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May 2nd 2015

Spring Has Sprung

Thank you to everybody who sent in pictures and stories for this feature.
This is all yours!

Philip Zacker's 1972 Ford Cortina 2.0 GT!

My Dad ordered this car while stationed at Barford St. John in England. He originally wanted a LHD Canadian spec wagon but was told they could not get one. There were five of us kids so he next tried getting a four door but again no luck! so he ended up with the one you see here,

Mom was not happy!!

I remember going with my Dad to Baseford Motors in Oxford when he picked the car up.

After England we went to Loring AFB in Maine. My Dad wasn't really supposed to bring the car to the States as they were not sold here. Not sure how he accomplished that but we spent four years in Maine and often went to Canada to shop. My Dad use to take the Cortina to a Ford dealer there to be worked on, I think he had to have the cam shaft replaced at one point.

After four years in Maine my Dad was transferred to Offutt AFB in Nebraska.

My Dad retired from the Air Force in 1979 and in 1980 he went to work for Ford Aerospace at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire. The Cortina went with us again!

Dad spent ten tears working for Ford and decided it was time to retire and go home to Iowa. He brought the Cortina with him.

He bought a low mileage Ford Anglia to keep the Cortina company in the garage!

Sadly dad passed away eight years ago and I ended up with the Cortina and my brother in California has the Anglia. I have many fond memories of traveling in the Cortina including many trips to Silverstone watching all types of racing from club meets to F1.

Dad owned a British Ford from the late fifties when he bought a popular right up until he passed. He had Anglias, mk1 mk2 and the mk3 Cortina GTs. I got my love of British cars from him and I hope the Cortina stays in the family for generations to come!


Tony Boothman's Sunbeam Alpine

JUST. Today (Thursday April 30th) got it out of the garage . Running and driving but still under construction. I usually restore motorbikes but then I saw this two years ago whilst picking up motorcycle parts, and as I worked for Roots Group at a dealer in Blackpool England in the 60s, well...It followed me home.








Mike deBono's Customized 1979 Innocenti Mini 1300

Mike customized the bumpers, seats, rear license,plate lights, A wiper at the rear, and fabricated a wood dash.

The,color is Candy Brandy Wine, by house of color. And, a Filipaldi steering wheel rounds out the mods.


Ken McGuire's Austin Somerset Convert and Devon

Itís been a busy week. The Devon got itís wheels painted standard black from the red they came to me with, but I havenít had time yet to put the trim rings and wheel covers on. The Somerset got itís new water pump on yesterday and today, after putting the radiator back in and bolting everything up, had the cooling system flushed and then new coolant. We are officially ready to go for the year. The Devon is going to spend June through October at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Springs New York as part of a special display of imported post war British cars, so I still have a little polishing to do before the van comes to get it. Both of them got a ride around the block today before going back into the garage


Mark Doust's 1967 Innocenti C aka Innocenti Sprite

From 1961 to 1976 Innocenti built cars under license for BMC . The Innocenti Spider (1961-70) and Innocenti C (1966-1968 ) was a rebodied version of the Austin-Healey Sprite with styling by Ghia.

The Innocenti C is almost 4 inches wider and 6 inches longer than the Austin Healey Sprite . All the extra width is in the wings, which produces a wider cabin; the additional length is all between the rear edge of the door and the start of the rear wheel arch.

They were produced in just 3 colours - green, white and red - the colours of the Italian flag. Out of the 800 they made there are only two in North America.


Phil Morgan's Birchfield Jaguar SS100 Evocation

Birchfield only made 14 of these before the company went belly up. The factory built car is all aluminum on a galvanized space frame chassis, powered by jag 4.2 with twin carbs. It is the only LHD car and the only manual overdrive, all the others were UK spec with auto box.








Paul Maltby sent in some pictures from his Ancaster run.

The red Mini is a 1984 right hand drive from the UK converted to 10 inch wheels from 12 and a 1275cc transplant. It's been with us for the last 10 years.

The Super 7 was made under license from Lotus by Birkin in South Africa. It has a 1600cc or 1700cc engine (we're still not sure) cross flow with dual Webers. It spent the first 17 years in Japan and was shipped to BC 8 years ago. We purchased it there in late 2013. My 6 foot tall son and I flew out and drove it home during Easter 2014. We still laugh about that (long) trip and running out of gas in Northern Ontario.

These are both great street-legal go-karts.


May 23rd 2015

Spring Continues

Frank French sent this in from Edmonton, a place where spring is simply the ocillation from dead of winter to dry summer.

The GT is not pretty, it's called Ugly Betty B for a reason, though she has a good heart. The overdrive works once a day.. kick it off and it likely won't click back in.. engine out rebuild as it's the older overdrive. The GT is a nice car and they did call it the Poor Man's Aston Martin..

The A is coming along.

Frank French

NAMGAR Drive your MGA day.. hmmmm no MGA's

Frank French(file photo)

Frank's MGA

Frank French(file photo)

Frank's J4


































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