Mike Sweeney presents 'Cortina Special' where he takes a look into the history of the Ford Cortina and speaks to many enthusiasts!
With guests Graham Robson, Stephen J Vokins, Harry Calton, Tom Malcom, Maurice Bennett, Andy Middlehurst, Dave Eastwood, Andy Childs, Darren Seed, Carol Seed, Stuart Hughes.
Originally aired on Men and Motors TV channel in 2003
Citroen The French Connection
Chris Goffey presents the history of the great French car, the Citroen.
With guests Stuart Wiltshire, Ullrich Knapp, David Conway, Helen Evenden,
charles Herval, Tony Latchford, Peter Ashley, Paul Defilice, Simon Lynes,
Oliver Houiller, Malcom Bobbitt, Tony Stolloe and Dale Harrow
Originally aired on Men and Motors TV channel in 2003
Ford's Dagenham Dream
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OLD TOP GEAR (1993), NEW FORD MONDEO, SIERRA, CORTINA & JEEPERS JAMBOREE, 1/3
The new Ford Mondeo (1993) is featured in this episode. First of all,
Michele Newman shows some of the predecessors to the Mondeo, the Mk1
Cortina, the Mk2 Cortina (1600E version), Mk3 Cortina & finally the
MK4/Mk5. Afterwards, Quentin Wilson features the Ford Sierra & explains the
plus & minus points of owning one.
British Motor Corporation Story
BMC was the largest British car company of its day, with (in 1952) 39
percent of British output, producing a wide range of cars under brand names
including Austin, Morris, MG, Austin-Healey and Wolseley as well as
commercial vehicles and agricultural tractors. The first chairman was Lord
Nuffield (William Morris) but he was replaced in August 1952 by Austin's
Leonard Lord who continued in that role until his 65th birthday in 1961 but
handing over, in theory at least, the managing director responsibilities to
his deputy George Harriman in 1956.
BMC's headquarters were at the Austin plant at Longbridge, near Birmingham
and Austin was the dominant partner in the group mainly because of the
chairman. The use of Morris engine designs was dropped within 3 years and
all new car designs were coded ADO from "Amalgamated Drawing Office". The
Longbridge plant was up to date, having been thoroughly modernised in 1951,
and compared very favourably with Nuffield's 16 different and often old
fashioned factories scattered over the English Midlands. Austin's
management systems however, especially cost control and marketing, were not
as good as Nuffield's and as the market changed from a shortage of cars to
competition this was to tell. The biggest-selling car, the Mini, was
famously analysed by Ford Motor Company who concluded that BMC must be
losing £30 on every one sold. The result was that although volumes held up
well throughout the BMC era, market share fell as did profitability and
hence investment in new models, triggering the 1966 merger with Jaguar Cars
to form British Motor Holdings (BMH), and three years later leading to the
government sponsored merger of BMH with Leyland Motor Corporation.
Look at Life - What Price Safety? 1965
An excellent "Look at life" video clip from The Rank Organisation dated May
1965 looking at what's being done to improve safety in cars at the time,
make's for very interesting viewing!
Link to DVD advert.
WOG-007 is back in 2012 - CV Performance / GD Racecars
This famous Ford TD Cortina has been off the road since the late 90's
CV Performance together with GD Racecars has brought it alive again !
Officially on the road 8th November 2012 and this video documents this
Nothing was going to stop the man from taking it home, not even the hail
storm warning !
All filmed with what i had with me at the time , my iPhone 4
Ford Lotus Cortina - Fifth Gear Legends
Graham gets behind the wheel of a sixties icon as he tells the story of the
Ford Lotus Cortina and explains why it's one of our favourite fast saloon
cars of all time.
Leaf-Blower Supercharging a 1978 Chevrolet Monza Spyder! - Roadkill Episode 16
On this episode of Roadkill, it's fun with Leaf Blowers. Experts on the
Internet said it would never work. That's never stopped Freiburger and
Finnegan, and this time on Roadkill the guys put the theory to the test:
can hardware-store leaf blowers supercharge an engine and make power? Step
one was buying a '78 Monza Spyder with a 305 V8 and a four-speed stick.
Step two was to take it to the shop of HOT ROD Drag Week racer Jeff Lutz to
tune it up, swap the engine to a 350, Dyno test it with five leaf
blowers, and do a whole bunch of needless burnouts. Step three was to drive
the Monza to Willmington, Ohio, for the East Coast Timing Association's
Ohio Mile event, a standing-mile race where they'd find out if leaf-blower
power adds up to more speed in the real world. The outcome? Who really
cares? Because on Roadkill, it's always about the adventure. And more
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The Cars the Star Ford Capri
Quentin Wilson looks at the car behind the slogan 'The car you always
promised yourself'. From its birth in 1969 to end of production in 1986,
talking to those who designed and marketed the car as well as some devoted