Lotus Elan

An Elan heads West

PostPost by: Allison » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:29 pm

Hi guys - the grand Route 66 story starts now! Tuesday I liberated the Elan from a warehouse in Newark then took the Interstates to Lake Erie. Wednesday the highways to Valparaiso - having been to the Chilean version I had to come here as well. Tomorrow to Chicago and Friday to Springfield IL. I have booked the car to be on display at the Show but have no real idea what that entails!
And Sunday off we go again. The car is doing well after 4 weeks in a container and then two days driving at ......speed limits (!) and the heat of Indiana - if I was a car would I prefer a container?

Anyway may see some of you on the way. I will be doing notes on my website at www.rallyelan.com - but I haven't started yet!

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PostPost by: RichC » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:12 am

just been looking at your website . Fascinated by your past travel stories! can't wait to hear about route 66 trek !
bon voyage!
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:26 am

What show is in Springfield, IL?
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PostPost by: elaninfuture » Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:27 pm

Thanks for the link about your travels. One request-- can you give us a section on the site about the car? I'd love to learn more about it. And more about you, too. What possessed you to rally an Elan?
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PostPost by: tvacc » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:37 pm

Would have loved to have had you stop by in Buffalo NY.....should have let us know you were coming through.

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PostPost by: Bill » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:49 pm

Peter / Allison

Drive safely and enjoy. We will follow your trip.

Your bunk and a home cooked meal is ready when you get here.

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PostPost by: StressCraxx » Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:59 pm


We are looking forward to seeing you in the SF Bay Area too!

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PostPost by: Elan45 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:24 pm

And if you can make it to central Ohio, you are welcome here. I've done some longer trips in my Elans but nothing as long as you've done and are doing. I used to do stage rallies in a Datsun, so I can appreciate some of your earlier adventures. My son and I just returned from towing our Lotus Formula Jr. out to Monterey and back, much of the trip on Rt 66 or the Interstate right beside Rt 66.

Good luck on your travels and hope to see you both as you head back east.

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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:01 am

Peter, glad to hear you had no problems getting through customs at the port of Newark. And you have warm dry weather for the start of your trip. Enjoy and keep us posted!

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PostPost by: Allison » Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:52 am

Hi all, Thank for all your comments - I'll do a page about why we started rallying an Elan - but it might take while!
The show in Springfield IL was organised by Family Events and called itself the 16th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival. Some people we spoke to had come for the first time, others came in large groups with all sorts of whacky cars - custom built, classics and modern Some drove there but a lot came in trailers

I look forward to seeing some of you shortly and apologise that I could not see those of you back east

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