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Old 18-09-2009, 13:33   #1
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Hi,

Way back in 1969/71 I was employed by the Ford Motor Company and my main occupation was the set up of the specialist Ford RS Dealerships in the South of England. I was also a co driver with the unofficial Ford Team consisting of Chris Slater and Peter Warren as drivers.

Ford then formed the FordSport Club, which produced a glossy A4 sized monthly newsletter to be kept in a heavy plastic coated binder.

I have a binder with newsletters 1 to 16 plus no. 30. The first edition was issued in Feruary/March 1968.

The bulletins contain a huge amount of information covering rallies, races and rallycross. Along with many photgraphs. Printed on china clay glossy paper.

Dating from March/April 1974 the Ford Sport Club became the Ford Rallye Sport Club with a magazine produced by "Gestetner" type reproduction and not on nice glossy paper as before.

This bulletin was produced by Boreham (AVO) in South Ockendon, home of the works teams.

It was initially a bi-monthly issue and then somewhat sparodic as most of the articles inside were written by the likes of Mick Jones (Senior Rally Engineer), Jim Porter (Roger Clark's co driver, Tony Mason, John Horton, Jeremy Ferguson (Dunlop Manager) etc. Non of whom had much time outside their rally duties.

The illustrations are mainly hand done with some professionally drawn, but not many.

Many aspects of how to build your Escort to a "Works Spec" are covered from welding, suspension, carbs, axles etc.....and of course cheats.

I have issues 1, 2, then 4-10. October 1974 to early 1976 when the "Club" changed to being mainly a technical bulletin for updates to the cars etc.

Ford was getting very professional by then.

These are very rare items which I would hate to go to the wrong person.

Therefore if any member of the RS Club has an interest then I invite you to get in contact. Unfortunately they will not be cheap.

I am now based in Cyprus but I will be in the UK (collecting my new Escort MK1 Rally Car) from 11th November to 21st November should anyone wish to see these items.

I am not sure if I can PM on this forum so anyone wishing to get in touch can reach me via memgofa@hotmail.com. I can then send piccies if required.

I hope this is an allowable post and apologise if it is not...

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Old 18-09-2009, 16:03   #2
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WHOA MATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,

DID YOU KNOW THAT CAL WITHERS HAS A WEBSITE AND HE RAN SLATER SO HE REALLY cOULD BE YOUR MAN...

HERES his website.......................... http://withersofwinsford.co.uk/

its a blast down memory lane talking about Withers and i knew the man and his son + daughter too,i used to buy rs stuff from his places in winsford,even if he isn't interested its still good to look at his pics on his site.

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Karl. You are correct that Whithers ran Chris Slater but that was later.

At the time we were together there was Clarke and Co being run from Boreham. Jill Robinson being run by (I think husband) David Sutton from Sloane Sq. Peter Warren by Leo Bertorelli an ice cream manufacturer in South London, (the car built by Boreham though) and then by a team of mechanics who worked for the old Dagenham Motors. Chris Slater built his own cars and worked out of a mews garage not far from Harrods. He developed many parts for Ford from here.

Chris and Peter were used to run spurious parts before they were put into "works" cars. For example Chris developed a bellhousing for the "works" 5 speed gearbox. The first time it was used was on the 1971 "Scottish" in our RS1600's. I may have the exact event wrong but Ford reckoned that we were less likely to be pulled by the scrutineers of the day. We ran the box with 4 speed gear knobs...........

The rallycross side of Ford was based around John Taylor and Barry Lee. Taylor ran under the Haynes of Maidstone banner.

Happy Days.

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As an addendum.....The cars were built by Boreham, but I think Withers sponsored the car of Chris Slater....He then maintained it himself. He was a very good engineer.

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hi matey,

cal withers bought and sold ex works ford escorts,he was doing first what many people would like to do now but would need to be multi millionaires to have the season old stuff.

Barry Lee was a works escort rally driver aswell as a Rallycrosser,i used to buy stuff from ian harwood too for many years and he drove for cal withers.
i suppose theres a very good chance any car you,clarky,lee or any other driver had could of passed through Withers.Cal told me they were always going to Boreham for parts,
its great to see the old mk1 escort works history talked about and what others in the same rallys were up to,its all before my time so i like to see the pictures.

he once told me he had a large amount of ford literature still like new,i have sent him a email anyway on his website.

cheeRS.
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