After just over six months work – it was meant to be six weeks – the new Formula Junior is ready for action (or almost). Last week Don Haldenby completed the final jobs many of which only appeared as the car was undergoing final assembly and this week will see the car running at Leconfield Airfield for a final shakedown. Hopefully all will go well because we are entered into the FJ race at Donington on Sunday!

As promised the car has been turned out in its original orange livery – as it raced in New Zealand in 1962 – and it certainly looks pretty striking. Sadly we will not have much time to go testing or anything sophisticated like that but with races at Donington and then Cadwell two weeks later we should be able to get some idea about its performance. This week, all being well, we will put the car on the rolling road for final engine and carb adjustment.

As for the Elva MK7S the rush to complete the work will be even more hectic. The engine has only just returned from Lester Owen having been stripped and dyno tested. All was well, according to Lester, who has treated the lump to some new bearings and a fancy new double cam chain. The new body is “in the post” and has yet to be delivered so the next two events will see the car racing in old clothes. We are aiming to have the new body and new brake system in place for the Donington Historic Festival on the May Bank Holiday weekend (May 4-5). This event includes two endurance events so we are hopeful for some good mileage there – and perhaps maybe even a good result. We are in negotiations over the second driver for these events so watch this space.


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