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Rob Thornton/Graham Hill's Elan

PostPost by: ardee_selby » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:14 pm

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Rob,

Are you still out there? What news on Hill's Elan?

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PostPost by: jono » Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:23 pm

Rob is still out there and still has the Hill Elan but I don't think he posts on here any longer.

...the car, as far as I'm aware, is still un restored.
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:03 pm

I see that Rob didn't get around to posting up the picture...here it is

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PostPost by: richard sprint » Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:18 pm

Was the IWR garage situated in Woodhouse Road in Friern Barnet a mile or two from North Finchley?

The building looks familar (close to The Triumph' public house) I used to work in Woodhouse Road from 72 to 79 and the word Wood? seems to be on the wall...?
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PostPost by: Elanintheforest » Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:40 pm

It was 236 Woodhouse Road, Richard....Eagle Eye!!

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PostPost by: richard sprint » Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:52 pm

Thank's Mark - It's got me thinking that just down the road in Temple Fortune, Gerry Marshall had a garage (and this would have been around 200 yards from Henly's garage on the North Circular).

Recall as a penniless 18 year old walking in to Marshalls garage to view some exciting car and that GM was observing this unlikely customer from a distance with not a welcoming look on his face...

Left pretty sharpish!

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PostPost by: billwill » Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:43 pm

Elanintheforest wrote:It was 236 Woodhouse Road, Richard....Eagle Eye!!

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They also had a showroom in East Finchley (in addition to the main workshop in Woodhouse Rd). It was from the showroom that I bought my Elan.
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PostPost by: dusty » Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:13 pm

My '68 Elan +2 was supplied new by IWR. Don't think it had any mods though - unfortunately.

Is that him with Hill in the picture?
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PostPost by: richard sprint » Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:56 pm

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Where was the showroom in East Finchley? I lived in a road nr the Muswell Hill cross roads from 75 to 79 and do not recall the showroom...


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Elanintheforest wrote:It was 236 Woodhouse Road, Richard....Eagle Eye!!

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They also had a showroom in East Finchley (in addition to the main workshop in Woodhouse Rd). It was from the showroom that I bought my Elan.
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PostPost by: billwill » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:01 pm

They did not run the showroom for long, just a year or so.

In the High Road, I don't recall exactly where. Probably near Leopold Rd.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&sourc ... 33088&z=15

I bought my car way back in March 1969.
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PostPost by: richard sprint » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:05 am

Bill

Thanks for map - I used to live in Lincoln Road and do remember a second hand car sales outlet close to leopald, quite a modern airy showroom and deep frontage quite close to a parade of shops and Esso garage on the corner.

Unusual for someone to still own the same car they purchased over 40 years ago - you must enjoy it...
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PostPost by: trw99 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:48 am

dusty wrote:My '68 Elan +2 was supplied new by IWR. Don't think it had any mods though - unfortunately.

Is that him with Hill in the picture?


If I recall correctly Ian Walker had a moustache and was, shall we say, portly. Not the same chap in that photo Mark posted, I suspect!

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PostPost by: billwill » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:27 pm

richard sprint wrote:
Unusual for someone to still own the same car they purchased over 40 years ago - you must enjoy it...



I do when she is working.. Though it has spent quite a lot of time off the road for one reason or another..


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She consumes all my money and
Every 10 years wants a new coat.

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PostPost by: billwill » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:47 pm

I looked at my invoice 3/3/1969, but Ian Walker's didn't bother to print stationery with the showroom address on it.

But looking at Google Street view I think the showroom was more south than I first mentioned, I know it was in among the shops, so I think it was probably on the corner of Beresford road, and is shown on Google as an Abbey bank.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&sourc ... 51.78,,0,5
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PostPost by: richard sprint » Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:09 pm

Bill

This Natwest branch has been my bank since 1979 and lincoln road is opposite!

I recall changing from Barclays because I needed an overdraft of 2k to back a small business venture at the time, the only asset I had to my name was a 1963 3.8 E type jag that I had saved like mad to own by the age of 25 - the manager of Nat West on hearing I had this car suggested I take him round to see it - which as mentioned was just across the road.

On the strength of this he signed the overdraft and I had much to thank him for at the time - how things change in the business world - the good old friendly bank manager!!!

I later sold the etype to finance my current business now 27 years old!
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