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Start the week as you mean to go on with a pair of perfect projects in the shape of a 70s-style Mk1 Escort race car and Street Machine Pop. Let’s do this! 

What better way to bring this solid Pop back to its former glory than to give it the Street Machine look — and no, we’re not talking black paint with flames! This one could have been built in 1983 on a dole-money budget, but 30-odd years of progress means we’ve been able to up the quality a bit. The solid bodywork is ripe for a respray in Carnival Red, and on fitting it back up, we’re leaving everything off bar the chrome side trim (leaving it off would make the car look too slab-sided, in our opinion).

As was common during that period, the wheels are different front to rear — 13 inch Centerlines up front with 15 inch slotmags at the back. You’ll notice too, that there is a fair amount of gap between said wheels and the arch lips, partially due to a jack-up kit at the rear and longer springs at the front. This is no gasser, though — the rake puts paid to that. Under the bonnet we think you should find an Essex V4 — a relatively popular conversion back then, and one that’s bound to annoy a few showgoers now, while inside we’ve resisted the temptation to go for button draylon, and fitted a pair of Jag XJ6 seats instead, purloined from the scrapyard — not forgetting a centre console with loads of buttons and switches!

Dave Brodie’s Run Baby Run Escort is probably one of the most-famous Mk1 race cars of the ’70s. Born To Run isn’t a replica though, more of a tribute with a few other touches thrown in for good measure. The Copper Bronze Mk1 is basically solid but as it needs new wings and rear arch repairs, we might as well go the whole hog and fit a set of bubble arches before a respray in the original colour.

Pinstriping was all the rage back then, so we’ve gone for it in full effect, and as a set of 8-inch wide Minilites would have been exorbitantly expensive back then, we’re fitting banded steels instead along with some trim rings. Up front, we’re busting out of the decade for a moment to fit an MX5 lump but dressed to look old, so running carbs and a black crackle finish cam cover, and for the interior, a simple pair of lowback buckets in black vinyl and no roll cage will suffice. Well, they didn’t really bother with them back then, did they?

Words and Illustrations Simon Coulson

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