Today, after a two year restoration with Paul Jay's many talents making it all come together, we had our first test with the Elden Mk10B our late friend Michael Argetsinger raced in Europe in 1973.
As suspected with any restoration, we had a few small issues with the car we remedied throughout the day, and a gearbox issue that meant the final session was taken in only third gear.
In that final session, I went for it on a drying track surface, and the Elden was ridiculously quick despite only using that one gear- we had to find out what the car had, even if I had to lug it through some of the slower corners Blackhawk Farms features. I think Michael would have been pleased his old ride still has magic in it.
What a fun little car. Tons of grip, kart-like positive steering that begs you to stomp on the throttle, letting the back of the car say hello at various angles, and is super quick in its reactions when you modulate the pedals.
As I've thought digging through history and results from overseas, the Hampsheir's penciled a dynamite little Formula Ford for treaded tyres.
Special thanks to Paul Jay, Jeff Werth, Alan Burke, Ron Nelson and Bill Nesius for making the trek to Blackhawk today.
It was a day I'll never forget.
The Elden is all prepped and ready for next Friday at Blackhawk Farms, my favorite track.
A lot to shake out, but even more to honor.
Rick Dresang and Gary Welk got KMPR'S 1972 All American Racers Eagle #7225 set up at this weekend's American Speed Festival. Come say hello!
We had the wonderful opportunity to meet with Lotus Seven legend Chris Beebe today. Chris is wealth of knowledge, humor and goodwill in all things car related and was an absolute delight. What we have learned from Chris will go a long way in our restoration of #SB1290.
Ian Raby in the Envoy Mk1 leading fellow Formula Junior driver Mike Spence in a Cooper T52 at the 1960 BARC Goodwood International, held on April 18, 1960.
Raby would have turned 100 this week.
Instead, he died due to a bad blood transfusion following his Formula 2 accident at Zandvoort on July 30, 1967. He lived to see his 46th birthday on September 22nd that year, but perished on November 7th.
Raby had a highly successful car sales business in Brighton, England that allowed him to race in F1 prior to his accident. Among the cars he sold and exported to the United States was a then-red painted Lotus 7 #SB1290 in the Fall of 1963.
Happy century mark 'Puddle Jumper' (A nickname he acquired for the low right height on many of his cars.)
Earlier in 2021, we were fortunate to acquire some items from the Phil Hill collection. Among them was the trophy that Hill and Mike Spence earned for pole position with Jim Hall's Chaparral 2F at the 1967 Nurburgring 1000 km. Dad got done restoring the trophy today, which is uniquely dimpled like a golf ball.
With the trophy came the armband Hill wore during the race, where the Chevrolet-powered #4 suffered gearbox issues after 12 of the 44 laps in the storied event.
They are amazing additions to the Kettle Moraine Preservation & Restoration collection.