Lotus Elan

Modified elan racing 1977- 78

PostPost by: steveh » Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:49 pm

Not sure if these have been seen before -apoligies if they have ! .
These were recently pointed out to me by a pal who raced and took part [not Lotus].



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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:35 pm

Great video. I believe they were called "Modsports" at the time. There is one owned by Rich Kamp at Kampena Motors in Sonoma, CA.
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PostPost by: batfish » Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:09 pm

Gino was having an Ark Elan built but not seen any posts from him recently.
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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:14 am

Great videos, thanks for posting.

They capture the 70s club motor sport scene as I remember it, cold, wet and all a bit grim. I never camped at a circuit, I can only imagine how that must have been.

From the perspective of 2021, the aerodynamic bodywork (if that's the word for it) all looks very amateur. I wonder if it actually did any good. It may be the camera angles, but the cars don't seem to be going all that fast - which is probably a good thing given the state of the track.
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PostPost by: seniorchristo » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:17 am

Those are some butchered up Elans! Reminds me of the Dekon Monzas in 70's Trans Am races.
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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:11 pm

Great period film! Had to laugh at the aero mods done to the cars. And the amount of body roll in the corners.

Very much “backyard” mechanics with limited budgets. Note the lack of crash protection inside the cars, only a roll hoop. No side or front crash protection. And the guy with the pipe in his mouth handing over the fuel cell in the rear of the Elan. Safety was pretty much ignored. Never the less, a dedicated bunch that was always enthusiastic about Motorsports!

I remember going to racing events during that time frame at Watkins Glen in the US. I would camp out at the circuit on a regular basis. As a spectator, you could go anywhere. No fencing, just Armco for the cars in corners. Those were the days.
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