• Sep 14, 2009
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There are a lot of great racing choices out there for motorsports fans, but few offer up the excitement and showmanship of rally driving. Not many drivers seem to be having as much fun as Ken Block, as his YouTube videos and uncanny drifting prowess have fast become must see TV. For his latest video goodness, Block showed off his rallying chops at Team O'Neal's Rally School in New Hampshire along with fellow rally pro Chris Atkinson. To make the video interesting, the rally vets didn't hit the dirt in a state-of-the-art AWD Subaru. Instead, Block and Atkinson tried their luck in a vintage rear-drive 1978 Euro Ford Escort. Block actually owns the 31 year old vehicle and will be racing it in select events.

The super 'Scort may look like a Daytona USA stock car, but it has plenty of modern hardware beneath its boxy exterior. Power comes courtesy of a sweet sounding 2.4-liter, four-cylinder Millington engine that kicks out a respectable 280 horsepower paired with a WRC-style six-speed sequential gearbox.

Hit the jump
to view Block and Atkinson having an absolute blast in a hopped-up Escort. We never thought we'd want a 1978 Escort, but Block's unlikely baby is as sweet as they come.


[Source: YouTube]




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      • 5 Years Ago
      I enjoyed this video as much - maybe even more - than the Gymkhana videos. Looked like so much fun blasting around in that car around that dirt track. Was it me, or did anyone else hear the drivers laughing the whole time?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Reminds me of the fun I had as a youngster in my Datsun 510 coupe that had a 2.0L aluminium truck engine transplant with a 5sp tranny. Completely low tech, but with that independent rear suspension it was an absolute hoot to drive the gravel back roads on the west coast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's shifting itself. Wack.

      But damn that looks fun :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh missed that. Usually you see them slapping the shifter forward/backwards. And yeah I know it's a sequential but I just didn't notice the paddles. Damn tiny ass iPhone resolution lol.

        Carry on guys...love me a 78 Escort like that!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, it has a sequential gearbox in it (because it's a WRC car).
        • 5 Years Ago
        no, they're using the paddle shifters on the wheel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Was at the Rally Defi on the weekend and hoped to see Block race the Escort. Unfortunately, he ran into some mechanical problems on the first stage after going off.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwxEDeq1nFs

      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Small RWD cars are so much fun.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Ditto...

        Luv 'em retro UK Fords, esp the Escort Mk 1 "Mexico" RS1600/2000 series!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        I learned to drive in a MK1 Escort.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Yes, there was a time when you could buy a small RWD coupe in Europe and have tons of fun with it. Then Golf GTI came, and the only thing you can get now for honest money are the 'hot' hatches, a tasteless surrogate for driving.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is proof that money CAN buy happiness lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whoever said money can't buy happiness obviously;

        A. Had money

        and

        B. Screwed it up
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The best things in life are free. The second best are damn expensive".
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Mk2 will probably never die. You still see them tearing around rally circuits here in Ireland.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I immediately watch the video of any such posts before reading the text. Halfway into the vid', first words out of my mouth were, "Wow...I actually want a Ford Escort now."

      Then I read:

      "We never thought we'd want a 1978 Escort, but Block's unlikely baby is as sweet as they come."

      Truer words have never been spoken.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The wheel mounted paddles shifter is slick. I am glad to see they left the tall shifter level in the car.

      Remember is is more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take two.... Because I'm sure I'll wreck one...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I believe this is the real source for this article - http://www.flatovercrest.com/2009/09/ken-blocks-vintage-1978-escort-mk-ii-.html#more

      You guys really should have mentioned it if so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had the mk1 panel van as a delivery truck for my shop, pinto 2.0l block, webber carbies... extractors.. 5 speed from the sierra.. it was delivery truck weekdays and a wicked club car on the weekends.
      some folk are now fitting focus engines with the efi ripped out and carbies fitted.. I want to do it again now I can have a 2-door.
      small fours are the way to haul.
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