So, the reason that I needed the seatbelts was that we got invited to take part in the Transatlantic 175 weekend, celebrating 175 years of cruise passenger travel between Liverpool and New York. Organised by Wayne Hemingway and his team, the highlight of the weekend was to be a Classic Car Cavalcade through the city’s streets, featuring everything from James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 to a (slightly more well known) Ford Capri 

It’s a long time since I’ve been in town this early on a Sunday morning – it was a bit like the opening scenes of 28 Days Later 

We were parked up outside the Merseyside Maritime Museum and it was still early, so I wandered off to grab a coffee, catch up with Wayne, then meet up with some friends for breakfast 

When we got back, someone had switched on the sunshine and the crowds had arrived…

Daniel’s done well for himself since we were at school and brought one of his company cars along …

This fella’s car had an amazing outlet for the awooga horn and an equally elaborate air intake. And there was me thinking a pair of polished K&N’s was fancy …

After lunch, we started to form up ready for the cavalcade, loosely grouped by decade (or thereabouts) with a cracking variety of cars on show. While we were waiting, we got to talk to loads of folks – not least of which was a chap who worked at the dealership when the car was handed over to its first owner in February 1980. 

When it was our turn, we got waved off by the Mayor of Liverpool … just as it started chucking it down. Ah well, at least we weren’t in a convertible …

Whatever the weather, motorcycle outriders are a cool way to waft through the Sunday afternoon traffic in the middle of a city …

The whole point of getting out and about in the Capri is to have fun and we definitely did that. “Best day ever!” was Issy’s summary…

 

Graham: brilliant and great to see all the happy smiley faces 
mexicotait: Brilliant picture
Well done for getting out and using it!
Escort74: Top work mate , been good to read and see the capri develop over the years  best bit is seeing it out and about and bringing you all fun

me: Thanks folks, always appreciated For me, a restoration’s not just about the car but also what you get up to with it – that’s what makes it a story. Without it, I find I’m left wondering “so then what”…

freddy686868: i’m the same if you don’t use them hard you will have nothing to fix in the future then ;P