5 MIN­UTES WITH:

Trevor Stead­man

Classic Ford - - CONTENTS -

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ow did you get into cars?

I grew up watch­ing Ari Vatanen and Tony Pond — how could you not be into cars af­ter see­ing those two?

What was your first Ford?

A Mk4 Cortina in sil­ver. This would have been around 1993, though I didn’t have it very long as I swapped it for a Mk5 with a 2.1 on twin 40s. It was ex­pen­sive to run, even then, so I sold the en­gine and put an S-spec 2-litre in it. It was great, but sadly I had to sell it when it was time to move back to Orkney.

How did you get into restor­ing clas­sic Fords?

I ac­tu­ally trained as a cabi­net maker, but ended up work­ing at a main Ford deal­er­ship in Aberdeen­shire. This was dur­ing the heady days of the Cosworth era, so as you can imag­ine it was a pretty great time. I started work­ing for a lo­cal garage when I moved back to Orkney and while there, built my pur­ple Mk3 Capri 3.0S replica. This got me known, par­tic­u­larly on the Capri Power fo­rum and peo­ple started ask­ing me to re­store their cars for them. I went out on my own last year and Stead­speed Restora­tions was born. I’ve got 15 cars in the work­shop at the mo­ment, and an­other four due in, so I must be do­ing some­thing right!

You’re quite fas­tid­i­ous, aren’t you?

If a car’s rot­ten, I won’t cut cor­ners, it’s got to be done right.

What are you cur­rently work­ing on?

Too many to list, but it in­cludes a Capri 280 Turbo Tech­nics that’s in the fi­nal stages of a re­build, and a full-blown Mk2 Es­cort rally car that should be fin­ished at the end of next month.

You fab­ri­cate a lot of hand-made pan­els. Is this some­thing you en­joy?

It started out as a ne­ces­sity be­cause I couldn’t find what I wanted. Ei­ther the qual­ity wasn’t there with the pan­els that were avail­able, or you just couldn’t get them. It’s very time-con­sum­ing, but hugely sat­is­fy­ing at the same time.

What about your own fleet?

I still have the 3.0S, plus a pre-facelift Mk1 Capri 1600GT Spe­cial that’s quite far gone but well worth sav­ing. I also have a blue-over-sil­ver 1982 four-speed 2.8i. It’s been on the is­land al­most since new and I’ve been af­ter it for years. It needs a to­tal re­build, but I’ve slowly been col­lect­ing parts for it.

What’s your most em­bar­rass­ing car-re­lated mo­ment?

I’ve crashed a few cars over the years... I was out in the works van re­cently and got dis­tracted by a group of su­per­bikes com­ing to­wards me, missed the cor­ner, spun the van and ended up in a ditch. The same bik­ers then helped me drag it out. Very em­bar­rass­ing!

You’ve got £10,000 to buy and build a clas­sic Ford.What would you do?

Prob­a­bly a Mk1 Fiesta, con­verted to rear-wheeldrive with For­est arches, Di­a­mond White paint, blue stripes, RS four-spokes and a Zetec un­der the bon­net with a BDA-style cam cover.

And money no ob­ject?

Mas­simo Guerra’s hill­climb Cologne Capri!

What’s your favourite event?

I used to love watch­ing the Gran­ite City rally around Aberdeen­shire back in the day. I’d love to be able to go to Good­wood Re­vival one year, but it’s a bloody long way!

“MAK­ING PAN­ELS IS VERY TIME CON­SUM­ING BUT HUGELY SAT­IS­FY­ING”

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