For Sale: Lotus Cortina Mk1 Racecar-The Monster Cortina
In early 1967 the car, which was still a fairly ‘stock’ Lotus Cortina race car, continued to be run by Fiasco. Jim Adams and co-driver Alan Moffatt competed at round 7 of the SCCA Trans-Am series at Marlboro in August, but were unable to make the end of the race. After this race, 59335 was sold to independent racer Dennis Duncan. Unfortunately, in only his second or third race in the car, at CalClub Enduro at Riverside he suffered a serious accident at turn 2. With the help of fellow Cortina racer and mechanic Rod Davis, Dennis set about repairing the car for 1968.
Repainted a rather dull green colour, with the usual ‘Lotus’ green side flash now in orange, the car’s first race in ’68 was at the Riverside, Mission Bell 250, round 12 of that years Trans-Am series in September. From here on, with Dennis’ never ending quest for a faster race car, the newly refurbished vehicle began to evolve into a far more developed Lotus Cortina.
For the next few years Dennis would race 59335 whenever he could, scoring several podiums and race wins in the West Coast club racing scene.
By 1980 Dennis had decided to spend some real money the car and get serious again. Having had 59335 rebuilt by Strange Eng. for the SCCA GT3 regs, and painted Chebby Hugger orange with a green stripe, Dennis ran the car in as many races as they could. Modifications by Strange included a new roll cage with a chromoly tube structure throughout the car, three-link rear suspension, and the addition of front end camber-change plates, along with coil over shocks. With very stiff springs fitted, and after an intensive development period, the car proved incredibly fast for a Cortina, probably one of the fastest in the States. By now 59335 was a long way away from that ‘standard’ Lotus Cortina that had come from the UK. Although still fitted with a Lotus Twin-cam the car was now running with a huge front air-dam, flared wheel-arches and seriously wide wheels. Although it handled almost perfectly, Rod tells us “At this time it had a Jack Knight 5-speed dog-box, and handled better than any solid rear-end Cortina I ever drove. It was also the quickest. Although it was rather temperamental and broke a lot!”
Throughout the mid 80s, Dennis continued to develop the car and after nearly twenty years finally had 59335 painted intraditional Lotus white & green colours, and competed in a large number of SCCA sanctioned events. In both 1985 and 1987 he would win the CENDIV-SCCA National Championship Road Racing Series GT-4 class outright. From 1984 to 1987 Dennis also competed at the SCCA runoffs, but never managed to win. Fifth in both 1984 and 1986 would be his best results.
As his health deteriorated, Dennis had sold 59335 to Ron Goldsack in Canada. With the help of his son, Ron raced the car several times, but did very little in terms of modifications to the car, although he did feel that to stay competitive, he would need to find more power from somewhere.
That task fell to new owner RMVR member Jim Askew. Having bought the car in 2008, Jim had Victory Racing in Denver completely go through the car, which was now, to say the least, a little ‘tired.’ Jim contemplated having the car painted, but felt much of the history of the fastest Cortina in the USA is in it’s appearance, so apart from a bit of tidying up, has left the external side of things well alone. Fitting a 2.0 litre Cosworth Ford BDA has increased the power to something around 250bhp, and in the words of Jim, “has made the car a delight to drive, and able to run at the front of the 'open' trans-am groups.” Jim has raced the car at several Vintage meets, both in Colorado and out of state and, as he gets more accustomed to driving this historic car, feels he can give some of the Big Bore cars a run for their money!
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