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Launched at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1969, and marketed by Ford as ‘The Car You Always Promised Yourself’, the Ford Capri celebrates it 50th anniversary this year and will be given time on the Grand Prix circuit for a special parade at the Silverstone Classic. Close to two million Capris were produced before the model’s demise at the end of 1986. This will be an additional celebration to the Mini 60th anniversary and Bentley’s 100th birthday, which will also be marked at the Classic. For racers, the Capri represents a very successful Touring Car and the world’s most successful Capri racer, Gordon Spice, will lead the celebrations with the presentation of a special trophy to the top-performing Capri in the HTCC race at the Classic. This grid regularly features large numbers of Capris –including some actually raced by Spice in period - and as part of the anniversary celebrations, exceptionally this year’s grid at the Classic will also accept entries from a number of later-generation, flame-spitting Ford Cosworth RS500s. These have raced at the Classic in the past in the Super Touring field, but diminishing grid numbers have meant that the super tourers will be taking a break from the Classic this year.
The Historic Sports Car Club is to revive the famous Thundersports name for their ‘80s Endurance Series. Evoking memories of the popular Thundersports series of the 1980s, which was created by John Webb at Brands Hatch. Thundersports was first run in 1983, and was open to a wide range of sports and sports-racing cars. Webb, now 88-years-old, said: “I’ll be absolutely delighted to see the Thundersports name in use again.”
This will be the fourth season of the HSCC-organised series initially started by Automobiles Historiques. Cars of the type used in the World Endurance Championship, FIA GT Championship and FIA 2 Litre Sports Car Championship will race, along with Can-Am cars from the heydays of the category in the 1970s. Just as in period, Sports 2000s will be welcomed with a dedicated class covering all Ford Pinto-engined cars right through to 1990.
Formula Ford’s 50th anniversary in North America will be celebrated as the headline event on September 11–15 at the Vintage Sports Car Drivers Association’s (VSCDA) 2019 Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at Road America in Wisconsin with the objective of getting as many drivers into the FF50th as possible.
Heading the project, Steve Beeler tells us, “The pre-registration car count is at 226. We can “only” start 100 cars in a race group at Road America (4 miles x 25 cars per mile) so we are working out how to add a third Formula Ford-only race group. We have a solution but it is not quite ready to be announced.” Entries have been received from 31 states, 3 Canadian provinces, Mexico, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Amongst the most notable entries are Jim Harrell, 1971 SCCA National Champion, Dennis Firestone, 1976 SCCA National Champion and IndyCar driver Dave Weitzenhof, 1977, 1979, 1981, and 1987 SCCA National Champion.