’84 CAPRI 2.8i TO BE RESTORED DURING SILVERSTONE CLASSIC
Ford will be auctioned in aid of Prostate Cancer UK charity after live three-day challenge
A1984 Ford Capri 2.8i will be restored in just three days at the Silverstone Classic on 28-30 July. It will be brought back to life using parts and accessories bought through eBay, the headline sponsor of the restoration live stage.
Leading the team of mechanics is racing driver, car restorer – and son of Tom Walkinshaw – Fergus Walkinshaw. He says: ‘Preparation is key. We’re going to be busy sourcing all of the parts and accessories we’ll need in the run-up to the event. It’s going to be a great experience and we can’t wait to get started.’
The finished car will be auctioned on eBay, with all proceeds going to the event’s official charity, Prostate Cancer UK.
The Capri is a one-owner car with no modifications and has 85,000 miles on the clock – but has spent barely any time on the road in the last ten years.
The mechanics’ to-do list includes a full engine service, repairs to the suspension, drivetrain and brakes, and repairs to rust and dents on the bodywork.
This year, Fergus’ team of five mechanics will include one from Mission Motorsport, a charity that aids the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through motorsport.
Last year’s challenge at the Silverstone Classic saw Fergus and his team renovating a first-generation Range Rover back to original condition – a restoration described as ‘a miracle’ by Wheeler Dealers presenter, Mike Brewer.
Murray Lambell, eBay’s director of trading, says: ‘Last year’s Silverstone Classic crowds got to see what a team at the very top of their game can achieve when the pressure is on. We’re delighted to welcome Fergus and the guys back, and I can’t wait to see what they do with this automotive icon of the Eighties!’
Chief mechanic Fergus Walkinshaw reckons the car will be worth £12,000 - 16,000 when it’s finished. It will be sold via auction on ebay.co.uk