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Win a Corgi / Vanguards Escort RS2000

19 March, 2015

This month’s prize model comes from the Corgi / Vanguards range of collectable 1:43 die-cast models —  a rather garish-looking Escort MkI RS2000 (VA09517). While we’ve never seen one of these iconic Pommie performance saloons in such a retina-burning shade of orange, this one is guaranteed to stand out like the proverbial dog’s whatsits in your display cabinet!

Thanks to those generous chaps at Toymod Ltd — the New Zealand Corgi/Vanguards distributors — we have one example of this brightly coloured 1:43 Escort RS2000 to give away to a lucky reader — just answer the following question:

Q:     What’s the factory name given to the shade of orange used on our prize RS2000


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Taipan – surpassing interest

“It’s merely a passing interest,” insists Selby — despite owning three variants of the classic VW Beetle, including an unusual VW van that was sold as a body kit for a Subaru. In his defence he points to a 1961 Ford Thunderbird, a car that he converted to right-hand drive. However, on the VW side of the ledger, since he opened Allison Autos in Whanganui 27 years ago, Selby has built 15 VW-powered Formula First cars, followed by a beach buggy, restored a derelict Karmann Ghia, and hot-rodded a common or garden Beetle into something that has to be seen to be believed. As speed is not something generally associated with classic VWs, though, Selby is still waiting for this particular modification to catch on amongst the hot rod faithful.

Travelling companion

It’s easy to see why the Morris Minor Traveller was one of the best-loved variants of the Morris Minor. Introduced in 1953, it was equipped with the same independent torsion bar front suspension, drum brakes, and rack and pinion steering as its saloon sibling but, with their foldable rear seat increasing versatility, many Travellers were used as trade vehicles, says Derek Goddard. Derek and Gail Goddard, the owners of this superbly restored example, have run Morris Minors since before they were married in 1974.
“Our honeymoon vehicle was a blue Morris Minor van — it was a rust bucket,” says Derek.