Today, Paul and Rick took Michael Argetsinger's 1973 Elden Mk10B to the Geneva Concours d'Elegance in Geneva, Illinois.
It was the first outing of the car since its restoration under Paul's meticulous eye, and undoubtedly was the car's first ever Concours outing.
Forty-eight years after Michael trekked across Europe with the Elden, carrying the colors of American Express in the series he managed, his former car took home the SCCA Chicago Region Diamond Award for historical significance.
And it was a unanimous vote by the judges. It says a lot about Michael, Elden racing cars and Formula Ford competition as a whole.
Special thanks to Bob Stone for helping get us an entry this Spring, and as always to everyone who has supported this restoration. Its all for Mike, and we're so glad the car was so well received today.
[Brian Brown Photos]
If you've enjoyed the progress over the past 23 months since it showed up, come see Michael's Elden Mk10B this Sunday at the Geneva Concours d'Elegance in Geneva, Illinois.
We have a laundry list of thank yous for our restoration of Michael Argetsinger's 1973 Elden Mk10B, in no particular order but with all my humble thanks to Josh Ashby, Bill Green, the late Peter Argetsinger, David Kettler, Paul Pfanner, Frank Del Vecchio, Shippert Racing Services, Scott Young Enterprises, Larry Haynes, James Buckton, Danny Stanzl, Tim Woelk, Brian Brown, the IMRRC, Allen Brown, Two Dogg Inc., Andy Antipas, Advanced Engine Concepts, Lee Green, Joe Marcinski, Joby Graham, Maureen Harris, Werth Racing Enterprises, the Hampsheir family and finally Foerster Signs.
I must also add my parents who backed this effort 110% and to Paul Jay, who as always, is a magician. If you saw what this started as, you would have most likely questioned why we would go through such an effort- but the reason was simple- Michael Argetsinger. Paul did what Paul does, and he did it to the same effectiveness of the Eagles that we campaign. 10/10ths all the way.
Best of luck to our friends at Top Gun Racing this weekend at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Look for their #75 Dallara/Chevy to be driven by R.C. Enerson. You can't miss their effort- the blue-and-yellow lightning bolt livery echoes the look of the Johnny Lightning specials, but with a 21st century feel.
Team owners Bill and Stephanie Throckmorton came by KMPR in June to see our shop as well as our 1973 Grant King Racers Kingfish, which holds a great meaning to them as the caretakers of the Grant King Racers shops in Brownsburg, Indiana.
We just took delivery of the Hewland LG500 gearbox for the restoration, which will soon be coupled to Drake-Offy #503, the final Offy John Martin built in his amazing lifetime, which was done at the GKR shops in 2019.
All the best from your friends in Wisconsin!
We had never seen an FF bicycling on two wheels before. But apparently, Elden Mk10A AM73-49 was captured doing so at Edmonton in 1973 with ace driver Mike Atkin behind the wheel.
We've been in touch with Atkin over the weekend and he has been super helpful sharing his photos and knowledge regarding the car and his time throwing it around Edmonton, Gimli and other tracks in Alberta.
This was the chassis that was too far gone to restore, but was instead used in pieces for the restoration of Michael Argetsinger's Mk10B, oddly numbered '140/1' - and thus, we merged the serial numbers to account for both cars in the final build.
Not everything that ceases to be as a whole fails to live on, echoing the past.
The mighty, mighty Aston Martin from the BSport Racing squadron has arrived.
Paul Jay has given it his blessing, mainly due to it partial Bavarian DNA.
It shall triumph soon at Road America.
It seems the donor Elden chassis (AM73-49) that was cannibalized to fix Michael Argetsinger's former Elden (140/1) was none-other than Mike Atkin's former Falconer-bodied flier from '73.
Atkin nearly won the CASC Runoffs in '73 if not for a Metso gearbox that got stuck in gear on the final lap. Here was another off-day at Westwood in '74.