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  • January 2012 - 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.  The cover shot shows Neil Wakeling driving his superb Blue Mink 3000GT XLR around the Goodwood circuit during the September 2011 Revival meeting.  Amongst the other articles is how to prevent your pre-facelift light switch from melting - a useful item for all owners!  If you're not already a member then why not consider joining - you'll find out how on the Contact Us / Join page.

  • November 2011 - The Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham
    A very hectic, very tiring four days - including Thursday set-up - concluded successfully.
    This show just seems to get bigger and better.  Even in our current doom and gloom economic conditions, more people attend year on year.  I believe the final numbers were around 48,000 over the three show days and the Club certainly saw its fair share of Mk1 owners.  Recruitment was up on last year and far exceeded expectations.
    In total five members cars were on display.  Three on the Club stand - George Done's Ermine White 3000E; Doug Woodward's Sunset Red 1600XL; and Mike Ellis's Diamond White 3000GXL.  On the Lancaster Insurance sponsored Practical Classic, "Classic Car of the Year 2011" stand we had Vince Judge's immaculate Sapphire Blue 3000GXL and the Mansfield & Notts run CCI stand sported Dave & Margaret Hancy's lovely Sebring Red 3000GXL.
    As always, the cars were hugely popular with the public but also attracted fellow owners - many of whom joined and purchased one of the Club's 2012 calendars.
    My thanks to all who assisted on the stand but in particular to the team who covered the entire weekend - Doreen, Dave, Doug, George and Mike.
    A great weekend for the Club - good to see so many members and a warm welcome to all the new ones who joined up.
  • November 2011 - Just a week to go to the NEC Classic Motor Show
    The Club are all set the 2011 finale to the show season, the Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham.
    The Club stand is located in Hall 4 adjacent to the CCI and opposite the Ford Granada Mk1 & Mk2 Drivers' Guild.  On display will be a very early 3000E, a Sunset Red 1600XL and a very late ("N" reg) 3000GXL.  Once again, none of the cars have previously been displayed at the NEC.  In addition the Club hope to have a Leeway pedal car on show and there will be the opportunity to see some presentations converted to modern DVD format.
    We also have a member who has won through to the Top Five of the Lancaster Insurance sponsored, "Classic Car of the Year 2011" competition run by Practical Classics and Classic Car Weekly magazines.  His superb Sapphire Blue 3000GXL should also be on show in one of the halls.
    Club members can get a discount on tickets by purchasing in advance and quoting the Club code on the back of the latest magazine - it's not too late!
    We look forward to meeting up with many existing Club members and, hopefully, to recruiting a few new ones.
  • November 2011 - November Issue of Colt now with members
    The latest edition of the Club's quarterly magazine should now be in the hands of members.  This time around its a very yellow issue.  Including stories of a member's 3000E - purchased over thirty years after his sister posed with the car for its launch; the restoration of a rare pre-facelift Broadspeed Bullit; a one owner vehicle now travelling the isolated roads of the West coast of Scotland; and the Club's last major national outdoor show - the Old Ford Rally at Gaydon.

  • September 2011 - Concorde Classic Car Show in Southampton
    The first Sunday in September saw our Southwest based members make their final scheduled outdoor show season appearance at the Concorde Club's Classic Car Show in Southampton.  Four Club members populated the stand along with a couple of other invited classic Fords.  Despite an early shower, they had a good day at a lovely venue and a very well organised event.  This is a popular show with restricted space and the Club has already pre-booked for next year.  On show on the day were Dave's 1300L, Frank's 2000GT (making it's debut at a show with the Club), John's 3000GXL and Les's 3000E.
  • August 2011 - Knebworth Classic Car Show at Knebworth House, near Stevenage, Hertfordshire
    Bank Holiday Monday saw the Southeast group attend their final outdoor show of the season, at Knebworth House.  The day did stay dry for Doreen, Keith, Kevin and Martin but with very little sunshine and a strongish wind, it fell very much end of summer.  Although the show was well attended by exhibitors and visitors alike, there were few Capris around.  Indeed, apart from the four on the Club stand only one other Mk1 made a brief appearance and a solitary Mk3 was on display.
  • August 2011 - Cheshire Classic Car Show at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, Cheshire
    Our intrepid Northwest group ventured out to the Cheshire Classic Car and Motorcycle Show at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield on Bank Holiday Sunday.  Unfortunately the weather could at best be described as "changeable".  Not withstanding, George, Glyn, Nick and Wayne put on an attractive display of the Mk1 range for the public who braved the conditions.  However, when they - like a number of other exhibitors - decided on an early departure as another storm cloud approach they learned a valuable lesson for the future.  Don't drive past the show arena if you want to avoid your exit being broadcast over the tannoy!
  • August 2011 - Classic, Vintage and Sportscar Show at Tatton Park, Cheshire
    For the second time this summer the newly formed Northwest group attended a show in the picturesque location of Tatton Park, near Knutsford in Cheshire.  A two day event, only three stalwarts were able to attend on Saturday and they had to dodge a few rain clouds.  On Sunday though Glyn, George and Paul were joined by Mark, Nick, Pete, Rob and new member Wayne to provide a very impressive display of eight colourful Mk1s.  Next door to our Club stand was a display from the Cheshire Capri Club who had a couple of Mk1s in their ranks.
  • August 2011 - Woburn Rally and CCI event at Badgers Hill
    The Club had a small stand at what was billed as "The Last Woburn Rally" at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire and members in attendance at the CCI event at Badgers Hill near Evesham on Sunday 14th August.
    It turns out that it may well not be the last rally at Woburn as the organiser who is "retiring" is to be replaced.  It would be a shame to lose such a pleasant venue from the outdoor show circuit.
    Although plenty of Capris attended the CCI event, there were only a handful of Mk1s on show.
  • July 2011 - August issue of Colt now on its way to members
    Club members will shortly be receiving their copy of the latest issue of Colt, the Club's quarterly magazine.  This issue features a report on the Club's first ever National Day, at Castle Combe; the story of a member's car's restoration on a tight budget; the creation of a high powered high speed customised Capri; how to identify the right wiper linkage for your car; and more.  The full colour 20 page magazine has plenty to keep owners and enthusiasts entertained.

  • July 2011 - Old Ford Rally at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire
    A glorious sunny and warm Sunday provided the prefect conditions for the 2011 Old Ford Rally.  With the Ford marque celebrating 100 years production in the UK, there were examples of many of the models produced during that time, on display.  The Club stand had ten examples of our own favourites - all but two being 3 litre and above.  Vince's beautiful Sapphire Blue 3000 GXL represented the Club and marque in the parade.  A "newcomer" to a Club show stand was Paul's recently acquired Daytona Yellow 3000E.
    Twenty-five Ford clubs displayed vehicles along with many more private exhibitors.  Also on show were a few special examples from Ford's own collection.  Of most interest to Mk1 owners was the dark green four wheel drive car.
  • July 2011 - Classics at the Castle at Sherbourne Castle, Dorset
    Despite the threat of appalling weather, our intrepid members in the Southwest braved an appearance at the "Classics at the Castle" show at Sherbourne Castle in Dorset.  In the event, despite a few showers on the way and during the day they were blessed with some sunshine and a reasonably warm Sunday at this popular seasonal event.  Well done to Brian, Dave, Melvyn and Terry.  Good to see WPR on the Club stand for the first - but hopefully not last - time.
  • June 2011 - 27th Lancashire Classic Car & Bike Show at Hoghton Tower, Nr Preston, Lancs
    Another "first" for the Club as the now very active Northwest branch attended Hoghton Tower on Sunday 26th June.  Four cars represented our Club with a fifth sadly suffering a minor electrical fire on the way to the event.  Hopefully the problem is minor and Pete and his 1600GT will soon be back on the road - great though to see him still joining the lads after a quick switch to his everyday car.  George, Glyn, Ian and Mark provided a superb display for the paying public on a gloriously hot and sunny Sunday.
  • June 2011 - Knebworth Fathers' Day Classic Show at Knebworth House, Herts
    A week after our successful National Day and a few of the old faces were joined by another Club member at the Fathers Day show at Knebworth in the southeast region.  A windy day but at least the rain only put in a brief appearance mid afternoon.  Six Club cars were joined by a somewhat modified "guest".  If this heavily modified silver and black pre-facelift - which sported a V8 under the bonnet - is your cup of tea then it is for sale at around 14,500.
    The more standard addition to the stand was Martin Baker's Daytona Yellow 3000GT pre-facelift which has undergone some restoration work over the winter.
  • June 2011 - Our Club National Day at Castle Combe Race Circuit, Wiltshire
    The date, Saturday 11th June 2011, the venue, Castle Combe Race Circuit in Wiltshire, the event, the Club's first ever National Day.  We were blessed with glorious sunshine all day and mustered 28 Mk1s - a Club record at any event.  It might so easily have been different though.  Those of us who made a weekend of it and travelled to the venue on Friday afternoon experienced some very mixed weather conditions with heavy rain showers, flash floods and even a hail storm!  We awoke Saturday morning though to a glorious summers day and members began arriving at 8.00am.  By a little before ten there were 28 cars assembled on the show stand.
    By 10.45 all but one - a "before" example brought along to show people what our marque looks like when found in a barn rather than in the near concours condition so many owners have their vehicles in today - made their way to the holding area ready to take to the track.  At 11am we were led onto the circuit by a pace car and, after completing the best part of a lap, formed up on the starting grid for a group photograph.  That done we were off on three laps at a healthy 40-60mph.  Sadly one car broke down and had to be towed off the track but there were no other mishaps.
    At around 2.15pm the Club's AGM was followed by the awards ceremony.  The top award, the "Members Favourite", went to Len Peirce with his Sebring Red RS3100 (TJB460M).  The "Chairman's Choice" was Steve Woodward's Silver Fox 3000E (LYA988K).  "Most Unusual" was selected on the basis of original colour and went to Mike Owen's Light Orchid 1600GT XLR (VPW992H).  "Oldest Mk1" went to the youngest Club member at the show, Josh Smith with his January 1969 made white 1600GT XL (RHO271G).  Finally the "Longest Travelled" award went to Pete Fisher in his white 1600GT XLR (ARU685K) who had journeyed 205 miles each way.
    With the awards concluded and after much car chat, members began their journeys home from around 4pm.  A few stopped over until Sunday but were greeted with continuous heavy rain all day - a remarkable turn about from show day.

    The final two images are included courtesy of Jim  Gaisford the track photographer and are copyright reserved.
    If anyone would like a shot of their car on the circuit then please contact Jim at john.gaisford@btinternet.com or contact the Club and we'll put you in contact.
  • June 2011 - Tatton Park Classic Car Show, Knutsford, Cheshire
    Hot on the heels of their show debut, our Northwest members appeared at the prestigious Tatton Park show over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th June.  Clubs' are required to provide a display on both days - which can be a big commitment - but Glyn, George, Ian and Mark rose to the challenge, attending both days whilst Jon and Nick joined them for the Sunday display.  The scorching sunshine on Saturday drew huge crowds to this popular show (as can be seen from the pictures).  Despite some light rain on the Sunday, once again, the crowds were in attendance.  George was pleased to receive an award for his early white 3000E.  Once again Mk1 Capris proved popular with the public and provided a very colourful display - especially with a pink crooked cottage in the background!
  • June 2011 - Hatfield Classic Car Show, Hatfield, Herts
    Three "local" members joined up with Mk2 and Mk3 owners to put on an impressive display of "Capris through the ages" at the Hatfield Classic Car Show on Sunday 5th June.  Not a huge event - about 200 or 300 vehicles - it is run by the local classic car club in the playing fields of the Birchwood Sports Centre.
  • May 2011 - Capesthorne Hall near Macclesfield, Cheshire - First outing for the Northwest Region
    As the Club continues to grow, we finally have enough members with on the road cars to start attending events in the Northwest.  So, George, Ian, Mark and Rob, ably led by Club Chairman Glyn ventured out to the picturesque setting of Capethorne Hall in East Cheshire - about five miles from Macclesfield, on Sunday 29th May.  Thanks to George's daughter Vicky, for actually getting them organised with tickets etc.  As you can see from the pictures, their display of five Mk1s was both colourful and striking.  Hopefully this will be the first of many outings and perhaps a few more will join them.  A wonderful display though - flying the Club's colours for the first time in the Northwest.
  • May 2011 - Wonderland Show at Southwell Racecourse, Notts
    No Club stand at this years show, organised by the Mansfield & Nottingham Branch of the CCI, but along with two or three members, there were a few Mk1s on show.  Perhaps the most striking was the replica race car with its turbo charged engine.  Great registration too (Essex 3 litre).  Its chassis plate indicated that it started life in November 1972 as a Daytona Yellow 3 litre with parchment cloth interior - something of a change down the years!
  • May 2011 - CCI National at Badgers Hill, Evesham
    Despite the overnight rain in many parts of the country, most visitors/exhibitors to the Capri Club International "National" Day managed to get to the venue without getting too wet and sunshine even managed to shine on those present for much of the time.  As is normally the case these days, there weren't too many Mk1s on display.  The Old Spice car is, I believe, to be raffled off.  On close inspection it looks like it needs quite a bit of restoration work.
  • May 2011 - Beds Classic Car Show at Woburn Abbey, Beds
    A complete contrast to 12 months ago.  The weather was warm and sunny and, of course after the long dry spell, dry and firm under foot and wheel in the picturesque parkland surrounding Woburn Abbey.  We had a small display of three Club cars but these were augmented by four private exhibitors dotted around the show field.  Indeed we had the remarkable of seven Mk1s on display with not a Mk2 or Mk3 anywhere to be seen!
    I had not seen any of the private exhibits before and only knew of the existence of one of them previously so it was quite a day.  One, as you can see from the photos, was another of the "OOO" clan whilst FEG has it appears belonged to its present owner since 1973 - recently having undergone an extensive restoration programme to bring it back to its former glory.
  • April 2011 - Classic Ford Day at Whitewebbs Museum, Enfield
    A the warm summerlike weather continued over the Easter holiday, the Whitewebbs Motor Museum in Enfield hosted its traditional starter event of the season, its Classic Ford Day.  Around 50 classic Fords were on display including four Club members in their Mk1s.  Eddie's Daytona Yellow 1600 GT XLR was sporting a new Webasto sunroof - so he's obviously expecting a warm dry summer.  Good to see Clare and Ian with there black special order 3000 GXL - this car had previously been off the road for well over ten years so great to see it back.  It's always a pleasure to see Dave's V8 Perana - and to hear it thundering down the road on his departure!  In addition there was a replica race car on display - hope they didn't get into trouble with the front plate missing.
  • April 2011 - Capripower Lancaster Photo Shoot at East Kirkby, Lincolnshire
    It's official, winter's over!  The boys and girls of the Capripower internet forum got the outdoor show season off to a great start in glorious warm sunshine at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby.  Special praise and thanks are owed to Francis and Clare Ellingworth and their family for all the hard work they put in.  Without their pre event organisation backed up by running the gate admissions, sorting out the cars in front of the Lancaster and running the raffle where the lucky winners get a guided tour onboard, this great event wouldn't ever get off the ground.
    Half a dozen or so Mk1s were amongst the record 70 odd Capris in attendance on Saturday 16th April.
    Great to see an early (May 69) 1600L model in rare light blue with light blue vinyl interior still intact.  Even more unusual to see a diesel powered Mk1.  Wonder what it does to the gallon in these times of high fuel prices. Apologies to Stuart for not getting a shot of his Amber Gold 1600GT XLR but the rest are pictured here including the three Club members present.  We thought red, white and blue was rather patriotic given the Lancaster backdrop and the royal wedding in a couple of weeks.
  • March 2011 - The Capri Mk1 Owners' Club National Day approaches fast
    Christmas has come and gone, the winter is over - thank goodness - and owners are getting ready for the warm weekends and a chance to get out and drive their cars.
    In 2011, the Capri Mk1 Owners' Club will be staging its first ever National Day.  The venue is the Castle Combe Race Circuit set in picturesque Cotswolds but just a few minutes drive from the M4 and Chippenham in Wiltshire.
    Part of the Classic & Sportscar Action Day which has featured on the circuit's calendar for a number of years, all Capri owners and clubs are invited to come and enjoy the day out.
    Highlight for Mk1 club members will be a special parade around the circuit with a stop off and photoshoot on the starting grid.
    All visitors will be able to enjoy the opportunity to cruise on track as the circuit runs a lunchtime session - behind a pace car of course.  With the track photographer on hand to capture proud owners driving their vehicles on a "real" race circuit.
    Here are some shots of Club members on the standard lunchtime parade in 2010 - remember this year we'll have our very own special session.

    And why not stay for the weekend?
    A trip to the nearby Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum at Calne is planned for Sunday.
    Contact the Club for more details.
  • January 2011 - February issue of Colt now on its way to members
    Club members will shortly be receiving their copy of the latest issue of Colt, the Club's quarterly magazine.  This issue features a write-up of our attendance at the Classic Motor Show; the story of a member's car's appearance on the BBC programme Jimmy's Food Factory; the restoration of a former trophy winning show car; a father and son's enduring enthusiasm for the Mk1; how to cure an overheating 3 litre Essex V6; and more.  The full colour 20 page magazine has plenty to keep owners and enthusiasts entertained.

  • November 2010 - Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham
    The three day motoring extravaganza for classic car enthusiasts has now come and gone.  For the Club it was a highly successful event. New member recruitment exceeded expectation, the 2011 calendar all but sold out, the book signing session with Martyn Morgan-Jones was popular and we were lucky enough to have a top glamour model pose with our cars.
    The pictures below show the stand coming together on Thursday.  Unfortunately the weather was not great and all the cars got a soaking of motorway spray before arriving at the venue.  Alan, Dave, Jeff and Simon soon had them spotless though whilst Doreen and myself busied ourselves setting up the stand.
    It was great to have so many members visiting over the three days.  Whilst obviously enjoyable, it is hard work manning a stand for so many hours over the period.  Of course we did have some happy distractions.  Dave had sold his Purple Velvet GXL to a fellow Club member the week before the show (delivery after) and we decided a health check was necessary.  Two nurses were on hand to "help".  We are indebted to Auto Products for allowing us to "borrow" top glamour model Emma Frain for some pictures with us - and to Emma for kindly agreeing to pose.
    Sunday evening soon arrived and the stand was taken apart somewhat quicker than it had been erected.  Once the cars were loaded our convoy set off home.
  • November 2010 - Final preparations for the NEC and release of the Club's 2011 Wall Calendar
    With ten days to go before the opening of the 2010 Classic Motor Show at the NEC, the Club's preparations are nearing completion.  The stand will feature three 3 litre cars - two GXLs and a pre-facelift GT.
    Available for sale will be the Club's 2011 Wall Calendar.  We don't know for certain but believe there has never been an entirely Mk1 calendar before.

    Club members can obtain it at a discounted rate and many have already reserved a copy to collect at the show.  We look forward to seeing you all there.
  • October 2010 - November issue of Colt now with members
    Club members will now have received their copy of the latest issue of Colt, the Club's quarterly magazine.  This issue features items on a 1600XL owned by one man since it was new in 1969; a members car used in the shooting of a new movie; practical step-by-step guidance on how to replace a front cross member; the Club's stand at the Old Ford Rally at Gaydon; members cars and more.  The 20 page, full colour, magazine is packed with stories and items to keep Mk1 enthusiasts happy.

    If you're not a member yet but would like to join you'll find details and a printable application form on the "Contact Us / Join" page.  The cost for UK based members is just 15 per year whilst for Europe it's 20 and the Rest of the World 25.
  • September - St Mary's School Classic Show, Bishops Stortford, Herts - Sunday 12th September
    Whilst the outdoor show season, as far as organised Club stands is concerned, ended with Knebworth, five members along with a sixth Mk1 were on show at the St Mary's School annual classic show in Bishops Stortford.  Club members Eddie and Karen organised the gathering which saw eleven cars of the various marks all lined up.  Given some of the less than pleasant summer weather, it was a warm, sunny and dry day enjoyed by all.  For me, with my camera, it gave me a first opportunity to picture my Pacific Blue car along side Karen's Aquatic Jade example.  The former replaced the latter in the Ford colour charts in late 1970.
  • August 2010 - Knebworth Classic Car Show at Knebworth House, Herts - Monday 30th August
    The Club's final outdoor show stand of the season attracted a mix of cars from the south east and west.  Eight cars adorned the stand with, surprisingly, two 1300 examples on display and only one facelift car amongst set.  With the planned show at Romsey cancelled, Doug and Dave ventured up from Devizes and Southampton respectively.  Having got his Broadspeed running correctly, Nigel travelled up from Kent for the opportunity of taking in a show.  Another long distance traveller was Keith from St Leonards, East Sussex whilst Mike came over from Essex leaving just Eddie, Doreen and myself as the "locals".  The weather was dry but very breezy although pleasant when the sun decided to shine.  The organisers decided to spread the club stands far and wide - evidently expecting more vehicles than they eventually had.  Nevertheless it was a good turn out and great mix of cars - as always for this Bank holiday weekend two day show.
    Hopefully everyone enjoyed themselves and had a safe journey home.  On that score my thanks to Alan who helped a stranded Doreen get her car restarted when it decided to pack up in the queue of traffic on the way out - thank goodness he visited the show in his "regular" vehicle.  Closed up points and a flat battery are not a great combination! (Note to self - must buy a new battery)
  • August 2010 - Classic Ford Show at Battlesbridge, Essex - Sunday 15th August
    After two or three days of heavy rain, in the southeast and Essex in particular, this annual gathering of Henry's classic metal was in some doubt.  However, Saturday night saw the rain stop and although very overcast early on, Sunday dawned a dry and even, at times, sunny day.  Whilst the Club chooses not to have a stand, half a dozen members were in attendance amongst the private exhibitors.  Altogether there were around a dozen Mk1s to be found dotted around the show field.  One in particular caught the judges eyes and was selected, firstly to take a place in the show ring and then, ultimately was named as the Car of the Show.  Congratulations to Vince Judge whose Sapphire Blue 3000 GXL is perhaps the finest of it's model around.  Following his participation in the Lancaster photoshoot back in April, this was his first show of the season due to family commitments.  One show, one award, can't be bad - but it truly deserved the accolade.
    The Sebring Red RS3100 was for sale - offers in excess of 17,000......
  • August 2010 - August issue of Colt now with members
    Club members will now have received their copy of the latest issue of Colt, the Club's quarterly magazine.  This issue features items on the Lancaster bomber photo shoot; clutches for Kent engined cars; how to do a quad headlamp conversion on your non-GXL facelift car; the story of our gathering at Castle Combe; members cars and more.  The 20 page, full colour, magazine is packed with stories and items to keep Mk1 enthusiasts happy.

    If you're not a member yet but would like to join you'll find details and a printable application form on the "Contact Us / Join" page.  The cost for UK based members is just 15 per year whilst for Europe it's 20 and the Rest of the World 25.
  • July 2010 - Old Ford Rally at the Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire - Sunday 25th July
    This proved to be a popular event both with Ford owners and our Club members with ten - turning into eleven - members cars on display.  The weather was good and - as ever - the company of members, excellent.  Thanks to all who came as the closest was 70 miles away and the furthest approaching 200!  Yet again we had a very colourful line-up, although I guess at this event we were probably rivalled by our "classic" forefathers for the title of most colourful - by that I mean the pastel shades of the "Consul Capris" (1962-64).  Ten to eleven?  Well we did make one recruit who we'll hopefully see joining us again.
    Star car?  All were lovely but perhaps the most unusual to see - and arguably the most valuable on display - was Michael's red RS2600.
  • July 2010 - Classics at the Castle at Sherborne Castle, Dorset - Sunday 18th July
    Our Southwest based members were blessed with a fine day for this years event at the picturesque Sherborne Castle venue.  As always, the show was well supported by the classic vehicle fraternity and the Owners' Club were no exception - putting together a stand of five cars.  Great to welcome Mike and his son in their recently restored Daytona Yellow 1600 facelift to their first ever classic car show - hopefully the first of many enjoyable outings.  Brian, Dave, Doug and Terry completed the colourful line-up.  All managed to catch the sun with the wind hiding how hot it really was.  Plenty to see and do around the show but the scent of the catering vehicles was not always appetising!
  • June 2010 - Fathers' Day Classic Car Show at Knebworth House, Near Stevenage, Herts - Sunday 20th June
    After a cool and overcast start, the sun shone on this ever growing event set in the parkland adjacent to Knebworth House in Hertfordshire.  As in previous years, the Club combined with the local CCI branch to provide a display of Mk1s, 2s and 3s for the public's enjoyment - 12 cars in total.
  • June 2010 - Classic & Sportscar Action Day at Castle Combe, Wiltshire - Saturday 12th June
    One year and a week after the 40th anniversary celebration at Castle Combe, the Club returned to the venue for a Southern "regional" gathering.  Last year around 150 Capris of all marques were at the circuit in overcast, cold and windy conditions.  This time around it was just the Mk1 Owners' Club - although a couple of other Capris were spotted during the day - along with a vast array of other classic and sporting models and this time we were blessed with glorious sunshine.
    A colourful selection of 18 Mk1s were on our stand, ranging from 1300s right through to RS2600 and RS3100 examples.
    At lunchtime most chose to decamp to the track for a two lap parade.  The circuit have photographers on hand to snap all the budding racing drivers and thanks to digital photography and printing you can quite quickly grab yourself a print of your "historic moment" on a real race track.
    The Club staged its AGM - as this event saw more members present in one place than any other - and as it concluded the organisers had a surprise in store.  The Club won the "Club Stand of the Show" award for the second year running - the first time this feat has ever been achieved.
  • June 2010 - Hatfield Vehicle Rally, Birchwood, Hatfield, Herts - Sunday 6th June
    An overcast muggy morning turned into a warm and sunny afternoon despite the forecasters predicting rain and thunderstorms.  This show is in its eighth years and, whilst not the largest around, was well organised and had a good selection of vehicles.  Three Club Mk1s were joined by a local Mk2 and two Mk3s to give the visitors the full Capri range.  Only a couple of autojumble stalls but then that's par for the course these days.
  • June 2010 - Capri Club Nederlands International Meeting at Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands 29th & 30th May
    Our Club Chairman flew out to this event and sent in the following report and pictures.  The venue - new for this year - is situated about an hours drive from the airport at Amsterdam.

    "A total of just over 120 Capri's were in attendance. Not perhaps as many as other years, but that seems to be the case all round. There just aren't the cars about these days, and unlike previous years the attendance by visitors from other countries was almost non-existent. We were the only visitors from the UK, whilst on other occasions there have been 10-15 cars, let alone individuals. The usual presentation evening was held on the Saturday evening, following a barbecue and prizes awarded.

    The Sunday was less well attended after wet weather had moved in on the Saturday evening.  We left the event at about 2 in the afternoon for our return flight.  After a 5 hour delay, apparently caused by striking French air traffic control, we arrived home at midnight. Overall a good weekend and a chance to renew old friendships, with like minded Capri fanatics - and we're always made welcome!"

  • May 2010 - Wonderland Show at Southwell Racecourse, Notts - 29th & 30th May
    After a heavily rain affected Saturday, the sun shone on this classic car show organised by the Mansfield & Nottingham branch of the CCI which features a large number of Capris.
    The Club stand featured six cars with a further six or seven Mk1s elsewhere in the show.
    A great venue and truly superb organisation by Mansfield & Nottingham CCI - no surprise though as they demonstrated their professionalism at the NEC Classic Car Show back in November where they picked up the Club Themed Stand of the Show Award.
  • May 2010 - Basingstoke Festival of Transport - 9th May
    A first time attendance for the Club at this show.  Sadly it turned out to be a very cold day and limited numbers to just two - the only Capris at the show.  However, it was a nice venue and a good show with a large variety of vehicles.  One for south and southwest based members to consider in 2011 - albeit on a warmer day.
  • May 2010 - Ford Only Day at Beaulieu - 2nd May
    Our Southwest based members had marginally better weather for their first outing of the year, the newly introduced Ford Only Day at Beaulieu in Hampshire.  Once again, with other Bank Holiday commitments and the weather being showery and cold, only two members turned out to represent the Club.  Nevertheless, they made the most of their day and met up with another Club member as well as enlightening two "unattached" Mk1 owners of the benefits of our Club.  Around 150 Fords showed up and the organisers were favourably impressed with the enthusiast for Fords despite the less than kind weather.  Will it become a regular event?  We'll have to wait and see.
    With a Southwest presence at Basingstoke next weekend, we all hope the warm weather makes a rapid return.
  • May 2010 - New Capri Mk1 Model Now on Sale
    Back last autumn the Club were approached by a model manufacturer called Oxford Diecast with a request to feature two Club members cars on their models.  In truth, they did not need our or indeed the owners' permission but out of courtesy - as they had spotted the vehicles on this site - they contacted us.  They explained that they had taken on a Hong Kong based firm called Cararama who already made Capri Mk1 models but had previously marketed them in "non-original" colour schemes.  The models were reasonably well detailed but they felt would be improved by featuring colours and registration of real cars.
    Well, the first of those cars is now available.  It's a 1/43rd (that's around Corgi/Dinky toy size for those of you old enough to remember) model depicting a Maize Yellow, Black vinyl roofed example of a 1600GT XLR.  The model is not a perfect representation but marketing at around 6 it's worth adding to your collection.
  • May 2010 - Bedfordshire Classic Motor Show at Woburn Abbey - 2nd May
    First regional event for the Southeast based Club members and ........  rain, rain and more rain with nice cold winds to add to the pleasure.  It's a great shame that, as so often seems to happen, a potentially great event, in a superb setting, was spoilt by the British weather.  Just two members with cars braved the wet and cold.  Even the auto-jumblers were in short supply.  Still at least it was easy to get served at the drinks van and the burger stand!  Fingers crossed for better weather as the "summer" progresses.
  • April 2010 - May issue of Colt on its way to members
    Club members will be receiving their copy the latest issue of Colt, the Club's quarterly magazine, in the next few days.  This issue features items on seat restoration; identification of the differences between facelift and pre-facelift doors; the Lumo Capri; and much more.  The 20 page, full colour, magazine is packed with stories and items to keep Mk1 enthusiasts happy.
    If you're not a member yet but would like to join you'll find details and a printable application form on the "Contact Us / Join" page.  The cost for UK based members is just 15 per year whilst for Europe it's 20 and the Rest of the World 25.

  • April 2010 - Lancaster Bomber Photoshoot at East Kirkby, Lincolnshire - 17th April
    At last the outdoor "season" has started and, despite being so early in the year, we were blessed with a glorious sunny and dry day which would be welcome in the summer let alone mid-spring.
    For three years now Francis Ellingworth of the Capripower forum has organised this photoshoot opportunity with a Lancaster bomber based at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire.  This time around he was kind enough to ask the Club if any members would like to come along and five grabbed the opportunity.  Three Club cars from the south east met up at Peterborough Services and found three other attendees there with Mk3s.  The six ended up driving in convoy for the final hour and a bit drive.
    Around thirty cars were already on site when the convoy arrived including another Club member who'd made his way separately.
    Francis and his team of helpers were busy trying to arrange the vehicles for the main group shot and as they worked, more and more arrived.  The final tally must have been around fifty.  A photographer from Retro Ford magazine was on hand to cover the event for a magazine feature but of course so too were dozens of us "amateurs".
    Once the main shots had been taken various combinations of cars were positioned including all the Mk1s in attendance - six in all, including a fifth Club member who arrived too late for the overall group shot in his late pre-facelift, black 3000E.
    As well as housing Lanc "Just Jane", East Kirkby is the home of the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and features a Dakota and many remnants of other aircraft along with other wartime and post war displays.  The site replicates a World War 2 airfield.
    Thanks to Francis and his team for a superb day out.
  • March 2010 - Two Events Cancelled
    As the outdoor show season approaches owners in the south will be disappointed to hear that two events, regularly supported by the Club, have been cancelled for 2010.
    In the Southeast, the Essex Classic Car Show at Barleylands on the outskirts of Billericay - scheduled for the weekend of 10th and 11th July - has been called off by the organisers due to it clashing with both the football World Cup and the British Grand Prix.
    In the Southwest, the popular Wroughton Classic Car Show, which was beset with problems last year as it sought a new venue, has been cancelled for 2010 as a suitable site in the Swindon area could not be found.
    It remains to be seen if either of these events will return for the 2011 season.
  • January 2010 - February issue of Colt on its way to members
    Club members will be receiving their copy the latest issue of Colt, the Club's quarterly magazine, in the next few days.  Features include a guide to Slam Panels and Bonnets; a report of the Club's stand at the NEC; Mk1 racing at Mallory Park; and part 2 of the restoration of a member's 3000 GXL to concours condition.  The 20 page, full colour, magazine is packed with stories and items to keep Mk1 enthusiasts happy.
    If you're not a member yet but would like to join you'll find details and a printable application form on the "Contact Us / Join" page.  The cost for UK based members is just 15 per year whilst for Europe it's 20 and the Rest of the World 25.

  • January 2010 - Capri Mk1 1600XL for auction
    Those of you who are looking for a tax exempt Mk1 to buy might be interested in a car apparently to be auctioned by Coys at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday 16th January.  It's a daytona yellow 1600XL with a black vinyl roof and tan interior.  Apparently it has covered just 19,000 miles from new.  The photographs on the "Classic Cars For Sale" website, where it's listed, look good.  The anticipated price - between 7,000 and 9,000 - should please all present owners of the model.  Follow the link below to find out more.
    Capri For Auction

     Last Updated: 05 February 2014