Fancy a rather special MkII? One of the first cars to be accepted for the Silverstone Auctions’ sale at Race Retro (Stoneleigh Park, Coventry) on Saturday 22nd February is this Eddie Stobart liveried 1977 Ford Escort MkII RS1800 Gp4 Historic Rally Car .
Offered with an estimate of £65,000 to £85,000, the car was built by Prepfab Motorsport Engineering, and was actually tested by Colin McRae, before Jim drove it to victory in the 2006 Roger Albert Clark Rally. Jim has also signed the underside of the bootlid!
After its debut season win, ‘LSV171’ continued to post victories throughout the following year taking first place in the pre-1981 category of the 2007 British Historic Championship. The McRae connection continued in 2008 when Alister McRae finished 4th o/a and 1st in class on Coltness Car Club's Colin McRae Memorial Rally in Perthshire.
In 2009 the car was completely rebuilt and has since competed in the 2010 and 2011 Rally Clásico Isla Mallorca. The car comes with MSA Logbook and Historic Rally Vehicle Identity Form, plus MoT and tax until May 2014.
The big question is, will this be a 'keeper' or a 'user'?
Now where did I put the kid's piggy bank ...