In 1978 the Ford motor company and Boreham commissioned three very special Tarmac Racers to be built. Alan Wilkinson (Boreham chief designer) and Maurice Gomm (Gomm metals) designed and built three very special light weight body shells; all hand fabricated and brazed for lightness and supreme strength. These cars had revised rear axle locations and different front suspension pick up points.
The engine was chassis mounted allowing it to be positioned lower and further back in the bodyshell, which required a new x-member and steering rack position and a new tension strut location. Engines were BDA Hart built producing 272bhp and featured Kugelfischer fuel injection and a high torque 4 into 1 exhaust manifold.
ZFgears produced a special set of gear ratios for the ZF race boxes. This coupled to the high 5.37:1 rear axle, which was fitted with a boot-mounted oil cooler, gave instant acceleration and was ideally suited to the Monte Carlo stages. Other features new to these cars were the twin plate clutch, replacing the triple plate system used previously, and the bigger front AP brake discs and calipers. Very thin triple x glass and an alloy roll-cage, huge front and rear arches, a deep front spoiler with brake cooling ducts, up to 13" rear and 10" front wheels made this the widest, lowest and meanest Ford Escort rally car to take to the stages.
The cars were: VHK74S, VHK47S and TWC234R/GVX489T.
VHK74S and 47S both contested the 1979 Monte Carlo rally driven by Bjørn Waldergård and Hannu Mikkola and the TWC/GVX car was for the British Driver Russell Brooks to use in the British championship.
TWC 234R was invited through Rallying with GPB club to attend the Manx International rally, to be on display with other rally cars including a Nissan 240 RS, Porsche RS, Lancia Integrale, Metro 6R4 and 205 T16 at the ceremonial start, then drive all the stages before the international field. TWC completed all stages through some very mixed and at times atrocious weather. She performed very well on the tight and twisty and bumpy lanes on the island, the only damage was to the front spoiler after a heavy landing over a !!! caution jump.
TWC was sporting a brand new Alan Sherwood Kugelfischer fuel injected engine with over 270bhp on tap, this engine has now been approved by both the MSA and FIA for use in there historic categories, it ran faultlessly and I can tell you even on a 4.6 cwp it was very torquey and fast. for those that like tarmac rallying and have never visited the Manx with all its history you should make it top priority to visit next year. Anyway we all departed Sunday for the early ferry back to blighty, car now back in the workshop waiting for spoiler repair, wash, polish and a service ready for its next outing at Rally day Castle Combe in September then the Halloween rally in Ireland in October.
SS13 Castletown OMG!.
Russell Brookes was very excited to get back in his old Tarmac special at the Race Retro show this weekend and after 30 years he still hasn`t lost his touch, driving the special stage as if he`d never been away.
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