Cortina MkII Owners Club Ltd


Proud winners of the Classic Ford magazine "Club of the Year" 2016/17

MkII Cortina Designer Roy Haynes.

We reunited Roy with a MkII Cortina in celebration of the car's 50th birthday in 2016.  See what happened at our celebrations on the anniversary HERE .

Hello!  Welcome to the website of the MkII Cortina Owners Club LTD, the multi-award winning UK based classic car club for all things MkII Cortina. Our primary aim has always been to promote the preservation, interest, and use, of the MkII Cortina in all its forms and variants.  We welcome every single MkII Cortina into the club, whether they be concours winners, everyday workhorses, race cars, customised or original, or even in boxes awaiting restoration.

You should find everything you need to know about the club on these pages, but don't hesitate to CONTACT US with any questions you might have.  We look forward to meeting you and your MkII Cortina sometime soon.

Eddie Newman


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Latest News

7/9/17  Mark Blows, our first Vice Chairman and Membership Secretary has just turned up a video he took at our autumn National Rally all the way back in 1993.  Held at the Shuttleworth Aerodrome at Old Warden, near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire its a fascinating look at the club 24 years ago with some very familier faces and cars present.  You can see the video HERE and a few more screen grabs HERE


4/9/17  Right from the very early days of the club we have backed up our aim of keeping Cortina MkIIs on the road by supplying spare parts, and we now have in excess of 350 individual lines available to our members.  Spares Secretary, Rod Smith, is continually making efforts to maintain supplies and increase this figure.  All parts offered through the scheme are either brand new or reconditioned and come fully guaranteed enabling members to buy with confidence.  For more details, see the spares page HERE


28/8/17 Indicator issue 151 is out!  Dominated as you might expect with reports and photos from our recent National Rally (see HERE for more photos from the weekend), but there is much much more besides with plenty of news from other shows and events we've been at this summer.  Phil Dunk gives us the latest on his estate, Eddie Newman rounds up the story of his Savage restoration, while Phil Lewis talks rolling roads and electrics.  Simon Parrott ponders at how the prices of our cars have changed over the years and Dave Whitstable tells us about his 1600E.  Don't miss it! 


7/8/17  "Brilliant show", "Gets better every year", "I'll be there neat year, rain or shine, what a great weekend it was", just a few of the comments following this weekend's National Rally at Stratford Upon Avon racecourse held in conjunction with the MkI Cortina Owners Club and the Lotus Cortina Register..  We would simply say, "The best weekend of the year!".  A full report will feature in the next edition of "The Indicator", but you can find photos from the weekend HERE


21/7/17  Winners again!  Congratulations to our Somerset Branch who have won"Best Club Stand" at the Paignton Sea Front show.  See HERE for more pictiures.


Following the sucess of our special 50th anniversary display at last year's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC, we are very pleased to announce we will be back again this coming November to celebrate 50 years of the Lotus Twincam, estate and 1600E models, as well as the infamous crossflow engine.  Photos from last year can be found HERE


24/5/17  As we look forward to this years show season, it's Indicator time again!  Issue 150 is another edition packed full of MkII Cortina features, headed up with news from the NEC that our Acting Vice Chairman, Graham Orchard, has won the 2017 National Car Club Ambassador of the Year, and from Shepton Mallet where member Adrian Evans 1600E won Car of Show.  Jan-Erik Anderson reports from Sweden while Charles Hanson has assembeled a list of the shows you'll find us at this summer.  Talking of shows, we've already been out and about this year - our thanks to Adrian Howe, Adrian Evans, Mark Richards and Colin Baker who have all sent in show reports  We also hear the latest news on Eddie Newman's current restoration and Phil Lewis tells us all about taking his Savage to a "Made in Dagenham" photoshoot.  Rounded up with other news items, the classified ads and spares news its another great read exclusively for our members.


14/5/17  Pictures from todays club display at the Basingstoke Festival of Motoring can be found HERE


6/5/17 Another great Cortinas at the Ace.  A few photos of some of the MkIIs in attendance can be found HERE


1/4/17  Congratulations to acting Vice Chairman Graham Orchard who won "Club Ambassador of the Year" at the 2017 National Car Club awards.  Read all about it in the next edition of The Indicator.


The winners of the 2017 National Car Club Awards, in association with Tourism Ireland, were announced on Saturday 1 April in an emotionally charged evening where there were tears and standing ovations galore for the worthy recipients. 

Over 230 members of the classic motoring community attended the prize giving at Birmingham’s NEC. Special guests to the event at Birmingham’s NEC included the Rt. Hon. Sir Great Knight, Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead, and Car SOS’ Fuzz Townshend. 

David Boyce from Tourism Ireland, headline sponsor of The National Car Club Awards, said: “Not only do these awards recognise the amazing amount of time and effort made by the clubs but the community spirit the car clubs create as a whole. There was a fantastic atmosphere in the room and a real appreciation between all those nominated and the winners. It was a very special evening that Tourism Ireland is very proud to be associated with.”

A total of 16 awards were presented, with the biggest cheers of the night going to Rosie Hamilton of the Morris Minor Owners Club who received the Lifetime Achievement award from David Boyce. 

In the Classic Car Club categories, the Rover Sports Register’s Freewheel magazine won Outstanding Club Magazine of the Year (printed), sponsored by Stena Line and presented by Dianne Poole. Monstro, the magazine for the Maestro & Montego Owners Club was highly commended in this category. 

Outstanding Website of the Year, sponsored by Tourism Ireland, was presented to the TR Register by David Boyce. The Austin 7 Clubs Association was highly commended in this category. 

The MK1 Golf Owners Club won the Outstanding use of Social Media, sponsored by Lancaster Insurance, and presented by Andrew Evanson, while David Whale from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs presented The Imp Club with the award for Outstanding Support of the Next Generation. The Morris Minor Owners Club Young Register was highly commended. 

Classic Car Weekly Editor David Simister presented the Jensen Owners Club with Outstanding Car Club Event (Run or Rally), with a highly commended given to the Morris Minor Owners Club. The Jensen Owners Club also won the ‘Best of the Best’ National Car Club Winners award, sponsored by Lancaster Insurance, for the most outstanding entry of all entries.

The MG Car Club was presented with the National Car Club of the Year award, by Dave Youngs from sponsors Lancaster Insurance. The Club was praised for its ability to make sure all aspects of its role are performed seamlessly as well as the new archive building that was added to Kimber House. 

It was then on to the Devoted Members categories where Footman James’ Managing Director David Bond presented the Unsung Hero award to Brian Humphreys from the Rover P6 Club. Pauline Blake from the Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register was highly commended. 

David also presented Graham Orchard of the Ford Cortina Mkll Owners Club with the National Car Club Ambassador of the Year award on behalf of Footman James. 

In the awards categories relating to the clubs’ displays at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, Lancaster Insurance’s Dave Young presented the Best Live Working at the Show award to the National Traction Engine Trust for an amazing display. 

Danny Hopkins from Practical Classics presented the award for Best Restored Car in Show to Michael Kavanagh of the Jowett Car Club for the 1913 Jowett Tiller. The Best Car in Show was presented to Alan Buttle with the Jet 1 Replica, on Rover Sports Register, by Will Smith from sponsor Classic Car Auctions.  

Best Club Stand awards went to the Allard Owners Club for under 75sqm and the Jowett Car Club for over 75sqm, sponsored by Classic Car Weekly and Practical Classics respectively. 

Lancaster Insurance Operations Director Richard Morley presented the Judges Special Recognition Award to the Sporting Bears for its amazing services to charity, raising over £1.8million for children’s charities around the UK. 

For all the winners and nominees, as well as more information on the National Car Club Awards, visit

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7/3/17 The Ford Cortina MkII Owners Club National Rally for 2017 is now confirmed for 5th and 6th of August at the Stratford Upon Avon Race Course in Warwickishire.  It will be another weekend of anniversarys with our friends, the MkI Cortina Owners Club, celebrating their 35th year, while we will continue celebrating the MkIIs 50th birthdays, the estates, crossflow engines and 1600Es all turn 50 this year, as do the Twincam (Lotus) models.  To mark this birthday, we are pleased to announce that the Lotus Cortina Register will be joining us for the weekend too.

The weekend will start from 2.30pm on Friday 4th August for setting up. Saturday 5th August sees a road run out to the Coventry Transport Museum, and then later a quiz and BBQ with Sunday 6th being the main show'n'shine day. Ex rally co driver and former Top Gar presenter Tony Mason will also be around on the Sunday.  Entry is just £5 per car for the whole weekend, on site camping available at £10 per unit - no booking necessary.  See you there!

Pictures from the 2016 National Rally can be found HERE


6/3/17 Congratulations to club Acting Vice Chairman Graham Orchard, who has made the short list for the National Car Club Ambasssador at the forthcoming National Car Club awards on Saturday 1st April as part of the Restoration Show at the NEC.


1/3/17  To all members - subscriptions for 2017/18 are now due.  Please complete and return the form included in the latest Indicator to Steve Vincent, payment of £29 or £32 can be made by cheque (made out to Ford Cortina MkII Owners Club), paypal (to amd by Bank transfer (please contact for account details).  If using paypal, please remember to add £1 to cover charges.


24/2/17  The Indicator 149 is out now!  Continuing our 50th anniversary celebrations, John Peters tells us some of the history of his protoype Crayford that helped Ford and Crayford Auto Developments launch the all new MkII Cortina range at the 1966 London Motor Show, a very special car that is also possibly the oldest surviving MkII Cortina.  New committee member Robert Armstrong says hello,  member Andy Guile gives us the latest on the restoration of his 2dt GT and Ricki Steedman shows us his Lotus recreation.  We also have plenty of show and spares news, and a very touching tribute to Viv Smith, a much missed member and friend to us all.



Today we remember, and say goodbye to a very special lovely lady.  A regular face at club events up and down the country, Viv Smith was a massive part of our team over the last 25 years supporting husband Rod in the running of our spares scheme.  For many years Viv also hosted our committee for its monthly meeting, helping to build the club in to what it is today.  Our thoughts and best wishes to Rod, Tracey, Richard, and all of Viv's family and friends at this sad time.



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