Ford is providing two of its classic rally cars for the National Motor Museum's motorsport exhibition, A Chequered History.
The company is lending the Beaulieu attraction a GT70 and RS2000 from its own heritage collection. The prototype cars were designed and built by Ford to win rally events but they never achieved the success they seemed destined for.
Museum manager and chief engineer Doug Hill is delighted that Ford Heritage has loaned it the two cars. He says they will be an important addition to the vehicles on show at Beaulieu, continuing the close links the museum has forged with Ford over the years.
Ford values the connection with the museum just as highly and Ford of Britain corporate affairs manager Brian Bennett says the loan of the two cars marks the launch of the new Ford GT and Focus RS models.
Sir Stirling Moss will officially open A Chequered History on March 5. It will feature a host of machines that have contributed to the rich history of motorsport, archive footage and other racing memorabilia.
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