Cortina MkII Owners Club Ltd

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

Chairman

PS - you can find us on Facebook too HERE

Latest News

5/2/16  The Ford Cortina MkII Owners Club was never set up to be about winning prizes. Right from the start, way back in 1988, it always was (and always will be) about bringing MkII Cortina enthusiasts togethere to help keep the cars on the road, and having a great time in doing so.  Thats not to say however, that we don't appreciate it when a prize does come our way.  In fact, we are very proud to have picked up some great awards over the years, from the "Best Themed Club Stand" at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC (see below) to the Classic Ford magazine "Classic Car Club of the Year" for our Cortinas To Cortina road run (see HERE ) to celebrate the 50th anniversary, as well as many individual awards such as the Classic Car Weekly "Best Club Magazine" that went to editor Phil Lewis and the Hagerty Insurance sponsered "Unsung Club Hero", won by club spares man Rod Smith for his many years of hard work tracking down parts and getting others remanufactured to keep our cars running.

We are delighted to discover today that we have been shortlisted for the forthcoming Practical Classic magazine awards in the category of "Outstanding use of Social Media" for our Facebook group.  A wonderful surprise given that we didn't even know we'd been nominated!  To everyone who put our name forward, many many thanks!  Our thanks also to everyone who contributes to the Facebook group, it is your input that makes the group so great.

You can find our Facebook group HERE

Our "Best Themed Club Display" at the 2002 Classic Motor Show

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1/2/16  The first club magazine of 2016 has arrived!  Indicator 143 gives us the full story from last November's Classic Motor Show at the NEC (for more photos from Birmingham please see HERE ) and the journey of Adrian Howe's Savage that we included on the display (along side the 1600E of Alec Ross and the Police Lotus of Graeme Farrar) made from it's barn resting place of nearly 30 years to the NEC.  Our youngest member, Jacob Blott tells us all about his rare "fleet model MkII and Australian member, Peter Meyer reports on the Cortina scene from down under.  Club spares man Rod Smith gives us part four of the restoration of his US spec 2dr 1600 Deluxe, and Phil Dunk tells us about some starting issues with his estate.  Other committee car news comes from assistant Geoff Moss who updates us on Chrisina and Trevor, his prize winning early 2dr GT and his Savage replica restoration project, and also from Events man, Charles Hanson who has been playing with his anti roll bar bushes.  Charles has also listed the first show dates for the 2016 season, Phil Lews reminds us of the need for new volunteers and Christine Fletcher reports from the Regalia Shop.  Another great issue of The Indicator not to be missed.

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24/1/16  Series I MkII Cortina Lotus SMP505F was stolen from a lock up on Hergest Industrial Estate, Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 between 13th & 23rd January 2016, with a possible sighting on the B4529 near Leominster on Thursday 21st being towed by a dark Navara/L200 style pick up on the trailer that was taken at the same time.  The trailer is a Brian James Clubman 1400 that had  had the number plate of DN55 FKL attached to it.  In the standard Lotus Cortina white/green colour scheme, SMP 505F is fitted with Minilite style wheels with little used Debica tyres.  The paint does have some blistering and marks, and the bumpers could benefit from re-chroming. An unusual feature is that it is fitted with 1600E seats which are very different to those of the Lotus. The engine has a polished cam cover, Janspeed exhaust manifold and stainless steel exhaust. An air filter box is not fitted.  Please contact your local police (or us via info@fordcortinamk2oc.co.uk ) with any information.

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1/1/16  Happy new year!  With the MkII Cortina MkII reaching it's 50th birthday this coming autumn, 2016 is going to be a big year for us in the Ford Cortina MkII Owners Club.  We have a number of celebration events planned through the year with the main one being our National Rally to be held over the first weekend in August (the 6th and 6th) at Stratford On Avon Racecourse with our friends, the MkI Cortina Onwers Club.  We will also have a very special members only event on Tuesday 18th October, the 50th annivesary itself, a road run that will take us very close to the Cortina's birth place in Dagenham.  There will also be a series of exclusive 50th anniversary articles in "The Indicator", our award winning magazine that only fully paid up club members get.

Through January and February 2016, new members can join up and get up to 14 months membership for the price of 12.  See HERE for more details.

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1/12/15  Hello everyone, the Christmas Edition of The Indicator has arrived!  In an extended Bare Facts, Acting Vice Chairman Graham Orchard talks about what a great year 2015 has been, particularly the National Rally back in August and also the season finale at the NEC, and gives the first details of the 2016 50th anniversary celebrations for our beloved MkII Cortinas.  He also also reports that the 2016/17 membership fees will remain at the 2013 rates once again and goes on to welcome new committee members Christine Fletcher and Janet Palmer and with husbands David and Paul, as well as welcoming Graham Bird back on to the committee too.  Marianne Dunk give us the low down on the recent committee meeting while Ray Whittock talks his day spent with filming with his 1600E and Len Goodman for TV programme "The Holiday of my Lifetime".  After such a busy year for the club, we still have many show reports to be catching up on and Chairman Eddie Newman brings us up to date with the ongoing restoration of his Savage.  Ex club chairman Howard Law tells us what he's been up to with his Cortina Twincam (Lotus to you and me!), great to hear from you H, and to finish up we have news from both the Spares and the Regalia shops with the first show dates for net year thrown in for good measure too.  We wish you all a very merry Christmas!

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14/11/15  A fantastic trio of MkII Cortinas, with Alec Ross's concours winning 1600E ("Car of Show" for the last 2 years running at our National Rally), Graeme Farrar's genuine Hampshire Police Cortina Twincam, and also Adrian Howe's barn find Savage estate in its as found, unrestored condition, made for a superb display at this years Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC.  A full show report will appear in the February 2016 edition of club magazine "The Indicator", but in the meantime you can find photos from the weekend HERE

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18/10/15  So, its October 18th, 2015 then is it? Happy 49th brithday to the Ford Cortina MkII.

Nineteen years ago today, to celebrate the MkIIs 30th birthday, a select few of our members were given the chance to see brand new Fiestas coming down the very same production line that the MkIIs had been built on all those years ago, before having a private visit to Fords own Heritage Collection.  A fantastic day was had by all.  Nine years ago, with most of the Dagenham plant gone, we had a special show hosted by the branch of Dagenham Motors nearest to the old factory, Another great day.

But now we turn our thoughts ahead to next year at the MkIIs 50th birthday. We have a number of ideas that we are working on, both for our National Rally at Stratford over the first weekend of August, and also a very special members only day celebration on this day next October 18th 2016.  Put the dates in your diaries now, we guarantee you're going to want to be there!!!!!

 

 Club cars outside the Ford Heritage Centre at Dagenham, October 18th 1996.

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1/10/15  With the end of the 2015 show season approaching, the new Indicator magazine is packed full of event reports from all over the UK and beyond!  From Lhanbryde in Scotland to the North to the Giants Causeway Coast run in Ireland in the West, from Powderham Castle and Torbay in the South West to Whitstable in the South East, with many others in between, we've been out to a lot of shows this year.  The feature reports come from our National Rally at Stratford On Avon in August, a fantastic event that was once again very well supported.  See HERE for more photos from Stratford. 

Issue 141 isn't just about show reports though, with regular features such as Bare Facts, pub meet and spares news, Motor Mart, as well as news regarding restrictions on vehicle meetings.  We hear about a 1600E that was recently the top prize in a raffle by The London Irish Vintage Club, and Alec Ross tells us about the problems finding suitable photoshot venues - do a keep look out for his award winning gold 1600E in Classic Ford magazine (and also on our stand at the forthcomming Classic Motor Show at the NEC).  Many thanks to editor Phil Lewis for another bumper edition of The Indicator.

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11/8/15 A selection of photos from our recent National Rally can now be found in the gallery HERE

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1/6/15  With the 2015 show season now well under way issue 139 of The Indicator is out.  We have a report from our recent committee meeting and the 2013/14 accounts, Phil Dunk details the changes invovled with the paper part of your driving licence.  Full details about the 2015 National Rally, to be held at Stratford on Avon Race Course are given along side the updated club calendar, and we have a whole host of show reports from the season so far.  In the latest news from the spares dept, Rod announces a brand new line that hes had commissioned in the form of replacement number plate lights and also talks bumpers, track control arms, regulator boxes and wiper spindles.

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1/4/15  Issue no. 138 of The Indicator has landed!  We get the full story about Spares Secretary, Rod Smith, winning the Hagerty Insurance sponsored "Unsung Club Hero" award made at the recent Club Expo, but there is much much more besides.  Derek Vernon talks about his 1600E, Paul Elliot tells us about the unexpected work needed on his 1600GT, Stephen Prince reintroduces us to his MkII estate Ambulance and Andy Guile gives us part 2 of his 2dr GT restoration story.  Rod Smith has the latest news from the Spares dept, and Charles Hanson has low down on shows for this season.  Christine Fletcher introduces us to the all new Dorset branch and Phil Lewis reports from the Great Weston Autojumble and his Savage winning another prize.

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4/3/15  Our Spares Secretary, Rod Smith won the Hagerty insurance sponsored "Unsung Club Hero" award at the Club Expo event at Gaydon last Saturday, beating (we think) over 120 other entrants!!!! Many thanks to all that nominated and voted for him.  Unfortunately Rod couldn't be there, so we kept it quiet and arranged for club founder member, Pete Pascoe to make a second presentation at the Essex branch pub meet yesterday.  It's fair to say Rod was quite taken back by it all.  Read the full story in the forthcoming April edition of our magazine. "The Indicator".

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Telephone Number: 07835 936073Email: info@fordcortinamk2oc.co.uk
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