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1 hour ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

I love your Ghia estate , with the alloys it looks like it should have Cowley’s new desk on the roof.

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If  i recall, at one point in that scene they monumentally understeer and it bounces off a kerb. Must've utterly buggered the suspension.

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After completing  560 miles yesterday I was very tired but after a good meal and a good sleep I had my money’s worth at breakfast and we set off for Cologne, a very short drive of around 95 miles. We saw a few older Mercedes and a couple of mk1 Granada’s along the way.  We avoided motorways where possible to make the short journey much more interesting and arrived at the V8 Hotel in Cologne around 3pm.

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Our room is fantastic

 

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The seats are very Comfy and they recline.

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Loads of nice cars here, this Citroen went past as I was eating pizza and drinking a beer.

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The hotel in Nijmegen was also fantastic, great architecture.

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Some interesting cars in the car park

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The only interesting car I managed to photograph en route sorry.

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There was an American car show at Cologne when we arrived but they were leaving when we got there

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The museum is great here also, a really great hotel.

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36 minutes ago, Wibble said:

Fantastic! Glad it’s going well, how are you finding the new ignition? And you’ve done the passenger mirror too, makes such a difference I think. Safe travels!

Running lovely so far....... touch wood. Nice to have a better view behind.

 

 

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10 hours ago, NorfolkNWeigh said:

I love your Ghia estate , with the alloys it looks like it should have Cowley’s new desk on the roof.

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That car (a 2.3 Ghia) was thought to be a pre production model or modified MK4 as the series was filmed in early summer for broadcast over Christmas.

So a couple of months before launch but ready for free primetime advertising a couple of months post launch.

As the estate was basically only  new bumpers, frt wings grille/lights  & seats, h vac.It was easy to coble together from a MK4.

But it has several anomalies for even a pre production/pilot Mk5, no tape stripe on lower doors, MK4 door cards & in at least one scene the door mirrors appear to have no remote mechanism or with the front windows fully closed  ( as there possibly mk 4 doors/windows & would interfere with the glass ( stopping it closing) .

Also unlike all the saloons (not easy to disguise from a MK4) with this reg sequence (June/July 79) it never appears in any road-test reports or sales literature/promotional material.

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3 hours ago, sheffcortinacentre said:

That car (a 2.3 Ghia) was thought to be a pre production model or modified MK4 as the series was filmed in early summer for broadcast over Christmas.

So a couple of months before launch but ready for free primetime advertising a couple of months post launch.

As the estate was basically only  new bumpers, frt wings grille/lights  & seats, h vac.It was easy to coble together from a MK4.

But it has several anomalies for even a pre production/pilot Mk5, no tape stripe on lower doors, MK4 door cards & in at least one scene the door mirrors appear to have no remote mechanism or with the front windows fully closed  ( as there possibly mk 4 doors/windows & would interfere with the glass ( stopping it closing) .

Also unlike all the saloons (not easy to disguise from a MK4) with this reg sequence (June/July 79) it never appears in any road-test reports or sales literature/promotional material.

My Dad had a T reg Cortina 2.0GL  estate registered in June 1979, definitely a Mk 4.

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Yesterday started with a trip to the Ford Europe plant at Cologne where the Fiesta is currently made. We were given access to the museum and then had a tour of the factory on a road train.

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From Cologne we drove to Speyer, only around 180 miles but the last 4 were not good with a 2 hour hold up on the motorway in extreme heat! We eventually got to out hotel, not as flash as the previous two but half the price.

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We are staying at the Museum Technic Speyer for two nights. A fantastic museum well worth visiting

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It is fantastic here, a good collection of cars, aeroplanes, trains and lots more. Inside the planes were great also, they were raised and at an angle so you felt like you were flying

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The GAZ is inside this plane!
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There aren't many top of the range fords you would call classy.

But the cortina ghia is.

I rember an episode of the Proffesionals with another mk 4 estate - sure the lovely Gabrielle Drake starred in it - in fact I think she drove it .

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Saw quite a few of the cars on the Harwich to Holland ferry on Friday (well over a dozen of them.) Mainly Mk2s, but was lovely to see them all; it was like having a mini car show whilst waiting to board the boat (camera looks like it couldn't cope with it though.)

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Good luck to all of you though. Sounds like a great trip and hope it goes well.

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4 hours ago, Bren said:

There aren't many top of the range fords you would call classy.

But the cortina ghia is.

I rember an episode of the Proffesionals with another mk 4 estate - sure the lovely Gabrielle Drake starred in it - in fact I think she drove it .

I had to check the number plate when I bought ours to see if it was the one Bodie stole with an inflatable boat on the roof

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On Wednesday we left Speyer to head for Mittenwald. As we were so impressed with the Museum at Speyer we went to their sister museum in Sinsheim where they have two Concorde’s! We went on both.

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They also had some nice cars there.

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Soon after leaving Speyer we caught up with three other cars from the group and followed them for over an hour and enjoyed a stop for coffee and cakes with them.

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After a while they turned off but we soon caught up with another car and followed them for the last leg of the journey.

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We stopped for 2 nights in Klais ( just outside Mittenwald) in a fantastic guest house with a great host. He let me use his hose to give the car a much needed wash and told me to park in his car port🙂. He also made a fantastic breakfast and is a car enthusiast. I would definitely return to this guest house

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We spent yesterday walking over the mountains and through the gorge in Mittenwald but still managed to spot some cars

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We set off this morning from Klais in Germany, drove through Austria and have arrived in Italy!

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Now that we are in Cortina there are many other Cortina’s arriving in other groups or alone as above. We are here for 3 nights now. There are Cortina’s all over town, we also saw a large group of Maserati’s and Ferrari’s and another group of Porsche’s.

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15 minutes ago, Asimo said:

Was Cortina a British-market only model name, everywhere else was Taunus?

It was Taunus in most of Europe, Cyprus had both names. Africa, Australia and New Zealand used the Cortina name  and possibly Singapore, Canada and America.

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18 hours ago, Wibble said:

Glad you’ve arrived safely and loving hearing about the trip. Only wish I was there and could park mine next to yours! Your car is looking great by the way😃

You would have been made very welcome and I would like to meet you and see our two cars together. You have 10 years to prepare for the next trip, or we could do one in 5 years?
@danthecapriman I was talking to the owner of the Tawny Brown mk3 and he said he also has a Capri Laser he drove to Capri in, his was the 6th Capri to go on the island. He said if I went in the mk1 we would be the 7th, It will be at least 6 years until ours is done so you could beat us, or wait and we could go together in our mk1 and your mk2.

My next trip will be Granada to Granada in my mk2.

We walked to the 1956 Olympic ski jump this morning, sadly it is not being maintained very well

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I took some pictures of cars along the way, as you do.

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Great house and car in one shot! (plus my finger)

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