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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.


Wadebridge Wheels, Sunday 15th July 2018

With over 1300 entrants, this must be one of the biggest one day shows in Cornwall.

There was a good showing of Fords, many that weren’t at our Ford Show in May. One of the best was a Mk3 Cortina in metallic green – very tidy.

This show however is not just Ford, and we had a great time looking at cars from days gone by, there was something for everyone.

My favourite was a Lancia Delta very rare and now very expensive. With great weather and cool classics, we had a great day.


Cornwall RS Owners Show, Sunday 17th June 2018 @ Little Bodieve, Wadebridge

We had 10 cars turn up for this one, members Mark – myself, Steve, Winston, Jerry, Geoff, Josh, Paul, Jordan, Paul & Marlene, Rob & Linda and guest for the day Kurt Tann with his Sierra Estate.

There were some great cars on display, both Modern and Classic, but my favourite was a White Escort Mexico Mk2 – Stunning.

With great weather, Cool Classic Fords, we had a fantastic time.


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