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Duchy Capri & Classic Ford Club’s Classic Ford Show at Trevornick Holiday Park, Holywell Bay, Newquay, 19th May 2019


Members Mark (myself) Steve, Winston, Andy, Paul D and John all rocked up to Trevornick to set up and prepare for our show weekend. The weather forecast was a damp end to the day, so it was all hands on deck to get everything done – and we did. While Winston, Paul and Andy headed home, Mark, Steve and John were joined by Jerry and family, Dave, Nicola and family, campers Peter and Patrina for a well-earned pint with some great food at the Treguth Inn.


With the weather looking good, an early start – 6.00am. After a good old full English breakfast, we were set up for the day. Around 9.30 the first cars started to arrive for the car run and a total of 30 cars left Trevornick at 10.00am. We headed west to Portreath, took the coast road to Hayle and on to our 1st stop The Old Key House at Lelant.

Leaving Lelant, we headed on to St Ives, Zennor, Pendeen, St Just and our 2nd stop at Land’s End, where we were treated to Cornish pasties.

It was then on to Penzance, Marazion, Porthleven and Helston. Once leaving Helston we made our way back to Trevornick.

A big Thank you to club member Jeremy for organising the car run.

We arrived back at Trevornick around 6.00pm to find more campers had set up. After a bite to eat and a freshen up, it was time for our evening entertainment. The BT Experience kicked off at 8.00pm, played for 2 hours and were absolutely brilliant, with Cornish versions of some popular songs. A few beers and a good time was had by all.


Again, an early start and surprisingly quite a clear head after the previous evening. We put up the last-minute signs and by 8.00am the first traders and cars were arriving.

The weather had turned slightly damp but by 10.30 all this had cleared and we had a great day. With cars arriving from as far as Leeds and London, the show field was soon filled with a wide selection of Classic Fords. These ranged from a 1922 Model T, right up to the latest 2019 RS Focus and most models inbetween. We were celebrating 50 years of the Capri, with a great line up including a black JPS Mk2 and parked beside it a white JPS Mk2 – you don’t often see this!

There was a good selection of autojumble, which was very popular throughout the day.

One of the most popular vehicles was a concours Transit Mk1 which was stunning, as were many other Fords on show. The Show seems to be growing each year and we already have been asked about 2020, so hopefully we will see you then.
Amongst the Trophy winners were

Pre-1950’s – Chris Blewett Ford Model T
1980 – 1989 – Ross Jarrett Capri 2.8 Special
Furthest Travelled – Paul Hitchen Leeds 514 miles.
Best Club – Obviously Ford
Best Capri on Show – Dave Bolton Capri JPS Mk2
Car of the Show – Peter Westaway Ford Cortina Mk3 GXL

We managed to raise £1000 for the Cornwall Blood Bikes and a cheque will soon be presented to them.

Duchy Capri & Classic Ford Club would like to thank:-
Trevornick Holiday Park
All Classic Fords that Attended
All Traders that Attended
Victorian Mobile Catering
The BT Experience
All companies and people who donated raffle prizes

The general public who supported us on the day.

Here are some images from Saturday 18th, the car run and evening entertainment:

and here some images from the Sunday 19th show day:

Here is a video from the weekend:

Great Western Classic Car Show – Sunday 10th February 2019

At The Royal Bath & West Showground Shepton Mallet

Ian, Chris, Steve and myself (Mark) made the journey to Shepton Mallet for this one. With a big autojumble and plenty of Classic Cars, it was well worth a visit. There was quite a few Fords on  display both inside and out and many have committed to our show in May.


Duchy Capri & Classic Ford Club’s Xmas Bash 2018

At the Inn for All Seasons Saturday 8th December

We had a great turn – out of 32 for our Xmas bash at the Inn for all Seasons. With excellent food and one or two drinks, a great time was had by all. As usual my eyes were bigger than my belly – and I wasn’t alone!

Special mention to John, who travelled down from North Bovey, Nr Newton Abbot for this one. Well that’s another year over with. Merry Christmas and Happy new year to all members – see you in 2019.


NEC Classic Motor Show 10th & 11th November 2018


An early start for this one – 4.00am as myself and Steve made our way to Dartmoor to pick up John. After a breakfast stop near Bristol it was on to the NEC.

Wow, this show is getting bigger every year we visit!

With a massive Autojumble, Traders village and 6 Halls of glorious Classic cars, there was something for every petrol head. Naturally we headed first to the autojumble, hoping to find those rare parts, then on to the Ford section. As usual there was some great Fords on display with Escorts, Capris, Anglias, Cortinas and most other Fords you could think of, all in stunning condition. One of my favourites however was a rare Ford Pilot, you don’t see these every day. Other cars that we loved, a Ferrari Dino, a frogeye Sprite, the big Healey 3000 and the Motor sport hall was very interesting. With so much to see and do, we were glad that we had tickets for Sunday as well. So around 6pm we made our way to our accommodation for the night and some great food with one or two beers!!


After a good old English brekky, it was off to the NEC.

Today we planned to revisit our favourite bits (Ford) and end up in the Silverstone Auction. I managed to pick up a 50th anniversary calendar from the Capri Mk1 Owners Club and the MK3 Cortina Club were very helpful to Steve. Once in the Auction, we could see that Fords were still very popular and selling for top money. Capri 280 Brooklands £29,475 – Escort Mexico Mk1 £39,375 – Escort Mexico Mk2 £38,250 – Escort RS Cosworth £60.188. However a Stunning Capri 3.0S in Signal Orange sold for £21,938 – worth slightly more we think, the new owner has a real bargain!

After one last visit to the autojumble for some late bargains, we decided to head home around 4.00pm. We can highly recommend this show and can’t wait for next year.


Birthday Surprise – Wednesday 26th September 2018

About 6 weeks ago I received an email from a lady called Sue. Her husband is a long – time Capri fan, although he has never owned one.

With his birthday coming up, Sue wanted to surprise her husband. So on Wednesday evening 26th September, Mark and Jeremy rocked up to Bodmin to surprise birthday boy and Capri fan Mike.

After a few pics, we took Mike and Sue for a spin in the Capris to Wadebridge, Newquay and back on the A30 to Bodmin.

With great weather we had an enjoyable evening and Mike had a big smile on his face throughout.



End of Season Car Run Dartmoor 2018 – Sunday 16th September

After last years successful run to Dartmoor we decided to re-visit again this year.

Unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite as good this year (thick fog on the moor) but a great time was had by all. We had 17 cars and our first stop was Prince Town Prison where we visited the Museum – very interesting.

After a 40 minute stop it was then on to The Old Inn at Widdicombe on the Moor for lunch. They reserved car park space – the Food and Service was excellent.
After a few pics and a chin-wag it was off to our 3rd stop – Morton Hampstead Motor Museum. We were welcomed with Tea/Coffee and biscuits. With over
120 Vintage & Classic Vehicles and a collection of memorabilia this was well worth a visit.


We would like to thank Club member John for organising a great day.




Cornwall Blood Bikes Cheque Presentation Monday 3rd September 2018

At our Classic Ford Show in May, we raised £1000 to be split between Cornwall Blood Bikes and Cornwall Ostomy Support.

A cheque was presented to Cornwall Ostomy Support on a previous date.

So at our September meet at Tricky’s we invited Cornwall Blood Bikes along to receive a cheque for £500. They brought along one of their bikes and club member Jeremy couldn’t wait to try the bike on for size!



Chacewater Vintage Rally, Saturday 1st September 2018

Members Steve, Mark (myself), Winston, Paul, Martin, Ian, Chris & Steve J attended this one.

This Show was cancelled in April due to wet weather, so we were delighted for the organisers that it went ahead today.

There was a great showing of Cars, Motorbikes, Tractors and Traders. My favourite was a Mk1 Zephyr Six Convertible which came in late and was new to the show scene. Being a local show, it was great to catch up with friends for a chin-wag.

Great Show, with superb food, can’t wait for next year.


Jeremy’s Wedding Adventure – 11th August 2018

I got asked for my Capri to be a wedding car by the grooms sister as a surprise for her brother, as he’s always wanted a Capri but have never managed to own one yet, so I jumped at the chance, plus this being my first ever wedding as a chauffeur.

The wedding was on Saturday 11th August 2018 in St Austell registry office & pick up was St Columb Indian Queen.

Leading up to the big day I was full of excitement. On the Friday took half day off work and spend 6 & a half hours cleaning the Capri… so was gleaming.

Saturday morning came and the excitement soon turned to nerves and I started to worry about the normal classic Ford owner worries… “will she start?” “don’t overheat” etc. ha-ha!

I picked the sister & the photographer up first and went over to the brothers house, dropping them off around the corner to get into position ready & on their signal pulled up outside with my airhorns playing. His face was a picture, he loved it.

We got to the church on time with no problems, on the journey among all the conversations, I asked “what did you first think when you heard the airhorns & came outside?” he replied with “there’s a fish & chip van down the road with the exact same tune of airhorn & wanted to know what was going on!” So… ok it wasn’t the exact impression I was trying for, but it worked either way, ha-ha!

Jeremy Erscott


Cornwall Motor Feast, Saturday 4th August at Stithians Showground

Members Mark (myself) Winston, Steve, Martin, James, Chris, Ian, Stephen, Geoff, Paul & Shirley, Rob & Linda, Terry, Steve J & Trean, and guest for the day Tony Rainbow with his Anglia rocked up to Stithians last Saturday morning.

This was the first ever Cornwall Motor Feast and was quite quiet until around 11.00am when the sun came out.

There was only 1 autojumble and apart from us there was the Cornish Mini Club, Subaru Club and the Quantum Club plus a few individual Classics.

Plenty of modern cars though and there was a stunt show, Soap box race and special guest Vicky Butler-Henderson, who displayed some 2-seater driving and judged the Show N Shine.

All in all, not a bad show (but not the biggest car show as advertised) hopefully next year a few more classics and public will turn-up. On the bright side, a big congratulations to Winston, after Vicky Butler-Henderson voted his Capri as her favourite car of the day.

His prize is an all expensive paid rally day at Silverstone.


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