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Old 20 Apr 2004, 12:34   #1
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BTCC Capris

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Does anyone have any photos of the Mk3 Capri 3.0s that raced in the BTCC in the early 80s, driven by such people as Gordon Spice and Jeff Allam? I've found various writings about them, but very few images.

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Old 20 Apr 2004, 14:28   #2
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try Peter Mallet's website I think you should find what you are looking for - he is the 80's Caprimeister!
malletracing.co.uk I think

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beat me to it there Simon...definitely http://www.mallettracing.co.uk/
in fact if you want to make a friend just get Peter talking about Gordon Spice

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Old 21 Apr 2004, 19:32   #4
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Bugger! I'll have to sort through my old pics and put them up now.
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Les Blackburn had a good one. '82 I think we were 6th at Spa 24 Hours. Don't be fooled by the link it's there 1966 Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA . I think he only did one BTCC round in it. Sprint cars were a bit quick but an expensive short life.
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No it isn't. Bugger! Anyway, it's in that post 1966 A R etc.
A man's car weren't they Peter? I had a go in a sort of Club racer 3 Litre at the Snetterton 24, can't remember which year but we came 3rd. Number plate was 'OK Yah'. It was red and hurt a lot going quickley. Gordon somebody (not Spice).

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Here's Gordon Spice behind us at Mallory.
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Old 22 Apr 2004, 06:35   #8
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There are surprisingly few pics of the 70's/80's BTCC on the internet. Believe me, I've tried to find some.

The best sources for pics at the moment are the books, FORD in Touring Car racing by Graham Robson, Heynes Publishing ISBN 1 85960 688 1 or Jeremy Walton's excellent publication CAPRI Development and Competition History of Ford's European GT Car ISBN 0-85429-863-0.

However I'm at home at the moment so I will look out my really old photo's and see if there's anything worth putting up on my website. Better expand that History page while I have the chance.
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Start

Heres one of the start of the GP support race, I do have some more that will get scanned in due course, I seemed to have liked Vince Woodman's 'esso cars'

There's a very good reason why so few pictures exist, the races where so exciting that if you had you head stuck behind a camera, you missed a whole lot of action. much much better than the biwinged charde of the current BTCC imho
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i seem to think when i raced in mod saloons in the 80,s brian chatfield had a capri,i am certain that it was a proper btcc car, either spice/allam,when it stopped winning he came out in a rover. in fact their where quite a lot of capris in modsaloon chatfields might not have been the onlyone,also some appeared in the early days of thundersaloons
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Thanks for all the replies! Peter, you are right: photos of these cars are very hard to find. I've read Jeremy Walton's book, I shall look out for the other one.

Looking forward to whatever photos you guys find: thanks again for your time.

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i seem to think when i raced in mod saloons in the 80,s brian chatfield had a capri,i am certain that it was a proper btcc car, either spice/allam,when it stopped winning he came out in a rover. in fact their where quite a lot of capris in modsaloon chatfields might not have been the onlyone,also some appeared in the early days of thundersaloons
As I recall, Brian Chatfield had more than one Capri- he did the occasional BTCC round around 1984/5 with them, so they were presumably still in BTCC spec (although I seem to recall hearing of him having a couple of run-ins with the scrutineers at BTCC meetings...), I definitely remember the Rover though- it was an ex-ETCC TWR/Bastos car- he ran it in mod saloons and Thundersaloons around 1987/8, still in the basic red/white Bastos livery, but without the signwriting- I must have photos of it somewhere....

Thinking about it, there can't be many varieties of touring car he hasn't had at some point!

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A start is here:

http://www.mallettracing.co.uk/btcc1976.htm

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BTW Screech. Can I ask you why the specific interest in BTCC Capris?
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Another pic on this page:

http://www.mallettracing.co.uk/btcc1980.htm

But whilst searching through my "stuff" I came across this gem.
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