This book describes the birth, development, and rallying career of the original Ford Escort, one of Europe's Landmark Rally Cars in the early 1970s, providing a compact and authoritative history of where, how and why it became so important to the sport. Written by a world renowned motoring historian and heavily illustrated this is a key work on this subject.
Old Stager, May 2007
I constantly struggle to see the book that I'm looking for in the bookcase. So, I am delighted to see that the new series of Rally Giants by Graham Robson all have matching grey spines with the name of the featured car clearly marked.
Three have already been released by Veloce Publishing and feature the MkI Escort, Subaru Impreza and the Lancia Stratos.
The books each describe the birth of each 'rally giant' and the author chronicles the development, politics, successes and failures of the cars. The style and format offers an easy read and the ability to dip into each book as and when – one small criticism I have is that several of the side bars merely repeat parts of the main text, but that is only a small niggle.
There are plenty of excellent photos (both mono and color) and sections covering the personalities that shaped the various cars' development as well as the star drivers.
The best news though is that Graham Robson is working on another dozen or so books to include the Austin-Healey 3000 through to the WRC Ford Focus – I can't wait!
A superb selection of photos adds to the enjoyment of these books - the Safari spec Stratos loses some of its sleek glamour, but Roger Clark’s prototype twin-cam Escort cetainly looks the part on the ’68 Alpine Rally!
The Mk1 was phased out as the Mk 2 came on stream, but the Stratos lost out more to internal Fiat politics with the Fiat 131 Abarth being ‘favored’.
At least 14 more titles are promised:if they are as good as these two, this will be an excellent series for all rally fans.
Classic & Sports Car, April 2007, UK magazine
This new compact series by C&SC contributor Robson kicks off with three icons of post-WW2 rallying. Each mid-sized softback weighs in at 130 pages, features 100 pictures, and is packed with info.
You get the same foreword in each book, but beyond that each is a well-researched overview, nicely illustrated with period pictures and boxes on the characters, the traumas – and shenanigans – of homologation and more. The appendices list major wins for each model and identify all the works cars, which should settle some arguments!
The publisher says there will be 16 titles in the series, which could get pricey. Next up are Austin-Healeys and Peugeot T16.