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It’s Ford’s 100th birthday and fans will find plenty to peruse, at this year’s Footman James Classic Motor Show when it returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 11-13 November.

There’s plenty of variety on the Mk1 Cortina Owners Club stand, with a 2-door Super, ‘woody’ Estate, Zetec-engined saloon, Lotus Cortina, and the club’s Supreme Champion, a 1200 ‘fleet’. Jim Scott’s superb 1200 won’t be on the club stand this year. It’s so good; it’s in the Meguiars display.

That fifties favourite, the 100E, has a broad appeal and the 100E Owners Club is embodying this by presenting a Popular, a Prefect, and the 300E Thames Van that appeared in the 1997 Heartbeat Xmas special. For fans of tuned classics, there’s a Pinto-powered 100E and a 2.8 V6 300E.

Around 1.3 million Anglias and variants were made, and quite a few will be on the Anglia 105E Owners Club stand. Well 8 actually! The club is exhibiting two highly-tuned saloons, a Standard saloon, two Deluxe versions, a Super, a Van, and a Standard Estate, which, like its saloon counterpart, truly defines no-frills motoring!

The MkIII Zephyr and Zodiac Owners Club has chosen four models from this capable and capacious range, namely a Zephyr 4, Zephyr 6, Zodiac, and Zodiac Estate. The featured Zephyr 6 was passed from father to son and the immaculately-restored Zodiac saloon has been in the same family for 28 years.

Much loved by families and fleet managers, the Mk3 took the Cortina into the 1970s. The Mark Three Cortina Owners Club is showcasing a Savage V6 replica, Crayford Convertible, Estate, 1300L, and a 1600 Basic. And there’s a twist! Each car will be occupied by life-size and suitably-attired manikins.

It’s ‘Win on Sunday, sell on Monday’ for the AVO Owners Club with one half of the stand set out to represent a rally stage, complete with two muddy Mexicos, mud, grass, and hay. Sideways to victory! The other half is a showroom with pristine sale cars.

The Corsair always cut a dash and the Ford Corsair Owners Club is bringing along some of the very best, including a 1500 Deluxe, a fully-restored 2000E, a 3-litre V6-engined 2000E and a Cosworth-engined Estate.

Amongst the seven cars on the Ford Granada Mk1 & Mk2 Drivers Guild’s stand will be a Granada Mk2 hearse, ‘sans’ coffin but with a wonderful collection of scale-model Granadas laid out instead! There’ll also be a Coleman Milne-converted Granada Mk1 Minster, the only example currently on the road.

The 1600E is plush, perky, nimble, and much sought after. Which is why the Cortina MkII and 1600E Owners Club is presenting two stunning examples. They’ll be accompanied by a modified Estate, a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’. Swift but subtle!

The Footman James Classic Motor Show is open from 10am until 7pm on Friday, 9am until 7pm on Saturday, and 9am until 5.30pm on Sunday. Ticket prices range from £17.50 when purchased in advance, or £20.50 on the door. For more information visit For informat ion on Footman James , visit

Fords don’t get old they just get faster as my old Dad used to say!!

There’s power-a-plenty on tap, and different ways of producing it too, at this year’s Footman James Classic Motor Show when it returns to Birmingham’s NEC from 11-13 November.

The Rover P4 Drivers Guild is showcasing a superbly-executed and exceptionally-accurate replica of JET 1, the first gas turbine-powered car launched in 1950.

Rover, who led the field in jet engine development in the early 1940s, investigated using gas turbine engines for its road cars. This remarkable car, which uses a Rover V8 engine for dayto-
day use, has a genuine Rover gas turbine in the rear.

To mark its 60th anniversary, and Sydney Allard’s favoured Ford or Mercury side-valve mastery, the Allard Owners Club is featuring a ‘family’ of side-valve V8 powered cars. The cars on display will sport a range of engines, from 3.6-litre through to a bored, stroked, and highly-tuned 4.4-litre.

The TVR Car Club is spanning nearly three decades of TVR development. TVR can trace its roots to 1947, but it’s during the ‘swinging sixties’ that the marque truly arrived thanks to the Grantura, Griffith, Vixen, and Tuscan models.

The 140bhp Tuscan, a beautifully-restored, one-owner-from-new example, is in perfect contrast to its display partner, a 880bhp V12 and road-legal Cerbera Speed 12. A spin-off from TVR’s GT1 racing programme, the Speed 12, a boundary-pushing and anarchic creation, uses two TVR V6 engines mated together.

Taking pride of place on the Capri MK1 Register’s stand is a wonderful recreation of the Team Gunston racing Capri Perana A2. Painstakingly and authentically detailed, and powered by a
300bhp Ford V8, it takes Capri tuning to a whole new level.

The Ford RS Owners Club is paying homage to the power and competition heritage of the Cosworth BD-series of engines. Conceived as a belt-driven version of Cosworth’s 1598cc Formula 2 FVA engine, the BDA, the first version of the BD-series, arrived in 1970.

Variants of this feisty four-cylinder, a real powerhouse, were fitted to special RS models, namely the Escort RS1600, Escort RS1800, RS200, and the oh-so-rare RS1700T. One of each will be on display.

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