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I purchased Elva MK7S 70/041 on September 2012 and decided that I wanted to know that every part of the car was checked for cracks or bends and replaced before I raced her. We replaced radius arms that were cracked or bent, fixed cracked welds, replaced wheel bearings, one magnesium upright, brakes, wiring and I made a new dashboard switch box. I made new bridge tubes for the brakes, and replaced the pads. I made a custom seat with a lower back bolster and set the seat at the angle of the pedals (so it points toward the center of the car). Bought a new windscreen from Lee Chapman along with side windows and wheels. Next I sent the motor and trans out to be rebuilt along with new half shafts. The body had 6 coats of yellow paint that were just resprayed over the original during the 50 years that the car has raced. The paint was 3/16" thick so that needed to be scraped to bear fiberglass. I was not sure about the spring rates that I would use, so I bought 350# for the rear and 250# for the front. After one race weekend I knew that these were too heavy so I changed to 275# rear and 225# front. This past winter I changed again to 225# rear and 200# front. I will find out this season if these are also too heavy.


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Mon Mar 24, 2014 8:47 pm
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Once I had the body completely bare, I had to paint her red. The curves of the body just needed to be seen. I raced the Elva in 2 VRG events last year and I am currently making handling adjustments and getting seat time to learn the handling characteristics. This winter I raced with HSR at Palm Beach International and met some new enthusiasts and enjoyed the track. Especially because it was 80 degrees in West Palm and snowing at home. I would look forward to any advice on spring rates, tire pressures, driving technique. I'll post pictures from each event and write about my progress.


Tue Mar 25, 2014 3:33 am
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Nice car, good colour and out front! :D


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MK7 on track


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Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:24 pm
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My Elva at Lime Rock. Great track for this car, but it takes many laps to be quick here. The guys that I am racing have hundreds of laps under their belts. I got down to 1:04 flat, and next year I hope to shave 2 seconds. Great group of cars, Mark7s BMW, Lotus 11, Lotus 17, Lotus 7, Ginetta G4, Brabham Sport Racer, Lola MK1 etc.


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