The Chapman Report

July 1998

Published by the Golden Gate Lotus Club

PO Box 117303 Burlingame, CA 94011

www.gglotus.org


 

 

 

Lotus Calendar

 


July

4 All-Esprit 4th of July parade in Larkspur hosted by John Ridley.

11 The GGLC at the Drive-in movies, Newark

18 Meeting and club drive in Occidental sponsored by the Camachos

 

August

14-16 Monterey Historic races and Lotus paddock at Laguna Seca

22 Club drive through Santa Cruz mountains and meeting sponsored by Alan and Trish Duberley

30 Another ralleye in the Woodside hills sponsored by John Zender

 

September

7 Portland All British Field meet

12 Scott Fisherís annual DBTBM (Day Before The British Meet) tour

13 Palo Alto All British Car Meet and GGLC meeting

25-28 LOG (Lotus Owners Gathering) Atlanta

 

October

2-4 Club Drive to Reno sponsored by John Ridley

25 FIA Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca

 

December

12 GGLC Holiday party sponsored by John Ridley and Marjorie

 

 

Take your Lotus to the Drive-in

Saturday, July 11

 


Ok, this isnít the usual Lotus event, but it could be a lot of fun to see who actually shows up for this gig. Bring your car, a six pack, and the fuzzy dice.

Weíll meet in the Union City area around 8pm. Contact John Zender for exact time, show and meeting place. (650) 368-9105 motofab@wco.com

Weíll even have a special award for the one who can hide the most people in his Lotus.

 

 

All-Esprit 4th of July Parade

Saturday, July 4


The All-Esprit 4th of July parade in Larkspur is shaping up to be a very cool event for the wedge owners. Ridley already has over 10 cars lined up for the annual march down main street. If you own an Esprit and believe in America, you must be at this event.

 

John will also be planning some social activities including a possible BBQ or other feeding event. Participants will meet at the Corte Madera shopping center about 9 am. RSVP with John Ridley (415) 456-5242

 

 

July Meeting

Saturday, July 18, 1998

Marci and Don Camachoís - Occidental

 


The monthly meeting will be held in conjunction with the annual drive to Occidental sponsored by the Camachos.

 

See below for detailsÖ

 

 

Sonoma County Wine Taste, Picnic, Ride-n-Drive

Saturday, July 18


Last year the Camachos put on the most enjoyable Lotus event of the season., and this yearís event is sure to be even better. Hereís the details:

We'll meet at 11 am in Petaluma, and back-road it to Ferrari Carrano Winery for a quick walk through the garden and wine taste. Next, picnic at Lake Sonoma- bring your own picnic and drinks. Then weíll take the long,

winding, spectacular drive to the coast. - approximately 2.5 hours. After the drive weíll make a choice to head inland, or have dinner in Bodega Bay.

Meet 11:00am in Petaluma :

1. Take the last Petaluma exit (after Washington street) called "Pengrove ,Old Redwood Highway".

2. Bear right (East).

3. Take the first left at the light, and then the next left.

4. Go back by the Inn adjacent to 101.

5. Meet in the parking lot of "showcase of Motor Cars, 5101 Montero Way.

 

Call Marci for more info: 707-874-1958 or email Marci@sonic.net

 

 

Monterey Historics

August 14-16

 


Well its almost here Ė the premier vintage event of the year. Once again the GGLC will sponsor the Lotus corral down near turn 2. We need to confirm a minimum of 35 tickets for each day, so get those orders in by July 8. Prices are as follows: Friday $25, Saturday $40, Sunday $35, Saturday/Sunday combo $60, Friday/Saturday/Sunday combo $75 . This is a substantial discount compared to the gate price and should make up for the fact that VW, uh, I mean Porsche is the honored marque.

So letís all show up and see the tiny green and yellow machines blow by them old sauerkrauts.

Please contact Daren Stone for your ticket requests by July 8. (408) 527-5044 or dastone@cisco.com

 

 

Drive in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Saturday, August 22

 


Here is some early warning info on the August 14th drive and meeting. The plans are to drive through the Santa Cruz mountains, winding up at our house for a cookout and meeting. The August issue will have all the route details and also directions on how to reach our house if you want to skip the drive and just come for the lunch and meeting.

 

Trish and I drove the route and it takes about 2 hours. We will leave from West Valley College in Saratoga about 10:30 am. All the roads are paved, but as is common in the mountains, there are more than a few potholes on some of the lesser traveled roads. The drive will not be a typical Zender careen through the turns. Since we will be sharing the roads with hikers and bicyclists, I think you should expect speeds more in the 40s at best.

 

The lunch menu will be hamburgers, veggie burgers and salads. I hope you will join us for the drive and party/meeting afterwards.

 

Allen & Trish Dubberley

 

 

LOG 18 at Atlanta September 25-28 - update

 


Lotus Ltd's Annual Lotus Owners Gathering (LOG), celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Lotus marque, will take place in Atlanta, GA, next September 25-28. As planning for the event continues, here are the latest developments of note to help you plan ahead.

 

Pre-registration Opening Soon

Barring unforeseen developments, the pre-registration form for LOG 18 will be published in the next 30 days. The earlier LOGers submit their re-registrations, the easier it will be for the people planning the meet and processing the paperwork to do their jobs. Reminder: All Monday tack day participants will be required to pre-register for the LOG.

 

Hotel Phone Numbers

The Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place Hotel in Duluth, GA, will be the official headquarters of LOG 18. The following phone numbers can be used to reserve rooms at the hotel: (800) 228-9290 toll-free, (770) 858-1817 local voice, or (770) 923-0017 local fax. To get the preferential nightly room rate of $69 plus tax for one to four occupants, be sure to specify that you are with the Lotus group and make your reservations by September 1.

 

Special Air Fare

Delta, the official airline of LOG 18, has arranged with a Georgia travel agency to offer a special fare to LOGers flying to the event. Meet attendees will be able to obtain a 10% discount off Delta's lowest fare by booking their flights by July 26 and a 5% discount on flights booked after that date. The fare will only become effective if at least 10 LOGers take advantage of it. To obtain the special fare, flights must be booked through The Travel Bug and paid for with a credit card. Jeff Haltman at The Travel Bug can be reached from 9 to 5 Eastern time at (800) 950-2284 toll-free. Please note that Lotus Ltd. And the LOG 18 organizing committee are not parties to this transaction.

 

Track Event Update

The LOG track event, which will take place at Road Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 28, will include Lotus Track Day participants and participants with Road Atlanta's own Track Days program. The Lotus Track Day slots are fully subscribed; Road Atlanta Track Days slots are still available. To sign up for the latter, send a check for $295 US$, payable to Road Atlanta, to the circuit at 5300 Winder Highway, Braselton, GA 30517.

As a bonus, this year's Atlanta Historic Races, which will be held at Road Atlanta the same weekend as LOG 18 will include events that the Monday track event participants will be able to run at no extra charge. Thanks to HSR, the sanctioning body for the Atlanta Historics, LOG track event Lotuses that are properly race-equipped will be eligible to participate in a Lotus-only race. Those that are not race-eligible will be able to participate in Sports Challenge timed runs, in which passing is only allowed on the straights and the final results are based on each competitor's best single lap. For more information, contact Zack Zarcadoolas at (770) 949-3672 (GA).

 

Transporting Cars From the West Coast to Atlanta

The GGLC is working with Lotus Ltd and Lotus Cars USA. We have two trucking companies which are available to transport cars in enclosed trailers (fully insured) to and from Atlanta from the West Coast. As of this date we are unable to quote hard costs, but estimates are between $2000 to $3000 for the round trip. Cars will be gathered in a single location and then delivered to either Road Atlanta or the Hotel/LCU area. Cars would then be available for the entire LOG weekend and then transported back for drop off at the pick up location. Tentatively pick up points are being planned for Seattle, Oakland, San Jose and Orange County/Costa Mesa. If you are interested in this service please contact Kiyoshi Hamai hm: (650) 494-3218; email <khamai@tsoft.com> by July 15th.

 

 

News flash!


John Ridley and his way better half, Marjorie, have graciously volunteered to plan the best GGLC holiday party ever. Expect an all-new format with a real party atmosphere, dancing, and who-knows-what.

 

 

The Vice Prez - Scott Hogben

Pack Rat Comes Through


 As you all know, I bought a new set of Spax shock absorbers back in March and actually getting them installed on the Europa has taken the past three months due to various personal issues. Well, I can actually say that the car is officially back on the road and ready for fine tuning. I thought Iíd be able to tell you that the car handles like itís on rails but as of this writing I just barely got it reassembled and havenít had enough time to set everything up.

I think back in March I left you all with my suspension torn apart and 3 out of the 4 lower wishbones cracked. I managed to get the cracks welded up and I even did a little reinforcing of the holes which the trunnion bolt passes through. This is something to keep your eyes on if you own a Europa because the hole will elongate over time if the bolts arenít properly torqued. But what I thought was going to be the big pain in the neck turned out to be something I can honestly gloat over- finding springs. As anyone who has installed Spax shocks on a Europa knows, they leave the front of your car way up in the air even with the spring perches lowered as far as they can go. Since I wanted to keep the stock spring rate (or as near to it as possible), I spent quite a while trying to figure out what happens to make the front sit so high. It became very obvious that due to the design of the Spax perches, about 1-1 1/8" of space between the perches is eliminated when compared to the stock Armstrong unit. I thought maybe I could gain the necessary length back by adapting the Armstrong upper perch to the Spax but after doing so, it became apparent that I wasnít going to gain all the length back and that I would have to buy new springs that had a shorter free-length.

Now, let me stop for a moment and point out a very important fact which was crucial in getting the Europa back on the road. Iím a pack rat. Always was, always will be. I donít believe in throwing anything away. Better yet, I gladly collect parts and other "goodies". Most importantly, a pack rat always knows that some day, something amongst all that stuff thatís been stashed away will serve a purpose. That couldnít have been more true when I was in college. A friend of mine joined a group of students who participated in the Formula SAE Contest for their senior project. This was a group who didnít know anything about suspensions nor how to design them. As a result, they always had more parts than what they needed. After the project ended, I was given some generic Koni shocks with two Hypercoil springs. It was while I was trying to figure out how to modify the spring perches on the Spax that I remembered these springs. Being the pack rat that I am, I remembered exactly where they were and proceeded to dig them out. I pulled the two springs off and to my amazement they had the exact free-length I needed and the rate was within 5 lbs/in. of the stock springs! I donít know how many times Iíve looked at those springs and thought to myself that I should get rid of them to clear out some of the junk in the garage. But, my smarter side convinced me to keep everything and it was a good thing I did because they had the rate I needed, the correct free-length, and the proper inner diameter.

I was able to put them on the shocks without the need of a spring compressor and, as I said, I still have to do some fine tuning and adjust the shocks for both stiffness and ride height, but at least the Europa is back on the road and all indications show that the springs work great. I again have a Lotus which I can drive to the next meeting AND I now have the time to start working on the Seven!

Next month I hope to report on some significant progress on the Seven. With only a few months left before Atlanta itís going to be tight but Iím not even close to throwing in the towel. That is not an option this year! Iíll be using the All British Meet in Palo Alto as my absolute due date and Iíd like to encourage anyone else out there that has a car in need of work to set the same goal, even if you arenít going to Atlanta. This is an important year for our marque, letís make the British Meet a local celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lotus.

 

 

Lotus at Brands Hatch

By Jon Rosner


The Lotus 50th Anniversary Weekend at Brands Hatch, sponsored by Force Racing, offered Lotus owners the chance to bring out and run cars which were the rarest of the rare. The oldest Lotus known to exist, an unrestored barn red Lotus 2, LJH 702 with utterly crude slab sides, paper thin cycle fenders and splayed front wheels. Next to it was the perfectly restored black 3B of Charles Levy, known as the Adam Currie car, assembled by Williams and Pritchard in 1952 as the very first customer car built by Lotus. The car had been raced by both Currie and Colin Chapman (founder of Lotus) during the 1952/53 racing season.

Another rare car was British racing green 6 SME, a 2 liter Coventry Climax powered Lotus 14, with at least 190 hp, and a 172 mph top speed. This teardrop, a gorgeous but unwieldy creature, won its class at Le Mans in 1960. And from the same year came the Type 7/18 with glimmering polished aluminum body, built with a 1 liter Formula 2 engine, full-race Type 18 front and rear suspension, and a Seven body. The car was incredibly quick and consistently won the local hill climbs which were then big events held all over England.

Luigi D'Orideo, a very successful race team owner, came to Brand's Hatch with his four cylinder Type 21 built to race in the South Africa Series in 1961. Luigi first saw the car while working as a local mechanic for hire, and was determined to one day own it. A favorite tale of Luigi's comes from 1963. The very first outing for the brand new Lotus Type 25, driven by a young fellow named Jimmy Clark. Jimmy was known for being a quiet man with few complaints. But Luigi had noticed a bit of anguish in the Scotsman's usual determined look that day. What had happened ? "Jimmy reported that he found it a bit disconcerting that as he accelerated from the start the petrol in the fuel bags had nearly lifted him right out of the car !"

The sweet-smelling stench of oil wafting from the pits as the racers tuned their cars in the time honored tradition of putting an ear to the motor. Tires smoked as Ford-Lotus Cortina drivers pounded their cars into a slide to gain that extra inch before the edge of Druid's corner leading into the bottom of the reverse S-turn shooting towards the back strait. The wailing of the high revving open wheel cars reverberated off the rolling green hills.

There were literally dozens of race cars filling the paddock. Some were local, some brought in from Holland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Germany, some shipped from South Africa, Australia, Massachusetts and California. Several thousand people came with hundreds of Lotus street cars from all over Europe. Former factory racers, mechanics, team managers, race stewards and factory employees came. Vivid recollections of Colin Chapman from people who had witnessed the genius, bullying, failures and glory. Conversations went, "how many times were you fired ?" "We only had two days to get this done"; but not for Chapman, he saw things differently, for him you had four days, Thursday day, Thursday night, Friday day and Friday night. And it didn't matter that it couldn't be done. It got done.

For as few hours, of a few days, the spirit of what drove Lotus to brilliance in the cars it produced, raced, and sold was felt. Lotus used to win with cars of delicate frailty. Indeed, even the street cars were built with the theory of "add lightness." In the U.S., ISO 9000 standards translate to QS 9000 for automotive production which up to very recently only the three big American manufacturers met. Lotus has become one of the first European car buildersto make the grade. Lotus lives on in the now very well sorted, balanced and brilliantly quick Esprit V-8, and the extraordinary Elise which is coming to the United States in race car form.

Lotus has an eight month wait list for the Elise in Europe in spite of increasing production from 800 to 3,000 cars per year. With the advent of the V-8 engine, demand had grown sharply for the Esprit of which there are now few available in the US. Brands Hatch was an extraordinary event, part of the 50th anniversary of Lotus. It was the first time the people at Force had put on such a huge event. I can't recommend highly enough going to England and exploring the roots and heritage of your Lotus. Do it, meet the people who built and raced the cars you love, you will feel greatly rewarded by what you find.

 

 

The Editor

By John Zender


Hello there in Lotus land. A lot of goings on this past month. Hillary and myself went to Brands Hatch for the 50th celebration put on by Force. This was a great event and really showed the more competitive nature of vintage racing in England compared to the States. In one race there was a 1500cc Type 15 in an all out battle with an 1100cc type 11. The 15 had the advantage on the straights, but the 11 would catch him braking into the tight turns. These guys made many passes back and forth until they finally took out the left front fender of the 11. The 11 prevailed at the checkered to the cheer of most of the crowd.

There were quite a few racing Elises present. Many of them very trick with carbon fiber roofs and other bits. The most interesting race pitted some of the old against some of the very new. Elises, 23's, Europas, 47's, and even a S1 Esprit all running together. The 23's seemed to have the advantage, although one Elise came in about third.

The highlight of the trip for us was a visit to the Lotus factory. Iíve been to England three times now, and this was the first time I got into the factory. I called about a week before leaving, and was disappointed to learn that factory tours were booked 3 months in advance! As with most things, however, itís who you know. Mike Ostrov did me a huge favor by calling his friend at the factory and got us into a special group scheduled for Monday. I didnít realize how special until the end of the tour when the guide offered to let each of us take a V8 Esprit around the Lotus test track!!! What a thrill to be driving around the same circuit that saw so much Lotus history. Chapman, Clark, Andretti, and many other big names did hundreds of laps around this same circuit testing all sorts of cars. While others were on the track, we hung out in the old control tower which was originally used by the US military during WWII. While in the tower I couldnít help thinking about the days when Chapman and others sat up here above the track, sipping pints and discussing the upcoming race or changes to be made to the car screaming around down below.

Since I was only going to get a few laps, I needed to make the best of them. My first question to the test driver (he rode as passenger) "whatís the redline?". "6900" he replied. Pedal to the glass and we went straight to 6900, then through the gears up to about 100 mph. Those few laps went by quickly, but not as fast as the next few when he drove! This guy definitely had the track wired. I was extremely impressed with the combination of road holding and refinement of the new Esprit. I was suprised how well the car put power to the ground coming out of turns that were full of bumps, waves and holes. This is not a smooth track, but it makes an excellent development course for a car like Lotus.

While at the track we also saw new Elises being put through their final test. Hey, if you ever buy a new Lotus, donít worry about breaking it in - itís already done. These guys are flying around the track at full tilt bringing the cars to their limit.

 

 

Letís Rallye - June 28

By John Zender


My rallye in the Woodside hills last week was a fun event attended by only a few really cool people. If you could have been there you wouldnít believe how three different people could take three completely different routes and still end up very close in points. The Andersons missed about 2/3s of the course and still came in only 7 minutes off their time. Victor and AJ drove most of the course backwards and were only about 20 minutes off. After tallying the points, Victor prevailed by hitting most of the checkpoints and gaining some bonus and extra credit points along the way. He also won a new fluorescent drop light. The Andersons were second and AJ third, receiving a fender cover and chamois respectively. The prizes were generously sponsored by the GGLC ( thanks prez).

Since nobody saw the entire course, and everybody seemed to have a good time, Iíve decided to re-run it August 30 with just a few changes. I may even pre-run it and get the directions right this time!.

See ya, John Z.

 

 

Lotus Cars USA

By Michael Sands


Kiyoshi and I visited Lotus USA last Tuesday (late June '98), as we were in Atlanta on business anyway. We had stopped by there a year ago and spent time with Colin Clarkson, lobbying to get the Elise imported. I made a fool of myself then with my constant, single minded conversation about importing the car, and I did the same thing this time.

Lotus has moved to a new, smaller building that includes a showroom area that has a new Esprit V8 and a V8 engine on a display stand. Arnie has named an Atlanta-based dealer, eliminating the need for LCU to act as the area sales agent. Helen Lindner showed us around the new offices and then took us in to see Arnie Johnson, CEO. He was very gracious and spent over an hour talking with us.

Lotus Cars USA does indeed want to bring the Elise to this country. Arnie has written a business plan to bring the cars here, and forwarded this to the factory. New Group Lotus CEO Chris Knight has stated his desire to bring the Elise to the States, and has established a taskforce to determine exactly what is necessary to federalize the car, as well as the costs involved. As you might expect, after the disappointing response to the M100 Elan, some at the factory have wondered if Americans would respond to the Elise in the same way.

Like Chris Knight, Arnie would like to bring the car here with as few modifications as possible. The real question, however, is: How many cars does Lotus need to sell in order to make up for the costs of federalization?

In a recent radio interview in Detroit, Chris Knight said he thought the company needed to sell about 1000 Elises each year to cover the costs of federalization, as well as make a reasonable profit. But, given the M100 experience, my sense is that Arnie would like to build to this level rather than promise it from the start. Arnie's main concern is how Americans will respond to the Elise's minimalist nature. As he said, it is not your typical everyday car. Compared to more mainstream vehicles (like the Boxster, Z3, Miata, etc.), the Elise is noisier, rougher, lacks seat padding, and does not have a complement of luxury add-ons, or storage for a set of golf clubs. Therefore, the car must sell on its personality, performance, and heritage. I suggested that many are willing to tolerate the slightly rough nature of the car in exchange for the many benefits it offers, but then I drive a Seven!

The current power plant is not acceptable for the US, in part because it does not meet OBD II emission requirements. So an alternative powerplant must be found -- at the right price! Arnie thinks American may want more power than the 118 hp currently available. So one upside is that we may get a quick car as a reward for our patience... Unfortunately, if all goes well, it will be 18-24 months before the car can be sold here.

As we were sitting in Arnie's office, a fax came in from LCU Communications Director Chris Sawyer containing a copy of the recent "New York Times" article. We read it. Some of it was good, some of it not so good, but -- on the whole -- it was balanced. Arnie receives copies of all the communications that are faxed to Lotus UK concerning Elise importation. So keep your cards and letters flowing!

We finished with a tour of the garage area of the building. A new shipment of Esprits had arrived. We saw a very colorful gathering of more than 10 Esprit V8s under one roof, with no miles on any of them. There were also several older Esprits and a race car from the old Doc Bundy days. The first "inferno" (ruby red) car ever brought in was also there. Nice color.

We then took the staff of Lotus USA to lunch. I told Arnie it was a bribe, to make sure that -- if the Elise ever does come to the States -- I will not have to wait like all the rest of you to get one. He smiled. I don't think he realized I was serious.

I'm told there are now four Elises in the country, and will try to find out how they got here and if they are licensed. There is even one in California! Perhaps there is hope yet.

 

 

Fiberglass Workshop at Ostrovís Place

Report by Jon Rosner


When it comes to doing fiberglas, few non-commercial members of the Golden Gate Lotus Club have done more work than Mike Ostrov. In the recent past Mike has restored rather complex sections of his own original Elites and has even designed and built an inner clamshell to allow an Elite body to be mated to an Elan chassis, no easy task. So it was not surprising to find folks who already had a fair amount of expertise in fiberglass work making the trek to this annual event.

Mike started the process by emphasizing that 90% of the work was in preparation. He demonstrated why it was important to have everything there, in order, ready to go. Plane sanders, two different bite sized inch grinders for the removal of dead Fiberglass, trimmed boar's hairbrushes with acetone for cleaning surfaces, and measured out/pre-cut Fiberglass for repair work. The first patient was the fender from Joel Lipkin's Seven. Once the fiberglass fender was ground and cleaned, we mixed the resin, adding reacting agent according to temperature. We used a special tool to drive the air out of the laid glass, fully realizing that we were building up the surface with the expectation of grinding off of what we had just put down. We also went over the use of "Evercoat Glaze" to fill in the pinpoint holes and level up other imperfections.

By the end of the day two Seven and several Europa owners had a much better idea why having fiberglass work done costs an arm, a leg and several other body parts when done professionally. Thank You Michael for opening your shop to us and giving us the chance to learn about how to make strong and durable repairs, and bringing the cars back to looking like they had never been mooshed.

 

 

Woodside Hills Fun Rallye

By David Anderson


June 28th was a great day for a rallye. Sunny but not hot. Victor brought his Esprit, AJ (ex gglc) brought a Porsche and Judy and I came in our Esprit. The rest of you missed a fine event!

John Zender had written 2 pages of route and instructions: 51 route

instructions in all. First car out at 10:00 AM and the other 2 at 5 minute intervals. While he did get one point wrong early in the instructions none of us was fooled and stayed on course throughout the minor mistake.

Of course we were all overconfident at that point and we all misinterpreted his perfectly clear instructions and went straight thru the Canada road intersection and on up Hwy 84!

Judy and I picked the route up later (at a point it was clear how to do that!) and after missing much of the course finished the 150 minute course (at the required average of 35 MPH) just 7 minutes late (a complete fluke...). Victor and AJ (mostly independently) got to Hwy 1 and took the first part of the course *in reverse* (so, coming back, drove it again!). They finished more or less together 30 min after Judy and I.

We were supposed to have lunch at the Cool Water Cafe in La Honda. Little did John realize that the place had lost its lease and was not legally open (though open it was) and the silent-partner-owner (mountain man) had no idea how to run the place. Judy and I spent 30 minutes listening to the owner's tales of his many businesses around La Honda. And we told *him* how to make a sandwich... A fascinating character but not a restauranteurÖ So we all went up La Honda Rd. 200 feet to the Merry Pranksters cafe and had a nice lunch while John scored the rallye. By backtracking and getting some required data that way, Victor had clearly won. Judy & I were essentially tied with AJ: He had backtracked and had more answers but Judy and I had come closer on time and finally the 100 points for driving a Lotus put us into second.

We were quite astonished when we realized the club had provided prizes!

Watch out! You losers who didnít show up are getting a second chance to run this rallleye on August 30. ed

 

 

FOR SALE


July

Full set of trim rings and hub caps for Europa/Elan, fresh chrome Ė $200, John (650) 368-9105 motofab@wco.com

 

l967 Elan Coupe. White with black vinyl roof, Alfa 5 speed, non original rear tail lamps, KO alloy rims, Webber head, very clean inside and out. Asking $8600.00 Please contact: Jim Bove at

(5l0) 792-7359.

 

June

1977 Eclat, properly maintained, excellent condition 49K miles, engine with forged internals, Delorttos, 5-speed, Doug Bank (916) 771-4717 or bank_family@msn.com

 

1970 Europa S2, #0081R, not running, but mostly original, $3,000, Call Mike (408) 725-8893

 

For Sale: Europa Parts full set of Spax shocks w/adjustable perches, incl. springs for Europa Ė $150; adjustable lower links, w/heim joints, excellent cond. Ė $125; 7x13 Monocoque and 8x13 Revolution wheels, Brake booster, steering rack.

John (650) 368-9105 motofab@wco.com

 

For sale: Esprit S2 Parts Complete front and rear brakes, radiator fans and shroud, John (650) 368-9105 motofab@wco.com

 1964 lotus Elan. 24k miles since complete restoration incl. Spyder spaceframe, all new chassis hdwre., lines, harness, upholstery,  rollbar, Konis, springs, H/D A/R Bar, Tall block 1700, Webers, blueprint head, hi-lift cams, steel caps, shot-peen, baffled + windage. C/R gearbox,3.55 diff, 8630 diff axles, 14" Panasport, spec-racer tires, brilliant blue urethane, many spares, all Lotus updates. Well tuned, runs hard, always turns heads. Offers to $19k Steve Lipp (604) 255-6957, e-mail steve_lipp@bctel.com

 

1966 Lotus Elan S2 Roadster. Serial number 26/5611 - Engine LB 5625. Purchased from 3rd owner in 1979 (62,000 original miles). Car originally imported into Vancouver BC. Dismantled for chassis up body off conversion to racecar. All pieces inspected, rebuilt or replaced. Chassis gusseted and strengthened. Raced in 1982 to 1996 ICSCC, SCCA, HMSA and CSRG. Car has ICSCC and SCCA Vintage Logbook. Won the 1982 to 1987 ICSCC C Production Championship in the Pacific Northwest. Car kept basically stock and can be converted to street legal car with work. Asking US $12,000 for complete car and single axle trailer ready to race.(510/943-6194) pacintl@aol.com

 

1957 Lotus Eleven (Westfield) Factory built, under 5,000 miles, 1275 BMC engine, Weber Carbs, wire wheels, head fairing, car has yellow exterior with black leather interior, registered as 1966 Lotus. $25,000 415-868-2940

 

May

1969 Europa S2. #54/1512. Type 54 "low nose". Car is complete with good mechanicals but the body and interior are very rough. Must sell now, best offer over $2500 takes it. John (650) 368-9105 motofab@wco.com

 

1968 Lotus Elan S4SE Coupe. Good original condition, 74K miles$9900. U.S. DOLLARS. doncordier@earthlink.net or call (818) 609-2144.

1962 Lotus Super 7 1500 Cosworth SB1520 1500 pushrod motor, dual Weber, A-6 cam, twin-cam rods & crank, steel caps, wet sump (baffled), oil cooler, lightened flywheel, balanced, easy 7500 rpm. Truck bed load of other spare bits And I'll throw in a single axle trailer so you can take it home with you. $18,500. Phone 816-444-6589 Car is in Kansas City, Missouri

Car wanted Elan S 3 or S 4 (drop head preferred), but will consider coupe. Car to be in good mechanical condition, including water pump, free from chassis rust and/or damage. No major body damage. Paint, interior, cosmetics not that important. Finn Jorgensen 111 Allen court, Moraga, CA 94556. tel: 925-376-4361. Fax: 925-376-2530

 

April

1963 Lotus Super Seven, S2, 1500 Cosworth, Dual Weber 40 DCOE, Aeroquip lines 5 Minilites, Spax adjustable, roll bar, full weather equipment Brooklands windshield, BRG/yellow nose/red interior, origial paperwork, registration, and manuals 12,163 mi, restored 1996/97, no expense spared!, second owner, video available. $26,500 (US), partial trades considered GordLeech, Canada (204) 256-3016

 

Lotus Elan sunroof coupe serial number 36/0028J, never registered-still on MSO, driven only 5800 miles, white/black, original and complete, all books, records, window sticker. This is the last Elan received from the Lotus importer by a dealer in Waterloo, and is still in their possession.

Pat lind W 319-354-2550, H 319-351-8033

 

1963 Mini MK 1, red w/ white roof (Cooper race colors) Very good body, paint a little tired. New interior (seats). 1380cc, 110hp Vizard engine, Jack Knight Torsen LTD-slip trans. Heim-jointed full race suspension w/adjustable Spax, new Yoko 008's. Much more. Built as an autocrosser, but never used as such. Over $13k invested, best offer.

Jack--- jalbers@flex.net 409-321-0022

 

1965 Mk1 Lotus Cortina. It is in pristine

condition. It has a fresh, 196+HP twin cam (stock stroke, original L block and head), straight cut gearbox, LSD, and is VERY FAST. It won the USRRC Seniors Tour Western Championship for under 2.0 liter GT cars in 1994, 1995, and 1996, and has won its class in numerous races. It has turned 2:01's at Sears. It took 3rd's in the race car classes at the 1993 Lafayette Concours, and the 1993 Hillsborough Concours. It took 2nd in race cars at the 1994 Lotus Convention (Portland) Concours. This car has been accepted and raced with CSRG, VARA, SOVREN, RMVR, and SCCA.Will consider offers in the $40's. Myles Kitchen at MHKitchen@aol.com.

 

February

For Sale: Caterham Super 7. Aluminum with red nose, clamshells and rear fenders. Long cockpit, live a xle, right hand drive, crossflow with webers. '89 production vin #KLCO654R professionally completed in 94. Full new style top and doors and wind "wings", Caterham manual & heater. Bone stock with less than 1000 miles form new - not raced/modified. Texas tagged, titled and inspected. Reluctantly must sell $20,000 photos by serious request, Mark 512-371-0288 or mharries@ccms.net

For Sale: Ford Kent block, 84mm bore, needs liners, includes good cast iron crankshaft and serviceable rods. $100 Mel Boss (510)831-8834, bossm@ema.abbott.com

 

 

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