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#1 Jerry Entin

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Posted 17 April 2014 - 19:54

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Unidentified driver in what must have been a brand new Elva Mk. 7.
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The Concrete slabs and wide open spaces indicate an airfield course. The photo, found on the internet, could have been taken late in 1963, but more likely during 1964.
 
Does anyone recognize the location or the driver of the #51 GM class Elva Mk 7?

Edited by Jerry Entin, 17 April 2014 - 19:57.


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#2 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 06:25

Bob Kelce of East St. Louis, Illinois, apparently raced an Elva Mk 7 in G Modified from 1963 to 1965, as listed at this link:

 

http://www.racingspo...-Kelce-USA.html

 

He is listed as #51 for a 1964 Lake Garnett race, though none of the tracks listed would appear to be the location in your photo.

 

There is also a photo with Kelce's Elva in it, tenth image (eighth photo) down, at this link:

 

http://www.davemacdo...damerica500.htm

 

Maybe him?

 

Vince H.


Edited by raceannouncer2003, 18 April 2014 - 06:26.


#3 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 17:33

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Dave Dooley in his E-Type Jag
 
This comes from Willem Oosthoek:
 
Vince is on to something. I always thought the track with its wide open spaces reminded me of Stuttgart, Arkansas. The July 1964 issue of Sports Car contains the Midwest Divisional point standings after two races: Stuttgart [April 19] and Garden City, Kansas [May 31]. I have no idea what the Garden city track looked like, but my bet is still on Stuttgart.
 
The point standings allow a number of cars to be identified. Bob Kelce is leading GM class, although he is listed in an Elva Mk 6. It may be an error. His sometime co-driver Clint Lindburg is third with an Elva Mk 7.
 
Among the other cars that can be identified now is Oklahoma's Dave Dooley with his E-type #78. He ran the Jag with the same number at Green Valley in the Fall.

Edited by Jerry Entin, 18 April 2014 - 18:50.


#4 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 17:53

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In addition to the Elva Mk 7, Bob Hayes ran his Shelby Cobra
 
. He seems to be overtaking a purple Maserati. The provisional standings after two races only list one Sam Tayloe [could be a typo and meant to be Taylor] of the Mid-South Region in CM class, indicating a Chevy engined car.

Edited by Jerry Entin, 18 April 2014 - 18:52.


#5 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 18:34

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The only candidate for the Tayloe/Taylor Maserati is chassis 2431, the former Bobby Aylward Chevy-engined 250S. After the 1962 season Aylward sold the car to Chuck Hamill of Illinois, who had the car repainted purple by his co-sponsor Roy Kumnick of Tero Corvette. Chuck Hamill was the brother of Ed Hamill, the driver and constructor of USRRC and Can-Am cars of that name.
 
Chuck Hamill ran the car only four times in 1963: Halls, Tennessee; Lawrenceville, Illinois; Pensacola, Florida and IRP, Indiana, before selling it.

Edited by Jerry Entin, 18 April 2014 - 18:43.


#6 Jerry Entin

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Posted 18 April 2014 - 20:01

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Bill McLaughlin in his Sting Ray, before he raced his Iso later on in the season.

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 14:22

Jerry,

 

I love these kinds of posts.  Speaking of concrete slabs and wide open spaces, Deming and Ft. Sumner, New Mexico were, too.  These photos aren't from either, but Dooley did run his Jag at FS.  I don't remember seeing any of the others there.

 

Mark Stevenson 



#8 Jerry Entin

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 18:20

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Jag and Sting Ray collision
Mark:
Glad you like the posts. Here is Dooley in an earlier car, his XK-150, after tangling with McLaughlin's Sting Ray at the soggy Sunburn Races at Green Valley in June 1963.
 
Photo: Willem Oosthoek Collection.

Edited by Jerry Entin, 19 April 2014 - 18:23.