ECURIE SCALPEL NEWS - SEPTEMBER 2002

OUT WITH THE OLD - IN WITH THE NEW.

With the season drawing to a close plans are already forming for next year! We have one or two events still to come although only with the MK7S. The reason for this is that we have to say a sad farewell to the Formula Junior 300 Elva! Yes, it has been sold after appearing alongside some seriously expensive machinery at the Bonhams auction at the Goodwood Revival meeting. The car has been bought by Chris Drake who plans to race it in 2003. He has certainly bought a car with a good history that will gain entries to the best events. In addition the car is in perfect condition so the best of wishes go to Chris and the car.

As one car leaves another arrives – isn’t that always the story!! We have purchased a very interesting Lotus Formula Junior and the story will appear here over the next six months. Briefly though – the car is a “20B” having left the factory with the upright engine of the 20 series but with the rear suspension of the 22. It was delivered new to Mike Costin of Cosworth fame mainly as an experimental car. The experiment? It was planned to run these cars with a Lotus Twin Cam (1600cc) in the back. There is excellent documentation about this period of the cars life before it went on a foreign journey. It was bought to race in the Tasman series in Australia and New Zealand alongside such greats as Jim Clark, Chris Amon and Graham Hill. We have magazine articles from the time showing the car taking part in these races running the twin cam engine. Consequently the car has FIA papers allowing it run in this specification as well as its Formula Junior guise.

The car then returned to the UK and was raced for some time by Brian Hart (of engine maker fame) – once again as a Junior – before leaving for the USA. It has only been back in the UK for the last 3 years and has been undergoing the most fastidious restoration under the expert hands of Cedric Brearley. It’s nearly all finished and we think could be on the track pretty quickly. I hope we can shake it down and get it set up properly before the end of the year in good time for 2003.

As far as the Mk7S is concerned the big project relates to body and brakes. There’s noting for it – we need a new body. The old one is looking pretty tired by now as it should being about 10 years old. New ones are available from Roger Dunbar at the Elva Club and are made from the original moulds. Once the cash is raised the order will be placed and the car will be transformed in appearance.

I think we should go for alloy brake callipers over the winter. They are horrendously expensive but make a big difference and of course are much lighter. The work never finishes but after the first year it is time to improve things.

 

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