Cosworths triumph at Beaulieu

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More than 450 fantastic Fords descended on the National Motor Museum for the third annual Simply Ford meet last Sunday.

The prize-giving was dominated by the firm’s Cosworth performance wing with Mark Hudd’s 1995 Escort Cosworth (bottom) taking the People’s Choice trophy and Sierra Cosworth owner Paul Love taking the runner-up prize. A 1959 Popular owned by Jim Watson came third.

Mark Taylor, owner of a MkIII Cortina Savage, was presented with an award for best Cortina on show to celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary.

Stunning the crowds were a number of special cars supplied by Ford, including a WRC Escort Cosworth, the 150mph Supervan 3, a Lotus Cortina and an RS200.

More than 1000 people attended the Beaulieu event, which had everything from early models to customs and modern classics, plus trade stands selling Ford-related parts and memorabilia.

Clubs were well represented with the Ford Car Owners’ Club, Obviously Ford, the RS Owners’ Club and the Mark Three Owners’ club all attending.

Judith Maddox, Beaulieu’s event manager said: “W e had an excellent turnout for the third year of Simply Ford. We were grateful for the support we received from Autoclubs International and are pleased that so many enthusiasts who take part in forums are attending.”

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