Ex-F1 driver Mark Blundell dukes it out in an RS2000 with ex-British Touring Car driver Mike Jordan's Capri. The closest you'll get to seeing the cars from the show driven at full pelt; and in the falling snow as well!
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This is a very tricky one - As you have probably guessed by now , I'm a big fan of 70s & 80s Fords
However , when the majority of these vehicles , reached a certain age , they unfortunately became
tarnished with a rather "low rent / chav image" , mainly due to being cheap to buy & as most cars did back then , suffer from severe body corrosion .
The Capri , I think was the worst contender , particularly the lower specification L models . Things have now changed dramatically & these cars are
now changing hands , for "silly money " . The majority of Capri s , still on the road are the sportier versions like the 3.0s & 2.8 Injection & are owned
by classic Ford fans , who like to show them at car events , all around the country during the summer
Del Boy s bright green example , didn't do any favours for the Capri s image at the time . It wasn't even a Ghia , it was a GL !
The Escort RS2000 , has always been a car of the Ford enthusiast , when brand new in the 70s & as a classic today .
Distinguishable from other Escorts , by its plastic sloping nose , this is an amazing looking car . We saw it getting
put through its paces as a rally car & of course our favourite Doyle mobile in The Professionals
It is very difficult decision , but the Escort , has to win on classic & specialist terms
but the Capri wins when it comes to nostalgia & remembering all those 70s & 80s boy racers & their furry diced examples
The Capri also wins when it comes to on screen presence - The leading vehicles in both The Professionals & Minder &
who can forget that yellow MK2 , leaping Tower Bridge , with John Wayne behind the wheel , in Brannigan
Howz about Ford Granada vs . Rover SD1 next ? !!!
That's interesting gra966. I never perceived Capris as boy racing cars. It was always seen, in S. London at least, the Escorts were used by 'herberts' or boy racers: The likes of the RS models, XR3s, XR3 Turbo and Cosworths. Having owned a XR3 I never felt like a boy racer, nor did anyone use that term.
The only Capris worth owning was the early 3.0 ltr and the later 2.8 injections. Others in the range were pretty bland to drive and look at. IME the early models of the basic range were different but within a decade they were outgunned in reliability, rust and drivability by the newer models, such as the MKIII XR3 range.
As with most things, though, cars are very subjective.
I love both but Capri's have the edge for me, I had 22 of them and escorts were in the double figures including mk1 mexico and mk2 rs2000 x pack. This was all years ago when they were very little money and there were plenty about. I wish I could afford one now, most back then were only a few hundred pounds. My favourite were mk1 capri pre facelift gt's and facelift 3.0 gxl. Round here (Southend) we all drove Escort's, Capri's or Mini's when we started driving, proper Saturday night seafront motors!
I think the 2.8 injection really moved things on for the Capri. Despite its leaf springs,and rear drum brakes - it gave it a new lease of life. The 3.0S model will always be the best looking version of the Capri to me. It’s popularity in this country was vindicated by the fact that it was produced for 2 years longer,in Germany just for the UK. I always find the Mk 1 & 2 Escort a bit over rated,and out classed by the likes of the mk 1 VW Golf & Alfasud.
You're right Chopper, the Golf and Alfa were definitely better cars but the Fords were everywhere, cheap to buy, cheap to get going fast and cheap to fix that's why everyone had them. Now it's all about the memories, nostalgia seems to be an expensive hobby!
Indeed, if you look at the history of some Suds, the earlier examples had very short life spans. I wanted one for my first. Car in 1988, but couldn’t find a decent & affordable example. After briefly considering an Escort, I got a Beetle. Better was to come two & a half years later, when In very early 91, as a 19 year old I got a belter of a 1982 Golf GL, formerly the GLS- it was a truly excellent car and I had it for over 3 years, before replacing it with a Mk 2 Golf. I never looked back after that and never considered Escorts!