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  • February 2015 - February Issue of Colt now with Members
    As the "off-season" continues, the latest copy of the Club magazine, Colt, is now with members.  Appropriately it features winter restoration projects heavily.  There's the replacement of a Perana after a heartbreaking fire; the ongoing story of a pre-facelift 1600XL auto restoration; and Part One of a major restoration of a 1600GT XLR.  In addition you can also read about how we got on at the NEC in November and, keeping the resto theme, how to claim a discount on tickets to the Practical Classics Restoration & Classic Car Show being staged at the NEC on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     
  • November 2014 - Lancaster Insurance, NEC Classic Motor Show Report
    Yet again the countries premier indoor car show was a hit for organisers, the public and the exhibitors as tens of thousands of enthusiasts visited the show over the three display days.
    For the team running the Club's stand, the event began early on Thursday morning as display cars headed south from Penrith, Middlesbrough and Bury.  At the same time "the stand" and helpers headed north from Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex.  All converged on the NEC complex around 10am and began assembling the display for the public.  Of course hundreds of other clubs along with traders were busy do the same thing to create an event which surely takes more than a day to fully enjoy.
    As you can see from the pictures, we had a ~Red 1600GT XLR owned by Jeff; a Pearl Grey 2000GT owned by Mike; and a LeMans Green over Modena Green Broadspeed Turbo Bullit owned by Chairman Glyn displayed.
    Not only did we swell membership but we totally sold out of the Club wall calendars during what proved, once more, to be a successful show for the Club.
    My thanks to Doreen, Alan, Jeff, Mike and Simon for setting-up, manning and breaking down the stand and to Glyn for providing his car and assistance on Sunday.
    The only "fault" with the show is that it always seems impossible with the lighting to get photographs which truly represent the colours correctly - hence the range of shots here.
                                 
                                 
     
  • November 2014 - Lancaster Insurance, NEC Classic Motor Show Fast Approaching
    Just a short time now to the major indoor event of the year, the Lancaster Insurance sponsored Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham.
    We look forward to meeting and welcoming many of you to our stand at the event.  We're located in Hall 19, facing our friends from Mansfield & Notts representing the Capri Club International.  This time around, as it's 40 years since the Mk2 was launched, the Capri Mk2 Register are also in attendance so there will be the full array of Capri models on show.
    Our stand once again feature three cars never previously seen at the NEC - a striking Broadspeed Turbo Bullit; a 2000GT facelift and a 1600GT XLR pre-facelift.
    Club calendars will be on sale along with a few other items of Club regalia and spares.
     
  • October 2014 - November Issue of Colt on its way to Members
    The latest issue of the Club magazine - Colt - is now on its way to members.  It includes the restoration of a car which caught fire a year ago; a Capri in Capri courtesy of Top Gear; and many other members stories and tips.  You'll also find out how to get hold of a copy of the Club's 2015 wall calendar and how to get discounted tickets for the up coming Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham (from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014 inclusive).
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     
  • September 2014 - Footman James Manchester Classic Motor Show at Event City Manchester
    The weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September saw the Club put on a stand at the Manchester Classic Motor Show. This fledgling event started in 2013 and was, to be honest, somewhat less than inspiring.  However, the organisers seem to have learned from last years event and, not only were the halls full of exhibits and traders, but the public numbers were vastly improved.
    Our Chairman organised a stand of four vehicles.  Wayne Morgan's original and early Amber Gold 1600 GT XLR; Jeff Cohen's Red 1600 GT XLR; Nick Swift's newly restored Miami Blue 3000GT; and Glyn's own LeMans and Modena Green 3000 GXL Broadspeed Turbo Bullit.  A colourful display.
    Glyn reported several enquiries from non-members and was happy to greet a few members who came along over the weekend.
    Here are some shots, not only of the Capris but some of the other exhibits to give you a taste of the event.  Maybe one to add to the diary if you're not too far away from Manchester?
    Looks like it all became too much for the Marina owner!  (Apologies for the grainy quality of the images)
                                       
                                       
                                       
                     
     
  • July 2014 - August Issue of Colt on its way to Members
    The latest issue of the Club magazine - Colt - is now on its way to members.  Full of Mk1 related stories and technical tips, there are also discount codes for two major indoor events and an appeal for pictures for our 2015 Club wall calendar.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     
  • July 2014 - National Day at the Old Ford Rally, Gaydon, Warwickshire
    Sunday 27th July and we were blessed with glorious sunshine at the Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon, for our Fourth National Day.  The sunshine - thankfully a few degrees lower than on Saturday - encouraged 30 members to come along with their cars.  Actually that should be 29 but we managed to persuade one of the two non-members attending the show to join up so, officially, we had 30 members cars at our Fourth National Day and that was a record.
    This year everyone was given a "winners" tea mug but, as normal, the members present voted for their favourite on show for the main award.  This time around they selected a newly recommissioned red Perana owned by Adrian Fulcher.
    Very few of the Club's members are based in the West Midlands so most had travelled some distance to be present.  A group of six travelled down from the Northwest - meeting up at Knutsford Services.  Amongst this group was Mike Wills who travelled from the Penrith area.  He had a round trip of 430 miles to attend the event.  Graeme Farrar and Gowan Ruler also had long journeys, from the Isle of Wight.
    All in all a great day which everyone seemed to enjoy.
    My sincere thanks to all who attended.  It was great to see so many cars and all such superb examples.

                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
                           
     
  • July 2014 - Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham
    I'm sure everyone will be pleased to hear that we have a stand at the 2014 indoor event of the season, the Lancaster Insurance sponsored, Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th November 2014.
    Our stand - in Hall 19 (Stand 470) - will feature three members cars never previously seen at the venue.  Hopefully, as always, many of you will come along and say hello.  It's always good to see members and meet up with old friends and, for many, this is the only opportunity of the year.
    In the next issue of "Colt" you'll find an advert for the show with a special discount code for you to use.

     
  • June 2014 - Classic and Retro Action Day at Castle Combe Race Circuit, Wiltshire
    Nine brave souls made the annual pilgrimage to Castle Combe in Wiltshire this year.  Why brave souls?  You had to be there to experience the weather conditions between 10 and 11 am.  To say the heavens opened would be an understatement.  Thunder, lightning, heavy rain and hail stones bore down on those present during that hours.  Thankfully, after that it dried out - as did we - and we were event at risk of sun stroke by mid afternoon.  It was certainly a way for members to get to know each other.  Mike and Louise from Somerset had been kind enough to bring along their gazebo which provided initial shelter until the level of rain overwhelmed the structure - first weeping through the canvas and then the river which flooded us beneath our feet.  A few intrepid members braved the noon parade which - whilst wet - was apparently reasonably driveable at a steady pace.  Poor Steve, having waited five years to get a car and be able to cruise the circuit, nearly had his big moment stolen by the weather but it improved enough to not ruin his day.
    Aside from our club cars, there was one other yellow Mk1 on show - a member of a local multi car type group.  We also spotted a Mk2 and three Mk3s.  Indeed the final photo below shows the first and last.  Keith's Fern Green 1969 vintage model - one of the first - alongside an E reg. Brooklands 280 - one of the very last.
    Perhaps next year the organisers might consider moving the date back to early June?  After all, the current date clashes with Glastonbury (not too many miles away) and isn't that just asking for rain??
                                       
                                       
     
  • June 2014 - Fathers' Day Classic Car Show at Knebworth Park, Nr Stevenage, Hertfordshire
    The weeks weather had been good, the forecast - whilst not for brilliant sunshine - was fine and dry with reasonable temperatures and, we had nine cars lined up so what could go wrong?  Well, the fine drizzle at 8.00am turned into something more substantial by 9.30 and with everyone prepared for the best, most of us found it decidedly cool.  However, by 11 the rain had thankfully given up and whilst sunshine was in short supply the temperature did creep up a tad to make this normally sun drenched event an enjoyable meet up.  As you can see from the photos, we had a great variety of cars and a first time visit from (relatively) new member John with his red 1600L facelift.  I hope the poor start won't have put him off.  His car is another lovely example and previously unknown to us.  A first outdoor show with the Club for Stephen with his Sapphire Blue 1600GT XLR which represented the Club at the NEC in 2013 - finally he can be an exhibitor rather than a visitor.  Towards the end of the day we made acquaintance with the current owner of former Chairman, Geoff and former Vice-Chairman, Doug's old Ermine White 1300XL pre-facelift.  It's now been uprated to 1600GT spec and performs commendably in modern traffic we are told.  A few clever tweaks to the brakes and, although it is non-servo assisted, it stops well too!
                                       
                                 
     
  • June 2014 - Luton Festival of Transport, Stockwood Park, Luton, Bedfordshire
    Sunday 8th June saw the 19th (I think they said) staging of the Luton Festival of Transport at Stockwood Park, Luton.  The event actually started 23 years ago and is one of the larger shows in the southeast - not only attracting a vast array of car (especially Vauxhalls) but also a number of commercial vehicles.  This years event, for the second year, hosted the Capri Mk2 Register's National Day.  Our Mk2 friends were blessed with a day of glorious sunshine as well as warm temperatures.  They also had a fine selection of Mk2s from as far a field as Poland, Denmark and Holland.  They were ably "supported" by a number of Mk1s and Mk3s.  It's nice in this day and age to have an event where, provided you pre-book, it does not cost the classic car exhibitors a penny to show off their vehicles - except for a stamped, addressed envelope of course.
    Unusual to see an American spec facelift car in the UK.  Not too keen on that front bumper!

                                       
                     
     
  • June 2014 - Classic & Performance Car Spectacular at Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
    Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June saw the annual Classic & Performance Car Spectacular at Tatton Park near Manchester and, once again, our Northwest members turned out in numbers to show their vehicles at the event.  Saturday saw seven vehicles on display including three Broadspeed examples whilst on Sunday there were another seven cars in attendance - albeit three different examples.  Looking around the show area a further two were spotted - a yellow modded facelift and a red facelift 1600XL.  Both days saw dry weather - for a change - with Sunday being particularly warm.
                                       
                                       
                                       
         
     
  • May 2014 - Bedfordshire Classic Motor Show at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire
    Sunday 4th May and a gloriously sunny and warm - for the time of year - day for the first day of a two day Bank Holiday weekend event.  Only two of us present from the Club with our Capris but we covered both pre- and facelift models and created plenty of interest and attention.  Let's hope the weather is a prelude to a glorious summer.  Certainly after 2012 and to a lesser extent, 2013, we could do with dry, sunny and wind free weekends for the outdoor car show season.  Great to meet up with Raffi and Nigel who came over from Norwich for this one and Alan and Diane - Club members but in their Mk1 Cortina.  The only slight sour notes were that the organisers appeared to be attempting to recover their losses of two bad years by charging high rates to exhibitors this time around.  It's a risky business but without exhibits there would be no show - and we have to pay out a fortune to create and keep those exhibits on the road with no potential for recovering our costs - a fact they seem to overlook. An officious attitude - voiced over the tannoy and displayed by marshalls - didn't help either.
                            
     
  • April 2014 - Classic Ford Day at Leyland Museum, Lancashire
    Sunday 27th April was the date for the first Ford classic car show in the northwest in 2014, the Classic Ford Day at the National Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland, Lancashire.  A number of Club members took advantage of a sunny but  cool Sunday to have their first run out of the 2014 show season.
    Club member Tony Duggan had his White Mk2 declared the car of the show.
                                       
     
  • April 2014 - May issue of Colt now out
    The latest issue of the Club magazine is on its way to members.  Featuring part two of the 2000GT restoration; the Chairman's latest Broadspeed Turbo acquisition; plus members stories and technical tips.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     
  • April 2014 - Lancaster Photoshoot at East Kirkby, Lincolnshire
    The now annual photoshoot opportunity with the near airworthy Lancaster bomber at East Kirkby, Lincolnshire had a new twist this year.  The event "traditionally" takes place on the third Saturday in April and this time around that coincided with Easter Saturday - a day the owners crank the Lancs props up and do taxi runs carrying well heeled aviation enthusiasts on a nostalgia trip of a lifetime.
    Three taxi runs take place during the day.  Due to this and the large numbers of aircraft enthusiasts present, it was not possible to have the "exclusive" use of the WW2 bomber as a backdrop to our Capris.  A short session was fitted in after taxi run two but in general, the Capri owners had to be content with their own spot on the grass adjacent to the runway.
    Fortunately the weather held good in terms of no rain.  Unfortunately it was bitterly cold and windy.  Nonetheless it was great to see the old plane moving under its own power although as it took to East Kirkby's grass strip, the question it raise was, would the runway be long enough for the four engined bomber to actually take to the air?
    Half a dozen Club members were in attendance amongst nearly a hundred assorted Capris - a record attendance I believe.  A couple of non Club members showed off Mk1s too.
                                       
                                       
     
  • April 2014 - Expanded and improved Haynes Motor Museum Opens its doors
    The Club were invited to send a representative to the re-opening of the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford - near Yeovil - in Somerset.  The museum, with one of the largest indoor collections of cars and bikes in the UK, has been undergoing a redevelopment for a couple of years and, finally, the work seems to have been completed.  To the visitor the most noticeable change is the new facade and the hall and facilities immediately behind that.  There are additional exhibits but the extra space has also allowed them to space out the existing exhibits a little more - a welcome improvement.  Motorcycles and in particular the extensive speedway collection will be of particular interest to two wheel enthusiasts.  The museum always has been worth a visit if you're in the region.  With it's enlargement and improved facilities it's even more worthy of visiting.
                                       
     
  • February 2014 - Show Dates Coming Soon
    The website will shortly be updated with a series of date for events all over the country.  Check back regularly and book as instructed for shows/events you wish to attend.
    The most important date to add to your diary is the Club's National Day which is set for Sunday 27th July at the Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire.  It will be a part of the, now well established, Old Ford Rally.
     
  • February 2014 - The February issue of Colt now out
    The latest edition of the Club's quarterly magazine contains part of of an extensive 2000GT restoration; reports on the Scottish show season; a report on the NEC Classic Motor Show and much more.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     
  • November 2013 - NEC Classic Motor Show Report (15th-17th November)
    A superb show for the Club and a huge success.  We sold out of Club calendars, sold out of pre-facelift bonnet cables, sold nearly 50 Capri Mk1 peppermint tins and recruited a dozen new members.
    Fears about the change in organising staff were unfounded as the routine to get in and set up was, if anything, smoother than ever.  There was a slight glitch in breakdown on Sunday evening but all told everything ran like clockwork.
    Doreen and I arrived around 10.30am on Thursday (set up day) and were soon in the hall and unloaded.  Our three display cars started arriving just before midday and the only hassle was that for each of them it had rained on the way.  This meant washing and drying the cars outside the hall before then bringing them in for their final polish up and titivation.  This time was used to prepare all that we could on the stand so that positioning of the cars was one of the last major exercises.  With all prepared, we got away around six o'clock to find our weekend's accommodation and some food!
    Friday is designated as Press Day and as such, with premium ticket prices, attracts a small crowd than the rest of the weekend.  Nevertheless, we were kept busy with enquiries and interest in our cars.
    Saturday was heaving with people and at time we were overrun.  Sunday again was busy but this day tends to attract more day out people rather than owners.  That said, we saw more of our members on Sunday than on Friday and Saturday.  It was great to meet up with so many of you though and hear what progress you've been making on your projects and to just catch up and chat.  For a relatively small Club we seem to have a very active and friendly membership - and long may it continue.  It does give those of us running the stand a lift to see so many of you and chat.
    My thanks to Wayne (Daytona Yellow RS3100), to Stephen (Sapphire Blue 1600GT XLR) and to Keith (Fern Green 1600L) for providing their cars and assistance over the weekend.  Also to Dave, Doreen and Anne who completed the line-up for this year's show.
    Here are a few pictures from the event.
                     
                     
     
  • October 2013 - November 2013 Issue of Colt now on its way to members
    The latest edition of the Club's quarterly magazine is now on its way to members.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     
  • September 2013 - Manchester Classic Car Show at Event City - Trafford Centre, Manchester
    The weekend of 21st and 22nd September saw the Club provide an eight car stand at the inaugural, indoor, Manchester Classic Car Show.  Centre piece of the Club stand was George's on-going Crayford Capri project.  As always, a work in progress seems to attract more interest amongst enthusiasts than the finished article.  Some superb "finished articles" were nonetheless on display.  Jeff's award winning Daytona Yellow 3000GT; Richie's  ultra low mileage Sebring Red facelift 1600XL; Nick's mildly modified Onyx Green 3000GT facelift; Glyn's Copper Bronze Turbo Bullit; plus George's Ermine White 3000E.  In addition, the Club hosted two cracking examples of the Mk2.  Thanks to Tony and his Diamond White 3000S and Stuart with his Jupiter Red 2000S.  So, a great range of Capris - pre and post facelift and Mk2 - for the public to enjoy.  Sadly, there weren't too many of the public around but the organisers are committed to running the event again and with luck - and hard work - it has the potential to grow into a great northern based indoor event.
    Thanks to all who committed there time and efforts to make the Club display so good - and my special thanks to Simon for providing the pictures.
                                 
                                       
     
  • September 2013 - The Footman James Manchester Classic Car Show rolls into Manchester’s enormous EventCity exhibition centre, on Sat 21st and Sun 22nd September, 2013.
    Brimming with hundreds of wonderful cars from all eras (30’s – 90’s); from all the old family favourites through to the kind of cars you’ve always dreamed of plus; trade stands, autojumble, live restoration demonstrations, all new concours sponsored by CodeClean, ex Top Gear presenter Steve Berry as the ‘Anchorman, plus maybe even a little live Group B Rally action…
    Located right next to the enormous Trafford Centre shopping and entertainment venue, a trip to the show offers a great day out for the most ardent motoring enthusiast and their families too (if the rest of the family don’t ‘share’ your love of cars, they’ll have plenty to do over at the Trafford Centre, while you enjoy yourself at the show!).
    Don’t miss what is the UK’s newest and fastest growing indoor classic car show! Book your ticket today.
    Discounted advance tickets now on-sale.
    Adult advance tickets just £13.00 (£15.00 on the door). One accompanied child (under 16 yrs) can enter FREE with each paying adult. Additional accompanied under 16’s pay half price.
    Car parking is absolutely FREE.
    To buy tickets and for all other information
    please click on the banner to go to the website
     
  • August 2013 - Knebworth Classic Car Show at Knebworth House, Hertfordshire
    After a soggy Sunday Bank Holiday Monday proved to be a glorious day - so much so that this event appeared to have its best attendance of both exhibitors and spectators for many a long year.  Sadly the same could not be said of the autojumble which was woeful.  Such a shame when ten years ago this event was perhaps the second best for autojumble in the southeast.
    The vehicles made the show though and are the things that attract the paying public - something which perhaps event organisers need to consider when setting their charges for classic vehicles to attend.  This show runs over two days and the organisers have decided to charge exhibitors separately for each day.  Yes, it's only £3 a day but, without the vehicles, they have no show.  Running and maintaining classics is a far from cheap hobby and, at the same venue, I don't imagine the Rolling Stones or Robbie Williams were charged for performing!
    Another "problem" appeared to be the public address system which had been cranked up far too loud.  So loud in fact that someone apparently unplugged the speakers a couple of times.  Despite this the event is still worth a look in the future - provided you don't want any autojumble that is.
    The Club stand had just four cars - and one of those a "modern" Mk3.  Apparently both Martin's Mk1s are unserviceable at present!
                                 
     
  • August 2013 - Classic Car Spectacular at Tatton Park, Cheshire
    The two day August classic car event at Tatton Park attracted a number of Club members both days and quite a few non-members with Mk1s despite a mixture of weather.
    Saturday, whilst having some pleasant dry spells, was dogged by intermittent rain.  Nevertheless six members turned out to display their vehicles to the paying public.
    Sunday dawned much brighter and this time the Club display featured eight cars - including a newly restored Mk2.  Quite a number of Mk1s were to be seen on the adjoining Capri stands.
                                       
                                       
                                       
               
     
  • August 2013 - Classic Ford Day at Battlesbridge, Essex
    The lovely summer weather continued to shine on the outdoor show season - this time bathing southern Essex in sunshine, despite a few early dark clouds.  The Battlesbridge show always attracts a vast array of classic Fords - largely from the 1950s to the 1980s - and this year continued the tradition.  There were perhaps less Mk1s on show - but that may be due to declining numbers.
    A few Club members met up outside in order to be parked side-by-side in the general display area.  In addition to that grouping of four, there were two 1300s on show; a Cosworth converted facelift; and four or five more.
                                       
                                 
     
  • July 2013 - August 2013 Issue of Colt now on its way to members
    The latest edition of the Club's quarterly magazine is now on its way to members.
    If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     
  • July 2013 - Old Ford Rally at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire
    Thankfully the blisteringly hot weather relented for much of the day as hundreds of Fords - from Model Ts to Capri Mk3s - gathered for the annual Old Ford Rally.  The good folk of the Y & C Register are to be praised for building this great event in the wake of the All Ford Rally event at Abingdon.  The show scene desperately needed an event for classic Fords  -  with many shows now wrecked by the overwhelming presence of modern Ford vehicles.  This event looks to have filled the void.
    Alongside our own stand of Mk1s we had the Model Ts - where else might you see not one but several of these iconic vehicles, not just for display but, in running condition and driven to the show.  There were also notable displays of Classics and Consul Capris; Corsairs; Mk3 Cortinas; and Model Ys and Cs.  Most, if not all, Fords from the 1920s through to the mid 1980s were represented on a lovely English summers day.  With the museum providing an added attraction as well as its restaurant providing sustenance, it was a great day out and - who knows - perhaps the venue for our National Day in 2014.
                                       
                           
     
  • July 2013 - Barleylands Festival of Transport, Billericay, Essex
    What a difference 12 months makes.  Last year it rained and rained and rained for this event which was eventually abandoned around lunchtime.  This time around, the hottest day of the year (so far).  The Club had just a small representation plus a Mk1 Cortina - when Club members Alan's Capri decided it didn't want to come!  A nice little event - although it could do with being better known or maybe better advertised.  We were persuaded into the parade ring and your truly had to tell the public a little bit about our marque - including putting the commentator right about where Mk1s were made in the UK!  That moment was captured on camera by Martin - thanks very much.
                                       

     
  • June 2013 - Classic & Retro Action Day at Castle Combe Circuit, Wiltshire
    At last I'm able to report on a genuinely glorious sunny day event - the Classic & Retro Action Day on Saturday 29th June at the picturesque Castle Combe Racing Circuit in Wiltshire.  A regular event on the Club's calendar for some years, this time around members were truly blessed with a glorious, warm and sunny day.  The Club stand featured eight examples with two being first time out with the Club - welcome Mike and Steve.  Whilst Daytona Yellow was the predominant colour, we had a great spread of cars with four pre-facelift and four facelift; two RS3100s, a 3000E; a 2000GT (still with its proper V4 lump); and four 1600s - one a Pinto.  Four members ventured out onto the track for the lunchtime parade and were rewarded with some great action shots of themselves driving on the circuit.  No one was brave (stupid?) enough to take their Capri for a faster few laps but there were plenty who did during the day.  My thanks to Len for attending despite mechanical gremlins striking both his cars on the day.  A great event and one others might want to consider next year.
                                       
               
     
  • June 2013 - National Day at Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire
    After a showery Saturday in Hertfordshire, National Day Sunday on 16th June dawned bright and sunny.  The Club's plot within Andrew Greenwood's "Knebworth Festival of Transport" was huge to allow owners to part up safe in the knowledge that their pride and joy would not be at risk if being accidentally hit by opening doors and so forth.  As we set up from 8.15am on, a slow but steady stream of Capris arrived.  Alongside us, we had an area for Mk2s and Mk3s.  Sadly, the early morning sunny disappeared to be replaced by cloud but the temperature was comfortable and rain, no where in sight.
    This was the Club's third National Day - the first two being at Castle Combe, in the southwest and Tatton Park in the northwest.  So, a chance for southeast members this time to experience a large gathering of their favourite marque.
    Several vehicles were making their show "debuts" and all owners love seeing a "new" example and so soon engaged their fellow owners in chat.
    The stand had a Special Guest in the form of the original "Del Boy Capri" of "Only Fools and Horses" fame.  A 25th Mk1 belonging to a non-club member was also at the show.
    At 2pm, the Club held it's AGM - this event chosen so that the most members possible were available to attend.
    By 2.30pm it was time for the awards.  The top prize was the "Members Choice" award.  Attending members were given voting slips to select their favourite amongst those on show - other than their own of course!  Voting was close and no fewer than 13 of the attending 24 cars received at least one vote.  The result was tied with last year's winner, a Sunset Red 3000E owned by Dave Hollingshead, and a newly restored Aubergine 3000E owned by Alan Tierney, joint winners.  No plastic trophies for Mk1 Owners Club members - they received a commemorative mug of the event along with a coal carved model of a Mk1 and a bottle of wine each.  Other award winners were Keith Robertson - Fern Green 1600L (Oldest Mk1 in attendance); Jeff Cohen - Sebring Red 3000GXL (Furthest Travelled -trailered); James Plumb - Tawny 1600GT XLR (Furthest Travelled under its own power); "Ladies Choice" - Alan Tierney  - Aubergine 3000E- 1st; Simon Myers - Ermine White 3000E- 2nd.
    A light shower damped people's enthusiasm for staying long after the awards and most were on their way home by 4pm.  A few of us who stayed enjoyed a gloriously sunny end to the afternoon and the Capri "chat" finally ended around 5.30pm.
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
                     
     
  • June 2013 - Tatton Park Show, Cheshire
    At last the opportunity came for our Northwest based members to enjoys an outdoor event in 2013.  Not only that but they were blessed with a fine and relatively sunny weekend.  Club Chairman, Glyn, captured most of the Mk1s on display over the two days but, inevitably some escaped the camera lense.  Apologies it you were there but we haven't got a spot of your car.
                                 
                             
     
  • May 2013 - CCI National Day at Badgers Hill, Near Evesham 
    Whilst the sun shone early in the morning, a bitingly cold wind and the threat of rain kept numbers down for this event.  Nonetheless there were a few Mk1s on display and indeed some of the CCI project cars.  The Crayford doesn't appear to be progressing very fast and LeMans Green is one of those colours you either love or hate.  It should certainly attract attention when it does hit the road.  The yellow car of a jig is the shell for a Ferguson 4x4 - some of the running gear is on the floor beneath it.
                                       
                                       
               
     
  • May 2013 - Beds Classic Car Show at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire
    After our long winter and soggy 2012 summer how nice it was to finally get a little bit of sunshine at one of the many May Day Bank Holiday weekend shows.  Although we didn't have a stand display I decided to venture along as a privateer to the Beds Classic Show at Woburn and managed to spot two more Mk1s on Sunday.  The yellow Perana was a rare beast but seemingly even more scarce these days - if indeed the wing badges were correct - was the Fern Green 1300GT.  A fairly early example on an H plate, it was in quite good original spec. condition - albeit with a modified front end paint job.
                                 
     
  • April 2013 - May 2013 Issue of Colt now on its way to members
    The latest edition of the Club's quarterly magazine is now on its way to members.  Articles include progress on a rare 3 litre Crayford restoration; a Mk1 driver back in the day who now owns his first Mk1; a progress report on a Glacier Blue 1600GT XLR restoration; an explanation of how eight track tapes work; news of the Club's stand at Event City and much more.  Additionally the Club announce an insurance tie-up with Hagerty Insurance and how members can get quotes.  If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

     
  • April 2013 - Lancaster Bomber Photoshoot at East Kirkby, Lincs
    Saturday 20th April was blessed with a gloriously sunny, cloud free day - at least in Lincolnshire where the sixth staging of the popular Capri and Lancaster bomber photoshoot took place.  This event, organised and run by Club member Francis Ellingworth and his family and friends, has become one of the most well supported gathering on the Capri event calendar.  Last year was blighted by ran but this time around, despite the long hard winter, was blessed with the best weather seen so far in the year.  Around 100 vehicles were in attendance - mostly Capris.  Of those there were nine examples of the Mk1 - the majority Club members.  Thanks to Club member Raffi for supplying me an image of the red 3000E I missed.  It is uncertain whether this show will continue in 2014 as major work is planned to get the Lancaster, "Just Jane" into flying order.  Once it is she'll be only the third flying in the world - and one of the others is based just 5 miles down the road at Coningsby (in the Battle of Britain Flight).
                                       
         
     
  • April 2013 - "Passion for Power" Classic Motor Show at Event City, Manchester
    Finally the classic car show season has got underway - albeit indoors - with the "Passion for Power" Classic Motor Show at the Event City venue next door to the Trafford Centre in Manchester.  Our Club put on a large stand display showcasing no fewer than eight vehicles.  Not only was the range of vehicles varied, but so too were the colours.  Clearly the organisers felt so too as the Club was awarded Second place in the "Best Club Stand of the Show" category.  Club member Jeff Cohen though went one better, picking up First place for the "Best Saloon Coupe of the 1970s" with his Daytona Yellow 3000GT XLR.
    Thanks to George, Jeff, Mark, Nick, Pete, Simon, Stephen, Trevor and Glyn for providing cars and their labour to set up and run the stand over the weekend.  As you can see from the pictures, the display was impressive.
    Also present was Club member Stuart - in the individual area - with his Amber Gold car and we also spotted a Maize Yellow example.
                                       
                                 
     
  • March 2013 - Mk1 Buyers Guide in Classic Car Weekly
    The Wednesday 27th March issue of Classic Car Weekly will be featuring a simple "Buyers' Guide" to the Mk1 Capri.  The Club have assisted the writer in preparing this guide - although we can't guarantee what's in the final article!  It is bound to generate some interest in buying the marque.
     
  • March 2013 - Great News for Mk1 owners in the Budget
    Well I know there wasn't much to cheer in the governments 20th March budget however, buried in all the detail there was one nugget which will bring cheer to Capri Mk1 owners.  From 1st April 2014, the date of historic vehicle VED will move from the present "built before 1st January 1973" to "built before 1st January 1974".  So, for facelift car owners with late "L" and all "M" vehicles, you'll be able to register your car as an historic vehicle and enjoy a zero rated road fund licence (tax disc).  Some will need to prove to the DVLA that there car was manufactured before 1st January 1974 - although it was first registered after this date.  Your Club can help in this area as we are recognised by DVLA and able to certify date of manufacture for you.  Roll on April 2014!

 

     Last Updated: 16 May 2016