[Cortina-list] Anyone in Viginia?
milota at suddenlink.net
milota at suddenlink.net
Sun Feb 19 06:20:33 UTC 2012
Since you guys have hijacked my original post,
Could you please change the header?
- Doug (Eureka,CA)
---- KempsonCannons at aol.com wrote:
Well Peter, you may have to wait a long time to find anybody willing to
write the story. I’ve spoken to many of the old guard in Lotus Cortinas over
the past couple of years getting the Lotus Cortina website together, and
have asked the same question…who’s going to write the definitive book on the
Lotus Cortina? The answer is…nobody, and I really can’t understand this.
I’ve had long chats with Bob Dance, and have made interview appointments
with a couple of ex-Cheshunt guys who have become too ill or have died
before I’ve got to meet them. I’ve been contacted by Mick Jones, who was at
Boreham from 1963 to 1986, and was the foreman during the Escort years, from
1970 onwards. He has given some fantastic information, and has started to
introduce some of the other guys from Boreham…the real shakers and movers in
the Lotus Cortina days from 1965 onwards. But they are now getting very
thin on the ground.
I’ve been contacted by Graham Robson, author of many books in the UK,
mainly on Fords in the Lotus Cortina / Escort era, offering to help with
information for the website. I’m going to see him in March to see what common
ground we may have, but I don't think that he's interested in writing a book
on the Lotus Cortina.
I have the archive from Jeff Fenton, who has amassed a exceptional amount
of information on the lotus Cortina, which I’m putting on the site. I’ve
had a huge number of contacts from guys who raced and rallied Mk 1 and Mk 2
Lotus Cortinas in the day, who have given me some fantastic information on
the cars, the results and the participants. Not one of them is under 65, and
many are much older.
The site is now starting, just starting, to be used as a reference work by
some folks…early days, and incomplete as the story is.
The conclusion I have reached is that we are the only guys who are going
to write the story. The enthusiasts, the guys who have collected together
the information over the years, the guys who can be arsed to put in the time
to collect together the information and put it in a website / book for all
to enjoy. Whilst I have a huge support from many in the UK, and enthusiasts
around the world, I’ve had no input at all from anybody in the USA…
although several guys have made a big song and dance about making sure I get the
Ford Line story ! So far, zip.
I’ve only fallen out with three guys over doing this work that I know of…
.Rick and Andy at the LCR, and Bob who (I didn’t know this at the time)
runs this list and the other Lotus Cortina website because I pinched a few
photos from his site to get up and running. Falling out with these guys is a
great shame and something I regret hugely as we are all enthusiasts for the
same bloody thing! Hopefully that situation may rectify itself over time,
but in the meantime, have a look at the website and see if there’s something
that you can add, especially around the American story….and the Aussie
story of course!
If we wait for somebody else to do something, it will be way too late. At
least this way we can capture what we know collectively, which will be of
use if somebody does want to write a book on the Lotus Cortina.
I’m not doing this to make money, to represent anybodies product or
services, or to boost my ego. None of you guys would know me if you saw me in the
street. I’m doing it for the interest, and because in 10 years time it
will be too late. And I’m not going to be writing the book.
Have a look…it will take you a couple of hours to go through the site.
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