Aus­tralia’s cap­i­tal hosts old Ford fest.

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Each year the ACT Small Ford Own­ers’ Club put on their Na­tional Capri & Clas­sic Small Ford Muster and en­thu­si­asts from far and wide head to the Na­tion’s cap­i­tal to take part in this very pop­u­lar and well-run event. The ac­tiv­i­ties over the week­end in­clude a meet ’n’ greet on Fri­day evening, while Satur­day started with an ob­ser­va­tion run, then a lunch break and show and shine, while in the evening there was a din­ner and trivia quiz at a lo­cal ho­tel. An­other ob­ser­va­tion run was held on Sun­day when ended at the Mur­rum­bat­e­man Inn for lunch and the fi­nal pre­sen­ta­tion. Those at­tend­ing the event were free to pick and choose whichever ac­tiv­i­ties they wanted to par­tic­i­pate in.

The cars seen over the course of the week­end ranged from a Mk1 Cortina up to a Mk2 Fo­cus and even a 2016 Mus­tang. How­ever each year, without fail, it is the ded­i­cated fans of the Capri con­vert­ible that put to­gether the big­gest turnout of any par­tic­u­lar model. Amongst the im­pres­sive line-up of cars were ex­am­ples of the orig­i­nal model as well as the later XR2 Turbo and Tick­ford-badged Club­sprint model.

The Capri con­vert­ible was as­sem­bled in Aus­tralia from 1989 to 1994 and was built us­ing Ford Laser/Mazda 323 run­ning gear. The Mazda con­nec­tion may be a bit of a turn off for some fans of old-school Corti­nas, Es­corts and Capris. How­ever, it is im­por­tant to note that the in­spi­ra­tion for the con­vert­ible came di­rectly from the 1983 Ford Ghia Barchetta con­cept car, which was built on a Fiesta XR2 plat­form.

The Capri Muster re­turns to Can­berra this Oc­to­ber.

Rostyles and Su­peroo de­cals? This has to be a Capri GT.

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