Fahey was already a successful businessman when he first started car racing, so this was a hobby for him and not a career move. However, he approached his racing as if he were a professional. He always had the best equipment and hired the best personnel. He was very well connected internationally, and these connections opened doors that afforded him the machinery he required. His cars were always fast, reliable, and immaculately presented. And the tally of championships to his name proved his approach was a successful one.

He purchased a brand new Shelby Mustang A/Sedan in 1966, a spare Alan Mann Racing Escort in 1969, and got to sweep clean the recently closed Shelby workshop in Los Angeles in 1970 when building his newly purchased Boss Mustang. But he went one better when he was able to acquire what would ultimately be his last race car before retirement from the sport.

Fahey darts through one of the old Pukekohe chicanes during the 1974 NZIGP meeting. This was just his third event with the new Capri (Photo Ross Cammick)

Fahey’s acquisition was a Ford Capri RS2600. It made its New Zealand racing debut at the Bay Park Christmas meeting in December 1973. Its arrival on the New Zealand racing landscape drew enormous attention. It was completely sensational.

Ford vs BMW

Fahey’s Capri was one of the works machines built to contest the 1973 European Touring Car Championship under FIA Group 2 regulations. Ford Cologne and BMW were heavily embroiled in battle for the hotly coveted ETCC from 1971 through 1974. Jochen Neerpasch, head of Ford’s motorsport department in Cologne in Germany, was tasked with making the Capri a winner on the racetrack.

Following Fahey’s retirement, reigning Formula Ford Champion, Grant Walker, was the next to drive the Capri. Here he is seen being hunted by Alan Woolf in the ex-Halliday Escort (Photo Ross Cammick)

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