Lotus Elan

VW Lotus Team transporter pic

PostPost by: baileyman » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:50 pm

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PostPost by: elansprint71 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:00 pm

Posted a day late! :roll:
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PostPost by: prezoom » Tue Apr 02, 2019 3:37 pm

I actually used to transport my FV on the back of a VW Combi. The belly boxes were a great place for parts storage. Even with a warmed over engine, it was a rolling chicane on hills. If it was a boat, it would have been marked as a hazard to navigation.
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PostPost by: rcfurse » Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:50 pm

There was a wonderful picture in Motor Sport to accompany an article written about a London Cabbie who went into racing late in life. The picture was of a VW Combi with a SuperVee on it and the article was entitled "How to get ahead in motor racing".
The driver was Ronnie Grant. The two mechanics were two young chaps called Patrick Head and John Barnard!
Ronnie was pretty good. Used to hold his own or beat a chap called A Senna in his day.
I'll find the photo and post it.
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PostPost by: Esprit2 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:47 pm

In the original link...
https://bringatrailer.com/2019/04/01/sn ... 2019-04-02

With April Fool's Day safely behind us, can anyone accurately identify the Type Number of the car who's nose is sticking out of the canvas?

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PostPost by: Elan45 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:51 am

Its gotta be a 20 or a 22. I suppose it could be a 27, but I think by 1963, the team was being run by someone else, not Team Lotus. I also, w/o verifying my words think that Team was running multiple cars by '62 and probably w/ a multi car transport, so this leads me to believe the photo is a 20.

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PostPost by: Davidb » Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:37 pm

Pete Lovely used to bring his Lotus 49 to races on the back of one!
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PostPost by: ElliottN » Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:51 am

Couple more on Kombi's - FW07 #27 (with a 49 in Gold Leaf colours behind) and Pete Lovely's 49 (#25, in front of the Team Lotus Gold Leaf transporter)......
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:39 am

I really love these photos

These days you see a huge transporter more like whats used for a modern F1 and orders of magnitude better than any of these for a amateur ( but rich amateur) couple of Porches turning up at historic sports car race !!!

My Elan on the back of a trailer pulled by my 20 year old Landcruiser that I role it off is more like the generation of the photos true historic racing :lol:

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PostPost by: baileyman » Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:20 pm

Revisiting this thread to ask, how the heck did guys get their cars up on these high transporters?

I suppose 4 to 6 guys could simply list an open wheeler. But they also carried sports cars. I have found one non-Lotus transporter pic with tracks snaking out on trestles, but that sure looked unreliable. So how they loaded and uploaded is a mystery to me. John
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PostPost by: prezoom » Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:08 pm

Ramps, tucked in below the car. Used to carry my FV that way.
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