Classic & Sports Car Special Award: 1968 Ford Cortina GT


Great news the 1968 Ford Cortina on our stand at the NEC has won an award from Classic and Sports Car.

As we walk the halls we always spot a few vehicles that might not be entirely appropriate for Car of the Show, but which we feel are deserving of a mention. That’s why we created the C&SC Special Award, for the car that captures the judges’ hearts.

Shortlisted this year were the mighty 1911 Daimler 25hp Landaulette from the Daimler & Lanchester Owners’ Club and ‘Valerie’, the wonderful signwritten Morris van from the J-type Register, but our winner, for thoroughly charming our socks off, is Theo Bengry’s Ford Cortina GT, as driven by his father Bill on the 1968 London to Sydney Rally and one of the stars of the Historic Marathon Rally Group.

Thanks to Chris Rabbets for these images.

Vauxhall Ventora London to Sydney Marathon 1968 – car 40

The latest 1968 Marathon car to surface is Car#40, entered by the Jim Russell International Driving School with support from Duckhams, driven by David Walker, Doug Morris and Brian Jones. Finished 52nd of the 58 that finished, but nearly didn’t due the injuries suffered to Doug Morris during the event. The car is now “Happily locked up in my garage in Sydney Australia” says Laurie Mason.

We would very much like to see any more photos of the car to help the new owner restore it.