CLAS­SIC SPICE CAPRI TO RE­TURN

For­mer Bri­tish Sa­loon Car Cham­pi­onship ma­chine back on track

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

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.

Spice was a reg­u­lar Capri win­ner Re­built car has been fin­ished

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