1975

the Adlards Capri

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Having won the 1974 Super Saloon title Mick sold Capri 2 to Martin Birrane and bought the Mike Wilds F5000 March with a view to a change of formula for the 1975 season. Ireland-born Birrane was at that time a London-based Estate Agent with a love for racing big banger V8 saloons having had various Fords. When business interests prevented Birrane from making certain rounds he let Mick guest drive in his absence. The Capri now repainted and sponsored by Adlards.
This may have been at least on 3 occasions as the above photo is belived to be Mick at the wheel at an unidentifid race probably Oulton Park. The 2 known races are featured below in the 1975 Supersaloon championship .

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Mick leads the Supersaloon field breifly in the Adlards Capri 2 before Alec Poole in the white Skoda and then eventual winner Gerry Marshall in the Vauxhall Firenza `Baby Bertha` all took turns to lead around Mallort Park. Mick was hamered by an oil leak onto a rear tire but but regained 2nd when Poole lost all his oil at the end and pushed Marshall to the flag. Marshall and Baby Bertha proved to be a winning combination and took the championship. Tony Strawson took 5th in Mick`s old Boss Capri 1.

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Mick chases another guest driver in Chris Craft in Colin Hawker`s DFVW , a VW Fastback with DFV engine. Neither could catch the dominant Gerry Marshall on this longer race. Hill had placed 2nd at one point dicing with Craft but spun and dropped to 8th. Craft gave a good chase until a broken suspension component put him out. Mick recovered to take 3rd behind Alec Poole. Autosport reported the other Skoda of Arthur Collier had fitted one of Mick`s F5000 engines in it overnight for the one it blew at Mallory.

SEPTEMBER 20th 1975 - OULTON PARK - Round 9 TRICENTROL SUPERSALOON CHAMPIONSHIP - 25 Laps

P DRIVER ENTRANT CAR TIME
1 GERRY MARSHALL DTV VAUXHALL FIRENZA 5.0 27m 03.0
2 ALEC POOLE McMAHON RACING SKODA S110B-Cos 27m 42.2
3 MICK HILL ADLARDS BIRRANE FORD CAPRI V8 #71 27m 59.4
4 NICK WHITING ALL CAR EQUIPE FORD ESCORT Cos 28m 01.8
5 TONY STRAWSON FORD CAPRI - Chevy 7.2 - 1 lap
6 DAVE MILLINGTON BROOK HIRE VAUXHALL FIRENZA 2.3 - 1 lap

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