It’s been a while since I updated this thread with my new knowledge.
Firstly thanks to the many who have added information or suggested avenues for me to pursue. Ted’s recent death has closed one door.
I’ve spent many months searching through the Autosport magazines 1959 to 1969 which I have been loaned by my good friend in Sydney.
I think I have found all the events that Ted Lewis competed in:-
2 May 1959 - Silverstone - International GT - Placed 13th.
3 May 1959 - Prescott Hillclimb - GT Cars - Placed 1st
11 July 1959 - Westbrook Hay Hillclimb - Sports Cars - Placed 1st
6 Sept 1959 – Snetterton - GT1.3 – Placed 1st
13 Sept. 1959 – Prescott Hillclimb – GT Cars – Placed 1st (New Class record)
27 Sept 1959 – Chateau Impney – G.H Cup Winner
4 Oct 1959 – Brands Hatch – Series Production cars – Placed 4th.
REVS Institute have two photos of the car at Silverstone 2 May 1959.
Autosport, 17 July 1959, page 70 had photo of the car at Westbrook Hay Hillclimb
Chateau Impney had a gallery of old photos on their website for the recent 2015 hillclimb, one of which which showed the Lewis Elite, KNH 7. They have not responded to my request for a copy and the Hagley & DCC are unable to find who supplied the photo.
In Autosport 16 Oct 1959 (page 507) and 23 Oct 1959 (page 555) there is a For Sale notice posted by Ted announcing the car is for sale. I have been advised earlier in the year that Ted had no recollection who bought the car, only that “he sold the Elite to a chap at Prescott Hill Climb who came up to him in the paddock and asked if it was for sale. A deal was done but he can not remember the name of the chap or were he was from”.
In Autosport 23 Sept 1960 there is a photo of an Elite at Prescott. The REVS Institute file of this photo clearly shows the registration KNH 7 and we are unsure but the badge on the bonnet could be a BRDC badge. With considerable help from my UK friend “Bakeryman” ; sighting a copy of the program purchased on eBay and the BOC archivist we know that there were three Elites entered for that 11 Sept event:-
T.T Marsh in a 1300cc Elite (probably not KNH 7). Was this Tony Marsh? I have found no other record of Tony Marsh driving an Elite in a hillclimb although he did co-drive John Wagstaff’s Elite at Le Mans. The Wagstaff Elite was chassis number 1027 and carried the UK rego FP 98.
WS (Bill) Perkins of Rugby in a 1216cc Elite. I have been told that Perkins previously raced a Lotus VI with a 6 cylinder Bristol engine. Apparently he had sold this by 1960 so he may well have bought an Elite. I have found no other record of Perkins in an Elite.
J.G Marks of Chigwell in a 1220cc Elite. Marks competed in an Elite at Prescott 7 May 1960; Great Auclum Hillclimb 19 August 1960. Was he the next owner?
So, That’s all for the moment.