New Zealand Classic Car - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

The 2.8i Capris as­sem­bled at Cologne, Ger­many, were Ford’s first pro­duc­tion cars to have fuel injection, a five-speed gear­box, LSD, and Bil­stein sus­pen­sion as stan­dard fit­ment. In March 2002, Bernie Hi­e­s­tand took the Capri to his first Targa — stock stan­dard, other than larger rims al­low­ing for Wil­wood brakes. This 2016 Targa marks his 21st in the — slightly more mod­i­fied — Capri, and 13th with Jilly as co-driver. Jilly’s part­ner, Adam Fisher, and Bernie’s friend, Mur­ray Heaney, pro­vide vi­tal sup­port, al­low­ing for a trou­ble-free Targa ex­pe­ri­ence — just put petrol in for a per­fect run as in 2012 and 2014. Af­ter a gear­box fail­ure in 2011, and a bro­ken rear spring on Spe­cial Stage One in 2013, I’m hop­ing the odd-year jinx is bro­ken! The pair are keen to hit the road at the high­est speeds they dare — “I love Targa’s in­ten­sity, the ex­cite­ment of the un­known, ab­so­lute es­capism,” Bernie says. He’s yearn­ing for this event, but not the week of post-targa blues that fol­lows.

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