There’s something inherently remarkable in witnessing the work of a master craftsman. Russell Lord has clearly spent 45 years honing his skills and perfecting his craft as a diamond mounter, and he’s worked with the finest metals money can buy. In his own time, though, Lord has set out to build a MK2 Ford Escort, putting his talents to work on a project of passion. It might not be quite the kind of Escort you’re expecting, though.
It wasn’t all too long ago that I was introduced to Graeme MacPherson, and along side him, his company and product, Go Fast Campers. It was in preparation for our trip through the deserts of Utah earlier this spring: our long-time friend Jim Bob Barnett’s 2nd-generation Tacoma was outfitted with GFC’s first-ever production unit, and of course, put to the test over the course of our 8 days abroad.
Picture your doctor’s car. Maybe it’s a Porsche Panamera, or a Mercedes G class. It could be a bit fancier, or maybe a bit more conservative, but chances are, an ’80s Saab isn’t what comes to mind. “Unlike the typical Saab stereotype, I’m not an architect or a dentist or over 50,” Anthony tells me right off the bat. The humor and inherent oddity of being a Saab owner isn’t entirely lost on him though.
Perfection takes time… or something like that. That’s our excuse, at least, for why it’s been more than a week since the last episode. However, a full week means lots of progress on the truck. Check out all of the latest progress in Episode 5 of StanceWorks: Disassembled.
“The Marauder,” he calls it. It’s pretty obvious why, too. Clad in black, and only black, with a turbo perched atop the massive 1,100lb 5.9-liter Cummins 6BT turbo diesel, it’s menacing to say the least. Black smoke billows from its teardrop stack, and an intercooler sits perched behind what used to be a front grille. The Marauder exudes an air of intimidation, and does a hell of a job showing its fellow countrymen, and all of Europe for that matter, what a hot rod can be.