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Project cars update: Simon Holmes’ Cortina

It’s new car time at the home of Holmes, and he’s bought a rear-driver! You may recognise it too!

It was always going to happen. After spending a busy summer driving round the country looking at tasty Fords of all shapes and sizes it was only a matter of time until I got involved with something older and something that was rear-wheel powered.

I love my Fiestas and the white one I have is drop dead gorgeous so it’s not going anywhere, but over the last few months I’ve developed a thirst for another classic Ford to add to the fleet. I’d narrowed it down to a few slightly unlikely choices but a Mk2 Cortina two-door has always been an iconic car for me so I started searching for something that was solid, didn’t need any work and had a few nice parts on it to start off with.

I didn’t have to look very far, because as you’ve probably no ticed the car I’ve bought is in fact Gareth’s old Cortina. As he wasn’t doing too much with it I waved some Pound notes in front of his face and the car was soon winging its way down to me on the back of a low-loader. It was a little nerve-wracking as even though I know Gareth, I’d never actually seen the car in the flesh before, so it was sent straight to local MoT tester, fabricator and engine builder, Clarke at Ignition Advances in Chingford (07788 848180) for a run-through. The result came back a healthy rust-free car with a year’s new ticket once a set of washer jets were fitted.

So for the first time in my life I drove a Cortina, and do you know what? I love it! And free road tax never felt so good. Plans are already forming to get it ready in time for next year’s show season so I better get the ball rolling…

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