Corti­nas to strut their stuff

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Ev­ery­body has a Cortina story - Calvyn Snel­gar

Clas­sic Cortina com­mit­tee mem­ber Calvyn Snel­gar ex­pects a num­ber of North Is­land afi­ciona­dos to turn up for the mile­stone event.

‘‘Corti­nas are very pop­u­lar and ev­ery­body has a Cortina story,’’ he said.

The Cortina Club, formed in the early 1980s now en­joys about 160-plus mem­bers na­tion­wide.

It has al­ready held a sim­i­lar event for the Mk1 model.

Snel­gar snapped up his first Cortina at age 15 and ‘‘got an ad­dic­tion’’. ‘‘It’s a pretty cool car to drive.’’ He now owns four. ‘‘We be­lieved The Palms would make a great pub­lic event. It’s a good fit all round,’’ he said.

The event is open to mem­bers and non-mem­bers.

To­day, about 30 years after it started, the fam­ily-ori­en­tated club helps mem­bers with their restora­tion projects, the sale of their Cortina, or just a friendly chat about a model owned in the past. It meets on the first Tues­day of the month. Check out info@clas­s­ic­

Above: PIc­tured en­joy­ing their dad’s 1964 Lo­tus Cortina, are Snel­gar’s daugh­ter Clau­dia and son Joshua as they look for­ward to the 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the Mk2 Cortina in The Palms arena car park at Labour Week­end.

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