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  • September 2017 - Manchester Classic Car Show - Event City, Trafford Centre, Manchester - Saturday & Sunday 16th & 17th September
    Once again the Club had a stand at this new and growing indoor classic car show.  This time around we were represented by Club members Adrian, Ariph and Dean with PiriPiri Red Perana, Oyster Gold 3000GT XLR and Saluki Bronze 2000XL respectively.  The show is attracting a good number of classic car enthusiasts from the north and midlands with the added attraction of the nearby Trafford Centre shopping complex to entertain those not so enthusiastic about old cars.  The show seems to be growing on the larger clubs who appeared to have a larger presence this time around.
    Thanks to all who helped out with setting up and running the stand as well as those kind enough to display their vehicles.
                           
               
     

  • August 2017 - Lancaster (and Dakota) Photoshoot at East Kirkby, Lincs
    The, I believe, 10th staging of the seemingly ever popular Lancaster Photoshoot took place on Saturday 19th August at East Kirkby, Lincolnshire.
    Organiser, Francis Ellingworth (and of course his good lady Clare) had their hard work organising it rewarded with a bumper turn out and, for the most part, sunshine.
    A total of 13 Mk1s were on show - several from our club.  There was a double photo opportunity as the cars first "posed" in front of Lanc. "Just Jane" before relocating to the opposite side of the apron for a photograph  with one of the transport work horses of WW2 and many years beyond, the DC3 Dakota.
                           
     

  • July 2017 - August Issue of Colt Out Now
    All members should be receiving the latest issue of Colt magazine in the next few days.  As you'd expect with a summer issue, there are the stories of our visits to the Pure Ford Day at Castle Combe and the Heartbeat Rally in North Yorkshire.  News too from members currently engaged in major restoration projects.  A new feature with this issue is the first "Members' Car Profile" - a brief look at an individual member's car which isn't perhaps seen on the show circuit and so is "new" to most.  These will feature more in coming issues.  A huge range of articles.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     

  • July 2017 - National Day at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire - Sunday 16th July
    Once again the Club staged its National Day as part of the Old Ford Rally at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon.  Unlike last year, the day was overcast - weatherwise - but nonetheless warm and also well attended.  In the event we had 25 Club cars on the stand and a further two members amongst five other Mk1 examples around the show ground.
    Members were invited to select their favourite car of the day and, for the first time, two cars were tied on number of votes.  They were both ends of the spectrum in terms of one being a beautifully but heavily modified example whereas the other was a very standard spec. car in a rare shade.  Steve Saunders' Aquarius Blue3.9 litre V8 and Nick Campbell's Glacier Blue 1600GT XLR shared the limelight as far as members were concerned and each received a Club umbrella - hopefully an award they'll both find practical!
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
     

  • June 2017 - Heartbeat Rally - A driving tour of the North Yorkshire Moors - Sunday 11th June
    This event was a "first" for the Club - a driving tour around scenic British countryside.  Rather than sit in a field at a stately home, we decided to see if members would be interested in driving their cars.  Of course a number of problems spring to mind even before you start.  What if the weather is poor - something highly likely in the UK; would we be able to keep a large group of cars together without "modern cars" getting in between them or any getting lost along the way; and what would happen if any broke down.  Well despite the weather being appalling on Saturday in the area, Sunday dawned bright and sunny and (a couple of light showers apart) remained that way all day.  Generally speaking we managed to keep the cars together, even managing to park together on Whitby sea front.  No one got lost and the nearest thing to a break down was my car popping out of gear on a 25% slope - not something I'd recommend experiencing or being behind!
    Our route took us from Goathland (famed as Aidensfield in the long running police drama, Heartbeat) and down into Whitby.  A brief stop at Sandsend was followed by the only main road run, along parallel to the coast to Great Ayton and then lunch at the Dudley Arms in Ingleby Greenhow.  The afternoon drive saw us wending our way uphill and down dale through the moors.  Beggars Bridge and Grosmont provided further stopping points before returning to Goathland.  Eight cars took part and all participants seemed to enjoy the day.  Looks like we'll have to arrange some more.
                           
                           
                           
                           
     

  • May 2017 - Pure Ford Day at Castle Combe Race Circuit, Saturday 13th May
    The inaugural Pure Ford Day at Castle Combe Race Circuit seemed to be a success for the organisers. As ever the Ford fans turned up in their numbers despite the threat of rain.
    For me the only issue was the balance between old and new Ford cars.  By my reckoning it was about 90% modern and 10% classic cars.  It is unusual for us as a Club to attend an event where we are the oldest club stand (by car not the personnel on it!) but here that was the case.  Indeed we were the ONLY classic Ford club in attendance.  That's not to say that there weren't other classic Ford cars on display and a number older than ours.  Amongst the individual entrants were Mk1 and 2 Escorts, Cortina Mk1s and Mk3s and even the odd Zephyr and Zodiac as well as two or three Mk3 Capris.  The vast majority of the cars though were modern RS and ST examples of the Fiesta and Focus.  Obviously their owners are very proud of their cars and, in time, they will doubtless become classics, at the moment though they feel like "everyday" cars you see on your drive in to work or to the supermarket.  That said, there was no restriction on age of entrants so perhaps I was expecting too much to think there would be a higher quota of old cars on display.
    As a weekend away, it was, as always, a great occasion with the show just being a small part.  Thanks to all who came along - we had a great display.
    The lunchtime "free" slow parade turned out to not be free but was considerably faster than "slow" too.  It was nice to do five 50-60mph laps around the circuit and to get the opportunity to have our photo taken.  Nick (Onyx Green) and Tony (White Mk2) also took the opportunity.
                                 
                           
     

  • May 2017 - Events Fast Approaching
    The Pure Ford Day at the Castle Combe Race Circuit in Wiltshire is now just days away (Saturday 13th May).
    Also fast approaching is our "Heartbeat Rally" (Sunday 11th June).  Already double figure numbers are booked to take a gentle tour of the North Yorkshire Moors district.
    Sunday 16th July will see our National Day at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire - part of the Old Ford Rally.
    If you haven't yet booked in, contact the Club Secretary.
     

  • May 2017 - May Issue of Colt Out Now
    All members should by now have received the latest issue of Colt magazine.  With an eclectic mix of articles there is something to keep everyone entertained. From restorations stories, to the story of our appearance at the Restoration Show.  Club members cars being featured at premier indoor events; solving the issue of being able to see behind you; Capri Mk1s featured in Hornby train sets; to cars on the scrap heap in far away places.  A huge range of articles.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     

  • April 2017 - Practical Classics, Classic Car & Restoration Show Report
    The extended weekend of Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April saw the "opening" show of the 2017 season with the fourth staging of the Classic Car & Restoration Show at the NEC Birmingham.
    This was our first time as exhibitors and this coincided with the event being stretched over three days to include the Friday.
    We decided on showing the three stages of restoration - a "barn find"; a stripped shell; and finally the finished article.  Thanks to Gary, Mark and Jon for providing the three examples.
    Set up day was "difficult" with our Hall (number 7) being used by another show during the day.  Credit to the organisers (Clarion Events) for listening to the car clubs' concerns and setting up a schedule to help the smooth passage and set up on the Thursday evening.  Unfortunately, the NEC staff had other ideas and largely ignored the schedule to create pandemonium and frayed tempers.  One gets the feeling that they actually enjoy making things as hard as possible whilst, no doubt, pocketing many thousands of pounds for the hire of the venue.
    Despite their best efforts to wreck things, the clubs housed in Hall 7 soon got their displays together and all I believe finished before the midnight curfew.
    The official attendance over the three show days was around 25,000 but footfall seemed low, particularly on Friday and even on Saturday.  That may have been because our location saw us on the edge of the event (the halls used being in a "C" shape.
    It was good to meet up with a few existing members and also to be able to recruit a few new ones.
    As well as our own stand, Club members Dave and Adrian had their vehicles featured on the Perana Owners' Club stand (alongside three Granada examples of the South African tuner's work).
    Gary's "G" reg "Barn find" example is the second oldest Capri known at present so, hopefully, one day it will be restored to its former glory.  Mark's facelift 1600XL shell provided the greatest challenge as it had to be man handled on and off his flatbed Transit - no mean feat - and then attached to two trolleys for displaying.  Jon's 1600 GT XLR was the "finished article" although I'm sure he'd tell you he has a few little jobs still to do.  A huge credit to him though when you consider that, back in 2013, it looked very much like Mark's car.  A nice touch was Jon's model of the car and its "home", featured on the rear parcel shelf.
    The white 1600GT facelift owner join the Club and, elsewhere a Perana replica race car was on sale in the auction.
                           
                           
                           
     

  • January 2017 - February Issue of Colt Out Now
    The latest issue of the Club magazine is now with members.  Featuring restoration stories along with a review of our attendance at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham in November.  Information on where to get replacement laminated screens for your Mk1 and more.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     

  • January 2017 - Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show - Our Club have a Stand

    31 March - 2 April 2017, The NEC, Birmingham

    Come along & visit the Capri Mk1 Owners' Club on stand 7-620

    Call 0844 858 6758 or book online www.necrestorationshow.com

    For our Members, there is an exclusive advance ticket offer giving £££ off the Sat/Sun door price - see the Exclusive Club Weekend Ticket Discount advert in the next issue of your Club Magazine for details and discount codes.  

    Book before midnight on Thursday 30th March and you will be entered into the free prize draw to win the first ride in Practical Classics Editor Danny Hopkins' freshly restored Jensen! Calls cost 13ppm plus standard network charges. All bookings are subject to a single transaction fee of £1.50.

     
  • November 2016 - NEC Classic Motor Show Report
    After months in the planning, as always, it seemed to be over in a flash.
    The annual classic car show grand finale once again exceeded all expectation and, we understand from the organisers, broke records yet again.
    Around 71,000 visitors made the pilgrimage to the NEC over the three days of Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November.
    For those of us setting up and manning the stand over the long weekend the journey starts on Thursday morning.  Jeff, Simon, Doreen and myself arrived at the NEC around 10am.  As you'll see from the pictures, the hall looks somewhat different to the scene which greets show visitors.  Organised pandemonium might be the best phrase to describe set-up day activities.
    Wind and rain didn't help matters this year, causing what could have been a major disaster when our back board display blew down during set-up and soaking the cars which had been carefully cleaned and polished prior to the event.  Eventually the stand was ready to greet the public though.
    Each year we expect interest in our cars to plateau but each year more and more of you attend and join.
    Thank you and welcome to all of you who signed up this year - we hope you'll enjoy what the Club has to offer.
    This year's show theme was "Heroes & Heroines" and our take on this was a small tribute to those who lost there lives fighting the Battle of the Somme - which was 100 years ago.  This we felt was fitting as the weekend also encompasses Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday. The pictures give you some idea of how busy the show was and in particular our stand.
    My thanks to all of our Club members who came along and said hello and supported us.  It's great to see you all although often we have little time to chat.
    My special thanks to Gary and Steve for providing their cars and assistance along with Anne, Doreen, Jeff, Keith and Simon.  Without their help it wouldn't be possible.
    Here are some shots to give you a taste of the weekend from the Club view point.
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
                     
     

  • November 2016 - Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC Now Only a Week Away!
    Many Club members have already told us they will be visiting us on the stand at the largest indoor event of the year, the Lancaster Insurance sponsored Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham.  If you haven't got your tickets yet though, time is fast running out for you to use the Club code (in your latest magazine) and get a discount on pre-purchased tickets.
    We'd love to see you there and there's certainly loads to do and see.  Spread over the five biggest hall at the country's largest show complex, it could take you the whole weekend to see everything.
    You can also help the Club.  When you buy in advance you'll get a stub which, when handed to the staff on our stand, will allow us to claim a £1.
    Click on the banner to be redirected to the show site.

     

  • November 2016 - November Issue of Colt Out Now
    The latest issue of the Club magazine is now with members.  Featuring three restoration stories along with a review of our National Day at Gaydon and the Club's indoor stand at the Event City, Manchester Show in September.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     

  • September 2016 - Footman James, Manchester Classic Car Show at Event City - Sat 17th & Sun 18th September
    Once again, the Club had a stand of members cars at this relatively new and steadily growing indoor event.
    The Event City venue is located right next door to the massive Trafford Centre shopping complex in Manchester.  At a relatively new exhibition venue, similar to the NEC in Birmingham but on a much smaller scale, this show will never match the NEC event but has the potential to grow to be a significant event on the indoor calendar each year.
    Sunday appeared to attract more visitors than Saturday - perhaps due to the proximity of the Trafford Centre.
    Our stand featured no fewer than six examples - as shown in the pictures.  We even spotted an unfamiliar Maize Yellow example in the private exhibitors area.
    Thanks to Adrian (Piri Piri Red Perana), Dean (Saluki Bronze pre-facelift), Jeff (Pacific Blue 1600GT XLR), Nick (Onyx Green facelift 3000GT) and Glyn (Monza Blue and Silver Broadspeed).  And special thanks to Adam (Pearl Grey 3000 GXL Auto) who only got the car back from the bodyshop a couple of days before the show.  For Adam (teething problems aside) the shine of Capri ownership is at its height as was witness by us all there.  I've never seem a car polished so much!  Hopefully he'll have many happy years of driving it ahead.
                                 
                                 
     

  • August 2016 - Knebworth Classic Car Show, Knebworth House, Herts - Monday 29th August
    As the outdoor show season starts to draw to its close at last we had a pleasant English summers day.  The previous two years of this show was curtailed by rain.  This time around though, with good weather, saw a huge attendance of both exhibitors and public.  Our stand had five examples and an additional three examples from our friends at the Mk2 Capri club.  A good day out and good company.
                           
                           
     

  • July 2016 - August Issue of Colt Out Now
    The latest issue of the Club magazine is now on its way to members.  It features two members' on-going restoration tales; a report on the Club's stand at Castle Combe Race Circuit and a nostalgia piece recounting the Portugal photoshoot which produced the iconic shots used in all the early advertising literature - as told by the advertising agency themselves.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     

  • July 2016 - National Day at the Old Ford Rally, Gaydon Warwickshire - Sunday 17th July
    For the third year in a row the Club staged its National Day as part of the Old Ford Rally at the newly named British Motor Museum at Gaydon in Warwickshire.
    And yet again the sun shone on us.
    Twenty-four gleaming examples of our favourite marque made their way to the show to provide an array of garish 1970s style colour even further illuminating a sunny (for a change) July day.
    The museum itself has been extensively revamped with the main central display being "rejigged" and the main entrance being moved to coincide with a new facility built in the corner of the old car park area.  At present the new facility in crammed with vehicles rather than being carefully laid out.  I'm sure in time this display will match that offered in the old main central area.
    The Club's informal AGM was followed by the presentation of the "Members Choice Car of the Show".  This year that was won by Mick Harris's Diamond Blue South African import, pre-facelift 1600GT.
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       

  • July 2016 - New Event on Southeast Calendar at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire
    Sunday 3rd July saw the inaugural Hatfield House Classic Car Show.  Billed in some quarters as an American Independence Day event, it certainly had a strong showing of American classics.  Staged on the cricket pitch just to the side of the main house and buildings, the show had a good turn out for a first staging and has great potential for growing in the future.  Bright sunny weather helped no end but there was a good mix of classics, the layout of the show was good and it made a very pleasant change to be on short smooth grass instead of a meadow!  We only had two cars there but perhaps next year more will give it a go.
                     
     

  • June 2016 - Classic and Retro Race Day at Castle Combe Race Circuit, Wiltshire
    Ten Club members made the annual pilgrimage to the Cotswolds for this most enjoyable event in the Southwest.  I say pilgrimage because many of us present travel some distance to get to the venue but, past experience has taught us it's worth the effort.  At lunchtime you can join a parade on the track which may enjoy.  And just to show we're an "inclusive" club despite being one marque, lady member, Alex, joined us in her Rover P6 as she hasn't currently got a Capri Mk1.
                                 
                                 
                     
     

  • June 2016 - Outdoor Season Picks Up Pace
    In the northwest members attended the big two day Classic Car Spectacular at Tatton Park over the weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June.  Here are the cars on show on the Club stand on the Sunday along with a few other Mk1s spotted around the show ground that day.
                                       
                           
    A week earlier, the southeast members had a show stand at Knebworth House.  Unfortunately the weather wasn't quite as good.  The stand was shared with the Capri Mk2 Register.  We weren't the only people there - honest!
                           
    At the same time our new Club Vice-Chairman and a fellow member joined in with the White Rose Capri Club to display their cars at a show at Thornton-le-Dale in the northeast.  The weather was clearly better!

    And your Club secretary decided to display one of his cars alongside the modern Fords at a local dealership.  Which one would you have?  Fiesta ST, Focus RS, Mustang or Capri Mk1?

     

  • May 2016 - May Issue of Colt now with Club Members
    The latest copy of the Club magazine, Colt, is now with members.  Amongst the articles featured is a write up of the recent NEC Classic Restoration Show; the start of a very challenging race car replica project; a timeline of the on going restoration of a pre-facelift 1600 XL; and a humorous look at a members ten Capri mishaps.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     

  • May 2016 - Slow Start to the Outdoor Show Season
    Members have been a little tentative , so far, in their attendance of outdoor shows so far this year.
    Club members attended the Ford Day at Beaulieu on Sunday 1st May and I am indebted to Dave Phillips for providing pictures of the Mk1s he spotted on the day.
                                 
    On the same day we had a small (two cars!) stand at the Beds Classic Motor Show, now moved from Woburn Abbey Park to Turvey House - just north west of Bedford.
               
     

  • January 2016 - General News
    You will find that the list of remaining cars has been updated - with 2015 additions integrated into the main list - including a number of "new" finds as a result of contacts made at the NEC Classic Motor Show.

    The events page hasn't been updated yet but keep an eye out for a calendar of planned 2016 events very soon.
     

  • January 2016 - February Issue of Colt now on its way to Members
    The latest copy of the Club magazine, Colt, is now on its way to members.  Amongst the articles featured is a full write up of the NEC Classic Motor Show; the progress of a long lost 1600GT in the rare shade of Glacier Blue; a new members joy at his Christmas present to himself - a Red 1600GT project; and the opportunity to get a Club discount for an up coming event.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     

  • November 2015 - Lancaster Insurance NEC Classic Motor Show Report
    Bigger and better than ever was the pre-show promise from Clarion Events, the show organisers, and they lived up to that promise. Occupying the five largest Halls at the NEC the show also spilled over into the adjacent Pavilion area.  I don't know what the square footage numbers are but it is certainly greater than the area of the collection of the smaller Halls the show filled for the preceding three years.
    We, along with the rest of the Ford car clubs, were located in Hall 5 near the hugely popular Wheeler Dealers Show Stage.
    As in so many other walks of life, "Health & Safety" is now of paramount importance and adhering to all the regulations threatened to make set-up day fraught.  I don't think I've ever seen so many high viz vests in one place!  In the event, everything ran very smoothly - thank you Clarion Events and the NEC site staff.  Indeed the hardest part of set-up day was actually getting to the venue.  Heavy traffic on the motorway network coupled with major roadworks on the southern Coventry approach made a 9am arrival impossible.
    Once there though the "team" soon gelled, got the carpet laid and began the time consuming task of building the stand.  The cars are usually amongst the last items you need in place and so it was this time around.
    Yet again our Club members provided three superb examples across the range which had never graced the NEC previously.  Jeff's 1970 1600GT XLR in Pacific Blue showed off the top of the range spec. for a 1600 engined car whilst Paul's 1972 1600XL auto in Light Grey not only demonstrated the range available but also highlighted a shade many hadn't realise existed on a Mk1.  At the top end of the model range Trevor's 1973 Sebring Red RS3100 showed off what the facelift range had to offer.
    All the days were busy - although this seemed to come in patches as the Wheeler Dealer shows released their audiences.  Saturday though was heaving and, once again, we recruited many new members - welcome to the Club to you all.
    The Club wall calendar sold out on Saturday - a new first for us and a demonstration of both how popular it is and how busy the show was.
    Pleasingly, two other superb examples of the Mk1, provide by our Club members, also attracted great interest - Emma's replica 3 litre Aussie "Super Roo" in Daytona Yellow on the Capri Club International stand opposite ours and Adrian's South African built Piri Piri Red Perana on the prestigious Meguiar's Concours stand in Hall 1.
    In the Silverstone Auction, an RS3100 was sold for a sum nearing £50,000 whilst an RS2600 was also available.
    My thanks to the entire team involved in our stand over the set-up and show days - Anne, Doreen, Jeff, Keith, Paul, Simon and Trevor.
                                       
                                       
                     
     

  • October 2015 - Lancaster Insurance sponsored, NEC Classic Motor Show Nears
    In just two weeks now, the NEC Classic Motor Show will be in full swing.  Bigger than ever before, it will fill ALL the large halls at the NEC complex.
    We will be located in Hall 5 - Stand 5-473 - near the Wheeler Dealers stage and opposite our friends from the Capri Club International (who will be depicting "Beauty & the Beast").
    We'll have three beautiful, standard specification cars.  None have ever graced the venue before but all will have Capri enthusiasts drooling.
    Want to see them?
    Well you'll have to come along.
    We will also have the Club's latest - 2016 - wall calendar on sale.  Where else can you get 12 months of Capri Mk1 heaven?  And all for just £7.50.
    Members can claim a substantial discount on ticket prices if they use the code printed in the advert on the back of the latest magazine and purchase in advance of the show.  Hurry though, time is running out.
     

  • October 2015 - November Issue of Colt now with Members
    The latest copy of the Club magazine, Colt, is now with members.  Amongst the articles featured is a review of the Club's National Day held at Gaydon; Part Two of the Capri story of a very addicted owner over the years; the tale of a Capri now immortalised in street art in Scotland; the conclusion of a members restoration story - the result of which you'll be able to see on the Club stand at the NEC; and Part Three of the original specification article looking at mechanicals.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     

  • September 2015 - Manchester Classic Motor Show at Event City, Manchester
    The third staging of this, start of autumn, indoor classic show saw exhibits and attendees increase once more.  All the halls are now full of exhibits from both clubs and private individuals as well as the usual range of trade stands you'd expect to find at an indoor event.  Pre - show it had been noticeable that advertising was more visible than previously and the public awareness of the event had grown.
    The Club put together a four car display.  Thanks to Ariph, Jeff, Nick and Paul for showing their vehicles - respectively, a Gold 3000GT XLR; Sebring Red 3000GXL; Electric Blue 3000GT; and Light Grey 1600XL auto.
    Elsewhere in the show there were three Mk1s amongst the private exhibitors and a further two on the only other Capri club stand - the Cheshire Capri Club.
    Whilst most of the club stands appear to be from the locally based branches, there appear to be more "national" clubs supporting the event.
                                       
                                 
     

  • August 2015 - Passion for Power Show at Tatton Park, Cheshire
    Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 23rd August our northwest based members attended the Passion for Power Show at Tatton Park.  Miraculously, the weather stayed largely good for them although they did have to negotiate the occasional shower.  Not a good journey home for one member, Jeff.  His wipers failed leaving him to tiptoe home in the rain.  Here are the cars on show over the two days.
                                 
                                 
     

  • August 2015 - Classic Ford Day at Battlesbridge, Essex
    After last year's rain all but washed this show out in 2014, this year it was blessed with near heatwave temperatures, glorious sunshine and cloudless skies.
    The weather ensured that all who had pre-booked turned up and many who hadn't decided to roll-up.  With the sunshine in evidence early on, those who left it late were turned away to the visitors car park, such were the numbers of Fords on display.  Certainly it was the largest turn out I had seen for a number of years.  Not only that but the auto jumble was - auto jumble and there were a number of items for sale to fit our Mk1s.
    I spotted (and photographed 12 Mk1s) although I suspect that I missed a couple - as I was constantly waylaid by friends and acquaintances from the Capri world.
    Two cars on show were not previously known by the Club and one of those - the rare special order 3000E in Cherry Red - decided to join - or at least its owners' did!
    Although the Club doesn't put on a stand, most of the Mk1s present belonged to Club members.  Maybe we need to go back to having a stand here?
                                 
                                 
     

  • August 2015 - August Issue of Colt now with Members
    The latest copy of the Club magazine, Colt, is now with members.  Amongst the articles featured is Part One of the Capri story of a very addicted owner over the years; the amazing survival story of a car first written-off in 1975; a members story of his own non-original Capri; and Part Two of the original specification article looking at interiors.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     

  • July - Club National Day at the Old Ford Rally, Gaydon, Warwickshire - Sunday 19th July
    As I set off from home just after 7am, I wasn't hopeful of either a good day or a good turnout for the Club's Fifth National Day  - part of the Old Ford Rally staged at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon in Warwickshire. Light rain and grey skies rarely fill one with optimism.  The rain abated though on the journey up and on arrival six or seven cars had already arrived.  The weather improved and the numbers increased.  Eventually we had 25 cars on the stand and with a further six Mk1s dotted around the show - it provided a marvellous spectacle for Mk1 enthusiasts.
    The single award up for grabs - the Members Choice Car of the Show - was won, for the second year running, by Adrian Fulcher's superb Piri Piri Red South African built 5 litre Perana.
    It wasn't about winners though.  All the cars looked superb and, for me, there were one or two on parade which I'd never seen "in the metal" before.  With the sun shining, owners chatted to one another about their cars and car related issues.  A great day, made so by all present and their cars.
    Here's a taste.
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                 
     

  • June - Classic & Retro Car Action Day at Castle Combe Race Circuit, Wiltshire - Saturday 20th June
    With the holiday season and Fathers Day in close proximity to this event we struggled to make up numbers at a venue and event where the Club normally puts up a strong showing.
    Nevertheless we had five Mk1s on show along with two non-Capris in the shape of an early Austin Allegro - complete with quartic steering wheel and a rare two-seater Fiat Barchetta sports car.
    Apart from a light show late morning we got away with a good day weather wise although the lunchtime parade around the track was somewhat spoilt by the earlier exploits of some racers who had deposited large quantities of oil and broken bodywork on the track.
    Thanks to Club members Keith, Len, Tony, Terry and Alex for attending  - and their respective partners/co-drivers for putting up with us all.  Especial thanks to Alex for bringing her Allegro - as her Capri wasn't roadworthy - and putting up with stick meted out in good humour.  Even the track commentator observed it was the first Allegro he'd seen in years as it took part in the lunchtime parade!
    There was one non-Club Mk1 on show - a barn find 2000GT.
                                       
               
     

  • June - Luton Festival of Transport inc Capri Mk2 Register National Day - Sunday 14th June
    For the third year this hugely popular classic vehicle event also "doubled" as the Capri Mk2 Register's National Day.  Sadly Kevin Hickling and his Club members were not blessed with the best of weather - although the rain did manage to stay away for most of the day however, the sun was noticeable by its absence!  Once again though their was a large turnout of the rarest of the Capri marques and a fair number of Mk1s and Mk3s to make it a "Capri" event.  Indeed we had four members cars present and a further two Mk1s arrived to provide a good display.
    Nice to see a car sold via our Club website a few years back, "in the flesh" - a very original 1600XL auto with just a refreshed Silver Fox paint job.  The yellow facelift was the wolf in sheep's clothing with a V8 under the bonnet.  Would have been interesting though to see whether it could out pace Dave Eady's Perana!
    The four Mk2s pictured all won awards including one owned by one of our members who won the Best Modified category - well done Nick.  Finally, thanks to Kevin H for inviting us.
                                       
                           
     

  • May 2015 - Classic Car Spectacular at Tatton Park, Cheshire - Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st May
    This event was, as usual, well supported in this its 29th year.  Although it offers a large "Autojumble", I'm afraid that the car parts availability, in the strictest sense, diminishes year on year.
    On Saturday, which was a bright and mainly sunny day, the Club was represented by SIX members cars.
    Glyn Watson  Broadspeed TurboBullit  Blue/Silver YNE 125L
      "            "                    "                      "          Green/ Green  RUE 350M
    Nick Swift   3.0 GXL   Onyx Green    PVX 411M
    John Swift  3.0GT    Monza Blue   FAC 57K
    George Done 3000E  White   GVX 937H
    Peter Fisher   1600GT   White  ARU 685K
    Unfortunately Adam Matthews was unable to attend with his Pearl Grey 3.0GXL which is yet to leave the paint shop.
    Sajad Hussein who was also intended to attend had to withdraw on Friday due to a lady driver smashing into the near-side wing of his Capri shortly after he had finished polishing the car.
    So if anyone has, or knows the whereabouts of a wing, please try to help him out, he's devastated.
    Sundays show suffered the worst of the weather. Opening in steady morning rain after a wet night. It did dry up later in the day, but with swampy underfoot conditions and a cold wind, the show was not as well attended as usual.
    Again Glyn with the Green Broadspeed, George with his White 3000E and Nick with his Onyx GXL were in attendance joined by Steve Done with his Daytona Yellow/Black Broadspeed CDF 695K, Wayne Morgan and his Gold/Black 1600GTXLR MTU 164H, and Ian Hall with his Sebring Red RS3100 XYX 429N.
    Great thanks go to those who attended, especially on Sunday with the adverse conditions.
                                 
               

     

  • May 2015 - Knebworth Festival of Transport - Sunday 24th May
    We had a small stand for the Sunday of this two day Bank Holiday weekend event set in the grounds of the historic Hertfordshire stately home.
    Despite the forecast being poor, weatherwise, we had a reasonably good day with just a few showers.  Thanks to Keith and Anne, Don, and Trevor & Hazel for joining Doreen, Michael and myself.  I think everyone had a reasonably enjoyable day out and for me it was great to see a car "in the flesh" that I hadn't seen before - Trevor & Hazel's Saluki Bronze 1600GT XLR.
    Although from the pictures it looks like we're on our own in the park, in reality there were hordes of Minis from the sixties to present day, a strong contingent of VW Beetles and Campervans and a reasonable array of other classics.  The show is new though and a few more could easily be accommodated.  We did seem to attract quite a bit of public interest though - which shows the Capri still endures.
                                       
     

  • May 2015 - New Special Issue! Practical Classicís Guide to Britainís favourite coupť

    A new one-off magazine, The Practical Classics Guide to the Ford Capri, will be on sale as of May 27th for just £6.99

    This special publication focusses on buying, maintaining, restoring and enjoying the Blue Ovalís European interpretation of the Ford Mustang! Packed with exclusive images and content,
    it celebrates the Capri in all its incarnations through buying guides, restoration tips, driving tests and exclusive interviews, from Philip T. Clark to Uwe Bahnsen and beyond. 

    Itís a PC journey that promises an exclusive insight into how Fordís sporting coupť won the hearts of a nation. No Capri enthusiast should be without it! If youíd like a taster, have a look at the digital sampler: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/38971604/ford-capri

     A numbered, limited edition Signed by ex-Ford Competitions Manager Stuart Turner (complete with an exclusive cover and an A2 cutaway poster) is also available, priced at £20.  

     Grab your copy now at WH Smith or at www.greatmagazines.co.uk/capri

    Standard Edition Cover    and the Collectors Edition Cover
     

  • May 2015 - May Issue of Colt now with Members
    The latest copy of the Club magazine, Colt, is now with members.  Amongst the articles featured is a "commemorative" piece on one of two Capri Mk1 only races staged by FordSport at Brands Hatch and featuring top Grand Prix drivers of the day such as Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart.  The first event took place on Sunday 24th May 1970 - 45 years ago.  You'll also find an article explaining original specifications and how to spot original from modified.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     

     Last Updated: 23 September 2017