CLASSIC SPICE CAPRI TO RETURN
Former British Saloon Car Championship machine back on track
The famous ex-gordon Spice Group 1 Ford Capri will return to racing at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting in March.
The Autocar-liveried car, chassis CC10, is nearing completion of a full rebuild and will be raced by new owner Mike Whitaker and former GT and BTCC racer Mike Jordan in the Gerry Marshall Trophy race on March 19/20.
Whitaker, best known for historic racing success in TVRS, bought the car at auction last year and has had it rebuilt by Nigel Reuben. It is the car raced by Spice in the British Saloon Car Championship in 1979 and 1980, scoring six overall wins during 1979. As well as wins in the UK, the car finished fifth in the Spa 24 Hours and second in the Paul Ricard 24-hours.
“I’ve been in touch with Gordon Spice and he hopes to come to Goodwood,” said Whitaker, who will be racing at Goodwood for the first time. “I’ve been looking for an opportunity to race at Goodwood and I’m overjoyed to get the chance.”
The trophy race will be Whitaker’s first race in the car and he will share it with Jordan, who has raced a Capri just once. “I did one Production Saloon race in a Capri at Cadwell in the early 1980s,” said Jordan.
In period, the leading Capris were built by Dave Cook and Peter Clark at CC Racing Developments at Kirkbymoorside in Yorkshire.