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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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Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.