document : Fifty years of Cortina Highlighted at Nasrec on October 28

Fifty years of Cortina Highlighted at Nasrec on October 28
information supplied by: The Classic Car Show 17 October 2012

The iconic Ford Cortina will be celebrating its 50th birthday at The Classic Car Show at the Nasrec Expo Centre on Sunday, October 28.
Cortina owners are invited to show off their cars at this mammoth event, organised by restoration experts Rolling Thunder and
“Our club was only started recently, and already we have 23 members, with cars ranging from the iconic Interceptor, to Mk Is, Mk IIs and also the Mk V Ford Motorsport editions,” says Ford Cortina Club SA chairman Dirk van den Heever.
Over four  million Cortinas were sold world-wide, the car being produced in five different generations from September 1962 to the end 1982 in the UK, with SA production ending in late 1983, when it was replaced by the Sierra. Initially it was code-named the Archbishop, but the final name derives from the ski resort in Italy that was used for the 1960 Winter Olympics.
The Mk I was initially introduced with a 1200 cc four-cylinder pushrod motor, while a 1500 Super model followed. But it was the GT model, introduced in late 1963, that made the Cortina such a hit here in South Africa, with a twin-choke Weber carb, a branch exhaust manifold, hotter cam and flowed head making it a relative “screamer” by early ‘60s standards.
South African  Mk I GT models were all four-door variants, although two-door GTs were available in what was then Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and a few of these have found their way to South Africa.
The most famous of the Mk I model internationally is the Mk 1 Lotus Cortina, and a few of these were imported here for racing, by such greats as Koos Swanepoel, who won the SA Saloon Car Championship in 1964, and Basil van Rooyen.
The next iconic Cortina as far as South Africans are concerned was the Mk II Perana, which had a V6 engine slotted in by Jo’burg tuning ace Basil Green, in 1968. This car accelerated to 100 km/h in 8,5 seconds, plenty fast for 1968!
A 2,5-litre V6 version was available as a factory development in the Mk III, introduced in 1970, and the Mk IV and Mk V versions featured 3,0-litre versions.
In the 1980s, the XR6 was the hot Ford to own, with later special versions carrying the TF name plate, standing for Team Ford. The most iconic of the later Cortinas was the Interceptor, which came from the Port Elizabeth factory with three twin-choke Weber carburettors, special alloy rims and Ford blue and white motorsport paintwork. An Interceptor was the favoured car of notorious bank robber of the 1980s, Andre Stander.
The Classic Car Show is set to attract over 1 000 cars to the Nasrec Expo Centre on Sunday October 28. The one-day show will run from 8 am to 8 pm and will feature rock music acts such as Ballyhoo, an Elvis Impersonator, and various blues rock performers.
A Miss Classic Car Show Competition will also be held at  this exciting event, which will feature beer gardens and food stalls.
Muscle cars and Street rods will be a dominant theme at the Show, and various classic Mustangs, Camaros and the like are being specially prepared for the event by Rolling Thunder.
Exhibitors who want to bring their special show cars the night before will be catered for with special parking and security.
Admission for The Classic Car Show at Nasrec on October 28 will be R50 for adults, while children under 12 will have free entry. Anyone arriving in a classic car will also be admitted free.
Tickets can be bought at the gate or on Computicket.

The Nasrec Expo Centre is located to the east of the N1 Highway, close to Soccer City,  on  Rand Show Road, Nasrec. (GPS – S26° 14.810’ E27° 58.695’) Entrance for the show is at Gates 3 and 4.
For more information, contact The Classic Car Show organiser Paulo Calisto on  082 786 3266, on e-mail at, or visit The Classic Car Show website on
Captions show  : Cortina Mk V came in Team Ford blue and white livery.
                               The iconic Cortina Perana in typical silver, with black nose stripe
                               The Mk 1 Cortina, with early grille and later aftermarket wheels
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