Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
Paul Torkington's MkII is nothing less than a work of art. Not only has he masterfully hand-picked an incredible spec list, but the finish of the details is outstanding - it's the kind of build that's so clean it'd almost be a shame to use it.
The car started out as a blue 1976 1.6 Ghia, which Paul bought at the age of 16 from its 101 year old owner. He stripped the Escort right down to first principles, then spent the next ten years building it up into what you see today. There's a spanking new 2.0-litre Duratec under the bonnet, running to a six-linked Atlas axle at the rear, and the car's running 15" Compomotives with AP Racing brakes. But it's not just about the names - look how the Vista Orange paint edges aside under the bonnet so you can see the carbon-Kevlar weave; check out the exquisite detail of the lightweight bonnet hinges, the eat-your-dinner-off-it fuel setup in the boot, the squeaky-clean floors... this is the work of a man obsessed.
And no, he's not afraid to use it. He likes to give it a bit of stick. In fact, he's already building a more fiery Duratec for it...
Spotted at the International Ford Show - more pics here.