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Phil B.
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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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Phil B.
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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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