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The Story of the RS Fords

The Story of the RS Fords

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Product Code: 4090ED , Release Date: 21 December 2011, 89 minutes

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"In-depth interviews...loads of great period footage" Octane

"Thorough interviews with the right people" Evo

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.

In this film we discover 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, whilst we 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 us 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. 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.

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

"The story impressively brings home how long RS models have been pounding our stages and tracks, and at the sharp end to boot. Recommended viewing" Track Driver

"Ford motor sport enthusiasts will not feel short-changed by this account of the sporty Fords, from Mk1 Escort through to WRC Focus. 'Anchored' by in-depth interviews with AVO key figures Mike Moreton and Stuart Turner, it features loads of great period footage - RS2600 Capris storming the autobahns, Roger Clark in familiar sideways style, and Tomorrow's World presenter Michael Rodd promoting Mk2 RS Escorts. Poptastic, mate!" Octane

"Fancy having a sit down in front of the telly with a DVD on? Well, we suggest you opt for this new one from Ford-lover/DVD-maker Duke. Detailing the entire lifespan of the RS badge, this DVD has something for fans of all ages. There's rarely-seen vintage footage from Ford, track action, interviews with people closest to the brand and, of course, lots of sexy RS-themed imagery. It's right up our street and we reckon if you're reading Retro ford it'll be right up your too!" Retro Ford

"A new DVD bringing the full story of RS Fords right up-to-date is now out. The Story of the RS Fords from Duke features brand new interviews with figures central to the RS brand, such as Stuart Turner and Mike Moreton, combined with archive footage to give an in-depth account of the development, history and triumphs of our favourite Fords. We've seen it; it's cracking watch, and we highly recommend it" Performance Ford

“This DVD explores the story of Rallye Sport Fords. It takes a while to get going, but interviews with co-driver Tony Mason (who won the 1972 RAC rally with Roger Clark), drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala, and top brass from Ford Europe give a fascinating insight. The DVD covers the RS Escorts and legendary RS200, and addresses the focus RS500 road car. Enthralling viewing. Four stars” Auto Express

"Love your Rallye Sport Fords? This new DVD from Duke features newly-filmed interviews and archive footage to explore the  complete story of the RS models, from the very early days of Walter Hayes and the Advanced Vehicles Operation to the latest Focus RS500. All the main models are covered, and the DVD also includes bonus interviews with Mike Moreton, Stuart Turner, Tony Mason and Malcolm Wilson" Fast Ford

"No fancy graphics, no specially (and expensively) shot scenes, just very interesting and thorough interviews with the right people, teamed with excellent archive footage. Never heard of a rear-wheel-drive Mk3 Escort? Then this DVD will tell you all about the RS1700" Evo