Pic Of The Week: Lotus Cortina

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As POTW regulars will know, we usually try to come up with a topical link (however tenuous) for our weekly pictorial wallpaper.

Well, this week the link is about as tenuous as you're going to get - because we've basically run our virtual fingers down yesterday's list of '100 greatest cars of all time' until someone shouted stop, and that car we've chosen as Pic of the Week.

Fortunately, the point at which our virtual finger came to rest was not on number 90 (Renault Espace), number 47 (Black Cab), or number 36 (Citroen 2CV). Because we wouldn't have been able to find an interesting image of any of those particularly easily.

The original Lotus Cortina, however, (in at number 79, all you automotive pop-pickers) is a rather easier win, because it immediately conjures up mental images of this, Jim Clark three-wheel drifting his Lotus-Ford back in them-there sixties. Which is more exciting than an image of an FX4 negotiating Elephant and Castle...

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  • Ian_H 08 Apr 2012

    otherman said:
    Here's some Jim Clark magic to marvel at. He's the last one through in this clip
    As has already been said Jim Clark had passed away nearly 40 years before that video was shot, it is however footage from the Jim Clark Rally which is based in Duns in the Borders and named in his memory. Also, the last car on the video is Barry Johnson driving and Stewart Merry in the co-drivers seat of the ex Petter Solberg Subaru WRC, on landing all four shockers burst and I think one of the fluid reservoirs for the shockers caught fire. Both driver and co-driver were winded on landing and I seem to remember Barry saying he had hurt his back.

  • Yellabelly 07 Apr 2012

    mybrainhurts said:
    Ahhhh, Bengt Soderstrom...I remember his gut well..hehe
    He certainly was well padded but with no roll cage or seat belts every bit helps biggrin

  • iva cosworth 07 Apr 2012

    thought this thread got bumped as it's the anniversary of Jim Clarks death at Hockenheim.

    Apparentley notsmile

  • mybrainhurts 07 Apr 2012

    Ahhhh, Bengt Soderstrom...I remember his gut well..hehe

  • Yellabelly 07 Apr 2012

    Ignoring the pseudo french hijack and getting back to the subject of the thread, here is a photo of my old rally car, it was the Ford Works car which won the 1966 RAC Rally (The Rally of Great Britain). Driver and navigator were Bengt Soderstrom and Gunnar Palm (later to be Hannu Mikkola's co-driver). Bought it in 1967 and rallied it for 3-4 years before moving on to circuit racing.


    NVW 239C by ray_blake, on Flickr



    NVW 239C by ray_blake, on Flickr

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