Glenn Seton turns back time in Ford Capri August 1, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Glenn Seton went back to where it all started at Queensland's Morgan Park Raceway last week when he took the opportunity to get back behind the...
Glenn Seton turns back time in Ford Capri
August 1, 2003 - Ford Performance Racing (FPR) driver Glenn Seton went back to where it all started at Queensland's Morgan Park Raceway last week when he took the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of the first Ford racing car that started his meteoric blue oval motor racing career.
Seton drove his father Bo Seton's fully restored 1971 Ford Capri at Morgan Park, a car meticulously prepared for Group NC historic racing by Bill Attard. Bo's handy work can be found under the bonnet within the car's three litre V6 engine.
While this was not the actual Ford Capri raced by Seton twenty years ago, this was as exact as you could get to it, right down to the four speed gearbox, radial tyres, engine specifications and drivetrain. For Seton it was a nostalgic return to what it was like when he first gained his touring car racing licence in 1982.
"What a great day! Getting behind the wheel of my father's Capri was a fantastic experience, it brought back many fond memories for me. Morgan Park is an excellent club circuit that I had never been to before and it really suited this car, given that it has a third of the power that I am used to with my Ford Credit FPR Falcon," He said.
"The hardest thing to get used to was the slow reacting four speed gearbox compared to our current fast changing boxes - but other than that, for a car with radial tyres and suspension geometry dating back to the early seventies, it drove remarkably well."
"Originally I was supposed to do a few laps to help set up the car, but I was enjoying it so much that I ended up doing 50 laps and finding one and a half seconds in set up changes during the day."
"My father has a great car to go racing with and I hope to one day make a historic racing appearance in it myself, but only in a guest role of course - there's still plenty of V8 Supercar racing left in me!" Seton added
Ford Credit FPR Falcon driver Glenn Seton is the most successful Ford V8 Supercar driver in the history of the sport with 35 victories, 51 podium finishes and two Championship titles to his credit.
The 38 year old FPR driver is heading to a landmark 20th Bathurst start this October partnering his triple Champion FPR team mate Craig Lowndes in one of Ford's most formidable driving partnerships ever seen at Mount Panorama.