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.