History shows that Ford was correct in its assessment that the J car should be its flag carrier, as the Foyt/Gurney entry rewrote the record books at Le Mans in 1967. A total of 12-J specification chassis were constructed, and due to an immediate change of rules after the 1967 race, the J car Mk 4 suddenly became obsolete and several cars went unfinished. Our subject J car is one of those (chassis J-11) and is owned and campaigned in historic racing by Tom Malloy. When the big red Ford was fired up and headed on the track for the photo shoot, it became an instant time machine for all in attendance. The fact that Ford is going to build a new version of the Ford GT is no coincidence. -Kerry Morse
1971 Tyrrell F1
Our open-wheeled feature car is owned by John Delane and is a big part of the Delane family. They graciously shipped the car down south from northern California specifically for the photo shoot. The preservation of the Tyrrell name and F1 race cars are as much out of John Delane's respect for the memory of Ken Tyrrell as is his generosity in sharing the Tyrrells in his collection with racers and enthusiasts alike.
Jackie Stewart's long relationship with Ford is a direct result of the relationship that Stewart had with Ken Tyrrell and his simple but elegant Formula cars that were powered by the incredible Ford Cosworth DFV.
The Tyrrell shown here is chassis 002 and was the first car constructed entirely at the Tyrrell workshop in the woodyard in Ockham, England. Jackie Stewart drove 001 and 003. Tyrrell 002 was built for Francois Cevert, who performed brilliantly in the 1971 season as support for Stewart's drive to the world championship; Cevert claimed third in the points along with securing Tyrrell the constructor's title. It is fitting that it would be 002 and not one of the cars driven by Jackie Stewart that was made available to european car. Francois Cevert won the United States Grand Prix in 1971 aboard this very car.-Kerry Morse
Escort RS Cosworth
In the mid-'90s, the Escort RS Cosworth had the dubious distinction of being the most stolen car in Britain, proving beyond a doubt English thieves had taste. Though touted as the ultimate boy-racer because of its incredibly tuneable characteristics (350 bhp was the norm), the Escort RS had roots going back to the moment, in 1984, when Ford decided to put a turbo onto the old, trusty Pinto block and install it in the Sierra RS Cosworth. The engine produced 204 bhp, and the car eventually was homologated for Group A racing. Although it was not particularly successful, the wheels were set in motion for much bigger things.
There was no Ford that could successfully compete against such rally monsters as the Lancia Delta Integrale and Audi Sport Quattro, so a new variation of the Escort model was produced. Ford knew it had a great engine in the Sierra Sapphire, so the plan was to simply put it, the drivetrain and suspension under a modified and strengthened Escort shell. After 400 new parts and a major floorpan revision, a new car was born.