Lotus Elan

Two Different Racing Venues

PostPost by: lance54 » Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:40 pm

Two very very different venues for racing my Elan.

June at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.....

http://youtu.be/xYJhLOHkQvs

Gridded 6th. Finished 3rd.

July at Schenley Park Pittsburgh PA.....First and Last Laps.

http://youtu.be/z2ffH-nBsf0

Gridded 12th because of just one lap in qualifying. Finished 4th on this tricky street circuit. No guard rails or catch fence here just curbs, stone walls, trees and light poles....Old School Street Racing.
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PostPost by: lotocone » Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:16 am

Thanks for posting the videos. I enjoyed both of them. The stone walls, curbs, and trees along the Pittsburgh course would scare me.
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PostPost by: Karter7 » Tue Jul 28, 2015 11:26 am

Hi lance,
Great video.
Love the street circuit. I have seen quite a few videos of that circuit.
The ps1800 at Indy seemed quick.
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PostPost by: dgym » Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:39 am

Lance, you should put "Lotus Elan" in your video titles so that more people (like me) can find them when they do youtube searches for their favourite car :)
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PostPost by: lance54 » Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:44 am

One more.......this time the beautiful natural terrain road course at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham Alabama.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhfWUocyLrQ

I will add Lotus Elan to the Youtube Titles.....thanks for the suggestion.
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:48 pm

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PostPost by: dgym » Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:47 am

wow what happened at 5.40 in that last video, you just blasted by everyone!
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PostPost by: lance54 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:05 pm

Thanks for posting the PVGP Photos. The paddock at Schenley Park is such a wonderful place. Away from the track noise with the cars all displayed along the cul-d-sac.

Sorry we missed each other, visits with fellow Elan owners are always welcome.
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PostPost by: lance54 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:10 pm

Regarding the Barber race at 5.40. The Europa (T47 spec) slowed abruptly and all the other cars just backed off. At first I thought that a yellow flag was out but since so flag was in sight I just motored by everyone. The red Elan re-passed me 3 laps later.

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PostPost by: bigvalvehead » Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:25 pm

Hi Clark
Was the red Elan 26-S2-29?
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PostPost by: lance54 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:10 pm

Nice to hear from you Dave,

Yes. 26-S2-29. Now owned by Robert Bodin form Minnesota.

It has been active on both the East and West Coasts over the past 20 years with several owner/drivers.

Always well prepared and quick.

Here we are sidie-by-side at Lime Rock Park last September.....

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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 3:51 pm

Clark,
Thanks for all of the great video. I have not made it to the Pittsburgh races yet and I muttered "holy crap" to myself quite a few times watching your laps there. Now I understand why Dick Fryberger's Elite body shell was as good as written off after a shunt there several years ago. Hopefully I'll see you at LRP in a few weeks.
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PostPost by: elancoupe » Tue Aug 04, 2015 5:02 pm

The LOG was held in Pittsburgh in 1985, in conjunction with the PVGP. On race morning, we were to have 3 parade laps of the circuit. Rather foolishly, they sent us out without a pace car - you can imagine what ensued. :). They got everyone stopped after a lap and a half, it was great fun.

The rock walls, curbs and straw bale clad light poles certainly make you assess your capabilities. I saw an Elite hit the bank some years ago , not pretty. I don't know if was the same car that Russ referred to.
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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:00 pm

elancoupe wrote:I saw an Elite hit the bank some years ago , not pretty. I don't know if was the same car that Russ referred to.


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Yellow with a green stripe that flared out across the nose? If so, that was Dick Fryberger. He is very skilled and competitive but got put off the road by another driver. It took a long time but his Elite was put back together and returned to the fray.
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