Ireland tour for Cortina MkIV
With reference to the feature on classics out and about in CCW (12 July), the accompanying photo shows our 1979 Ford Cortina 2.0 Ghia MkIV that still has only 39,000 miles on the clock.
At the beginning of June this year we left our home in the Shetland Isles and drove down to Cairnryan, and crossed over to Ireland to participate in the Gordon Bennett Rally in Portlaoise in southern Ireland.
Then we went on a complete circular tour, driving on the Wild Atlantic Way and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the west coast. We went right up to the top of northern Ireland and took in the Kilbronnay Rally before finally crossing back to Scotland and visiting the famous Moffat Rally in the borders of Scotland on our way home.
All in all, by the time we arrived back home in Shetland we had covered 2333 miles, including four ferry crossings, and were away for a total of four weeks.
It was all well worth it, though, and the Cortina behaved perfectly throughout our adventures, never once missing a beat. Brian and Hazel Gifford, Sandwick, Shetland Isles
The Gifford’s welltravelled 1979 MkIV 2.0 Ghia.