1984 Capri Roars Back to Life in Front of Crowds at the Silverstone Classic01 Aug 2017
Festival goers at this weekend’s Silverstone Classic (28-30 July) got to go back in time and see a classic 1984 Ford Capri roll out of a workshop in top condition.
The 2.8 Injection Capri was brought back to life over the course of just three days after eBay, the festival’s official parts and accessories partner, challenged racing driver and car restorer Fergus Walkinshaw to revive the vehicle in front of a live audience at eBay’s RESTORATION LIVE.
Starting at 9.00am on Friday morning, Fergus and his team of skilled mechanics raced against the clock to restore the 130mph British classic. They used a mixture of refurbished elements from the car and parts sourced from online marketplace eBay to get the car ready for its stage debut during the Mike Brewer Car Clinics on Sunday.
The finished car is now being sold to the highest bidder on eBay at www.ebay.co.uk/restolive, with all proceeds going to the event’s official charity Prostate Cancer UK.
The first time the RESTORATION LIVE Capri hit the road, Britain’s miners were on strike, Torvill and Dean were winning a gold medal at the Winter Olympics and Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas was storming the charts.
While completely original with no aftermarket modifications and just one owner from new, the Capri’s 85,000 miles on the clock – and barely any time on the road in the last decade – meant it needed a complete overhaul.
The mechanics had an extensive to-do list and got down to the task in hand with determination. Day one was all about stripping, cleaning and painting. The front and rear suspension came out along with the interior, brakes and rear axle. On day two, there was no rest with a full 14 hours of work on the car including re-fitting interiors after a deep clean, re-conditioning brakes, drivetrain and suspension before the final day which was all about the bodywork. The team had to remove rust and dents and then do a complete polish before Fergus carefully placed the iconic orange stripe on the Capri.
The challenge facing Fergus and his team was a completely different one faced by the team last year, when they renovated an iconic first-generation Range Rover to its original condition – a breakneck restoration described as “a miracle” by Mike Brewer when it roared onto the eBay stage.
This year, Fergus’ team of five mechanics also included a mechanic from Mission Motorsport, a charity which aids the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through motorsport.
Murray Lambell, eBay’s director of trading, said, “Fergus and the guys did eBay RESTORATION LIVE proud and showed the Silverstone Classic crowds what a team at the very top of their game can achieve when the pressure is on.
“Less than three days ago, this automotive icon of the ‘80s was in a sorry state. Now it looks better than new. Whether you love the Capri, restorations or you’re just a car enthusiast, RESTORATION LIVE had something for you – just like eBay itself.”
Fergus Walkinshaw, Founder of FW Motorsport, said, “It took some real specialist knowledge to bring this Capri back to its former glory in less than three days, but the team is really proud of the end result. You never know what you’re going to find when you take a 33-year-old car to pieces, but we did our homework and sourced all of the parts and accessories we thought we might need from eBay in the run up to the Silverstone Classic.
“We’ll be keeping a close eye on the eBay auction and hope the winning bidder raises a lot of money for Prostate Cancer UK.”
Mike Brewer supported the mechanics throughout the weekend and said: “It was fantastic to watch such a hard-working, dedicated team of mechanics headed up by Fergus, over the three days. These guys are at the top of their game and it’s a privilege to watch them at work on such an iconic car. I’m a real fan of the Ford Capri which is seeing a resurgence at the moment so it was a smart choice. It will be great to see how the auction goes this week, it’s for a brilliant cause with the money going to Prostate Cancer UK – whoever wins will love this wonderful Capri… that’s if I don’t get in there first!”