Ire­land tour for Cortina MkIV

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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