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The Story of the RS Fords released on DVD

Jun 30,2011 Elton

Ford enjoys a rich motorsport heritage, with the reliability and performance lessons learned on racetrack and rally special stage, leading to the creation of iconic and desirable road cars.

Fords bearing the legendary RS badge are among the most sought after; today those simple letters encapsulate four decades of competition development and dedication to producing the finest automotive experience.

Now the legend of the RS Fords can be discovered in Duke’s new DVD, The Story of the RS Fords.

The programme, which features newly-filmed interviews and archive footage courtesy of Ford, explores the complete story of Ford’s Rallye Sport models, from the very early days of Walter Hayes and the Advanced Vehicles Operation to the groundbreaking Ford Focus RS500.

The story is told by the men behind the Rallye Sport revolution, including Mike Moreton and Stuart Turner, who were at the very heart of the RS legend. They reveal the internal politics, the successes and disasters, the secrets of the now iconic Rallye Sport cars and how a hardy band of dedicated professionals helped revolutionise the Ford name in Europe.

Tony Mason, co-driver to Roger Clark on the famous 1972 RAC Rally victory, and Malcolm Wilson, former World Rally Championship driver and now head of Ford’s WRC effort, reveal the RS story from the special stages.

Viewers also hear from modern ford WRC stars Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala about how the RS legend influenced them.

Of course, the cars are the stars and the film shows all the most important Rallye Sport models, including the Escort RS1600, RS1800, RS2000 and RS Cosworth, the Sierra RS Cosworth and the 2010 Focus RS500. Plus, of course, there is the spectacular RS200 – built to tackle the awesome Group B rally era, but never able to make the mark it was designed for.

Classic archive footage shows these great cars in fast and furious race and rally action, in rarely-seen Ford promotional films and, notably, in unique concept drawings and photographs from the personal collections of Turner and Moreton.

Bonus features include additional interviews with Mike Moreton, Stuart Turner, Tony Mason and Malcolm Wilson.

This film comprehensively tells the story of the Rallye Sport Fords, and explains why the RS badge holds such appeal for thousands of enthusiasts around the globe.

The Story of the RS Fords is released Out Now on DVD, priced at £16.99 and will be available from leading video outlets or direct from Duke Video: Tel 01624 640 000, fax 01624 640 001 or email mail@dukevideo.com. Visit www.DukeVideo.com online.



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