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London-Dakar Elan Photo

PostPost by: archigator » Wed Jan 26, 2005 12:32 am

There's now a photo of the Elan skimming across the desert. Go to the
London to Dakar site, and click on the report for Day 15. Very
cool! They're still in it! I'd like to know what kind of
modifications they made to that car.

Gary
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Some friends, Peter and Allison Cotes, are doing the London -
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4x4s.....Check up on their progress at http://www.londontodakar.com/
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PostPost by: Bill » Thu Jan 27, 2005 5:33 am

I have just watched the Dakar stages 14 to end on the satellite channel,
seems all emphasize is on bikes, factory Volkswagen and Mitsubishi teams.
Absolutely no mention of the ?lan let alone the Morris Minor, guess I will
check the site for placing, the goodwood revival on the speed channel was
neat though.

Keep your stick on the ice

B
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There's now a photo of the Elan skimming across the desert. Go to the
London to Dakar site, and click on the report for Day 15. Very
cool! They're still in it! I'd like to know what kind of
modifications they made to that car.

Gary
'71 Elan Sprint
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Hi all,

Some friends, Peter and Allison Cotes, are doing the London -
Daker rally right now in their Elan. In with all the big

4x4s.....Check up on their progress at http://www.londontodakar.com/










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PostPost by: M100 » Thu Jan 27, 2005 8:25 am

On Wed, 26 Jan 2005 21:32:54 -0800, Bill Rathlef <***@***.***>
wrote:

I have just watched the Dakar stages 14 to end on the satellite channel,
seems all emphasize is on bikes, factory Volkswagen and Mitsubishi teams.
Absolutely no mention of the ?lan let alone the Morris Minor, guess I will
check the site for placing, the goodwood revival on the speed channel was
neat though.

Wrong rally Bill. The "Paris-Dakar" which is now the Barcelona-Dakar
sounds like the one you will have seen (factory
Volkswagens/Mitsubishis/Nissans etc plus the big Mercedes and Scania
trucks)

This is has no connection with the Plymouth-Dakar or the London-Dakar
except the final destination.


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PostPost by: cotescalvi at aol.com » Sun Feb 06, 2005 2:26 pm

Gary

In Rally trim we run on 165 van tyres, +2 suspension wound a long way up, a
modified exhast with 2 silencers under the car (now even more modified since
Morocco as it is held on with welded chain - our French is improving), 50% water
/anti freeze mix, a boot full of spares,assorted fluids and 2 small carrier
bags of clothes.
In the desert we were one of only 2 2WD`s not to be pulled out of the sand,
us and the Rally winner in a Peugeot 205.
Trying to find another Rally to do but the Beijing-Paris in 2007 is out of
our price bracket.
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PostPost by: archigator » Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:35 am

Fantastic! Did you run with the original twin cam? What kind of
engine/drivetrain modifications did you do? Did you have a stock gas
tank? Was your fuel supplied by rally organizers, and therefore
consistent in quality, or was it purchased locally along the way?

I was just wondering today if you had to pack all of your gear in
the "boot," including your clothes. I guess you did. I assume you
had no back-up wagon full of spares following you along then ;-) I
barely have room in my Elan "boot" for rags and polish at a car show,
much less 20 days worth of gear and parts.

I imagine the night of camping under the stars in the desert was
something else as well. What a memorable trip. I envy you both.

Gary
'71 Elan Sprint (never been stuck in the sand either!)
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Gary

In Rally trim we run on 165 van tyres, +2 suspension wound a long way
up, a modified exhast with 2 silencers under the car (now even more
modified since Morocco as it is held on with welded chain - our
French is improving), 50% water /anti freeze mix, a boot full of
spares,assorted fluids and 2 small carrier bags of clothes. In the
desert we were one of only 2 2WD`s not to be pulled out of the sand,
us and the Rally winner in a Peugeot 205. Trying to find another
Rally to do but the Beijing-Paris in 2007 is out of our price bracket.

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PostPost by: cotescalvi at aol.com » Mon Feb 07, 2005 10:32 pm

Gary

The car is actually an S3 1967. Original twin cam engine, no mods to it or
the drive train. Standard fuel tank, but at Cap Tafarit in Mauritania the
organisers had arranged fuel out of decrepit oil drums so we used a filter there.
We retard the ignition and stuff in whatever we can find on the way. It has
hardened valve seats to run on unleaded but 2 years ago on the Targa Tunisia it
ran extremely well on the leaded. Nice sturdy sump guard under it is the only
mod.

World Cup Rallies provide a couple of mobile workshops in 4x4 vehicles to
look after all the cars plus the organisers cars but you have to take all your
own spares, jacks, foot pumps. oil etc. and are expected to do your own work,
though they will help if they can. These guys are brilliant and will get you
going if you get stuck. They helped us out with our distributor problem and
when our clutch pipe melted because it was too close to the exhaust.
Because the exhaust is modified there is no silencer sticking out the back
so the boot has been lowered and the floor is level. I pack a spare tyre full
of spares there and on top of it a spare wheel with the tyre on.

Camping was ok but we had been told to provide our own tents - no chance in a
Lotus so we had one sleeping bag and managed to scrounge a blanket from a
4x4. Fortunately the organisers did provide some tents. 0600 and the camp was
woken by the sound of 4x4`s repairing suspension and lots of other things that
needed hammering.
I don`t pack, I stuff and everything has to be moved to get to eveything
else. If you go to shows you`d be horrified by the state of the Elan as there is
a hole in the floor under the passenger`s seat caused by a rock that got in my
way, where the wheel came off the wheel arch is damaged, the back is all
scratched where the tow truck in Midelt (Morocco) dragged us up to take us to a
local repair shop, the sand will still be in it next year and after the first
Rally we did, we still had Albanian mud caked on the chassis 18 months later.
Never mind we are off to collect that little car from the docks tomorrow and
have at least proved to the organiser that the car he did not want, could make
it. Thanks for your best wishes.
Allison
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PostPost by: "Henk Meijer" » Tue Feb 08, 2005 8:47 am

Please give me the web site.
Henk france S4 '70
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Subject: Re: [LotusElan.net] Re: London-Dakar Elan Photo



Gary

The car is actually an S3 1967. Original twin cam engine, no mods to it or
the drive train. Standard fuel tank, but at Cap Tafarit in Mauritania the
organisers had arranged fuel out of decrepit oil drums so we used a filter
there.
We retard the ignition and stuff in whatever we can find on the way. It has
hardened valve seats to run on unleaded but 2 years ago on the Targa Tunisia
it
ran extremely well on the leaded. Nice sturdy sump guard under it is the
only
mod.

World Cup Rallies provide a couple of mobile workshops in 4x4 vehicles to
look after all the cars plus the organisers cars but you have to take all
your
own spares, jacks, foot pumps. oil etc. and are expected to do your own
work,
though they will help if they can. These guys are brilliant and will get you
going if you get stuck. They helped us out with our distributor problem and
when our clutch pipe melted because it was too close to the exhaust.
Because the exhaust is modified there is no silencer sticking out the back
so the boot has been lowered and the floor is level. I pack a spare tyre
full
of spares there and on top of it a spare wheel with the tyre on.

Camping was ok but we had been told to provide our own tents - no chance in
a
Lotus so we had one sleeping bag and managed to scrounge a blanket from a
4x4. Fortunately the organisers did provide some tents. 0600 and the camp
was
woken by the sound of 4x4`s repairing suspension and lots of other things
that
needed hammering.
I don`t pack, I stuff and everything has to be moved to get to eveything
else. If you go to shows you`d be horrified by the state of the Elan as
there is
a hole in the floor under the passenger`s seat caused by a rock that got in
my
way, where the wheel came off the wheel arch is damaged, the back is all
scratched where the tow truck in Midelt (Morocco) dragged us up to take us
to a
local repair shop, the sand will still be in it next year and after the
first
Rally we did, we still had Albanian mud caked on the chassis 18 months
later.
Never mind we are off to collect that little car from the docks tomorrow and
have at least proved to the organiser that the car he did not want, could
make
it. Thanks for your best wishes.
Allison






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PostPost by: "Henk Meijer" » Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:08 am

Hello Allison,
On what website cann I find all the foto's of London-Dakar Rally
Thanks Henk France S4 70


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Gary

The car is actually an S3 1967. Original twin cam engine, no mods to it or
the drive train. Standard fuel tank, but at Cap Tafarit in Mauritania the
organisers had arranged fuel out of decrepit oil drums so we used a filter
there.
We retard the ignition and stuff in whatever we can find on the way. It has
hardened valve seats to run on unleaded but 2 years ago on the Targa Tunisia
it
ran extremely well on the leaded. Nice sturdy sump guard under it is the
only
mod.

World Cup Rallies provide a couple of mobile workshops in 4x4 vehicles to
look after all the cars plus the organisers cars but you have to take all
your
own spares, jacks, foot pumps. oil etc. and are expected to do your own
work,
though they will help if they can. These guys are brilliant and will get you
going if you get stuck. They helped us out with our distributor problem and
when our clutch pipe melted because it was too close to the exhaust.
Because the exhaust is modified there is no silencer sticking out the back
so the boot has been lowered and the floor is level. I pack a spare tyre
full
of spares there and on top of it a spare wheel with the tyre on.

Camping was ok but we had been told to provide our own tents - no chance in
a
Lotus so we had one sleeping bag and managed to scrounge a blanket from a
4x4. Fortunately the organisers did provide some tents. 0600 and the camp
was
woken by the sound of 4x4`s repairing suspension and lots of other things
that
needed hammering.
I don`t pack, I stuff and everything has to be moved to get to eveything
else. If you go to shows you`d be horrified by the state of the Elan as
there is
a hole in the floor under the passenger`s seat caused by a rock that got in
my
way, where the wheel came off the wheel arch is damaged, the back is all
scratched where the tow truck in Midelt (Morocco) dragged us up to take us
to a
local repair shop, the sand will still be in it next year and after the
first
Rally we did, we still had Albanian mud caked on the chassis 18 months
later.
Never mind we are off to collect that little car from the docks tomorrow and
have at least proved to the organiser that the car he did not want, could
make
it. Thanks for your best wishes.
Allison






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PostPost by: patrics » Tue Feb 08, 2005 3:22 pm

Hi Henk, you can find a photo at

http://www.londontodakar.com/

Then go to ?Results and Reports?
Then go to ?Report from Cap Tafarit - Day 15?

If there is any other photos / info then I would also like to know where
Regards
Steve- Day 15

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Hello Allison,
On what website cann I find all the foto's of London-Dakar Rally
Thanks Henk France S4 70


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Gary

The car is actually an S3 1967. Original twin cam engine, no mods to it or
the drive train. Standard fuel tank, but at Cap Tafarit in Mauritania the
organisers had arranged fuel out of decrepit oil drums so we used a filter
there.
We retard the ignition and stuff in whatever we can find on the way. It has
hardened valve seats to run on unleaded but 2 years ago on the Targa Tunisia
it
ran extremely well on the leaded. Nice sturdy sump guard under it is the
only
mod.

World Cup Rallies provide a couple of mobile workshops in 4x4 vehicles to
look after all the cars plus the organisers cars but you have to take all
your
own spares, jacks, foot pumps. oil etc. and are expected to do your own
work,
though they will help if they can. These guys are brilliant and will get you
going if you get stuck. They helped us out with our distributor problem and
when our clutch pipe melted because it was too close to the exhaust.
Because the exhaust is modified there is no silencer sticking out the back
so the boot has been lowered and the floor is level. I pack a spare tyre
full
of spares there and on top of it a spare wheel with the tyre on.

Camping was ok but we had been told to provide our own tents - no chance in
a
Lotus so we had one sleeping bag and managed to scrounge a blanket from a
4x4. Fortunately the organisers did provide some tents. 0600 and the camp
was
woken by the sound of 4x4`s repairing suspension and lots of other things
that
needed hammering.
I don`t pack, I stuff and everything has to be moved to get to eveything
else. If you go to shows you`d be horrified by the state of the Elan as
there is
a hole in the floor under the passenger`s seat caused by a rock that got in
my
way, where the wheel came off the wheel arch is damaged, the back is all
scratched where the tow truck in Midelt (Morocco) dragged us up to take us
to a
local repair shop, the sand will still be in it next year and after the
first
Rally we did, we still had Albanian mud caked on the chassis 18 months
later.
Never mind we are off to collect that little car from the docks tomorrow and
have at least proved to the organiser that the car he did not want, could
make
it. Thanks for your best wishes.
Allison






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PostPost by: theelanman » Tue Feb 08, 2005 4:55 pm

there is one in the gallery...
second row down...the brooklands paddock....
you can just see the rear bumper.....the rest of the car being hidden by some BMW 2002....
cheers
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PostPost by: cotescalvi at aol.com » Tue Feb 08, 2005 5:22 pm

re website londontodakar.com
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PostPost by: cotescalvi at aol.com » Tue Feb 08, 2005 5:26 pm

Also photos and daily reports from the Elan somewhere on

www.ilph.org

Allison
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PostPost by: cotescalvi at aol.com » Tue Feb 08, 2005 5:27 pm

Also photos and daily reports from the Elan somewhere on

www.ilph.org

Allison
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