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I recently made an impulse ebay purchase of an old Scalextric Capri and fancied trying to do a cheap and cheerful conversion to a rally car. If possible, I want to reproduce a real car that has appeared in the RAC but, despite a fair bit of internet searching, I haven't been able to track down pics of an obvious candidate. I'm beginning to wonder whether Capris were ever rallied at this level!!

Any thoughts, suggestions, advice or photos would be very much appreciated.

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On the 1971 Welsh Rally
Car 61, Brian Peacock in Capri 2300, reg GVX 40H, Class 6

RAC Rally 20th-25th November 1971
Michael Bennett/Eddy Bamford Ford Capri 3000

And Gordon Spice ran a Capri 3000 GT/E on the Avon Tour of Britain 1973
 

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This one? #001

QUOTE One of the most famous sweeper cars in Irish rallying
2.8 Capri (FJI 8008).

This car was used in all the major international rally's from the mid 80's to the early2000's.

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Lots of decals though


The car is still being used now for spectator control.
 

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QUOTE (Abarth Mike @ 15 Aug 2012, 03:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Lots of decals though


you're not wrong!


Thanks for the replies so far. I've also come across this one



I believe it's from the 1976 RAC, driven by Roger Hancock and Keith Lay. I like this as it fits with my favourite period (mid to late 70's) and is RAC (not quite sure why I've imposed this requirement on myself, but I have). However, there's not enough to go on really in terms of sorting out decals. Does anyone know any more about this car and/or have any other pictures?

If not, I may end up going down a fantasy livery route. I do like the white/blue livery of the safari rally car in the link Bigtone posted.

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Don
 

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Anyone remember the four wheel drive rallycross Capris?

During the latter days of 1968, three Capris were converted by HF Research into full mud-plugging rallycross machines with 3-litre engines and all-wheel-drive transmission, two of them being used for demonstrating to members of Ford's management hierarchy and the dealership chain. The big moment came on 8 February 1969 when Roger Clark drove his 4WD Capri to victory in a very muddy rallycross event at Croft, the success being televised on ITV's popular 'World of Sport'. However, once the event was over the 4WD Capri programme was put on the back burner until the following year as the Boreham boys had something else on their minds - the 1970 World Cup Rally!

Ford did return to campaigning 4WD Capris in the winter of 1970/1, when a team of three cars was entered in events at Cadwell Park and Lydden Hill, the tiny race circuit near Canterbury in Kent. Driven by Rod Chapman, and Roger Clark and his brother Stan, these Capris (sponsored by the Daily Express, Cars and Car Conversions and the Daily Telegraph) won the Castrol backed championship in fine style, often managing to defeat the opposition through sheer right of might. Indeed, for the driver of any rallycross Mini, Imp or Triumph, the sight of these monster Capris in their rearview mirror (the Capris often started with a time handicap) must have been fair warning to move over! In truth, however, the HIPR modified cars were considered to be something of a handful at high speeds.


I got to sit in one of the beasts at a rally show in Cardiff along with the Ford GT70, sadly no pictures.
 

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Ford pretty much threw all their rally efforts at the Escort Mk1/2.

The Capri would have only had any future as a Tarmac Rally car hence the concentration of Ford's Capri development budget was focussed on circuit/touring car effort.

Hence the rarity of info.

But I like your style dude!

I found these links, which might help?

http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C189978#

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=1077272

http://www.rscapris.com/index.html

If you can't do an actual rally Capri, why don't you do fantasy livery.

How about a Rothmans livery?
 

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I still like the Irish one. It has the sunroof open!

I did a 12? car rally once way back when with Bucks Motor Club on a Wednesday evening from either the Harrow at Bishopstone or The hermit at Ford. It was a while ago! Anyway it would have been the one with the biggest parking lot. 12-car rules state that the maximum average speed is 30-mph. Not easy on narrow country roads.


Discretely, behind a fully kitted Twin- Cam Escort, we arrive a close second back at the pub carpark in my ambulance glass, black Cooper S with the Webasto sun roof open and the music blaring. As one of the guys from the Escort, in his Nomex-type suit, walked past us he said "Who the feck are you? You've been following us for the last five miles" We said "Yes we have. We are on the same event and, as locals, we knew where you were going so we simply followed you.
Great fun.
 

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I drive a Capri MK1 2600 (US Spec) as a daily driver here in the US. I thought I was quite the expert on the Capri, and was aware of many of the cars mentioned in the post, but I've learned quite a bit from all the responses!

I actually have a friend (Larry Wells) who still owns and rally's (although not so much in the last couple of years) a MK2600 2wd rally car which has been quite successful. http://www.motorsport.com/general/photo/ma...ord-capri-grp-1

Norm Murdock and Larry Wells also teamed up with an English Capri owner to build and enter a Capri MKIII in a London to Mongolia rally a couple of years ago. http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ...aYFZtqg_at7TrY3

So the tradition lives on!

Don M
 

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Do not forget the Capri 2600RS of Walter Röhrl, in which he nearly won the Olympia Rally in 1972 in Germany.
It was prepared by Ernie Kleint, the brother of rallydriver Jochi Kleint. (Jochi drove also a Capri).
Only 3 Special stages to go, and Walter was leading Jean-Pierre Nicolas in the Alpine A110, when a bearing collapsed.
From that rally on, the rally world knows who Walter Röhrl is.
You can find more in these books:
http://www.rallyandracing.com/rallywebshop...rieb+evo+2.html
http://www.rallyandracing.com/rallywebshop...er/0108002.html

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