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Greg Goudie’s 1969 Ford Escort RS1600 MkI

23 October, 2014

In the lead-up to Targa South Island, running October 27 to November 2, 2014, Greg Goudie dropped by our studio with his 1969 Ford Escort RS1600 MkI that he’ll be competing in throughout the event.

During the photoshoot he shared a bit of the car’s history with us. The car was originally built by Neil Allport, with Targa in mind, as Greg explains:

The classic Escort is featured in the November 2014 issue of New Zealand Classic Car magazine, available here.

 

Saltwater Creek Garage

After passing by this building for many years, I decided to call in and ask the owner about his garage and the car that had been parked there. It was a 1982 Hyundai Pony 1200 TLS that he’d inherited from his mother who had bought it when it was nearly new. I was fortunate enough to buy it from him — many had approached him over the years but were turned away. After sitting out there for that long you could not imagine how dirty it was. At least it had never been wet in all that time. The interior is a mid-blue and almost like new — in fact his mother, Irene, had still retained the original factory-fitted thick clear-plastic cover over the mid-blue vinyl door panels.

Lunch with … Roger Bailey

Roger’s story is a classic illustration of what hard work, honesty to the point of brutal frankness, a ‘can-do’ approach, and a racer’s brain can get you in this sport of car racing. Roger, or ‘Boost’ as he’s known up and down the pitlanes of America, was who Kenny Smith turned to when he was dragging a reluctant teenager around the different pit garages at Laguna Seca.
“Scott [Dixon] kept complaining that it was too hot and he just wanted to go back to the hotel pool. I had to tell him that I was trying to secure his future — we weren’t getting much of a look in until we saw Roger who knew everyone and set about introducing Scott as New Zealand’s next big thing.