ECURIE SCALPEL NEWS - AUGUST 2004

GENERAL TEAM UPDATE

This time of the year all historic motor race fans start looking towards Goodwood and the extraordinary event which is the Revival Meeting hosted by the Earl of March and his team. Since 1998 this unique event has grown in stature to the point where it is simply the greatest celebration of historic motor racing anywhere in the world. Strictly by invitation, gaining an entry is the first step and for our modest team this is never easy. In the last three years we have run the Elva 300 Formula Junior, the Elva Mk7S-BMW and last year the Anglo-American F1 Cooper. The Cooper came courtesy of the remarkable and generous Ean Pugh and the story of that eventful weekend was told before on the web site.

After what seems like an age of negotiations we have just had our 2004 entry confirmed – once again down to the wonderful Mr. Pugh. Sadly the Juniors were not eligible this year (the Lotus is on for 2005) and the Elva was struggling to be accepted – even though this year the Revival celebrates the contribution of BMW to motor sport. Only three days ago we were told that our entry had been accepted driving the very rare Crossle Prototype.

The story of this unusual car is worth telling briefly. John Crossle started his career building racing cars at Hollywood, Co. Down near Belfast in 1957and naturally started building a series of specials. However he gained international repute building Formula Ford cars which won many championships all over the world. In 1964 he also built sport racing cars with 1600cc and 2 litre engines – quite like the Elva Mk7S actually. A friend and customer – Gerry Kinnane – wanted more power though and so was born the prototype with a big Ford V8 in the back. The care went on to race almost continuously in Ireland and the UK (including at Goodwood) in the Guards Championships before being bought by Ean Pugh at auction. By now the engine was a 5 litre Chevrolet and power had gone over the 500bhp mark!

Running on narrow period Dunlop tyres this looks like being an interesting proposition to say the least! Ean usually runs the car on more modern rubber as he says it is difficult to keep on the black stuff otherwise. However Goodwood demands cars to be in period specification so Dunlop’s all round it is. The ever faithful Don has collected the car from deepest Wales and the race is no on to get it ready for its appearance in the Whitsun Race at the Revival. This is the last race of the weekend and is for the big bangers with no less than seven Ford GT40’s taking part and driven by three former Le Mans winners. Those of you who can make it to this event should not blink.

Elsewhere the team will appear at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park running the Elva-BMW in the Group 4 races and work continues on the Surtees TS8 F5000 car. We had originally planned to debut the TS8 at this event but time and budget finally put paid to this after a big struggle. In fact the car is almost ready and will be shaken down at Leconfield within the next six weeks. It might make an end of season appearance or maybe wait until next year depending on the pennies.

Come and say hello at Oulton – probably the second best meeting after Goodwood – or at the Revival Meeting. However, if you are at Goodwood don’t forget the period outfit!!

 

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