Northern Ireland RS Owners Club Regional Day 2017

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If sporting Fords were your kind of thing, then Ballymena Showgrounds was the place to be. The Northern Ireland RS Owners’ Club gathered en masse for their annual regional day. The covers came off a plethora of truly remarkable Fords, for the event. 

NI RS Owners Club Regional Day 2017

The Ford Escort Cosworth remains a thing of absolute beauty since its incarnation in the 1990s. Escalating values have more or less taken any thoughts of owning a Cossie out of the hands of ordinary punters. If you can find one for sale, expect to part with a sum which will make your bank manager cry.  

NI RS Owners Club Regional Day 2017

When the original Focus RS burst onto the nation’s roads in the early noughties, it boasted rally car inspired styling, a rather clever front differential and an interesting blue steering wheel. Why Ford thought that swathes of bright blue leather would actually look good in a Focus is one of the great unanswered questions of our time. Luckily, the vehicle dynamics and exterior styling have stood the test of time and the Mark 1 Focus RS is now a classic in its own right.

NI RS Owners Club Regional Day 2017 The world of rallying is littered with cars that never were and the RS1700T is possibly the most famous of them all. As the world moved into the 1980s, Ford knew that the days of the Mark 2 Escort as a world championship winning car were numbered, so they set about designing a replacement. The RS1700T followed the same recipe as before – lightweight, rear wheel drive and a new fangled turbocharged engine producing the horsepower. It all looked good until those sneaky Germans unveiled the Quattro, hammered the opposition and made conventional rally cars obsolete at a stroke. Ford knew the RS1700T would never be competitive and the programme was killed before it began. 

NI RS Owners Club Regional Day 2017

The love for the sporting blue oval never seems to diminish. The quality and rarity of the cars on show for such a relatively small region is and remains, truly remarkable. 

Photos thanks to Stephen (Pumesta)


About Author

Chris, known as Cess on the forums, is a long time RMS member. He is a fervent motorsports enthusiast and lover of all things automotive. He can be found on the ditches of most Irish rallies, at Mondello watching drifting or in front of the TV watching motorbike racing.

RMS Forum Comments

[email protected] replied at 12:35, Tue 11 Apr, 2017
Looking forward to it .
DJMCA replied at 15:30, Tue 11 Apr, 2017
Im entered in to Loughgall this year instead
RsSteve replied at 20:36, Tue 11 Apr, 2017
We had a call today from a guy in England and he will be attending the show with his concourse RS 200 and RS1700 Escort one of only five cars ever mad by Ford.I think guys this is not to be missed really looking forward to show now. steve
Cooper replied at 08:54, Wed 12 Apr, 2017
Sam981 replied at 06:50, Thu 13 Apr, 2017
Is any mark of cars allowed? can I turn up on the day or do I need to pre book my vehicle? Thanks Sam.
RsSteve replied at 15:55, Fri 14 Apr, 2017
Sam just turn up on the day no need to book gates open at ten.
Paddy_R replied at 13:40, Sun 16 Apr, 2017
Might bring the Scooby up to this in that case.
Carson_P replied at 11:45, Tue 25 Apr, 2017
Spectators turn up for a nosey?
RsSteve replied at 20:16, Tue 25 Apr, 2017
Yes spectators are welcome at show and its free for them as well!!!!!
RsSteve replied at 17:02, Mon 01 May, 2017
Not long now to show lets hope the weather holds out fingers crossed.