1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 (FIA/HTP)
- This particular example began life as a road car but was converted into a racer following its acquisition by David Ramsbotham, a former Aston Martin finance director, in 1987.
- Issued with FIA papers two years later, it ran in the German Historic Touring Car Championship and at a variety of UK events between 1990 and 1994.
- Passing to Roger Bennington of the Stratton Motor Company during 1999, the car was driven by Jack Sears as the pace car for the Heritage GT Series (part of the British Touring Car Championship TOCA Tour) at Snetterton in 2001.
- Acquiring the car later that same year, Martin Angle commissioned the Stratton Motor Company to rework it to a higher / more competitive racing specification.
- Conforming to FIA Appendix K specification and granted updated FIA papers accordingly, the two-door saloon was campaigned with assistance from Roger Bennington and the late Jim Morgan (of JTM Racing Services) in the Top Hat and HSCC pre-1965 Touring car events plus the AMOC Lotus Roadsports Series.
- Piloted by Martin Angle, his two sons Barnaby and Hugh, and the legendary Jackie Oliver, the car recorded a number of class wins at venues such as Oulton Park, Silverstone, Snetterton, Mallory Park and Chimay, Belgium.
- It also narrowly missed out on a class win at Spa and qualified on the front row in Pau, France during 2004 (though, Martin Angle and Jackie Oliver were forced to retire from the race).
- Legends Automotive Ltd of Gloucestershire subsequently took over the Ford and had its twin-cam engine and four-speed manual gearbox thoroughly overhauled by Connaught in April 2005.
- Sold to Fred Philips the following month, this car set the fastest lap at the Brands Hatch Historic Super Prix, July 23rd-24th 2005, only to finish mid-field.
- Contesting the Silverstone Classic and Oulton Park Gold Cup later that season, it was shipped to South Africa in early 2006 and took a strong 4th-in-class at the Springbok Revival Meeting.
- Suffering a gearbox failure shortly afterwards, the car underwent repairs by V.A. Motorsport of Holland before returning to South Africa for the 2007 season during which it entered the Springbok Revival Meeting and Kyalami 9-Hour Revival.
- The car's next owner had it maintained and prepared by Martin Stretton Racing.
- Other outings at Spa during late 2009 in the U2TC and Top Hat races and proved very competitive, recording two top ten finishes amid a very large entry.
- And then again at the Spa 6 Hours in 2010.
- The received recommissioning works in 2022 courtesy of Hi-Tech Motorsport (visit our website for more info), which included attention to:
- Front & Rear Brakes
- Track Rod Ends
- Wheel Bearings
- 'Engine out' sump repair with new gaskets
- Battery relocation in boot
- Exhaust brackets
- Suspension Bushes
- What's more, the twin-cam Holbay engine was fully rebuilt in 2019 (awaiting documentation/invoices), with very minimal run time since.
- HTP papers renewed in 2022 and valid up to 31st Dec 2032.
Keyword Search Terms:Lotus, Lotus Cortina, Cortina, Historic Saloon Cars, Historic Touring Cars, FIA, HTP, Ford Lotus
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