'The Cortina Theme' MP3

1964 was a good year for the Cortina, lots of sales, lots of road and rally victories. So Ford of Britain blew its own trumpet in a promotional film, with the plummy narration of Wilford Bramwell, and great period music, notably the opening 'Cortina Theme' by The Shakespeares, a member of whom was clearly a mean bongo player. Enjoy this long promised MP3 with an extra minute or so of propaganda from Wilford. Please note, the periods of silence in the track are as in the film, they are not errors in the MP3. Can't have any distractions as the title appears, can we?

The Cortina Theme - The Shakespeares - MP3
128kbps / mono / 2626 kb


Video Files

Each video is in zipped Quicktime (mov) format, with no audio, and taken from the same Ford of Britain film 'The Year of the Cortina'. They are now back online - ta Andi for the server space for these.



Footage from the 1964 East African Safari.


1964 East Africa Safari. 160 x 120 pixels
22.93 seconds
3074 kb
2105 kb zipped


Lotus-Cortinas hillclimbing.


Lotus-Cortinas hillclimbing.

160 x 120 pixels
15.83 seconds
2252 kb
1694 kb zipped


Dueling Lotus-Cortina and Ford Galaxie.


Lotus-Cortina and Galaxie. 160 x 120 pixels
7.07 seconds
1298 kb
873kb zipped


Sir John Whitmore on 3 wheels.


Sir John Whitmore 160 x 120 pixels
19.53 seconds
2609 kb
1699 kb zipped



I would be pleased to say we can offer official Ford Cortina fuzzy dice, but it's nothing so stylish. Now available are some Cortina icons for all you Windows desktop tinkerers. Mac ones might be on their way. Maybe one day I'll make a screensaver. There is a library of ten Cortina (Mk.I & Mk.II) icons available, plus two bonus icons at no extra cost. Here's what they look like:

Icon set image.


Before you download them, please read the following:

Q. How do I use the icons?

  1. Unzip the file - you'll get corticon.icl and corticon.txt. Put them somewhere you like. If you don't know how to unzip something, ask someone else!
  2. Use your right mouse button to click on the icon you want to change.
  3. Select 'Properties' from the box that appears.
  4. Select the 'Shortcut' tab.
  5. Click on the 'Change Icon' button.
  6. Click on the 'Browse' button and then find the directory you have put 'cortina.icl' in. You'll need to use the 'Files of type' button to show 'All Files', otherwise you won't see corticon.icl.
  7. Double click on corticon.icl.
  8. A box will come up with all the icons in the library. Just click on the icon you want to use and the click on 'OK'.
  9. Click on 'OK' to get you out of the 'Properties' dialogue box.

Q. I still can't get it to work. Am I bit dull?


Q. I put them on my desktop but they look crap. Why?

If you use the standard Windows 95 desktop, it uses 16 colour icons. These icons are 256 colour icons and hence will look crap. If you have 'Microsoft Plus' installed on your computer you'll have 256 colour icons and they'll look just fine. For the rest of you, you'll need the little Microsoft Windows font-smoothing program. If you do, download it here by shift-clicking on the link:

w95gray.exe (174kb)

Download it, run the program, and follow the instructions to install it. To use it, right-click on your desktop. Go to 'Properties' in the box that pops up. You'll notice a Plus! tab in your 'Display Properties' dialogue box. Click on it, then tick / check the box that says 'Show icons using all possible colors'. Once you've got it going your icons will look trick.

If you use Windows 98, right-click on your desktop. Go to 'Properties' in the box that pops up. Under the 'Effects, tab of the 'Display Properties' dialogue box, tick the option that says 'Show icons using all possible colours'.

Download the icons:

Download corticon.zip (8kb)*

*By downloading this software, you are agreeing to comply with all of the United States and other applicable country laws and regulations when either exporting, re-exporting or importing this software or any underlying information or technology. Further, you acknowledge that you are not a national of Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan or Syria or a party that is listed in the U.S. List of Denied Persons or U.S. Treasury Department's list of Specially Designated Nationals. This product is restricted from being used for the design or development of nuclear, chemical, biological, weapons or missile technology without the prior permission of the U.S. Government. By downloading this software, I acknowledge that I have read and fully understand the foregoing information and agree to abide by its terms and conditions.

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