This weekend i went on my longest road trip in this, I'm on another forum called Autos(hit)e and every year we have a meet, this year it was in Llangollen & Devil's Bridge in Wales, roughly a 600 mile round trip for me, as I've now got the 5 Speed box in the car i decided to take that.
Friday morning wasn't the greatest of starts as it was thundering and chucking it down.
Then once I got to the M6 i hit the bad traffic, it took me nearly 3 hours to do 5 miles due to 3 lanes being closes because a lorry had dropped a container, it was hell, It was hot, cars around me kept breaking down but the Cortina stayed perfect, the amount of attention it was getting was unreal too, I felt like a naked, big boobed blonde girl sat in the car!.
After 7 hours and 265 miles i arrived at the Llangollen motor museum were we was camped for the night, my Tina made a friend with this very period pre facelift 2.0 L estate which came from only a few towns away from me.
We had a look around the museum, this strange looking home made car was inside there, it was based on a Mk2 Cortina.
The following day we done a 3 hour drive to Devil's Bridge via Lake Vyrnwy in a 16 car convoy via the single track mountain passes and a lap around the lake, it was hard going but the scenery was amazing.
After a nights drinking and bonfires we had a play in each others cars up a mountain road towards Hafod, I got to drive an Isuzu Piazza, Renault 16, Scimitar GTE and a few other bits, great fun was had by all. I got to drive the other Mk3 Cortina as well, That drove a little nicer than mine which makes me think the tracking might be out.
After that me and Col, The other Mk3 owner, done a convoy back to Suffolk which was a real blast and must have brightened up a fair few journeys for some people due to all the waves and thumbs up we got, I even had someone ask if mine was for sale on the M6!
In the end i done 686 miles in 3 days and around £95 in fuel which works out at about 36 mpg which is amazing for a 41 year old car i think, that T9 was well worth the work and best of all was that the car gave no trouble at all, other than the exhaust moving and hitting the body and a few exhaust gases!