri GT, as Ade reveals on page 80. How To Contact Us Telephone: 01959 541444 Email: classicford.ed@kelsey.co.uk Write to: Classic Ford, Kelsey Publishing Ltd, The Granary, Downs Court, Yalding Hill, Yalding ME18 6AL, UK…

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Pop music, fashion trends, politicians… looking back, they all help define a decade, and so does the automobile. So while in popular culture the 1980s might be remembered for Madonna, shoulder pads and, erm, Thatcher, this issue we’re here to sing the praises of cars that proudly wear the badge that is blue and oval. The 1980 was the decade that saw European Fords change forever, with big changes to the method of propulsion and driveline — not to mention the styling. This issue celebrates those cars, which are not just bona fide classics, but downright heroes, too — whether it’s on the high street or the rally stage. If all this talk of ’80s Fords is making you want to go out and see them in the (freshly-restored) metal, then check…

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lanes changer

Names: Cal and Nat Seviour Age: 75+ (combined) Job: Retropower founders Location: Leicestershire, UK Car: Mk1 Cortina Start condition: Complete, relatively rust free but with signs of light crash damage Condition now: Rolling shell, mid dry build Estimated date of completion: Late Summer When your business is the creation of one-off, bespoke old-school cars for passionate petrolheads there really is no mantra more fitting than striking while the iron is hot. Hence why Retropower’s latest project, in this case a stunning Mk1 Cortina, is already well underway and a perfect fit for the Grafters treatment. This is the second Ford build Retropower have undertaken in the last two years, and the keys to his Escort (see October 2018 issue) had barely been pressed into Gordon Murray’s hands before the restomodders had taken delivery of this Cortina. This car has been…

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win lancaster insurance’s escort xr3i

Lancaster Insurance has chosen a 1980s hot hatch icon as its 2020 prize-draw giveaway car — a stunning Escort XR3i. A firm favourite with enthusiasts, the 1984 car on offer is a superb example of the go-faster Mk3. The Sunburst Red example is already in fantastic condition having undergone an extensive restoration, but to fine tune it further, the classic car insurance specialist will be carrying out a range of upgrades, with Classic Ford covering the journey. “Early XR3is are becoming increasingly rare and sought after and once we saw this example, we knew it was the right one,” reckons Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance. “Its first outing of 2020 will be at the Classic Car & Restoration Show in March and we’re looking forward to getting on…

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back in the day

5 YEARS AGO SUMMER 2015 Summer 2015 was all about the rare ones — Bodie’s Capri 3.0S from The Professionals (VHK 495S where are you now?), the sole-surviving Healey Fiesta recently imported from the US, just-restored Granada Sport, untouched Escort 1300GT from sunny Malta, and Mark Madden’s stunning two-door Mk2 Cortina estate creation. Ay caramba! 10 YEARS AGO SUMMER 2010 A decade ago, we caught up with Thierry Seal working on his Cortina V8 drag car project, and as far as we know, he’s still working on it! Thierry’s Mk2 was just one of 52 impressive projects in this issue — all lovingly put together by your own fair hands — and we’d like to think a good proportion of them got finished thanks to the tips in this DIY-themed issue! Complete your collection of Classic…

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fancy a brew? synfuels: a lifeline for our classics?

There could be hope on the horizon for our much-loved fossil-fuelled classic Fords in the form of synthetic fuels, or synfuels. On paper at least, it sounds fantastic — with the potential to replace fossil fuels and make existing petrol cars CO2 neutral with few, if any, mechanical modifications. So what’s it all about? Well, synfuels are produced by combining hydrogen and CO2. Hydrogen can be extracted from water using renewable energy but, for a liquid fuel, carbon is required. This can be recycled from industrial processes or even captured from the air in the form of CO2 using filters, thus turning a greenhouse gas into a resource. Burning synfuel does release CO2 back into the environment, but as it can be recaptured, the process is virtually a closed loop. Now if…