Today was the day the first Lotus Elan hard top came out of the mould. Steve Gunnis has been kind enough to lend us his Elan Sprint for the prototyping process. I have achieved a good fit today. Tomorrow I will fabricate some brackets. Not long now till will bring this product to market. Thanks for you patience.
We are in the finishing stages of preparation of Ian Burford’s Sprite based racers. The first is Lumbertubs. Named after the street it was built in back in 1963. It features a one of a kind aluminium roof and GT back with a Sebring Sprite bonnet. It has genuine period race history and will be back on track this season with the HRDC. Ian’s other car is his well known Lenham Le Mans, previously owned by Barry “Whizzo” Williams.
A great cup of tea was provided by the Lenham Cafe as we sent off the crews of the 2011 Winter Challenge. They are retracing the path of the original Monte-Carlo Rally and will be driving some of the worst winter roads the Alps have to offer. An excellent variety of cars are competing including a Volvo PV544, a pair of Lotus Elans, a few Volvo Amazons, a couple of Mercs, a Ford Anglia, some Alfas and a Lancia Fulvia. There was a Triumph TR3 and TR4, a works Landcrab with a 3 man crew, a Lenham Sprite, a mk1 mini, an Alvis, and a mk1 Escort to name but a few. I am sure everyone involved will enjoy it immensely if not for the cold. Good luck.
We are taking a handful of Lenhams down the road to the Historic Lenham Cafe to meet the crews of the 2011 Monte Carlo Winter Challenge as they stop off for a cup of tea before crossing the Channel. Come and join us for the send off and a cup of tea.
The Lenham Le Mans hire car is under construction. The basis for the car was our old Austin-Healey Sprite Racer which Tim Rhodes drove to win the MGOC Midget Challenge in 2005. The rear skins were cut from the car leaving just the boot floor and rear wheel arches. Ian has welded up a bar to stiffen the rear of the car between the two arches and has repaired the edges of the boot floor. Meanwhile I have been constructing a Lenham bonnet and Le Mans rear out of fibreglass. The body is now ready to meet the chassis. This car will recieve our full preparation service and be ready to hire next season for the HRDC Grand Touring Greats.
A fully restored mk1 shell ready for Lenham bodywork or frog eye outer skins. The base price for the shell alone is £5000. After that you can choose which body you like and what colour you would like it in. The amount of work you want done is up to you, from a bare Lenham shell to a complete car. Build it for road or race. It’s up to you.