Not many music stars choose a Capri as their daily-driver. Back in 2012 we spoke to Scroobius Pip to find out why he chose to.
Not often in world of modern music do you come across someone who chooses to use a classic Ford as their everyday ride. But Scroobius Pip, whose unique style of spoken word hip-hop has led to much success has broken that tradition.
When it came to buying a new car, rather than fork out on something bland and new, he instead choose to drive one of Ford’s finest — a trusty Pinto-powered Capri. So we went to see the Essex-based star for a chat about him, and he came to be driving a classic…
Hello Pip, nice Capri! So how did a busy musician like you come to buy a car like this for their daily driver?
The honest story is that I am on tour a lot and do a lot of miles, so I used to have a duel-fuel car. I needed a replacement though, so saved up some money to put a deposit down on a brand-new car, but when I started looking around nothing really appealed to me. Then I saw this Capri for sale.
So rather than buy a brand-new car you bought a 1980s Capri?
For what I was going to spend on a new car it made more sense to me to buy this and then use the money I’d be saving on doing what was needed to keep it reliable. I was aware what was involved with owning a car like this and I was happy to spend money on it to keep it going.
How did you come across the car then?
I saw it for sale on the internet. I’m by no means a car person, but an old Ford seemed a good way to start. It was in Norwich, which was a few hours away from where I live in Essex so I took my dad with me to have a look at it. I liked this one as it was a bit more understated.
Do old Fords run in the family then?
No, not at all, my family always had old Nissans. We all had them so I wanted to avoid them really. I’ve been driving for 12 years now, but this is my first Ford.
Are you Essex born and raised?
I’ve always lived in Essex so I’m used to seeing Fords. At school I was always into them and used to walk past a Capri everyday. I used to love those especially. It was our version of the big American muscle cars, and I’m a fan of those, too.
Is that why you wanted a Capri?
It was the first classic Ford that came up when I started looking for something different, but I’d always liked them, they’re pretty cars. I looked at other Fords like Cortinas, but this was the one that looked that little bit nicer than the rest I looked at. I was looking at an old black cab for a little while actually, as they’re built to last.
Have you done many miles in it so far, and has it been reliable?
I’ve had it since October last year and I’ve done a fair few miles in it. I try and take it no longer than a couple of hours at a time, though. The first trip it I took it on tour, it broke down actually, but at the time I wasn’t prepared properly. It needed a new fan belt, so I keep a spare in the car now along with a few other bits and pieces.
How have you found driving it then?
I’ve never had an old car like this before, but then I’ve never had a brand-new car either, so it wasn’t that bad. It drives nicely on the road but having no power steering took some getting used to.
What is it you like about the car?
For me, I enjoy driving it. I wouldn’t take any enjoyment from driving a modern, sensible car. This car is low and relaxed and the big, long bonnet makes it feel like something a bit special. It’s nice to turn up to places driving it.
Have you done much to it? Or are you planning to?
As soon as I got it I took it to a good local garage and they gave it a full service and a once over. It needed some welding, too. I plan to do a few little bits and pieces, and I want to change the stereo. But I don’t want to get to far away from what the car is about, so nothing too flashy.
Would you venture into classic Fords again, then?
It’s easily my favorite car I’ve ever owned, much to my mum’s annoyance, I think. I like classic Ford ownership so far, it seems to get people involved.
Check out Scroobius Pip’s website for music, march and podcasts: www.scroobiuspip.co.uk
Words Simon Holmes
Photos Bryn Musselwhite
This interview with Scroobius Pip first appeared in the July 2012 issue
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