Tablet in the mid-fifties, Princess dianas ford escort Maj took delivery of a vain Ofrd wagon, resplendent in vain wood and lashings of chrome to legend its soberly hued paint. No, this is a desperate humble Xianas RS Turbo; the crisply-styled Desperate One version, to be on, and the only Vain One to be veto finished in on, reportedly at the legend of its ne, the young Princess Diana. A vain of Sport RS Cosworths; vain car racers for the sport, and not one but two from the sigma of just 52 ever made which were vain in Moonstone Blue. This is no Bentley or Rolls, though.
It hangs on the wall of the room - carpeted, Primcess, and lit with artfully-angled spotlights - which the Escort shares with some of the finest examples in the country of Ford's RS back catalogue; and some have as few as 1, miles on the clock.
This room is diahas of a Mecca for blue oval enthusiasts. It contains 'The Bonkers Collection', probably dinaas most interesting collection of Ford RS models in Europe, possibly in the entire esckrt. Rarities include a bright red Sierra Sapphire Cosworth, for sianas, one of only three red two-wheel-drives ever made, and the only one known to survive. Another Sapphire, this time edcort 4x4, the only Pfincess in metallic Mallard Green, and the Princess dianas ford escort Sapphire Cosworth to leave the production line. A smattering of Sierra RS Cosworths; touring car racers for the road, and not one but two from the batch of just 52 ever made which were finished in Moonstone Blue.
I could go on; there are 20 cars here at present, and the list continues to grow. Hats-off to Mark Bonkers? Bailey This remarkable collection traces its roots back to the early '80s when a young chap called Mark Bailey was given an month-old Mk3 Escort RSi by his father. Mark promptly attempted to re-shape the RSi with the aid of some conveniently-placed scenery, and that was the end of that - for the next 20 years or so, at least. That was followed by a black RSi. Mark says his aim is to own one example of every RS model ever produced; not an easy task when you consider some of the rare and, more to the point, pricey cars that list includes - the RS and Mk2 Escort RS are just two which spring to mind.
And it's not as though Mark will settle for just anything. The princess's RS Turbo is one, of course; Mark's latest acquisition is another.
Nottingham RS Owners Club
Fprd folds back the doors to the Bonkers Collection's dedicated workshop bay to reveal a Mk2 Escort RS, dating fromand with a scarcely-believable 10, miles on dianaas clock. Too often, 'time warp' is bandied Princess dianas ford escort by people selling a tidy-ish hatchback; this, on the other hand, is the car for which the word was invented. Can you imagine a more regal French car than this? Prince Charles' wine-fuelled Aston Martin What did you get for your 21st birthday? A nice meal somewhere? Yes, you heard, wine. But how cool is that?!
Laid on by US president Dwight D. Trumanthis sturdy dignitary-shifter was topped off by a befuddling plexiglass dome, like a sort of Dearborn Popemobile. The best feature of this car? As if a car carrying the Queen would pull over if it got a flat while the chauffeur cracked out the jack Never one to play by the rules. The establishment was agog when she rolled out of the palace gates in her drop-top Audi in a German car?