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#1 Pullman99

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 05:39

This was originally on the Clisby V6 engine thread.

QUOTE (mmciau @ Aug 15 2009, 04:44) It may be interesting to see what is flushed out about the V6 Mono associated with the Clisby V6 and the Elfin Catalina No 6313 at the Elfin 50th Anniversary meeting at Wayville Showgrounds Sunday 16 August 2009. After 44 years, a good friend of mine has been able to provide some images of the Record Attempts at WRE in October 1964 for Elfin no 6313.Mike McInerney

There seem to be quite a few threads appearing on Elfin cars so please forgive me for starting another - chassis specific - one.

Elfin Formula Junior / Catalina chassis 6313 was the car used by Andrew Mustard at Lake Eyre in 1963 and 1964 to test the track that he was responsible for preparing - as Dunlop's representative - for Donald Campbell's eventually successful LSR with Bluebird CN7 which was achieved on 17th July 1964. As far as I know, the car, presumably built in 1963, was constructed to the Australian National 1.5 ltre formula. At Lake Eyre it was fitted with wheels and tyres which looked like smaller versions of those fitted to CN7. Later, Andrew Mustard used this car to attack various Australian national records.

Just wondered if any pics surfaced since the above post on the Clisby thread? Also. does know if Mr Dean Rainsford of Adelaide still owns this car? I would also be interesting to know if the wheels and tyres used in 1964 are still around somewhere too. I see that the Elfin Heritage Centre websire has a pic of the Elfin with Bluebird CN7

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Edited by Pullman99, 22 July 2010 - 05:39.


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#2 SJ Lambert

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Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:22

This was originally on the Clisby V6 engine thread.

QUOTE (mmciau @ Aug 15 2009, 04:44) It may be interesting to see what is flushed out about the V6 Mono associated with the Clisby V6 and the Elfin Catalina No 6313 at the Elfin 50th Anniversary meeting at Wayville Showgrounds Sunday 16 August 2009. After 44 years, a good friend of mine has been able to provide some images of the Record Attempts at WRE in October 1964 for Elfin no 6313.Mike McInerney

There seem to be quite a few threads appearing on Elfin cars so please forgive me for starting another - chassis specific - one.

Elfin Formula Junior / Catalina chassis 6313 was the car used by Andrew Mustard at Lake Eyre in 1963 and 1964 to test the track that he was responsible for preparing - as Dunlop's representative - for Donald Campbell's eventually successful LSR with Bluebird CN7 which was achieved on 17th July 1964. As far as I know, the car, presumably built in 1963, was constructed to the Australian National 1.5 ltre formula. At Lake Eyre it was fitted with wheels and tyres which looked like smaller versions of those fitted to CN7. Later, Andrew Mustard used this car to attack various Australian national records.

Just wondered if any pics surfaced since the above post on the Clisby thread? Also. does know if Mr Dean Rainsford of Adelaide still owns this car? I would also be interesting to know if the wheels and tyres used in 1964 are still around somewhere too. I see that the Elfin Heritage Centre websire has a pic of the Elfin with Bluebird CN7

Elfin Heritage Centre


Dad remembers it being back at Conmurra Avenue after it's trip to Lake Eyre, though that was many years ago!!

I think Dean still owns it, there's a pic of it in Barry Catford's Elfin book with Andrew Mustard at the wheel in the foreground, Bluebird in background - same shot as the Heritage Centre is holding?? Dean might know where the wheels got to as he bought it off Andrew (Dean has owne dit twice - with 10 owners in between stints).

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 05:35

I think Dean still owns it, there's a pic of it in Barry Catford's Elfin book with Andrew Mustard at the wheel in the foreground, Bluebird in background - same shot as the Heritage Centre is holding?? Dean might know where the wheels got to as he bought it off Andrew (Dean has owne dit twice - with 10 owners in between stints).


Many thanks for that. I'll contact the Elfin Heritage Centre and the Registrar and see what we can discover! Search prompted by re-reading "Bluebird and the Dead Lake", John Pearson's book on Donald Campbell's successful 1964 LSR attempt at Lake Eyre. Clearly, Andrew Mustard and Donald Campbell just about tolerated each other but the animosity seemed to remain until the end of the Project. Does anyone know if Mr Mustard is still alive?

Edited by Pullman99, 10 December 2010 - 15:23.


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Posted 23 July 2010 - 07:47

Among others you need Brian Lear who sees this and Tom Stevens who doesnt -- but Tom was there on Lake Eyre

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Posted 23 July 2010 - 07:58

Among others you need Brian Lear who sees this and Tom Stevens who doesnt -- but Tom was there on Lake Eyre


Thanks for that additional information John. I'll follow this up later today hopefully. Once again, Bluebird related topics head to the top of the Forum! :)

Ian.

Edited by Pullman99, 23 July 2010 - 07:59.


#6 Brian Lear

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 13:44

I have today been in contact with Dean Rainsford who has advised that he still owns Elfin Catalina # 6313 .
It is currently on display in his Adelaide office complete with its Lake Eyre wheels and tyres.
Dean attempted to post a reply but came up with a "unauthorised to post" message.

Regards
Brian Lear
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#7 Pullman99

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Posted 28 July 2010 - 15:04

I have today been in contact with Dean Rainsford who has advised that he still owns Elfin Catalina # 6313 . It is currently on display in his Adelaide office complete with its Lake Eyre wheels and tyres. Dean attempted to post a reply but came up with a "unauthorised to post" message. Regards Brian Lear (Elfin Register)


Thank you so much for that kind response. I am delighted to hear that this car is still retained and displayed by Mr Rainsford. If any pics do subsequently appear, I would be most interested to see them.

Greatly appreciated.

Edited by Pullman99, 10 December 2010 - 15:24.


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Posted 24 April 2011 - 22:26

Thank you so much for that kind response. I am delighted to hear that this car is still retained and displayed by Mr Rainsford. If any pics do subsequently appear, I would be most interested to see them.

Greatly appreciated.



here is a link of the images of Elfin 6313

http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream

http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream

http://www.flickr.co.../in/photostream

I can still recall what engine modifications were undertaken in 1964 and again in 1965 for the 2 seperate record attempts at WRE (now DSTO/Edinburgh Airfield).

Here is the original link

http://forums.autosp...w...58&hl=elfin



Mike McInerney

Edited by mmciau, 24 April 2011 - 22:31.


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Posted 13 October 2012 - 02:27

John, how about starting an Elfin Formula Junior thread for all the Elfin Juniors/Catalinas? It would be nice to see the period shots of these beautiful cars consolidated into one spot......

Were they run in both wet and dry sump configuration in period?

James

#10 Ray Bell

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Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:21

Dry sumps weren't everyday in the early sixties...

I'd suggest that more wet sumps were seen, but Brian Lear would be better able to categorically answer that question.