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Sarnie last won the day on January 29 2014

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About Sarnie

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    Motorsport, been racing a Capri on & off since 1987.


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    1995 525i Touring (M52b28 & LPG), Puma 1.7 & ThunderSaloon Capri 32V Cobra V8

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  1. Great collection of Capri models there, I must have well over 100 Capri's in 1/43 and 1/18. Particularly partial to ones with a number on the door My 1/18 RS 3100's....
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    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    It had to, they were racing against CSL Batmobiles
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    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    The Works 'Group 2' Capri's had a Watts Linkage and Coilovers at the rear, the leaf springs were just glass fibre dummies.
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    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    Ex Works Capri with Essex V6 based Cosworth GAA, 450bhp @ 9000rpm.....
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    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    Another hangover from the diesel design was the larger crank journals which meant high surface speeds if using a lot of revs. Used to change my bearing shells every 6 races.
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    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    The standard Essex V6 only made a very asthmatic 138bhp and never liked revving anywhere near 5000. But they could be made to work very well, 3.0 Capri's cleaned up in Production Saloon Racing and Group 1 Touring Cars through most of the 70's and into the 80's. I used them for 11 years in the race car and served me very well winning 4 championships. Started out in 1987 with 185bhp and later on had 300bhp revving to 8200rpm, with the close ratio gearbox it never came much below 6000, so a slightly different animal to standard ! Was behind this tidy looking Sierra Estate on Monday, still not seen another E34 Touring this year...
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    Anyone got a bit of love for old Fords?

    Still lots of love for Capri's, never been without one since 1981, had many over the years but only have the race car now, owned it since 1986 although I think the tailgate is all that remains from the original car. Out testing last year, first race in a couple of months after a long break..... Had a Granada 2.8i Ghia X back in the 90's, great towing barge....
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    How Long Have You Owned Your E34?

    You beat me just, bought mine on 2/12/2000 Mines still the daily driver, now coming up to 330k and still going strong.
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    Donington Park 'viewer experience'

    Plenty of good places to watch, although being one of the longer tracks you can't see everything from any one place. Probably best to wander round, depending on size of the meeting the infield area may also be open, accessed by tunnel from the paddock. Jonathan Palmer recently acquired the circuit to add to his other MSV tracks, and has been busy over the winter improving facilities and giving it a lick of paint. One of my favourites, raced there many times, and hopefully back there in September.
  10. Still using my E34 as a daily and definitely not longing for a new car. I think new cars should be painted Appliance White as they're about as exciting as a new fridge freezer ☺ Drove a newish Volvo V50 for a month last November, very civilised and easy to drive but ultimately very boring and uninvolving, couldn't wait to get back in the E34. Seem to spend a lot of time in Greater London traffic these days which the E34 still copes with no problem. Just this afternoon I spent 90min doing 15 miles to work at Heathrow, poxy traffic ! Seems to get more and more attention the older it gets (now owned it 18 years), on Wednesday at 5am a lorry pulls up to my right at some traffic lights and starts sounding his horn, I'm thinking what's up with him, so look up and he's leaning right across his cab smiling and giving a thumbs up. Sorry never owned a Sierra but drove lots of Cosworths back in the day. Owned many Capri's and still have the one in my sig. Looking to get a Puma for some cheap fun, my son bought one for £177 last month, usual rusty arches (wonder who will be doing that job, hmm), great fun to drive though, never thought I would say that about fwd.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    After winter it's time for some love, I've known for a couple of months the NSF damper, lower control arm and track rod end were all shot, and the wheel was starting to flap around like a caster on a shopping trolley ! So got some Bilstein B8's, top mounts and the arm and rod end. As all the front suspension was off I decided to give it all a good jet wash, then thought I would have poke around at some suspect looking bits of underseal, oh well time to get the welder out again, both sides the same, holes going through into chassis rails etc... Also some in the rear arches which I'll be saving for another day...
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    Goblin Works Garage, thoughts?

    It's ok, watchable nothing more. Was underwhelmed by the 'revolutionary / never been done before' Escort. Must have missed the bit that was completely different. Looks like a Capri next, I won't be getting too excited if the brief is the same.
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    How Long Have You Owned Your E34?

    17 years, done 243k of it's 326k, still on daily driver duties
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    V8 curiosity

    32V Cobra 5.0 V8 in the Capri 440bhp, 1070kg. Will put one in the E34 one day, quite fancy a Coyote V8 or an LSx.
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    What have you done on your E34 Today

    Changed Clutch Slave Cylinder for the 3rd time, seems all pattern ones are shite, probably all from the same factory just in different boxes Febi, Delphi etc. Original did 224k, then changed again at 270k and now at 325k, at least they're easy enough to change. Also changed front wheel bearing which was an MOT advisory in September, just a bit noisy. Found the inner race of the inner bearing had a notch in it....