First rally car – last rally car
Eric Jackson’s first Ford rally car was a little 35 brake horse power Anglia. It had a three-speed gear box, a side valve engine – and windscreen wipers that stopped working every time the car went uphill. The first rally he entered with the Anglia was the the Yorkshire Rally. The registration number of the car was OYU 676. He also entered the Rally of Great Britain in the car. The photograph I have shows a remarkably old little car with a remarkably determined, be-goggled Eric at the wheel. The caption on the back reads Eric at speed.
His last rally car was a twin-cam Escort. Somewhere I must have a photograph of this car intact, but I have many more of it after it had somersaulted backwards at least seven times on the Chieftain Rally in 1973. The navigator, Don Barrow, emerged from the wreckage unscathed. The driver got pretty beaten up though.
Note: It wasn’t Eric’s last rally, despite his injuries. But the Escort was the last rally car he owned. He borrowed them from Ford after that!