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Old 7 Jun 2000, 18:38 (Ref:16138)   #1
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Graham should be qualifying in the top 10 on the grid

Well?
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Old 7 Jun 2000, 19:16 (Ref:16153)   #2
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One that smells nicer than normal Capris because it's been owned by a hairdresser?

Sorry Peter...


Seriously, I think it's because Cologne was the base for the Ford works team for the European Touring Car campaign in the early seventies. As well as being the base of Ford's series production effort in Germany.

Of course I could be wide of the mark on one or other of the above explanations.

Possibly even both...
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Old 7 Jun 2000, 19:24 (Ref:16155)   #3
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One that smells nicer than normal Capris because it's been owned by a hairdresser?

Sorry Peter...


Seriously, I think it's because Cologne was the base for the Ford works team for the European Touring Car campaign in the early seventies. As well as being the base of Ford's series production effort in Germany.

Of course I could be wide of the mark on one or other of the above explanations.

Possibly even both...
Generally that's correct Tim. The cars were built in Cologne to a Ford UK design. The engines were originally Weslake before Cosworth got involved and developed the GAA 3.4 litre engine.

There was a pic of one but somehow this new system has wiped it. Its still on my website though.

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Old 7 Jun 2000, 19:32 (Ref:16160)   #4
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Hi Peter,

If you were meaning that fine picture of the restored/preserved Antipodean one you placed on Francesca's thread last week - my computer is still reading it AOK.

PS. I've just acquired a Scalextric Mk3 Capri in need of restoration. Needless to say, its new livery will be yellow and red, bearing the lucky #36.

It'll go very nicely with the black-with-red-pinstripes SD1 Rover I'm reassembling.
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Old 7 Jun 2000, 20:32 (Ref:16169)   #5
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Yum Yum!

Yep.

This is actually one of very few originals left.




BTW. I know the man who owns that black SDi with the red stripes.
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Old 7 Jun 2000, 22:37 (Ref:16198)   #6
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Guess what? I'm going to mention Combe.

Anyway, I asked because I heard the commentator say that a Cologne Capri will be at the 50th Anniversary meeting in July. I guessed you Capri nuts would know what it was.

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Combe!!!!!!!!!!!!

More details please. Dates meeting who can we contact to find out more.;0
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Old 9 Jun 2000, 21:37 (Ref:16498)   #8
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Not sure of the date (shameful, huh?) - look on the Combe website @ http://www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk
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Downright devious Graham, you'll try anything to make Peter go to Combe.
Peter, do you know where in Aus that Cologne Capri is?
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Have to trawl through some old e mails to locate the car and owner. will do so later. Can't go to Combe because I'm moving to the Netherlands on Monday and the only return trips will be for race weekends.
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Oops!!!

This is the e mail. Sorry folks its in NZ not Oz. Thousand apologies.

Peter, Thanks for your email. No problem you using the photo of the Capri.
It is an ex Lauda, then later went to South Africa for Jody Sheckter, then to Australia with Allan Moffat before going back to the UK when Ed Hubberd bought it and Norris Miles drove it before I bought it in 1994. There are three Cosworth powered works Cologne Capris left, one with Tom Walkinshaw, one with Ford Germany I believe. There are two similar spec Capris in the South Island of NZ but were originally weslake powered cars I believe. Roger Townsend of Christchurch is his name I don't have a contact in front of me.

Nelson Marshall email nelson.marshall@xtra.co.nz is building a Cosworth powered Capri replica and may be able to help with technical data, all we have is engine details. You may be interested in a motoring event we run look at http://www.targa.co.nz I also have an RS 3100 road Capri which I intend to sell shortly

Regards Mike John

There you go.
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Pete, Is this for real??

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Permenant? Work-wise? What what?!
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Its real and .......... I'm here already. Should be here for about a year (which means three weeks to my company). Still, I'm not far from Snetterton or Spa or even Zandvoort!!!

Will be racing at Thruxton 2 July though.;0
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Old 22 Jun 2000, 20:12 (Ref:18770)   #14
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So how much faster is the Cologne Capri than a non-Cologne version of the same era?
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Old 23 Jun 2000, 11:09 (Ref:18912)   #15
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Well you asked for it!!!

Back in the early seventies Ford decided to enter its 3.0 litre Capri as a works entry in Group 1 Saloon car racing. It was doing very nicely in the hands of privateers like Holman Blackburn and Gerry Marshall. Group 1 is basically production class racing. You know most of the background to that class.

However, the FIA (or FISA as it was then) introduced Group 2 Touring Car racing for a European Championship. The regs for this demanded a silhouette to be as the original car and engines diffs and gearboxes produced from production components. They could be relocated and gearing was free. However, the term “production” means that they had to produce for sale the required number of original cars and components to achieve homologation.

At the end of 1972 BMW introduced the Batmobile 3.0CSL (3.2 and later 3.4 litres) and started winning. Ford decided that it needed to get back to the front and thus the RS 2600 Capri was produced. This introduced fuel injection to the range. However it wasn’t that fast so for 1974 they produced the RS 3100. This one came complete with ducktail and fuel injection with an overbored engine. Therefore Ford now had an aerodynamic package (remember the silhouette requirements) and fuel injection on an engine that could now legally be enlarged to 3.4 litres.

Ford PR people didn’t like this because they were by now pushing the Mk2 Capri three door hatch.

The cars ran on slicks, had exceptional aerodynamics and yes, they were seriously fast.

I’m doing this from memory cos my books are back in the UK. Will check over the weekend.

Hope this is of interest Graham.
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