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Spa Summer Classic 2019 - 22 Elans taking part !

PostPost by: Frogelan » Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:21 pm

I'm very much looking forward to next weekend at Francorchamps for the Spa 3 Hour race (28, 29, 30th June) and associated shorter races: http://spasummerclassic.com/

I have just looked through the entry lists and noted 22 different Elans participating (including a +2).

I will looking around the paddock looking at all the secret tweeks (it will be too hot to wear my anorak though) that I might be able to incorporate on my GTS project.

Perhaps if anyone from the forum would like to meet up for a natter and a cold beer they can drop me a PM ?

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PostPost by: 661 » Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:40 am

Tempting, but it's a bit of a round trip.
Besides , I've cut all the holes and am fairly committed to the course I've chosen.

The build is coming on nicely. Just finished making up the hydraulics lines. Happy with the pedal box and the steering column. Tillett welded in.
Next bit is final body prep pre paint and get the loom made up.
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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:42 am

Hi Andrew
Have a great weekend.
Try and check out which Elkans are real 26R's and which are GTS cars.
I'd love to see some pics
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Wed Jun 26, 2019 3:22 pm

Hello Dave (and all reading!),

I will endeavour to take photos of all the cars as it will be an impressive turn out. I'll try to look at the corresponding VIN numbers if I can for 26Rs as requested.

In particular, I will try to check out the other FAQs here:

- dash pads
- FIA legal single adj dampers and spring platforms
- dynamos (FIA requirement) or alternators
- plywood dashboards

I'll draw up a little table for pm distribution to fellow anoraks but will skip the period things they apparently check for at Goodwood (non-PVC picnic sets, correct shade of roof lining, period correct wiper washer fluid colour etc).
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PostPost by: 661 » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:25 pm

Frogelan wrote:Hello Dave (and all reading!),

I will endeavour to take photos of all the cars as it will be an impressive turn out. I'll try to look at the corresponding VIN numbers if I can for 26Rs as requested.

In particular, I will try to check out the other FAQs here:

- dash pads
- FIA legal single adj dampers and spring platforms
- dynamos (FIA requirement) or alternators
- plywood dashboards

I'll draw up a little table for pm distribution to fellow anoraks but will skip the period things they apparently check for at Goodwood (non-PVC picnic sets, correct shade of roof lining, period correct wiper washer fluid colour etc).


Alloy gearbox casings.
Trouble is a lot of these cars got their passports up to 10 years ago and things have chnaged. Scrutineers on the day don't check that much.
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:10 am

This will probably be only of interest to the racers, but perhaps you should know that an Elan won outright the Spa 3 hour Race...beating the Cobras!

In fact there were 3 Elans in the top 4, and the 2nd Elan finished only 8 seconds short of the 1st

Following on from the Spa Classic, 10 days ago...here is a summary of who did what (in terms of the Elans):



Photos to follow...
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:30 am

Photo of the 3 Hour race winning Elan (Car N° 13 : Wilson/Pittard) prepared by Wolfe Racing:

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PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:36 am

Car N° 27: Barbot / Matos from Portugal. This car was the fastest Elan (by 5 hundreths of a second...) and finished just 8 seconds behind the leader shown above.

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PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:45 am

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This Shapecraft (car N° 10) driven by Schryver/Schryver/Weller) was 4th O/A and was fastest on the Kemmel straight (for an Elan) at 218.2 kmh (136mph).
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:54 am

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The very nicely prepared Adams/Griffin S2 (car N°42):
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:58 am

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Bond / Gormly S2 26R (original) finished 12th O/A. Excellent preparation and I think my favourite colour!
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PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:05 am

Ex-Foitek 26R which has been beautifully restored by Gerry Wainwright Racing.

It is very positive that the HTP inspectors have understood that many Elans in period raced with major body modifications:
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:15 am

Frogelan wrote:Ex-Foitek 26R which has been beautifully restored by Gerry Wainwright Racing.

It is very positive that the HTP inspectors have understood that many Elans in period raced with major body modifications:


I dont think it raced originally with the firewall modification that has enabled the engine with TTR modern headers to be pushed back in the chassis by around 50mm to improve the balance :shock:

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PostPost by: Frogelan » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:38 am

G'day Rohan

I had a long chat with Rob Wainwright who rebuilt this S1 R 22 for owner David Garrett. The body is apparently the original and the modifications seem to have happened later in 1967 (see Zurich Racing Car Show in November 1967 photo below):

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Other cars in the paddock had a similar modification.

Personally I would like to applaud David Garrett for going to the trouble of getting this car so carefully restored. There are other photos of the car if you did around on this link: https://forums.autosport.com/topic/2043 ... el-arches/
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:52 am

Frogelan wrote:This will probably be only of interest to the racers, but perhaps you should know that an Elan won outright the Spa 3 hour Race...beating the Cobras!

In fact there were 3 Elans in the top 4, and the 2nd Elan finished only 8 seconds short of the 1st

Following on from the Spa Classic, 10 days ago...here is a summary of who did what (in terms of the Elans):

Spa Summer Classic 2019 - results of Elans taking part.pdf


Photos to follow...


Really interesting data for a racer to see the variation in lap times and top speeds with tyres and racing series. On a fast circuit like Spa the big engine cars should blow away the Elans as they would be doing 250 kmh plus down the straight compared to the Elans 210kmh They would do that here in my class but i suspect the engine internals limits here allow the Panterras, Corvettes and Shelby Mustangs to get more than they can under FIA regs plus the lighter weights allowed in 26R replicas allow them to catch up with heavier big engine cars a bit in the corners and under brakes

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