Sunday gone saw the Irish chapter of the Ford RS Owners Club converge on the forecourt and in the showroom of Boland Motors, a Ford main dealer based in Wexford, Ireland. This is the second year running that the RSOC have held their meet in the sleepy south east town. The venue is all but cleared out of the new Ford cars, in their place is a range of fast and classic Fords spanning some forty years.
One of the highlights of the show was this recently completed MKI Escort. The owner has spent the last four years having the car built to the spec you see before you and whilst it still may have one or two minor things still to be sorted, there is no doubting the quality of the build.
At it's heart is a normally aspirated Ford YB Cosworth unit. The engine was mapped by Trackday Performance who we featured not so long ago. I'm currently trying to secure a feature on this as we definitely don't feature enough Fords around these parts !
From a more recent decade was this stunning Escort RS Cosworth.
The attention to detail under the bonnet was something very special indeed.
The Compomotive wheels and AP Racing brake combination is a favourite with a lot of Cosworth owners. It's not too hard to see why.
The iconic 'Whale Tail' spoiler of a row of Cosworth powered Fords.
Inside the showroom was this pair. On the left, a stunning Lotus Cortina and beside it was parked an ultra rare RS500 Sierra Cosworth.
Parked further down was this threesome of a MKII RS2000, a scarily mint MKII RS1800 and in the corner …
… was this last of its kind and original Ford Escort MKI Touring Car. You'll probably of seen countless replicas of this car, but this is the real deal. Rumours suggest that there are only two left in existence. This is one and the other is no where to be found.
Inside the above mentioned MKII RS1800.
Ender the bonnet is the infamous Ford BDA engine.
Also sharing the showroom floor were these two immaculate RS Turbo Escorts.
Cosworths, Cosworths everywhere …
The Sierra Cosworth in both RS and Sapphire variants were also well represented. Check out the Subaru taunting '555' registration on the silver car.
You can see why the Sierra RS Cosworth was an icon of the eighties. Its domination on the race track aside, the shape alone has become synonymous with concept of fast cars.
Even the four door Sapphire variant retains that sense of a wolf in sheeps clothing.
Hell, there were even some US models represented.
The MKI Focus RS still remains a personal favourite of mine. The subtle but aggressive styling, the great handling and its rarity make this a great alternative to the usual choices for a FWD hatch.
It may not of carried an RS badge but this Ford Ka with Escort Cosworth wheels and sprayed in Ford Imperial Blue was a sweet head turner.
This RS Focus was built as a tribute to the late, great Colin McRae.
The new RS Focus was also in attendance.
As the day drew to a close, we were left reflect on another successful RSOC meet at the Bolands venue. It's only the second year the meet has run here and has proved to be a success on both accounts. It's a credit to the members of the RSOC for organising it and to the Ford main dealer for clearing out his premises for the event.
Would you like to see more Ford coverage on Speedhunters ?
Here's looking to the 2011 meet !