The Classic Car Show to be hosted at Johannesburg’s Nasrec Expo Centre on Sunday, October 28, 2012, will set the stage for a very special birthday party.The iconic Ford Cortina will be celebrating its 50th birthday at the event and owners are invited to show off their cars on the day. We hope they'll be playing the "We've been a long way together, Cortina..." TV ad. Loudly.DOWN MEMORY LANEFord Cortina Club SA chairman Dirk van den Heever said: “Our club was only started recently and already we have 23 members with cars ranging from the iconic Interceptor to Mk I, Mk II and even the Mk V Ford Motorsport editions.”Ford’s Cortina was produced in five generations from 1962-82 (local South African production only ceased at the end of 1983 when the Cortina was replaced by the Sierra) and more than four-million units were sold across the world. Remember the Mk 1 with its 1200cc pushrod motor or the GT introduced in 1963 and the racing Mk 1 Lotus Cortina or the V6 Mk 2 Perana? The 1980's were, of course, owned by the XR6 and the Interceptor, built in Port Elizabeth and favoured as a getaway car by bank robber Andre Stander. Be at Nasrec on the 28th and you’ll have a chance to see these and more at the birthday bash. The Classic Car Show will attract more than 1000 cars to the Nasrec Expo Centre for the one-day event on Sunday October 28, which will run from 8am to 8pm. Entertainment for the family will include live acts, a beauty pageant, beer gardens and food stalls, and car demonstrations. Admission R50, under-12's free. Anyone arriving in a classic car will also be admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or on Computicket.Visit the Classic Car Show website for more details.Do you have any fond memories of the Ford Cortina? Email us your stories and images and we'll publish them on Wheels24.