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Steve Saxty

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  1. Rod Mansfield’s team created the legendary Sierra Cosworth, Capris Injection and ‘80s RS Escorts. I'm talking to him on Tuesday. He’s writing a piece for my new second book about what it was like to engineer the RS Capris and Capri Injection. What questions have you got for him – let me know! And if I know the answer from previous discussions I'll try answering here.
  2. Nope, it was some time after that poor unfortunate thing.
  3. Yup - it's an Escort but which one? Not an RS BTW...
  4. That's a pretty good list. I had lunch with Rod Mansfield a few months back. The project they were proudest of was the Venezuelan Escort with (I think) supercharger and AC needed to accommodate the high altitude and heat.
  5. This is Special Vehicle Engineering - the team that designed the fastest Fords. Can you guess what was the secret car they are hiding there on the right? Rod Mansfield wrote a fascinating insight in my book where he tells us what it was like to do Capri, Cosworth and XRs, you can read it here. Read what Rod says today.
  6. Will do - there's a bunch more videos on Ford design and these ads here BTW.
  7. I’ve just lost 15 minutes of my life watching these Ford TV ads made by ad agency Ogilvy & Mather. They were given to me by Terry Holben who directed Ford’s ads for 22 years and wrote about the experience in my book. Take a look at them here as Ford pitched us RS, Capri, Cortina, Sierra, Granada and Fiesta. Fun back story – the first with Peter Duncan of Blue Peter fame was insured by Terry Holben’s dash to the hospital for the birth of his first child.
  8. Yes, I liked those, here's a few more - they were done by Czech designer Pavel Husek who was very talented and moved on to Audi in 1972
  9. Hi there. I've just emerged from spending two years writing a book on classic Fords of the 70s, 80s and 90s. It's been exhausting but it has been awarded Book of The Month in the world's two most prestigious car mags, C&SC and Octane last month. Not bad for a book on Ford in that rarified world. I've just had time to start uploading some of the book's material that I intend sharing here. First up - videos. This link has six videos for each decade of Ford design. If, like me, you're into the artistry of design and love seeing Ford's original sketches of the cars back in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s then sit back enjoy. I spent hours making these (well my wife did) and they are great fun to watch. I hope you enjoy them! Steve
  10. Hello, My name is Steve Saxty and I'm a recovering Ford enthusiast who's just spent two years writing a book on classic Fords of the 70s, 80s - I'm better now, thank you. If you don't know about my little book, well OK it's 165,000 words and twice the length of a novel you can read about it here. I'm excited to share all the material I have in the book since I have been hoarding hundreds, if not thousands of photos of prototypes and design sketches. There's a few hundred in my book but I've got videos and all sorts that I'd really like to get out there. Me? well you can read a little more here about me but I worked as a designer at Ford in the 80s and still a retain a soft spot for the company today although I later moved on to Mazda, Porsche, and Jaguar. I tended to drive a mix of company cars and my own back then, Cosworths and two Tickford Capris and as company cars I'd usually run Scorpios or XR4x4s - although I did manage to grab an RS200 for a day on the road which was a rare treat. Anyhow, I'll happily answer questions and happy to post, what I hope will be some interesting material in the future. Steve - and here I am with the last Capri the other month!
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