Our uncle had an Escort of this vintage back in 1979. They were everywhere in the UK and Ireland at the time. One afternoon, while out at a park, he handed Mom the keys. She walked over to the locked Ford, put the door key in the hole, twisted, and nothing. Then the key snapped off in the lock. She went back to tell Pete what happened, and he takes one look at says, "That's not my car!" Then he opened his door with the ignition key. The RS 1800, however, was a different beast. Chock-full of Cosworth yumtasticness, the car captivated Hammond as a youngster. And now he gets to drive it.

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