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Classic Ford December 2020

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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

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United Kingdom
Kelsey Publishing Group
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

It’s ironic that the Mk3 to Mk6 Escorts are still considered upstarts of the classic Ford scene, yet the earliest Mk3 versions are now 40 years-old! If ever there was a Ford that has yet to reach its full potential, the late-model Escort is definitely it. There are so many variations and so much you can do to them, that the possibilities for both fans of restored and modified examples are almost endless. Hopefully this anniversary will see the Mk3s to Mk6s gain the momentum and status they deserve, both as part of our scene and the important part they played in Ford-of-Europe’s direction in the 1980s and 1990s. To help cement that status, much of this issue is dedicated to these cars, and we’re looking forward to welcoming more and more…

6 min.
flicking the v

Car: 1959 100E Start condition: A cheap rusty £300 shell, with many holes in it! Condition now: Rust removed, lowered, roll-caged and with a big turbocharged V8 dropped in the bay! Time taken so far: 18 months Estimated date of completion: Hopefully Summer 2021 Name: Neil Alexander Age: 36 Job: Air compressor engineer Location: Northamptonshire, UK If there’s one thing in the car scene that is guaranteed to both enthral and infuriate in equal measure, it’s an engine swap. Respected and revered by those with the requisite open-mindedness to see the skill and imagination of the engineering exercise, yet blasphemous to those that believe a classic should remain precisely as the manufacturer intended, there’s little else that divides car fans quite so concisely. Just one glance at 36-year-old air compressor engineer, Neil Alexander’s 1959 100E project and you’re instantly…

1 min.
go on tour in 2021

Our annual Classic Ford Tour, organised by roadtrip specialists, Scenic Car Tours (SCT), takes in a different route and location every year, and for 2021 — postponed from this year — we return to the Channel Islands for the first time in over a decade, and to Jersey in particular for it’s world-renowned International Motoring Festival. Featuring a heady mix of classic motorsport action, top-notch displays and a festival atmosphere, the island gives itself over to the lure of four — and two wheels — over the weekend, and this year we’re forming part of it. As well as superb road runs (this year put together by tour regular and classic Ford nut, Paul Brown), the Classic Ford Tours are above all about getting together with like-minded Ford fans and…

1 min.
coming up

Inside the January 2021 issue! Here are four good reasons not to miss the next issue: 1. We’ll be catching up with one enthusiast whose obsession with Mk3 Cortinas knows no bonds. 2. We’ll also be announcing the Classic Ford Of The Year along with a whole host of honours in our special Classic Ford Awards feature. 3. Inspired to buy an Escort XR3i after reading this issue? Then don’t miss our in-depth guide. 4. Plus we’ll be revealing some of the standout cars of 2020! The January 2021 issue of Classic Ford hits the newsagents’ shelves and is available to download from Friday, November 27?. Why not subscribe to make sure you don’t miss it? Check out our latest offers on page 94.…

1 min.
open for tyres

Vintage Tyres’ Bicester Heritage branch is open again for supplying and fitting its extensive range of classic tyres for cars and bikes. The Bicester Heritage branch opening hours are now 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, and they’ve teamed up with the excellent Classic Performance Engineering (CPE) at Bicester Heritage who will now be looking after the tyre fitting at the Vintage Tyres’ branch there. If you want your next set of tyres fitted at Bicester, call them on 01869 879540. Find out more about the Vintage Tyres range at www.vintagetyres.com.…

1 min.
secret fords exposed

Former Ford product designer and marketing guru, Steve Saxty is back with another impressive book looking at how some of our favourite classic Fords were designed and developed. Secret Fords, out next month, is the first of two planned volumes, and reveals how Ford of Europe’s stellar 1970s and 1980s design team created in secret hundreds of prototypes, one-offs and design studies that have been kept under wraps — until now. The 300-page, large-format book includes hundreds of never-seen-before photographs and sketches of prototypes and concepts, each with detailed captions, of secret projects including a gorgeous BMW-rivalling Granada Coupe, Mk2 Escort Coupe and a Sierra-based Capri. As well as giving Steve unrestricted access to its Cologne archives, Ford also opened — for the first time — the Ghia library, handing him a treasure…