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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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Fear and loathing the blue oval – part one

The slogan went something like ‘There’s a Ford in your future’. ‘Bugger off!’ were always the words that sprung to my mind. Ford and I have never really got on in the manner of many of my friends, so I’d say my relationship to the brand was distant. The accelerating blur of passing time has helpfully blanketed memories of a few Ford encounters which I probably wanted to forget but I have to admit, now I look at them, they are re-appearing through the mists of time. What comes to mind more readily, to quote some uncharitable wit, is that the letters Ford could stand for ‘fix or repair daily’. Still, I have to ’fess up, there were several Fords in my past.

Class struggle

For a British car, it is huge; for those sitting inside, the bonnet seems to extend past the horizon. The front seats are very comfortable rather than body hugging. The dashboard and centre console cluster are beautifully laid out, reminiscent of a fighter plane cockpit, with acres of red leather all around. Its V8 burble is on show. It is not a car to sneak about in, and it gets attention wherever it goes.
The large back window, possibly the best-known feature of the Interceptor and one that sets it apart, has very good functionality, allowing greater access to the boot. It would not be an easy job to replace it, so Interceptor owners are careful about reversing and not hitting anything.