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.
PS - you can find us on Facebook too HERE
50 years of the Ford Cortina MkII
The Ford Cortina MkII Owners Club will be spending the 2016 show season celebrating the 50th anniversary of the MkII Cortina being launched by Ford of Britain at the Earls Court London Motor Show on October 18th 1966, a season which begun with our Somerset branch winning the "Best Club Stand of Show" award at the Great Weston Auto jumble at Shepton Mallet in Bristol back in February. In addition to a series of exclusive feature articles to be published in our award winning club magazine "The Indicator", we have 4 main events planned.
The first will be at our National Rally. Held over the weekend of 6th and 7th August, we will join our friends, the MkI Cortina Owners Club at the Stratford On Avon Race Course. A road run to the Coventry Transport Museum will take place on the Saturday, while Sunday is the main show and shine day. We will see some very special MkII Cortinas joining us over the weekend where original Motor Show and Press cars will line up with the very earliest surviving examples. Entry is just £5, no booking necessary.
A few weeks later we will join up with the BMW 02 club who are also celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2016. On Sunday 28th August the two clubs will come together for a feature display at the Classic Motor Show at Knebworth, Nr Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
Later in the year, on Tuesday 18th October, the 50th anniversary, we have organised not one, but two club member events. During the day we have a road run that takes most of our Cortinas back to their birth place, and then in the evening we have a very special pub meet.
We will meet in the morning at the Whitewebbs Museum of Transport in Enfield, and then after lunch we head to Essex for a visit to "The Shed". The Shed is on the old Cortina factory site at Dagenham and houses the Heritage Collection, Ford's own private collection of some of the many cars they have built over the years and includes some firsts, some lasts, press cars, prototypes, and a number of other rarities that you just won't see anywhere else. There is no public access to the Heritage Collection so we are very privileged to have the opportunity able to visit.
The Hare pub, just outside Chelmsford, will play host for our evening event. The top car park has been reserved for MkII Cortina parking, a buffet meal and MkII Cortina pub quiz have also been arranged. Our special guests for the evening will include Harry Calton, the ex Ford Motor Company head of PR at the time the MkIIs were launched.
For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
8/5/16 Photos from our club display at the Basingstoke Festival of Transport are now in our gallery HERE
7/5/16 A selection of some of the MkIIs that attended todays "Cortinas at the Ace" can be found HERE
1/4/16 The new club magazine "The Indicator" is here. Edition 144 is just as full as ever with reports coming from our award winning club stand at the Great Western Autojumble at Bristol and the Inaugural National Car Club Awards at the NEC where we attended having been shortlisted in the " Outstanding use of Social Media" class (see us on Facebook HERE). A summary of the last committee meeting is given and we get the first installation of the 2016 show list. Charles Hanson talks about loose connections while Greame Farrar tells us all about his Cortina Twincam that served with the Hampshire Constabulary for a little over 2 years when new in 1969, a car that we displayed at last Novembers Classic Motor Show at the NEC. Rod Smith give us the latest spares news and Graham and Charles give the first details of how we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MkII Cortina this year (please see above)
27/3/16 An updated parts list for our members only spares sheme is now available. Please see HERE for more details
5/3/16 The National Car Club Awards were held at the NEC this weekend and we attended having been short listed for the "Outstanding Use of Social Media" class for our Facebook group. Contgratulations to the Rover P6 Club who took first place. You can read the full story in the forthcoming edition of "The Indicator", and find us on Facebook HERE
14/2/16 The first of our 50th anniversary events has kicked off the 2016 show season in style at the Great Western Autojumble where we won "Best Club Stand". Congratulaions to Ray Whittock and the rest of the Somerset team! Full report to appear in the next edition of club magazine "The Indicator", but in the meantime see HERE for a few photos from the weekend.
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
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.
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 email@example.com ) with any information.
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.
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!
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
See older news items HERE
All photos © Cortina MkII Owners Club LTD