Anglia, Capri celebrate anniversaries at Simply Ford rally

Event at Beaulieu draws around 1,400 Ford vehicles

Celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Anglia 105E and the 50th anniversary of the Capri were among the highlights of the Simply Ford car show this past weekend at Britain’s National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

Around 1,400 Ford cars of various vintage and models turned out for the gathering, including “showroom-fresh” Mustangs, customized Focus compacts and “monster” Ford F-150 pickup trucks. 

“Capri owners turned out in force to celebrate 50 years of the iconic model that was famously marketed by Ford as ‘the car you always promised yourself.’ the museum said in its news release. 

“Enthusiasts had much to get excited about with the line-up on the Events Arena, as pristine examples of the stylish Mk1 – including a 3000GT and modified track-ready example – were joined by a wide variety of later versions and rare last-of-the-line Capri 280 ‘Brooklands.’

“Superb examples of the Anglia also took pride of place, as the family favorite celebrated its 60th anniversary,” the news release continued. “The selection ranged from an immaculate and rarely seen Anglia 105E estate to a wild Anglia hot rod, powered by a Range Rover V8 engine.”

Particularly popular with those attending the show was the new Mustang Bullitt.

Mustangs were popular, including the new Bullitt (left)

Nonetheless, when it came to voting, the People’s Choice award went to an Escort Mk1 RS2000 owned for more than 20 years by Glyn Baker. The car has been restored and was making its public debut after an engine rebuild.

Runner-up for the award were a Mustang owned by Edgar Liranco and an Escort Cosworth that David Pritchard upgraded to 755 horsepower.

Simply Ford was the third of the 10 Simply rallies scheduled at Beaulieu this year. Next up is Simply Porsche on June 2.

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