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Castle Coombe 2007

PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Tue May 29, 2007 2:13 pm

Some pics of the Castle Coombe meet. Check out the Elite...hand painted park-bench green about 30 years ago. It's the one I wanted to take home!
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Tue May 29, 2007 2:19 pm

And a few more...
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Tue May 29, 2007 2:24 pm

And finally, a BRM Elan restored to perfection...the pics don't do it justice at all.
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PostPost by: tower of strength » Tue May 29, 2007 2:40 pm

You clearly had a busy day of it Mark!! Love the blue plus 2, any idea what the shade is? Also the 4 spoke revolutions on the red one look classy IMHO
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Tue May 29, 2007 2:51 pm

I think I had a better day than you did, reading your recent post! The colour is L02 - French Blue, and I agree, looks fab on early Elans and Plus 2 cars.

I recently acquired a set of the knock-on Revolutions for my BDA Plus 2...beware, if you buy a set, they come with spin-on adaptors to clear the suspension. If they don't have the adaptors, they won't fit. They are 6 x 14 inch and I agree there as well...the only other wheel to have!!
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PostPost by: steveww » Tue May 29, 2007 3:07 pm

Looks like you had good weather 8) We were totally washed out at home, it did not stop raining all day. Did it stay dry for you?
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Tue May 29, 2007 3:35 pm

Mark,

Thanks for all of the pictures.
I have a passion for Elites.
The picture of the "park bench green" Elite doesn't do it full justice though.
Do you run a dogs home :lol:
One great big pile of work needed there.
Aaah. Maybe one day.
The Elan S3 BRM was nice to say the least. How many of those were made?

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PostPost by: blackandgold » Tue May 29, 2007 3:35 pm

Great photos loved the patina on the green Elite looks well used also liked the black with gold stripe car which looked to be a Zetec one, always good to see a colourful collection of Elans and +2's

As far as the revolution wheels go are these still available new? and how will they effect the gearing been 14 inch
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Tue May 29, 2007 4:07 pm

I stood and looked over that Elite for about 30 minutes imagining the swan inside the ugly duckling. You're right John, every nut and bolt, but what a project! And a big bill from Miles Wilkins to get the body sorted I'm sure. But I want it...badly :shock: Yep, my place is rapidly becoming the home for neglected and unwanted Elans of all shapes and sizes. One or two mongrels, but mostly pedegree stuff! I could just squeeze an Elite in though.....

The Revolutions aren't available now, and neither are the adaptors. I found my set on eBay (of course) for a reasonable £170. They had only been on a road car, and then only for a couple of years. They do come up from time to time, as quite a few Elans and Plus 2s had them in the 70s. I'm sure they will alter the gearing, depending on what tyres are used, but I haven't tried them on the road yet.

And there was no rain, but the heavy clouds just gave the right sort of filter to give a more 3d effect on the pictures...great light. And a really good day.
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PostPost by: tower of strength » Tue May 29, 2007 10:44 pm

Elanintheforest wrote:I think I had a better day than you did, reading your recent post! The colour is L02 - French Blue, and I agree, looks fab on early Elans and Plus 2 cars.

I recently acquired a set of the knock-on Revolutions for my BDA Plus 2...beware, if you buy a set, they come with spin-on adaptors to clear the suspension. If they don't have the adaptors, they won't fit. They are 6 x 14 inch and I agree there as well...the only other wheel to have!!
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I wish I had gone to Coombe now!! The joys of hind sight!! I didn't realise the revs were 14s, that has put me off a bit, they still look the business IMHO, I feel that the 130 and minilites are a bit too bland/common if you see what I mean, the woolfies have a perverse 70's hairy chested/jacked up cortina appeal to them! I contacted Superlite about thier wheels by email, thier response to "are you able to supply 5 1/2" x 13" peg drive knock on rims to suit a 1970 Elan +2" was.. . . . . . .. "Yes", that was it, nothing else!!! Superlites are similar but subtley different to Minilites and I like them.

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PostPost by: niallf » Wed May 30, 2007 6:50 am

blackandgold wrote:Great photos loved the patina on the green Elite looks well used also liked the black with gold stripe car which looked to be a Zetec one, always good to see a colourful collection of Elans and +2's


Black & gold car was a Zetec, as is the Pistachio Green one 8)

Good to see you Mark. I had to disappear early, so missed some of the action later on.

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