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  • January 2013 - February 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 a restored 1300 facelift; a diesel conversion used as an everyday car; a full report and pictures from the NEC show; technical info on the coils fitted to Mk1s; the ethanol in petrol situation; Haynes museum 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.

  • January 2013 - "National Day" date and venue announced
    After Castle Combe in the southwest and Tatton Park in the northwest, Club members based in the southeast get the opportunity of a "local" National Day in 2013.
    We're delighted to announce that the 2013 National Day will take place at Knebworth Park, near Stevenage in Hertfordshire.  The date will be Sunday 16th June - Fathers Day.
    The annual get together will be a part of Andrew Greenwood's Knebworth Festival of Transport - now in its ninth year.  So as well as Knebworth House and Fort Knebworth for the children, there will be plenty of other motoring classics on show to keep people fully entertained.
    Access to Knebworth Park could not be easier.  It has its own junction off the A1(M) - junction 7, Stevenage South - and being situated just 15 miles north of the M25 should be well within the reach of most southeast based Club members - especially those in London and the home counties.

  • November 2012 - Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham, 16th-18th November
    Once again the Club's impressive display of members cars attracted plenty of attention at the country's premier indoor event, the Classic Motor Show at the NEC, Birmingham.  We had three 3 litre cars on show - a Maize Yellow 3000GT XLR auto (pre-facelift); a Sebring Red 3000GXL auto; and a mildly modified Onyx Green 3000GT (facelift).
    The show was moved from its normal location to the Atrium area where it occupied no fewer than eleven halls, arranged in a giant "C" shape.  Organisers, Clarion Events said afterwards that attendance was up yet again on last year with over 50,000 visitors during the three show days.
    Our stand was located in Hall 19 - which was largely dedicated to the Ford blue oval.  Pride of place went to the Cortinas - celebrating their 50th anniversary.
    Thanks to Doreen, Dave, Jeff, Nick and Simon for manning the stand and providing cars and also Phil for the use of his car.
    Another Club member's car attracting plenty of attention on the CCI stand was Stuart's Amber Gold 1600GT XLR - with its appearance in the film "Damned United" highlighted.
    Fittingly, we managed to persuade the prettiest young lady at the show to pose with the best cars.  Our thanks to Specialised Covers Ltd and in particular the lovely Louise.
  • October 2012 - November 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 the restoration story of a 3000GXL to become bridal transport; a Mk1 revisiting "Top Gear" filming 20 years after its first appearance on the show; how to identify three litre inner wings from heavy duty ones; 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.

  • October 2012 - New 2013 Capri Mk1 Owners' Club Calendar For Sale
    The Club's 2013 calendar is now available.  For details look on the For Sale & Wanted page.  With a limited print run, if you'd like a copy, contact us now.  Available to members and non-members, an ideal Christmas stocking filler for the Capri enthusiast.
  • September 2012 - Northern Capri Day in Blackpool
    The final group event for the Club came on Sunday 23rd September when our Northern based members joined the long established Capri Day in Blackpool.  With the weather in the week leading up to the event being far from clement, attendance was in doubt.  In the end though the Sunday turned out to be largely dry - if somewhat breezy and overcast.  Seven Club members had their cars on show - albeit that one had his "modern car" (a Mk2).  There were still seven Mk1s on show though with a lone non-member showing off his customised yellow and orange machine.
  • September 2012 - Concorde Club Classic Car Show in Eastleigh, Southampton 
    The final Club organised outdoor event for Southwest based members turned out to be blessed with perhaps the best weather of the entire "summer" season.  Four Club members cars were on display for this relatively small but well supported and hugely popular classic car event in aid of charity.  Cars had to be on site by 9.30am and could not leave until 4.00pm.  Once at the venue it was easy to understand why.  The "show ground" in the club's picturesque rear car park which is accessed via a single lane bridge over a stream which separates the front and rear parts of the club.  So many cars were displayed in such a small area that fitting vehicles in became an art in itself.  That's not to say that the cars themselves were too close to each other, rather that all the normal access lanes were used for display cars as well.  It was an enjoyable day and hopefully will attract some new members next year.
  • August 2012 - Knebworth Classic Car Show at Knebworth House, Herts
    The traditional "last show" of the summer for southeast based Club members is the Bank holiday weekend event at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire.  The Club stand on holiday Monday saw four examples - three pre-facelift and one GXL.  For the most part in stayed dry - although there were a couple of showers in the late morning, but then it's been that kind of summer show season hasn't it.  Interest in the cars seemed high and we were the only Mk1s on show.
  • August 2012 - Classic Ford Day at Battlesbridge, Essex
    Unlike those in the Northwest, members in the Southeast had a largely sunny and hot day for the annual Ford rally at Battlesbridge in Essex.  The Club does not put on a stand display as the show is free to individual entrant whilst costing 5 per car for Club stands.  Nevertheless, a number of Club members regularly attend this show which over its ten or so years has proved to be one of the best Ford shows of the year.  Indeed one member of the public was heard to say, "we never got to see any cars like these at Ford Fair".  Obviously he was not a modern Ford fan.
  • August 2012 - Classic, Vintage and Sportscar Show at Tatton Park, Cheshire
    Our Northwest members enjoyed a mixed weekend of weather for this 25th staging of Cheshire Auto Promotions' premier event.  Saturday (18th) they were blessed with sunshine whilst on the Sunday, when ironically more members were in attendance, it was overcast with occasional showers.  Nonetheless a great event and with quite a range of Mk1s on display from both the club and beyond.  Nick showed off his trophy won the previous weekend at the Ford Fair at Silverstone by his mildly modified green 3000GXL.  Also catching the eye was a Mk1 Savage Cortina.
  • August 2012 - CCI Mild to Wild Day at Badgers Hill, Evesham, Worcestershire
    CCI HQ hosted its second event of the summer and was once again largely blessed with good weather.  Half a dozen Mk1s were hiding amongst the Mk3s, the majority members of this Club.
  • August 2012 - The Classic, Kit and Performance Show at Shuttleworth House, Old Warden Park, Bedfordshire
    This was a first time new show in the extensive grounds of Shuttleworth House in Old Warden, Bedfordshire.  Home to the Shuttleworth aircraft collection, some of the vintage aeroplanes were flying on, for a change, a warm and sunny Sunday.  The show made a promising debut despite the competition from several close by venues and the organisers tell me they plan to stage the event in 2013.  Whilst attendance was not massive, there were some rare and interesting cars on show.  Reduced rate transfers to see the Shuttleworth Collection, Birds of Prey and Swiss Gardens were also available.
    The Club stand featured five cars.
  • July 2012 - Old Ford Rally at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire
    A truly glorious sunny Sunday blessed perhaps the best of this season's classic car meets for lovers of the blue oval.  This show caters for Fords from the outset of UK manufacture through to the mid 1980s.  Unlike some of the larger and so far more famous events, it does not open its doors to the last 20 years of Ford manufacture.  Whilst these cars may well be loved and cherished by their owners, they can, largely, be seen around the streets of every town today.  So an event with just the rare and aged makes a pleasant change.  Indeed our Capris look positively modern when compared to some of the cars on display.
    Our Club stand featured seven colourful examples with three more Mk1s on display elsewhere.  Thanks to Nick, Glyn, Dave & Margaret and John along with first timers on our Club stand, Oliver and Wayne.  I hope you all enjoyed the day - especially the newcomers.  At 5 per car load - including entry into the museum - this show offers good value for owners of display vehicles.  More of the sunshine and it's bound to grow.
  • July 2012 - Classic Car Spectacular Weekend at Oulton Park Race Circuit, Cheshire
    Well our Northwest based members enjoyed a largely dry and sunny weekend for the first - but hopefully not last - staging of this Classic Car Spectacular at Oulton Park on Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th July.  Although they didn't get a chance to drive on the circuit, the facilities were first class and some much needed dry weather helped no end.  With around half a dozen cars on the Club stand each day the members also spotted a few other rarely seen Mk1s amongst the private exhibitors and other regional club stands.  Definitely a good debut for the event and hopefully one that will flourish in the future.
  • July 2012 - Glorious Sunshine at Festival of Transport at Barleylands, Billericay, Essex
    Well actually that's not true.  In fact the weather was so poor that only about 50 of us intrepid classic car owners turned up.  Such a shame for everyone concerned as the weather continues to kill the classic car show scene in 2012.  The minor compensation was that we had the Barleylands Craft Centre immediately opposite the show field and it had a great cafe where myself and fellow Club members, Keith and Anne, and Peter and Peggy, enjoyed a full English and plenty of chatting.  As you can see from the pictures, the field itself stood up very well - we had been fearful of entering the show field as we expected to just stuck in mud.  That didn't happen though but when we adjourned to the cafe for a light lunch the rain still had not stopped.  Sods law, as we got back, with even the show organisers having given up as had virtually all the classic car owners, the sun came out and the rain stopped!! (That's it in the top left of the last picture)
  • June 2012 - Fathers Day Show at Knebworth House, Herts
    Sunshine at last!!  Despite the weather in the week leading up to the show, we managed to avoid rain, the wind dropped and the sun actually shone bright enough to burn at times.  This event was in its eighth year and for the first time was moved to a different area within the park - presumably due to the preparations for new weekends pop concert featuring the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.  Anyway, with the classic car show merging with a Mini and Beetle event along with hot rods and motorbikes being present, there was plenty of variation and plenty on display for the paying public.
    The Club stand featured six cars - strangely all pre-facelift models.  We had Peter's 1600XL in Sapphire Blue, Martin's 3000GT in Daytona Yellow and a relatively new member, Phil, with his immaculate Maize Yellow 3000GT auto.  The other three cars were your Club secretaries - the Sapphire Blue 3000E, the Fern Green 1600XL and the troublesome Pacific Blue 1600GT XLR.  On the Capri stand next door were two more members cars - Eddie's Daytona Yellow 1600GT XLR and Dave's Yellow Perana.
    The only sour note was - as our Northern colleagues found earlier in the year - the show promoter had employed what could best be described as an over enthusiastic commentator.  The constant shouting coupled with a PA system cranked up far too high ruined the day for many.  We were not the only ones to suffer and if this is to become the norm then attendance of exhibitors will surely suffer.
  • June 2012 - Second Club National Day at Tatton Park, Cheshire
    Saturday 2nd June 2012 saw the Club stage its second National Day.  Following on from last years inaugural event being in the southwest of England at Castle Combe, this year the Club switched to the northwest and the picturesque grounds of Tatton park in Cheshire.  The reason for the switch was to give different members the opportunity to attend a National Day by, hopefully, putting it "in range" of different owners.  This seemed to work with 16 of the 23 cars on show not present at the first event.
    The Club's thanks go to Stuart Holmes and Cheshire Auto Promotions whose event - the Classic Car Spectacular - we piggybacked onto.
    The weather, whilst not the glorious sunshine we'd all hoped for, was at least reasonable bearable despite the on and off drizzle of rain.  The bright and cheerful array of colours of our favourite marque more than made up for the lack of sunshine.  Sadly one car - due to mechanical problems - arrived too late to be permitted into the packed show ground.  Those pesky three litre cars and their overheating issues!!  Great that the owners persisted and did attend albeit unable to display their vehicle.
    At around 1.45pm the Club's informal AGM was followed by the awards ceremony.  The top award, the "Members Favourite", went to Dave Hollingshead with his Sunset Red 3000E (XAT366J).  The "Chairman's Choice" was Jeff Cohen's Sebring Red 3000GXL (SGN898L).  "Secretary's Choice" was selected on the basis of "bravery" and rarity of colour and went to Paul McDougal's Light Grey 1600XL auto (BLJ445K).  The car had been off the road several years when Paul purchased it last month and with just a mechanical overhaul (including MOT) he travelled around 150 miles to the show in it.  "Oldest Mk1" went to Keith Robertson with his March 1969 made Fern Green 1600L (SCV387G).  The "Longest Travelled" award also went to Keith who, having had an eight hour plus journey up from his Hastings home (Bank holiday traffic!), travelled around 260 miles each way - 100 miles further than his nearest challenger.
    The main show awards saw two members cars win prizes in the "Best Capri" category.  Stuart Turp's Amber Gold 1600GT XLR (OJL451H) was placed first whilst Margaret & Dave Hancy's Sebring Red 3000GXL (CAP30L) was placed second.
    With the awards concluded and after much car chat, members began their journeys home from around 4pm.

  • May 2012 - 1st Classic Rally at Old Warden Park, Bedfordshire
    Sunday 20th May and the southeast members finally got the chance to parade their cars on a Club stand.  Old Warden was a regular venue on the classic car show scene up until a couple of years ago so it was good to see Greenwood Exhibitions launch a new - and hopefully regular - show at the rural mid Bedfordshire venue which also boasts the Shuttleworth Aircraft Collection and Swiss Gardens.  Although the constant rain of April and May finally relented, overcast and cold conditions were not conducive to attracting large crowds.  Nonetheless the organisers made a great effort to present a good show and a good day.
    Five Club cars were on the stand along with two more residing on the next door all Capri stand.
    The reward for those who braved the cold was the awarding of the Club Stand of the Show accolade.  The presentation was made by actor cum presenter Chris Barrie.  Prize money of 100 will help towards the Club's costs at the NEC later in the year.
  • May 2012 - CCI National Day, Badgers Hill, Evesham
    Whilst our Northwest members enjoyed their first outing, the Capri Club International were staging their National meeting at HQ, Badgers Hill near Evesham.  The show, no doubt helped by the weather, enjoyed a growth in attendance over recent years with well over 100 cars on display.  As is the trend, only a small percentage of those were Mk1s.  Nonetheless some very presentable examples were on display and one or two not seen on the show circuit previously.  In the shop, John Hill had a recent acquisition, a 1600GT XLR Special, body shell on show undergoing structural repairs.  Meanwhile up in the yard was a very early 2000GT XLR.  Whilst needing quite a lot of work, the vehicle looks to be saveable.
  • May 2012 - Cholmondeley Castle Show
    The Club's thriving Northwest group attended their first outdoor event of the year at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire on Sunday 13th May.  Like most of the country, the venue was blessed with a little sunshine at last.  Eight Club members populated the stand whilst a ninth was parked amongst the private exhibitors. An impressive display of Mk1s yet again.  Indeed there was only one other Mk1 in the show ground.  The new gazebo got its first outing and managed to stand firm against ever strengthening winds during the day.  The only disappointment was an over enthusiastic presenter/announcer and a very loud public address system.
  • May 2012 - Simply Ford Show at Beaulieu, Hants
    The third staging of this event for Ford owners at the picturesque setting of the Beaulieu Motor Museum in Hampshire.  Although the event is growing in numbers of cars attending, they have been unfortunate with the weather.  This year's event, although thankfully dry (after the last month and a bit of rain) suffered from temperatures lower than those recorded at Christmas!  Nonetheless, around 500 owners braved the cold to put on a reasonable display.  Entry was 10 (half price) provided you turned up in a Ford.  Trouble was that around 70% of the cars on show were "modern" - some clearly the family hack!  As one other exhibitor observed, they need to separate out the cars by decade (currently you're parked up in order of arrival).  A few tweaks and some good weather could turn this into a "must attend" event.
    Apart from three Club cars, only two other Mk1s were on parade.
  • April 2012 - May 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 the restoration story of a 1600GT; a member who owns a Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3; perhaps the longest silver screen appearance of a 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.

  • April 2012 - Lancaster Photoshoot at East Kirkby, Lincolnshire
    The fifth staging of this great event organised by Francis Ellingworth and now raising large sums for charity.  Sadly, this year Francis' magic touch with the weather let him down and, more often than not the cars and the Lancaster were pelted with heavy spring showers.  Happily, a huge number of Capri owners were undaunted by the conditions and turned up to support a superb event.  With the ensuing conditions the usual group shot with every car was not possible but between the showers many "combinations" were captured with the legendary bomber - including all the Mk1s present.
  • March 2012 - Classic Car Spectacular at Event City, Manchester
    A glorious summer like weekend saw classic car enthusiasts in the northwest and beyond flock to the new Event City indoor venue in Manchester for the second staging of the Classic Car Spectacular.  With over sixty clubs exhibiting along with individual displays and autojumble, visitors were not disappointed.  The show has grown from last year and whilst clearly not on a par with the NEC in terms of size, the quality of exhibits was top notch.  Our own Club contributed with seven superb examples from an early 1600GT through to a facelift 3000 GXL.  Two "special" examples were also on display, an early non-turbo variant of the Broadspeed Bullit and a Ford in-house modified facelift in the form of an RS3100.  Our display certainly attracted plenty of attention an interest amongst the public.  Thanks to Ariph, Ian, Mark, Nick, Pete, Stephen an Stuart for their cars and support over the weekend and Glyn for setting up and running the stand.
  • March 2012 - Shows News
    Coming up next weekend (24th-25th March) is the Classic Car Spectacular Indoor Show at the Event City venue in Manchester (next to the Trafford Centre).  The Club has a stand at the show so why not go along and meet fellow members and Club officials.  Entry is 10 per person.

    The Club will now NOT have be having a stand at the Woburn Abbey event on Sunday 6th May.
  • February 2012 - Castle Combe Show Date Changed
    The date of the popular Classic Sportscar & Action Day at the Castle Combe Race Circuit in Wiltshire has now been changed.
    Those planning to attend should put the new date of Saturday 30th June into their diaries.  The organisers say the change is only for this year and has been done due to concerns over the partial clash with what will be the school half term holidays.  2012 sees the late May Bank Holiday moved to the beginning of June and an extra day added to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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