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.