Ford Cortinas in Cortina

Cortinas To Cortina - The Iconic Car Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary With A Road Trip To Its Namesake In The Italian Dolomites

There was only one place to go for owners of the iconic Ford Cortina car to celebrate its 50 years on the road - and that's to Cortina d'Ampezzo in northern Italy, of course!

And next week a fleet of 25 Cortinas will set off from the old Ford factory site in Dagenham, Essex, to make the 2,000 mile round trip to the town that gave them their name, meeting up with other Cortina owners from across Europe on the way.

A total of 40 lovingly maintained cars will arrive in the main street of Corso Italia to celebrate the Cortina's half century and the drivers and their companions will be entertained at the obvious choice of the Hotel Cortina.

There have been a few anniversary runs to Cortina before, said Graham Orchard, one of the organisers of Cortinas to Cortina 2012. Drivers come from all over the UK - Surrey, Essex, Devon, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire and Buckinghamshire.

All models will be present. The latest MkV is on a Y plate making it 1982 and the earliest MkI is a C plate, so would be a 1965 car.

The drivers have individual breakdown cover, just in case, and also carry tools and spares.

We hope all the Cortinas will make it here safely and look forward to welcoming them Cortina's Corso Italia on Friday 7 September,where they will have the opportunity to show off their vehicles and share their passion with the general public, said Marianne Moretti from Cortina's tourist office.

The Cortinas arrive in Cortina right after the annual Gold Cup of the Dolomites vintage car races along the Dolomite passes. This year's event will feature a special tribute to writer Ernest Hemingway by featuring his favourite routes of the mountain passes around Cortina.

A change of focus brings the Wood Sculpture Festival from 4-8 September and at the end of the month there is Gusto Cortina with two days dedicated to wine, food and travel in the best Italian tradition.

Cortina d'Ampezzo is the only Italian member of the prestigious European association Best of the Alps, an international quality trademark which brings together the 12 most famous and exclusive towns in the Alps.

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The attached images are from previous anniversary runs to Cortina d'Ampezzo and are available low res only. Other images of Cortina are available high res on request.

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