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Classic Ford February 2021

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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

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this issue

MIKE RENAUT CONTRIBUTOR No-one likes to see a smashed-up classic Ford, least of all Mike, but fortunately this one has a happy ending, as he reveals on page 78. ADE BRANNAN CONTRIBUTOR Ade’s longterm Mk3 Escort project is looking a little sorry for itself but he’s got a plan and progress is underway. See page 38. MATT RICHARDSON CONTRIBUTOR Matt marvels as Terry the Minder Capri is in paint in record time. Catch up with the progress of the TV star Mk2 starting on page 42. 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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If there’s one thing that 2020 taught us, it’s not to take things for granted. So with 2021 upon us, we’re feeling properly inspired for the forthcoming months, and we hope you are too, as now’s the ideal time to knuckle down, do some homework, and seriously get onto that project car to feed your classic Blue Oval obsession over the winter ready for the Spring — and hopefully, show season. To help you, we’ve put together a 20-page guide to a hassle-free build up of your next (or even first) classic Ford project car starting on page 25. It’s full of top tips and tricks, plus our choice of five ideal first project cars. And if you need further proof that it can be done, have a good look over Sam…

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hiding in plain sight

Steve on the fantastic four: “I realized that a book featuring one-offs, cancelled cars and prototypes might shock people if the cover featured too many vehicles they didn’t recognize. That’s why I chose the Escort Coupe, Sierra-derived Capri and red RS Coupe for the main Secret Fords cover; they are recognizably Fords, but obviously ones you couldn’t buy. Since it also tells the story of how the Fiesta, Escort, Capri, Cortina, and the rest, were designed I needed to get that across too. For the Collector’s Edition I needed two sets of custom-drawn illustrations for the boxed slipcase and scrapbook within it. The slipcase features the craziest-looking far-out weirdos while the scrapbook (right) shows these four, more recognizable, prototypes — this is their story.” Fiesta RS prototype The RS Fiesta is one of…

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the book

Steve’s book, Secret Fords is available direct from the publisher at stevesaxty.com/secret fords. The four cars seen here are featured on the scrapbook which comes in a boxed slipcase alongside a copy of Secret Fords signed and numbered by the author. Launch copies come with a free double-sided Secret Fords poster worth £9.50, or two posters worth £19 with the Collector’s Edition. Turn to page 14 for our review of the book. Escort RS2000 clay model This orange car is an illustration of the RS2000 clay model from mid 1974 when it was created by designer, Tom Scott. The Mk2 Escort was almost two years away from production, so he worked on the full-sized fiberglass Escort model used to sign off the car — and a lot of clay. The result was…

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the big stuff

More than 200,000 enthusiasts have joined the UK classic car movement since 2016, according to the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs’ (FBHVC) latest survey. The FBHVC says the number of classic car owners leapt from just under 500,000 to 700,000 — a 40 per cent increase in the four years. It believes there are 1.5 million classic cars registered with the DVLA, which also represents a increase of nearly 50 per cent from 1,039,950 to 1,538,927 (though 56 per cent are currently listed as SORN). Spending on classics also rose — to £7.2 billion from £5.5 billion, and the FBHVC claims more than 4000 companies combine to employ in excess of 34,000 people in the UK. “The significant value to the United Kingdom that the historic-vehicle industry generates simply cannot be ignored by…

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home again

The classic car-based TV series, Wheeler Dealers will return to the UK for the first time in five years, fronted by Mike Brewer, and by a new mechanic, Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestley, who joins the show as Mike’s new co-host. New presenter Marc previously worked as a Formula One race mechanic for McLaren, and following his stint with the iconic racing organisation, has co-hosted a number of shows including Wheeler Dealers: Dream Car and Driving Wild. He is regularly seen on screen as a commentator and pundit for Sky Sports. Mike Brewer has spent decades honing his technical skills, trading cars and customising vehicles to the highest standards. He has become a motoring household name and will continue to share his expert knowledge with viewers throughout the series. Filmed near the Bicester Heritage site,…