Cortina MkII Owners Club Ltd


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

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

7/8/17  "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 we've recieved 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



Following the sucess of our special 50thi anniversary 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.  Photos from last year 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 20 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 at this sad time.



12/2/17  Our Somorset have kicked off the 2017 show season in great form with a fantastic display at the Great Western Classic Car Show at Shepton Mallet this weekend.  Congratulations to member Adrian Evans who won Car of Show with his white 1600E.  You can find a selection of photos from the event HERE


1/1/17  Happy new year!  If you haven't already done so, now is a fantastic time to join the Ford Cortina MkII Owners Club - the 2017 Classic Ford magazine "Club of the Year".  All through January and February you can get up to 14 months membership for the price of 12.  Please see the membership page HERE for more details.


31/12/16  An updated parts list for our members only spares sheme is now available.  Please see HERE for more details


10/12/16  The Indicator 148 is now out.  Our thanks to new editor Charles Hanson.


1/12/16  Just announced, the Ford Cortina MkII Owners Club wins the Classic Ford magazine "Car Club of the Year" for the second time!

Well done and thank you to everyone who has been a part of the special events this year, to the Ford Motor Company, to Roy Haynes and Harry Calton and of course to each and every member.  Stay with us for 2017, there is still much more to come!


13/11/16  From start to finish, we've had a fantastic weekend at the 2016 Lancaster Classic Motor Show at the NEC with the two oldest surviving MkII Cortinas on display,  We had the GT Crayford that was featured at the launch of the car 50 years ago on 18th October at the Earls Court Motor Show, and a 4dr GT that was registered before the launch date ready to be used as a dealer demonstrator on day 1.  The full story from the weekend will be in the next edition of club magazine "The Indicator" but you can find more photos HERE.



4/11/16  There is now less than a week to go until this years Lancaster Classic Motor Show at the NEC.  We will be there displaying what could well be the two oldest surviving MkII Cortinas, SOO 661D, the GT Crayford that was featured at the launch of the car 50 years ago at the Earls Court Motor Show, and also MYL 958D, a 4dr GT that was pre-registered ready to be used as a demonstrator on launch day, October 18th 1966.

Do come and see us and say hello, we'll be in hall 5, stand 466



18/10/16  What a fantastic day we have had celebrating 50 years of the MkII Ford Cortina.  A day that started off at the Whitewebbs Muesum of Transport and took us onwards to visit the Ford Heritage Collection at Dagenham before an evening reception with the MkIIs Public Affairs guru, Harry Calton, engine test bed operator Ron Quested, and the car's chief stylist Roy Haynes.  A full report of the day will appear in the next edition of The Indicator.  Our thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a great occasion.   A selection of photos from the day can be found HERE.

Here club Chairman Eddie Newman is talking with Harry, Ron and Roy. 


1/10/16  It's out!  Editor Phil Lewis has given us his 100th and last Indicator, issue 147, and at 100 pages, by far the biggest ever.  As is usual this time of year, reports and photos from our National rally at Stratford Upon Avon feature heavily but so do reports from some of the many other shows we have been out to this year.  In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the MkII Cortina we hear from the ex Ford Public Affairs man Harry Calton about how the Cortina was launched and some of it's developments, and we also include "New Cortina at 50", a collection of rare and previously unseen photographs and films, exclusively presented to all members.

Thank you for the last 17 years of The Indicator Phil, enjoy your retirement!


25/9/16  An updated parts list for our members only spares sheme is now available.  Please see HERE for more details


8/8/16 We've had a great time at this year's National Rally at Stratford Upon Avon.  A full report will appear in the October edition of "The Indicator", but you can find a selection of photos from the weekend HERE


1/8/16  The new Indicator is here!  Issue We meet Roy Haynes, chief designer of the MkII Cortina for the first of our special 50th anniversary editions, and also take a peek in to his 1960s design studio at Ford to see some of the clay bucks that helped lead to the final shape of our favourite car.  A pretty full club calendar is included with detials of the 2016 National Rally at Stratford Upon Avon - now only days away! - and our special members only 50th anniversary celebration day in October that takes in a visit to the Ford Heritage Collection at Dagenham and plays host to Roy Haynes and Harry Calton.  There are plenty of event reports begining to come in too, including from Cortina Day at Monmouth, the Calne Rotary Road Run, the Bristol Classic Car Show, and even from the Reids Palace Classic Autosho in Madeira.  Graham Orchard reports from a photoshoot to advertise a show later in the year and Charles Hanson give us the latest on the restoration of his 1500GT Crayford.  In spares news, Rod tells us more about the new remanufactured fuse boxes for the series II cars.



7/6/16  How good does this look?  Club spares man Rod has done it again with reproduction fuse boxes for all series II MkII Cortinas are available now from our members Spares Scheme. Priced at just £28 (+P&P) they come ready to fit with a brand new set of fuses included.  See HERE for more Spares Scheme information.


1/6/16  We are very pleased to announce today, the chief designer of the our favourite car, Roy Haynes, will join Harry Calton to come along and help us celebrate 50 years of the MkII Ford Cortina as part of our special members day on Tuesday 18th October.  See the new June edition  of "The Indicator" for full details and booking form.


1/6/16  Edition 145 of "The Indicator is out now.  Packed full of show dates, show reviews, and details of the 50th anniversary events for later this year.  Events man Charles reports from this years Donnington Historic Festival while Spares man Rod shows us some of the parts haul that he has turned up from Singapore.  We have notice from British Heritage models of a special limited edition 50th anniversary range they are introducing for this year and we hear from the FBHVC in regards to possible car meet restrictions.


30/5/16  "One of the first with one of the last", together for a publicity photoshoot for one of the club 50th anniversary events later this year. Be sure to keep a look out for the Gemini advertising in the coming months for the August bank holiday show at Knebworth House, Bedfordshire where we will have a special featuer display with the BMW 2002 club who are also celebrating their 50th birthday.


See older news items HERE

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