Friday, 21 October 2011

Ford of Britain 100: Image of the Week – 42/52

To celebrate the centenary of Ford of Britain in 2011 the company is exploring its photo archive to reveal rarely seen images. Ford's unique relationship with Britain and its society will be illustrated each week by specially selected pictures.

This week’s image, from 1968, shows that it’s not just Harry Potter who can make the Ford Anglia fly. At the British Saloon Car Championship at Thruxton the little Ford goes up on two wheels as it takes a sharp left hander. The combination of size and speed made the Ford Anglia 105E a formidable competitor in the world of motorsport.

The performance tuning industry adored the ease at which the Ford Anglia 105E could be modified and its high-revving engine was almost unbreakable. It wasn’t long before Ford’s smallest car was punching well above its weight.

Memorable rally drives saw top female driver, Anne Hall, complete the gruelling East African Safari in 1961 and one-time Ford Competitions manager, Henry Taylor, take a respectable eighth position in the 1962 RAC Rally. On the track the Ford Anglia was a regular class winner in saloon car racing and in 1966 helped John Fitzpatrick become BTCC champion.

Production of the Ford Anglia ceased in 1967 but its place in history was assured and today privateers still race the little classic with the big heart. 

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