" Funny how the shape of a car can cause a Proustian moment. Thing is with the Ford Cortina Lotus was that it chimed perfectly with a time when the A-Road riders sought desperately to differentiate themselves from the rest of "
Lotus Cortina Love
We can’t be alone in thinking it would be amazing if our favourite Norfolk brand that specialises in lightweight sports cars would collaborate with Ford and come up with a racing edition of today’s equivalent Dagenham-bred workhorse.
We suppose that territory is currently covered by the spectacular Focus RS – but surely a Lotus badge and some drivetrain trickery in the Chapman tradition would yield something special.
Back in the day a Cortina competing successfully on the world rally stage must have been like a cheeky upstart from Dagenham taking on Cassius Clay in Madison Square Garden.
There’s something heroic, almost Shackleton-like about the picture above – which shows Peter Huth and Ian Grant celebrating a brilliant 2nd place finish in the notoriously difficult East African Rally of 1968.
And it’s a heroism that is somehow encapsulated in the unassuming countenance of the car itself.
From esturine Essex to the badlands of Nairobi. That’s a big leap of mechanical efficiency and reliability.
Worthy of a re-issue, surely?
For details of all things Lotus Cortina, go to lotuscortinainfo.com images courtesy LCI.
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