The Elvy Capri
Much of the discussion that surrounded the recent 50th anniversary of the Christchurch-based Open Saloon Car Association (OSCA) this year involved the cars as much as the drivers. One car that was to the fore was a Chevrolet V8-powered Ford Capri that is believed to have clocked up more racing miles than any other car.
round 1973 the Capri in question was built by Bryan Taylor. At that time Brian was a member of George Begg’s staff and the car was built for Frank Ryan. Until 2011 the Capri could be seen competing on circuits throughout the South Island in many hands. The last time it raced in anger was under the control of Timaru’s Rod Hayman but has since been idle.
However, new life is currently being breathed into the car with former racer and now third-time owner Don Elvy nearing the completion of a complete rebuild on this old track warrior. Race enthusiasts were treated to a sneak preview of the work carried out to date when the car was displayed at the SKOPE Classic earlier this year.
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