Chris Rogan’s Mk2 Escort

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Chris Rogan is a long time RMS member, local rally competitor and runs a motor factors in Bangor, so when we had the opportunity to feature his stunning MkII Escort rally car we jumped at the opportunity.

Chris’ addiction to motorsport began with a Megane R26R that he brought to the Trackskills events at Kirkistown.  The R26R came from the factory with thin plastic rear windows, a roll cage in place of the rear seating as well as two bucket seats, harnesses and a plethora of power and chassis tweaks.   This car was sold as a road legal track car that in fairness lives up to what it is about and is a rapid article. Indeed Chris has set some incredibly swift times around the Nürburgring in it.

The Megane was the first car that brought Chris into the addiction we all know as motorsport. After competing on the infamous Cultra Hill Climb he was hooked and soon after bought a Ford Fiesta to race in the Zetec Cup at Kirkistown. Sadly this story came to a sudden stop with a pretty big roll over the start line after some jostling with other cars.

However this didn’t deter Chris in the slightest, and in April 2011 this stunning Ford Escort MkII was brought home.  Chris had fulfilled this part of his bucket list of cars to own. His father Paddy Rogan rallied MkII’s years ago and this love of the model has transferred down a generation and now Chris is seeing what his dad loved about them many years ago.

Chris Rogan's Mk2 Escort

This was a showroom display car from a Ford Dealership in England, so their main priority was looks.  when Chris and his dad set out to buy the car, they knew the key thing they wanted and some may say perhaps needed was a good shell, as this gave a great starting point, many people have commented on how good the shell actually is.

Hence when they purchased the car in 2011, the first thing they set about doing was getting more performance from the standard pinto engine. The car was sent to Willy Kennedy where the Engine was built and prepared by for mostly fast road use and hill climbs, hence the 4:4 diff ratio and twin 45 Webbers.

Chris Rogan's Mk2 Escort

The car is still running the standard type 9 gearbox to retain road driveability, over a normally specified sequential box.  However, a Tran-x LSD was installed in place of the Quaife locker, as it’s a lot more aggressive and coped better with the weight transfer through the corners. WK Developments didn’t stop there however and the suspension also received a full overhaul including bilsten shocks and a harder and higher spring on the front, compared to the rear.

To match the performance, it was decided it would be time to upgrade the brakes, so a set of alloy Willwood Calipers with vented discs found there way onto the car, and this didn’t half make a great difference! It brought the brakes up to something modern, instead of the mushy pedal that was there before.

Chris Rogan's Mk2 Escort

In the middle of the dash is a fully functional switch/gauge panel finished in satin black to blend in as well as alloy pedal and an alloy foot plate for the passenger and a map reading lamp should Chris decide to do night navigations. Inside the boot is an alloy fuel tank and twin facet pumps to keep the spare wheel company.

When asked what the future plans for the car are Chris replied “I’ll give anything a go, the more I use, the more fun I have in it. I’ll maybe have a go at a rally sprint, a track sprint or two or even an auto test, we’ll have to see”.

Chris Rogan's Mk2 Escort

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Graham is a professional photographer and motoring writer with over 15 varied years of coverage from manufacturer press launches to international motorsport and rally events throughout the world. Graham is a full member of the Guild of Motoring Writers. See more at grahamcurry.com

RMS Forum Comments

Stuarty1984 10:17 | Wed 24 Feb, 2016 | Report
Haven't seen Rogie in a while, had no idea he had this! Stunning!
Dan.86 15:25 | Wed 24 Feb, 2016 | Report
Seen this at the Craigantlet hill climb last year. Pipped the gf's uncle to first place too
brendy 16:43 | Wed 24 Feb, 2016 | Report
| On the RMS Blog: Chris Rogan is a long time RMS member, local rally competitor and runs a motor factors in Bangor, so when we had the opportunity to feature his stunning MkII Escort rally car we jumped at the opportunity. Chris' addiction to motorsport began with a Megane R26R that he brought to the Trackskills events at Kirkistown. (Read the Full Article Here) http://reallymeansounds.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/IMG_6871.jpg Read the Entire Article Here
Ahh I wondered who was driving it up Balloo a week or two ago, was going to give chase but the lights beat me... :(
Marc 18:50 | Wed 24 Feb, 2016 | Report
That's a work of art!
David.S 19:34 | Wed 24 Feb, 2016 | Report
Good article Graham and a great car.
MiniMad 09:07 | Thu 25 Feb, 2016 | Report
Cheers Graham for a great write up and photos (y) Roll on the 2016 Hillclimb season, til she comes back out of hibernation! :)
Rocko 14:27 | Thu 25 Feb, 2016 | Report
| Chris' addiction to motorsport began with a Megane R26R...
Or his Smart car uses to diff the balls off, or the work Sprinter.
MiniMad 22:26 | Tue 01 Mar, 2016 | Report
| Or his Smart car uses to diff the balls off, or the work Sprinter.
lol you have to start some where :P
Graham 20:34 | Thu 09 Jun, 2016 | Report
New livery completed by @Blackwater Graphics today... 116660 116661 116662 116663
Conor 20:51 | Thu 09 Jun, 2016 | Report
They don't look natural photographed sitting still, they need to be flat out, 6 ft in the air or with the arse hanging out, then they look right. (Y) Can hear the induction noise in my head when I look at the two bottom photos!


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