Ford's motorsport centre, at Boreham, Essex, first opened in 1963 and finally closed its doors at the end of 2003, bringing to an end 40 years of involvement with Ford's racing, rally and high-performance road car projects. Over the years, Boreham's products have gained fame for success in all the major world rallies and in numerous touring car championships around the world. Here is a unique behind-the-scenes look at the motorsport centre which gave birth to such legends as the Escort RS series, the RS200, the Sierra RS Cosworth and the Escrot RS Cosworth.
Table of Contents
A brief look at how Ford's motorsport activities developed before the existence of Boreham; How Boreham was firmly established, from 1963 to 1967, developing Cortina GTs and Lotus-Cortinas, with major success in rallying and touring car racing; Details of Boreham's relationship with Cosworth, which led to development of the FVA engine for racing, and the BDA for road cars and rallying; Racing in Britain and Europe during the 1970s, with Escort RS1600s, Capri RS2600s and Capri RS3100s, and encouraging the growth of Formula Ford; Details of the development of the Escort MkII projects, the RS200, the Sierra racing and rally projects, and the Escort RS Cosworth; Appendices providing a timeline of significant events and personalities at Boreham, and highlights of the important victories won by Boreham's products.
Graham Robson has written authoritatively on many subjects, but Ford is the marque that is closest to his heart. He has had privileged access to Boreham throughout its existence. Author of a number of well-received Haynes books such as The Works Escorts, Cosworth and Performance Fords, he lives near the Dorset coast.