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How is wind protection on a DHC for long-distance events?

PostPost by: collins_dan » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:27 pm

I have a roll bar and had a clear plexi wind deflector. It did some good. I took it off as I have some cleaning up to do on the roll bar (still covered in padding and electrical tape from the 70's). Once that is done, I will put it back on. Dan
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PostPost by: clivetonge » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:45 am

I can still remember parking up for lunch in Bordeaux in the early eighties. Got back to the car (S3 DHC) and couldn't touch the steering wheel or the seats. And yes I was in shorts. So towel on seat and gloves! Maybe that's why there's not many native convertibles in southern France……..
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PostPost by: tdskip » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:44 am

Top up when parked for lunch - got it!

How are the tops actually? Easy to use / fit?
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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:06 pm

Series 3, 4 and Sprint tops are easy to erect and effective, provided they have been fitted correctly in the first place. Their fixed windows also help in this regard.

There have been previous discussions here on fitment of wind deflectors. Easier if there is a roll over bar, a little more work required to make up a bespoke version. As has been mentioned one sits low enough in an Elan for the back draught to be less troublesome than in many other cars.

Of course on very long journeys what may be an insignificant distraction on a short drive can become magnified. I've always carried a long sleeved, long collared jacket, scarf (silk polka dot, of course!), gloves and a hat in my open cars. They can be used or not depending on temperature, sun, mood and so on.

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PostPost by: tdskip » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:45 pm

Thanks Tim. Having layers does help.

I apparently need to upgrade my scarf collection. Grin.

Thanks for all of the responses here.
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PostPost by: elanner » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:33 pm

A pair of ear plugs can make long drive with the roof down much less tiring.

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PostPost by: Keith Scarfe » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:10 pm

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PostPost by: Davidb » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:15 pm

I tried a full height one-right up to the roll bar--and it worked but I didn't like the look of it. This was in heat up to 40 deg. Minimal wind buffeting. If you have a good radiator that is not a problem but it is till very hot! I have done most of my 1000+ mile trips with a hardtop in place.
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PostPost by: tdskip » Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:28 pm

Neat, and it looks like I need to upgrade my hat!
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:37 pm



exactly what I did to my Elan..... M100 Elan that is. :lol:
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:46 pm

tdskip wrote:I live in Southern California so warmer weather and cockpit temperatures warrant some consideration.


But you don't have the humidity like we do here in the southeast. It's scary!
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:18 am

No problems driving long distance with the top down. Very happy driving like this.
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PostPost by: tdskip » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:09 am

It’s a dry heat!

Darn, that looks like fun.
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