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Donnington 2009-18th,19th April

PostPost by: ppnelan » Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:56 pm

Thanks for all the photos, esp. John :!: It's almost like being there... :lol:

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PostPost by: richard sprint » Sun Apr 19, 2009 8:55 pm

Thanks also for photos............
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PostPost by: johnsimister » Sun Apr 19, 2009 9:54 pm

I think I should add a pic of the untidiest Elan of all, that of my friend Bryan in which he and I scorched up the M1 to Donington on Saturday while my S3 Coupe languishes in cylinder headless pieces. Bryan's other old cars are temples of perfection but he wants to keep the Elan as it is because it's a piece of automotive archaeology. It has original (and ghastly) paint, a full history from day one including the build inspection certificate and every tank of fuel, and it drives beautifully. I give him two years max before he caves in and has the body done, but mechanically it's spot-on: new chassis in 1982 and little use since, and a QED engine rebuild.

Bryan has had several Elans before, all immaculate, and he used to race one which started life as an S4 coupe but, following an accident, was rebuilt as a virtual Sprint dhc. It currently languishes at a sports car emporium in Kent.

Great day on Saturday. Two highlights for me were seeing how busy Susan Miller's stand was, showing that there's lots of interest in our cars, and the drive back in which I drove Bryan's car the backroad route from the M1/A43 junction to Berkhamsted. May I commend the A413 between the A43 and Buckingham, which hardly ever seems to have much traffic. A perfect Elan road.

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:02 pm

Hey John- you think that one is untidy? Back in the 70's I nearly bought one from Chris Neil's which had three wheels and a wooden crutch. :twisted:

Thanks to everyone for posting Donington (only three "n"s, btw) photos; I was scheduled to go but ran out of brownie points. :cry:
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:57 pm

I, too, appreciate the photos. Thanks.

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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:03 am

Tons of thanks for all of those pictures to everybody.

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PostPost by: niallf » Mon Apr 20, 2009 10:52 am

john.p.clegg wrote:...and more....


The Scandal Green Elise in John's fine Donnington car park pictures was stolen from Newbury yesterday. If anyone spots it, please contact Pete, contact details in this SELOC thread, http://forums.seloc.org/viewthread.php?tid=213343

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PostPost by: niallf » Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:35 am

UPDATE:
Scandal Green Elise recovered, but damaged and two people arrested.
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PostPost by: r.agnew » Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:05 am

Seen in the Donington car park, who is this with an aversion to Spi(y)ders?? :)


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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:06 pm

Dear All

Have we got the owner of the plus2 with rear plastic bumper (black) on the forum?

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PostPost by: Old English White » Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:48 pm

The weather was with us , and I can't remember if I saw as much Elan's last years ...
Meet a few of us , and get the XGF 3G portfolio from Sadlotus , definitly something to do for "OEW" ... With his permission .
Here is some of my pictures ... A special Elan selection ...
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PostPost by: paddy » Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:06 pm

That last car (red, just above this post) looks interesting. The steering wheel and chrome gauges say S2 but the glove compartment says S1 ? Or were they all a bit random in these detals? Does anyone here own it?

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PostPost by: SADLOTUS » Tue Apr 21, 2009 11:24 pm

Do it Christian! Look forward to reading it.
Really nice to meet you, maybe we'll see you and 'Old English' next year?
Great piccies by the way.

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PostPost by: Old English White » Wed Apr 22, 2009 7:58 am

SADLOTUS wrote:Do it Christian! Look forward to reading it.
Really nice to meet you, maybe we'll see you and 'Old English' next year?
Great piccies by the way.

Paul


I will , Paul .
Next year should be the year for "OEW" ... if Donnninngtonn stay around this date .
Because I don't want to do it alone I still need to convince myself , son , brother and friends that it is the best to do .
Drive across is at least 3 long journeys trip and a need a minimum of preparation . Not as usual.
But for the price of the "Untidiest piece of Elan archeology", this must be great fun. :mrgreen:
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