Monday, 17 June 2013

HPE mkI Cortina

Freshly built and enjoying a gentle shakedown, this Harris-engined mkI debuted at the Bromley Pageant last weekend. It enjoys such period features as steel rims, bullet mirrors and gleaming chrome, while the temptation to go for the usual white-and-green Lotus combo or red-and-gold Alan Mann livery has been sidestepped in favour of a subtle burgundy. For many, this would be the ultimate clubman racer: classically styled, not over-embellished, and with a fusion of traditional thinking and modern methods worked into that fast-road engine. A subtle exercise in understatement. (Aside from the massive race numbers, obviously...)

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