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Wonderland Classic & Sports Car Festival 2020 - June 27th & 28th
Ferry Farm - Hoveringham - Nottingham NG14 7JP
We have been holding back for as long as possible - hoping for an improvement in this terrible Covid-19 situation. For the safety of our exhibitors, traders, visitors and event crew, the agonising decision has been made to cancel this year's Wonderland Classic & Sports Car Festival.

The updated Government road map out of lockdown announced today outlines plans for a gradual return to work - but not to play.

I must sincerly thank all of our sponsors, traders and exhibitors who have already pledged support for this year's festival. I will be contacting everybody who has already booked to offer refund options. Rather than trying to move the festival to a later date in the year, and second-guess when lockdown regulations may be relaxed enough to allow public events to take place, the next Wonderland Classic & Sports Car Festival will be staged on June 26th & 27th, 2021.

"Please stay safe and stay positive and wel will see everybody in 2021."

Call/text me on 0771 418 1250 for any further updates - or just a chat

Alan Sutcliffe
Festival organiser

Our thoughts are with our Wonderland first aid team (Dave & partner) who have been on the front line
fighting Covid-19 for 3 months but now find themselves in isolation recovering from the virus.


In the mean time, have a step back in time and indulge your self in our Wonderland
20 Years History 2001 to 2020 further down this page ...

Entry forms for 2020 are now available.
Select the form you require from the drop down tabs top left of this page
Enjoy the festival NEWS UPDATES and 2019 SLIDESHOW below >
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NEW Sponsor for 2020 - Ex-Pressed Steel Panels
We are delighted to announce that Ex-Pressed Steel Panels Ltd. will be one of our festival sponsors for 2020
Ex-Pressed Steel Panels (ESP) is based in Cowling, North Yorkshire and is a specialist in top quality, hand-finished steel panels for classic cars. ESP has recently announced a prestigious licensing agreement with the Ford Motor Company and their British-made panels are now officially endorsed by Ford.
ESP specialises in manufacturing a broad range of panels for vehicles from the 1950's and later for such as the Capri, Anglia, Consul, Zodiac, Cortina, Escort, Sierra and Granada. Most of the panels would be otherwise unobtainable, and bespoke panels can be created for most vehicles with unique specifications.
"We're looking forward to ensuring classic Ford models look as good today as when they left the showroom."
For the full Press Release, and lists of the Capri panels available, click on the PDF's below.
For a full list of panels available for YOUR Ford, go to www.steelpanels.co.uk
or call 01535 632721 or e-mail enquiries@steelpanels.co.uk
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Above PDFS's:  Press release - MKI Capri panels - MKII & MKIII Capri panels
Ex-Pressed Steel Panels Ltd., Ickornshaw Mill, Cowling, North Yorkshire BD22 0DB

Paul Stone will be live on stage Saturday night with his 80's Revival show
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Wonderland 2020 is dedicated to the memory of Chris Bell who passed away in March.
Chris was a true gentleman and avid Capri fan - one of the most friendly people you could ever wish to meet. Chris came to many of our Wonderland events as part of the Fordsport club and we also saw Chris at many other car shows throughout the year. His grandson loved to create car shows at home with Chris' black 2.8i Special -
you will be sadly missed by all of us RIP Chris. 

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Above left: Chris arrives at Wonderland in his black 2.8i Specual Capri in 2017
Above right: Chris (far right) at the NEC being photo-bombed by the STIG
Watch the 2019 festival slideshow below >>

2019 Festival result winners:

Capri MKI 1st place Adrian Fulcher BVM 254K Peri Peri Orange V8 Perana
Capri MK2 1st place Bram & Hedi Van Braak 20YB 96 Black 'JPS' 2.3 litre
Capri MK3 1st place Dean Treadaway HUM 795T Black 3.0S
Ford pre 1970 1st place Alec Ross YUL 386H Gold MKII Cortina 1600E
Ford 1970 to 1980 1st place Mark Rogers FVE 105M Blue MKIII Cortina
Ford 1981 to 1990 1st place Martin Bennett A962 VMW Red MKI Fiesta
Ford 1991 to 2000 1st place Vas Lashley X235 FRP Blue Racing Puma
Ford 2001 to 2010 1st place Trev Stocks RS 03 TJS Imperial Blue Focus RS
Concours pre 1970 1st place Steve Lovatt ESV 500 1934 Blue/Black Derby Bentley
Concours 1970 to 1994 1st place Richard Arnold RJA38 White/Gold MG R V8
Concours 1995 to 2010 1st place Simon Smedley N175 NAV White/Black Mini Cooper
American 1st place Ian Barber NSU 782 Green 1931 Ford Model A
Modified pre 1990 1st place Gary Brady 935 XUB Turquoise 1953 Ford Angia
Modified 1990 onwards 1st place Mick Fearn P307 CRC Red MKVI Escort 1.8Si
Vehicle of Special Interest 1st place Darren Hughes B37 UYO Prugna Ferrari Mondial QV
Furthest Travelled - Bram & Hedi from Hoofdorf, the Netherlands in their MKII Black 'JPS' Capri (326 miles)
Best Club Display - Fordsport
Car of the Show Saturday - Dean Henson YNE 106L Yellow E-Type Jaguar
Car of the Show Sunday - Steve Lovatt ESV 500 1934 Blue/Black Derby Bentley

... well done to all our winners and to everybody who took part in the judging!

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The Wonderland story 2001 - 2020
When did it all start? ... How did it start? ...
See photos and stories from 2001 as we celebrate our 20th festival year

PART 1: The early years at Wonderland Pleasure Park 2001 - 2007
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Way back at the turn of this century ... in August 2000, Rosemarie Revill (Darren's Mum, pictured above
- who sadly passed away in 2010) first came up with the idea of our Capri Club International Mansfield
Notts Branch staging it's own show. She already had a venue in mind - the Wonderland Pleasure Park,
just off the A614 White Post roundabout near Farnsfield, Notts.
plans were drawn up, site visits made and in early 2001 we started the promotional work for our
'Classic Wonderland Car Show'. The dates were June 9th & 10th, 2001. We always wanted our event to be 'fun'
and not just cars parked in a field. The combination of classic cars, a pleasure park, camping, and
Saturday nigh entertainment made our first event a great success. We included items from the
'Carry On Capri Camping' events staged in the late '90's (hosted by the Milton Keynes Capri Club) such as
team games and camping with your car so that BBQs and beers could be enjoyed without having to keep
moving cars from the campsite to the show field. The team games included team skiing, bonnet pulling,
tug-o-war, tyre lifts and alternator shot-putting. Clubs and individuals from across the country came and
had a fantastic first Wonderland experience.
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In 2004 we had the silver MKIII 3.0S 'Professionals' Capri on display (above left)
In the early years we included the 'Mustang National Day' (above right) within Wonderland
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Team games on Saturday were always an important part of the show
Mark Naylor with a great technique in the Alternator Shot Put 2006 (above left)
The Wolverhampton Capri Club with 'Big Al.' make a steady start in the 2006 Team Ski event (above)
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In 2005 (above left) about 70 cars from the South Yorkshire based 'Misson Run' tour came through our show
as part of their annual run.
Thoughful CREW members Sean, Pete, Sam, Craig and Alison in 2006 (above right)
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Check out how young we all look back in 2005 (above)!

PART 2: The move to Southwell Racecourse 2008 - 2011
By the end of the 2007 show, the owners of the Wonderland Pleasure Park told us that our event was too
big for the site and that we were taking up too much of the space allocated to his pleasure park visitors.
We had to move on and find a bigger venue!
Venues don't come much bigger in this area than Southwell Racecourse
- a vast sprawling site that had just been fully refurbished after severe floods a few years previously.
All the facilities were brand new - the bar; function room; loos; showers; immaculate lawns and parade ring area.
For our 2008 show we had moved into the BIG league!
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One legacy of the floods were huge piles of sand that had once been part of the racecourse itself.
We decided to make a feature of the sand 'dunes' in 2008 and invited local 4x4 owners to put on a display
(above left) - they loved crawling all over the sand in their 4x4's.
We created an 'Avenue of Capri's in 2009 on the beautiful lawns infront of the racecourse buildings to
celebrate'40 Years of the Capri' (above right).
The celebration was boosted by the fantastic turnout of the Capri MKII Register (below left) and the arrival
from Holland of Bram & Hedi with their black MKII 2.3 JPS Capri and a genuine RS2600.(below right).
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The 'party bus' was a restored London Routemaster double-deck bus (below left) kindly loaded to us by the
Nottingham Heritage centre at Ruddington. Driven to the racecourse in 2008 and 2009 by Pete Harrison.
Complete with upstairs bar, fridge, sink and sofa-style seating this was an ideal placeto have a
'Wonderland CREW' party - come rain or shine!
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Team games were still as popular as ever in 2009 as Forsport demonstrate
with the Wheelie Bin Racing event (above right)
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TVR Regional Days. From 2008 to 2016 we proudly included the TVR car Club East Midlands Regional Day
within our Wonderland  show. Here in 2010 (above left) the TVR display went 'into overdrive' with a
40ft trailer-mounted display marquee/transporter plus a huge turnout of TVR's on the 'EXOTICA' display
area in front of the main racecourse grandstand (above rght).
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In 2011 we celebrated "100 Years of Ford" at Southwell Racecourse by creating a 'Centenary Avenue'
along the paths towards the racecourse grandstand. Star of the show was the 1904 Ford Model C (Above right).
This is THE OLDEST car that we have ever had at a Wonderland event!
The owner took many passengers on rides around the racecourse. We had a relatively 'new' 1913 Model-T
and a 1934 Model-Y at the start of the 'centenary Avenue (below left)
with many other Fords through the years making up the celebration display (below right).
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From 2008 to 2012 our Wonderland events included the TIPEC (The Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club)
Regional Day - one of the biggest such Regional Days was in 2011 (below left).
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In front of the grandstand we had the 'EXOTICA' - TVR's, Porche's, Americans etc
The photo I chose of the Mustangs (above right) is important because it sums up in one photo the elements of
Wonderland chapter 2 - Old v New cars - The Ford 'Pony' car Mustang has always been an important
part of our shows and is part of our event logo, with a racehorse in the background.
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The Consultants band. Over the years, the band playing on Saturday night has been an important part of the
'Wonderland experience'.
We have had quiet a few bands play at Wonderland, none more so than 'The Consultants'.
The Consultants (above) played at all three show venues, playing rock cover tracks from the '60's through to
recent chart tracks and played at a total of seven of our Wonderland shows. Helen Hayward was first on the
dance floor (above) in 2009. Helen was a great help at organising and running many of the Wonderland shows.
Did you know: the first band to play at a Wonderland show, back in 2003, was called "Far Canal"
(yes, say that out alond and see what response you get!)
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The CREW 2009 (above). The CREW photo at the end of each show has always been a great tradition of
ours. Rosemarie Revill (far left) and Chris Hayward (3rd from left with the large brim brown hat)
are sadly no longer with us but never forgotten.

All seemed well 'on the surface' at Wonderland 2011, but there were problems brewing.
Southwell racecourse was a brilliant venue with superb facilities, but the food and drinks were expensive and we
were not allowed to bring our cateres on site - so we took the brunt of complaints but could do nothing about it.
Southwell Racecourse is huge. we had some cars and campers parked so far away from each other that they
didn't even know that they were at the same show! the 'cosy' atmosphere was gone and the site was
too big to marshall effectively. The cost for the site fee and security was ramping-up each year,
so we had to find a new venue for Wonderland 2012. We started to look for a new venue and looked at
Nottingham Racecourse (too expensive), Sherwood Pines (too many trees),
Sherwood Forest Steam Railway (Too small),
Thoresby and Clumber Park (too many regulations) - but then one day ...

PART 3 - Ferry Farm, Hoveringham 2012 - 2020 and beyond
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> Back in August 2011 I was reading a copy of my daughter's school magazine 'Primary Times'
and saw and advert for a farm park down by the river Trent at Hoveringham (5 miles from Nottingham),
called 'Ferry Farm'. it sounded like an nice place and was in a lovely part of Nottinghamshire
down by the river. I rang the farm to see if they had an events field that could be used for our
2012 car show.
The answer was "Yes" ... "come down and have a look" - so we did. The site was ideal -
not too far 'off the beaten track' - a beautiful setting - plenty of space -
a farm park for the kids - lovely restaurant - reasonable site fee - RESULT!

Over the following months we measured the entire site because the fields are anything but
regular in shape and thn we could plan for our 2012 event. The move to a 'farm' setting gave the event a
totally different 'feel' and we decided to replace the word "show" with "festival" to let everybody know that we
were aiming to bring back that great friendly atmosphere to our event - and it worked!

Our first year at Ferry Farm was 2012 - Olympic year.
To give the venue that 'festival' look, we added huge brightly coloured flags to the entrance field (below)
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To give our event that 'festival' feel we built a huge 'Meguiar's stage in 2013 (below) on the back of a
40ft trailer and it has been the centre piece for our festivals ever since.
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In 2013 we went patriotic and celebrated the ';Best of British' including a superb TVR Car Club Regional Day
display (below left) and our main stage grew in size with the addition of two huge Union flags on either side.
Our promotional material and logo even had more red, white and blue than ever before.
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Sadly, 2013 was the last time that we ran the team games.
Team games were always a great part of our Wonderland Saturday afternoon entertainment.
With rising insurance costs, we could no longer justify the extra premium to cover the team games -
we would have had to take out a seperate, and expensive insurance policy just to cover the team games.
Jef leads the way in the Space Hopper race in the final team games in 2013 (above right).
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Lewis Collins who played Bodie in the cult TV series 'The Professionals' died in 2013, so we thought it would
be a great tribute to the actor and to the TV series to have a display at Wonderland 2014 celebrating
"The Professionals".
We researched and pulled together a display of cars similar to those used in the TV series ranging from
Glynn Coxon's silver MKIII 3.0S Capri, Rover SD1; TR7, Triumph Dolomite and Rover P1. it made a brilliant
display by the main show field entrance (above). Also in 2014 we celebrated '45 Years of the Capri' with a great
turnout of Capri MKI, II and III's (below left) and it was'50 Years of the Ford Mustang' (below right).


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The mud & rain years
The 2015 festival will always be best remembered for the scene below - towing the stranded catering truck
across the fields after heavy rain created a thin layer of slippery mud on the access road on Friday and
Saturday. Ironically, Sunday dawned with bright sunshine and was one of the best ever attended events!
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Some of the most extreme machines came to Wonderland2015.Below left is a bright orange Stingray -
this was just AWESOME!below right was an equally amazing and seriously low-riding chromed and
customised orange American muscle machine.
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A pair of Metro 6R4 rally cars (below) also roared on site in 2015 - you could hear them a mile away!
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We must have upset the rain Gods a few years ago because in 2016 we were again 'blessed' with torrential
rain on the Friday afternoon - so much so, that our Club marquee was badly damaged and we had to
constantly push water from the roof of the main marquee to prevent that from collapse.
The weekend for Wonderland 2016 was also the Queen's 90th birthday so we knew that the public numbers
would be'down', but our event seemed to be as busy as ever.
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We celebrated 30 Years of the Capri 280 in 2016 with a special display (above left) near the main show field
entrance. Rich put on a face-painted smile (above right) in the rain on Saturday. Mention should be made of
the great effort in 2016from the farm owner Graham for the tonnes of straw that he gave us to spread over
the muddy first field to keep the cars moving.
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Gary Brady's customised Ford Angia V8 (above) is one of the most regular visitors to our Wonderland
eventsand was the 'Beast' in our "Beauty v Beast" feauture display in 2016.
We had to do something  to break the cycle of rainy Wonderland weekends - so we moved the date into
July for 2017
"So, did the gamble of moving the date into July work ?" ... "Oh Yes!"
Wonderland on July 8th & 9th was a stunning success! Good weather reports the previous week made sure
that wehad a bumper turnout of visitors and exhibitors - including WWII Jeeps (below).
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Endangered Species:This display (above right) was very well received abd attracted a lot of attention in
2017. It was an area where you could view examples of vehicles with less than 1% of their production run
still on the road.
Above is a mega-rare 1.3HL Morris Ital owned by Trevor and Brian Ford - one of the stars of 2017.
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Fordsport: The Fordsport club have supported our festival since the early days back at the Pleasure Park.
Their imagination and effort has no limits hen it comes to their Club stand. The bars and structures that
they build are works of art. If the world was full of enthusiastic members such as those at Fordsport then it
would be a very friendly, colourful, well presented 'planet party'! Above left  is Fordsport's 2017 party bar.
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In 2018 we went 'Back to the 80's and featured many of the 80's icons such as Dave Betts'
Delorean (above) and Simon's collection of C5's (above left). Again, glorious ice cream weather all weekend
(below left).
Radio Romantic (Ruth and Joe) played in the main marquee on Saturday night -
they were one of the best acts that we have ever had play at Wonderland - so good that we have
re-booked them for 2021.
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One of the craziest combinations of vehicles one one photo taken at Wonderland must be the one above.
In 2018 the most weird winner of a 'Saturday Car of the night' trophy went to the V8-powered milk float
(above) if the owner reads this web page, we really must see you back at Wonderland again please!
The East German Trabant (above) was another 'first' at Wonderland 2018. With the gorgeous weather we had
an unbelievable number of last minute bookings from both traders and exhibitors.
2019: The best year ever
"So what was the best year ever at Wonderland?" ... in my opinion, 2019 was the 'best year ever' ...
why?

The Capri Timeline that greeted visitors on the Sunday morning was truly awesome!
It took a lot of planning and work on the day but the end result sent a shiver down your spine.
Over 40 Capri's from 1969 to 1986 plus iconic models made a
Capri 50 years display to remember forever (below).
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Above; Andy's drone shot of the Capri 50 Years Celebration Timeline at Wonderland 2019.
Chris Taylor's 1969 MKI started off the timeline (above right). More photos from 2019 can be found on the
slideshow further up this page.
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The incredible Capri Club Wonderland Show CREW 2019 who make all this possible!

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Above (3rd photo across on the far right) - Neal with his CREW cap on checks the entry forms at
Wonderland 2015. Neal was one of our great Wonderland crew characters. RIP Neal 4/5/17

" WONDERLAND has always been, and always will be as much about the people as it is about the
cars. It's not just a Capri show - it's not a Ford show - it's a celebration of motoring and those who
are pasionate about it. The festival is for every age group of vehicle and owner. It does not matter what
age or condition you or your vehicle are in - we love to see you! "

A huge "THANK YOU" to all our CREW members, exhibitors, clubs, traders, sponsors, visitors and
to our photographers, who over the years have helped to make our event the success that it is today!

Alan & all the Wonderland CREW

Festival updates are always available here on line www.capriclub2000.co.uk
Facebook: MansfieldNottsCapriClub
Call/text me (Alan) on 0771 418 1250 for an update or just to have a chat

Let's see what happens over the next few weeks regarding the 2020 festival