Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
8/23/19 11:26 a.m.

Ever since the 1950s, there has been a cottage industry in England that has been building sports racers. Every year companies like Lola, Lotus, Elva and a handful of others tried to outdo each other in classes like G Modified in the U.S. and internationally in small-bore special racing around the g…

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ElvaRacingRoger New Reader
8/24/19 5:02 a.m.

While welcoming the feature on this interesting example of the successful ELVA Mk.VI series however a couple of points need clarification.  Regarding mid/rear engine racers built by ELVA, the '200' series Formula Junior cars were built for the 1960 season so predates the Mk.VI sports racer.  As for the Mk.VI build numbers, I hold details of the production details as recorded by the works General Manager which show 30 were produced.  Certainly the Climax FWA was the engine of choice, but the list also shows 'own Ford', Rytune A35, several 'no engine', Porsche 1500, and an Alfa powered car.  Did any 'extra' cars leave the factory .. who knows; have any 'replica' cars been built in more recent times .. possibly.  It is safe to say that official historic records show that 30 Mk.VI's left the Hastings workshops.  Worth mentioning that 60/01 had a much applauded first race at Brands Hatch on Boxing Day 1961 when Chris Ashmore nearly took the win from Graham Hill in a far more powerful Ferrari, and that car is still winning trophies today!  Without doubt "they go!!" 

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