This kit actually comes with decals of two words MANS and ROTH. Cigararette advertising laws mean that these words cannot be put together on the decal sheet, on the box or on the instructions. We can't even say that they go together, so clearly you should put them apart, with the words MANS in front of the word ROTH. If you look at the photo of the real car, you might decide to do it differently.... that would be entirely up to you!
The Ford Escort Mk 2 was launched in 1975. It was a significant evolution compared to the Escort Mk 1 that debuted at Brussels Motor Show in January 1968. It used the reliable mechanical components as the Mk 1 but adopted a new design based on a squared-style look able to be in line with the aesthetic and stylistic taste of the 70s. In addition to the more classic version, it was also released the Escort Sport version characterized by a more aggressive look and distinctive sport interiors. To compete, successfully, in World Rally Championship, a dedicated model, the RS 1800, was introduced to complete the line up. Successful results has been achieved. From 1975 to 1979 the Ford Escort RS 1800 won for five consecutive years the prestigious RAC (Royal Automobile Club) Rally, the most important rally event organized in the United Kingdom and an important milestone of the World Rally Championship.
This model depicts the car as it raced in it's final year in 1981, in which Ari Vattenen won the championship. The X-Reg Escort was registered almost a year after the repalcement front drive Mk3 model came out but at the time Ford had yet to introduce a rally spec model of that car.