I took some time to run through the 80's BTCC results to try and find out exactly who appeared in Fiestas and when- So far, I've got this...
Originally Posted by Nick Ellis
Stuart McCrudden ran a Mk1 in the up to 1300cc class at various meetings during
I am sure i saw the car at the Brands GP support round that year,from what i remember the car was a metallic gold or brown colour with backing from a southern
The car at that time suffered from a lack of homologated parts to make it a
competitive tool against the Mini 1275 GT,Alfa-Sud,or even Avengers in the same
The Ford dealer backing the car seems to have been Candor Motors, from Colchester, and as you suggest, it only seems to have appeared at a handful of rounds
Was this the first BTCC Fiesta? I can't find any trace of one before McCrudden's handful of appearances (Fiesta was launched in 1976), and the next ones are the Longman/Datapost cars which came on the scene in 1980
Some nice Datapost pics and period ads here
Datapost started out with two cars in separate classes- Longman in a 1.6 and Curnow in a 1.3. As mentioned earlier, Guenda Eadie (winner of the 1979 Faberge Ladies Cup Fiesta race/rally series) also appeared in 1980... http://foxcraft.co.uk/biographies/biog2_geunda.html
...and more Fiestas joined in mid-season- Colin Hawker and Terry Nightingale (I think in Julian May's Pegasus car http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j2..._1239_1acd.jpg
. For some reason, Longman dropped down to the 1300 class towards the end of the year.
The Datapost Fiestas turned out to be a one-season wonder, with Longman turning to the Metro for 1981, however Nightingale returned in the Pegasus car,
joined by da Costa's white Haynes car
...and Colin Hawker- all in 1.3s initially.
Julian May (a DNS at Donington), Alex Moss, David Grimshaw and Stuart Fowler also turn up in the BTCC results in Fiestas- Terry Nightingale apparently split with the May/Pegasus team mid-season, so apart from team owner May, were Moss, Grimshaw and Fowler the other drivers who appeared in the car that year, or did they drive some other Fiesta(s)?
The Metro seems to have become the weapon of choice in the 1300 class for 1982 (although there were Alfasuds from ARDT, and David da Costa tried an Astra), but Stuart Fowler's Fiesta appeared a few times. The May/Pegasus car came back, but now in 1.6 form for Jock Robertson,
and Tony Crudgington appeared occasionally with another 1.6.
Robertson and the Pegasus Fiesta returned for 1983, until the team's new RS1600i was ready.
Incidentally there's a fair bit on the post-BTCC history of the Julian May car in the '1984 BTCC' thread- it's still around, and still in the original red/gold colours.
(Start here http://www.ten-tenths.com/forum/show...=120490&page=6
and it continues over the next page or two)
The Crudgington car appeared at least once as well, but that was it for Fiestas in the BTCC, until 1986, when Alastair Davidson appeared a few times in a 'Troy Ambisonics'-backed car. I think this was basically a Fiesta Challenge car, but there might have been some suggestion of it being upgraded into something more like a 'proper' Group A car?
Anybody got any more, or even better, some pics of those cars we don't have pics for?