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With ref­er­ence to the story on the ‘Cologne’ Capri (C&SC, Au­gust), there are a few fac­tual er­rors.

Cos­worth was not a Ford sub­sidiary in 1967, it was an in­de­pen­dent com­pany. Also, the GAA didn’t have any roots in the 2.6 Cologne en­gine, and used spe­cial blocks from Ford, al­ways based on the 3-litre Es­sex en­gine. Ford or­dered 100 sets of parts, but in­sisted on us­ing an SG iron crank, which it sup­plied and that caused end­less prob­lems with the bear­ings.

Mike Hall de­signed the en­gine, and when Keith Duck­worth saw it, his com­ment was that it had Brm­style cam cov­ers – a ref­er­ence to where he em­ployed Mike from.

It was Mike’s favourite en­gine, and ended up be­ing used for F5000 and hill­climb­ing. The prob­lem was that there was a hun­dred sets of ev­ery­thing, ex­cept cranks and blocks – both Ford-sup­plied items. Neil Le­fley

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Cologne en­gine was based on 3-litre block

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