Originally posted by Ted Walker
The main reason the Multi-Union was butchered was that of greed . The super old car was worth X a re-constructed P3 was worth 10X.
I have just caught up with this thread, originally prior to my joining, and have read it through.
Ted is totally correct. The conversion was done at a time in the 90s when P3s were fetching seriously obscene sums, one far eastern gentleman reputedly seeing fit to accumulate 4 or 5 of them . The Multi Union at the time, as ever in Pat Lindsay's ownership, was not eligible for much in the way of races, and would not warrant the cost of a full restoration, ( this said to me by someone connected with it at the time).
Its history in period reflected David McKinney's view that, as a Leeds supporter would have chanted in 1970ish, it had "won nowt yet", so the lure of the quick cash was very strong, and you would be talking SERIOUS money, possibly far more than Ted's factor of ten as the M/Union had certainly seen the newness starting to wear off it. So in a commercial world, the decision made itself, when a ready buyer was on hand.
I was fortunate to see the car in the process of being restored to P3 condition, and I think Doug understates the amount of original Alfa in M/Union 2. Trigger's broom again, although some might say that it is not much different from the recreation of a Lotus 8,9 or 10, IIRC, from the residue of a Dutton kit car perhaps, which had used a cut about Lotus chassis, or a Lotus 24 from a FFord car. It is a matter of identity
However, it was pointed out to me, by Jenks among a couple of others, but that is another story, that once the drawings had already been done for a new split-drive axle, amongst other things, for Rodney Felton's re-creation of a car, the rest was simple. Alfa bits are readily available apparently. The quality of rebuild of the M/Union was superb however.
My views about originality, provenance, history etc have been expressed before, so you know where I stand on this one.
The sight of Staniland at full chat on the banking, even on 7 pots, must have made awesome viewing on that banzai lap. Some hero.