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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  TONYELF on Fri Jun 08, 2012 11:34 am

LoL ! Very Happy
"starts on the button" Have you noticed how modern cars are now starting on the button or "on the card" or even "on command" ? Very Happy

Sounds great John Keep it up!

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:09 pm

Well, the baby, the DS and other minor projects kept me away from the Beach Car.
I decided to take the car to a Mini specialist and let him finish the 5% that is left to be done.
Basically he will bleed the clutch and brakes, adjust the carb and everything else, and make the car safe to drive away from there.







The car looks very different in the bright sunshine compared to my dark garage. It looks much better. I can't wait to finish it and make a nice photo shoot by the sea.

The void left in my garage is impressive. The Safari is next up on the lift.

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Red Riley on Thu Aug 23, 2012 4:55 pm

Wonderful to see this fine car being brought back from near death! Hope to see it up close soon? Are you going to bring it to IMM?

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:25 pm

That's the plan, along with the Olympic Van.

You know what they say about plans, don't you? Laughing
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:08 pm

Drove the beach Car the first time since I bought it. First time in a magic wand 850 with floor start. The steering felt incredibly light after my semi-slick 1275. I drove it at 55 mph down a highway without a windscreen. I parked it at my garage. There are some overheating issues, but I will sort them out. It felt great!!!!

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  1071kev on Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:02 pm

John,

It's great to know the car is nearly finished and that you've done a fantastic job on it. Perhaps 55mph is a bit fast for your first venture out in it although there would be less wind resistance with no screens. I'm looking forward to seeing it in the flesh at some time, perhaps parked next to my Pre-production Elf. Probably the two oldest cars in the register. Well done once again.

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:12 pm

Two years after it was removed, the Beach car is now fitted with a windscreen again. It makes a huge difference on the road, even at modest speeds.









Another thing I noticed today that I drove the car is that I need to watch sharp right turns. There is nothing keeping me on my seat and the painted wicker is hard and quite slippery.

Clockwise Oval Racing with the Beach car should not be attempted!
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Big_Al_Smith on Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:04 am

well done - a real credit to you - keep off the race tracks!! Very Happy
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  humph on Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:33 pm

Absolutely stunning, well done.

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:37 pm

Nearly there. Very few thing to do now.









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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  cheleker on Sun Jan 06, 2013 8:15 pm

Stunning. To me, it ranks right up there with the Works cars.

But where are you going to find an Issigonis look-a-like to pose with it?!

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Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:41 pm

She sure does look amazing! Very Happy
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Sun Jan 13, 2013 6:11 pm

Today I took the car to its first ride to a Classic Car meeting in front of an old marble stadium, where the 1896 Olympics were held.











The car was very well received.Most people had never seen one, and kept asking what it was?

The car behaved flawlessly on the way there and back, the weather was incredible and overall it was a jolly good day out.
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Sat Sep 21, 2013 10:30 am

The car has been finished for months but I had not taken it out due to lack of time.

I finaly found a clear afternoon and took it for a drive and photoshoot near the garage.


























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stunning rare car

Post  shelly20 on Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:03 pm

this is a stunning car,and for it to be prototype car,the birth of the elf/hornet:D 

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Red Riley on Sun Sep 22, 2013 12:11 am

Beautiful, just beautiful. Thank you for preserving this unique and irreplaceable treasure!

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  KevCT on Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:50 pm

This is the most amazing mini restoration, well done and thanks for sharing the process in pics and posts. I wish you decades of fun with your perfect little car!
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Post  1071kev on Sun Sep 29, 2013 10:13 pm

Superb car and lovely photographs. They really set the car off, well done.

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  Jared Mk3 on Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:56 pm

I'm really glad to see this car looking so good - I hope you've been enjoying it!
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:29 pm

Took part in Concours d' Elegance today.

Amazing weather, great cars and many friends to talk to.









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Took third place in my category. Second was this lovely mk1 Hornet.



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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  TONYELF on Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:45 am

Well done John. smashing little car! Lovely photos too!
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BTW When you came to my home, you showed me the new wicker seats, they felt very stiff and rigid. Are they comfortable on rough road sufaces? !Very Happy 

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:07 am

They are pretty hard. On right turns I really have to hold on to the steering wheel.Laughing 
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  TONYELF on Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:45 am

Lol! Of course ( or OFF course?)

What about super glue on the seat ?

You could try a sheet of that non slip rubber?

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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  reymondos on Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:49 pm

Exactly 3 years ago the Beach Car was sent to a scrapyard to be junked. It was hoisted onto the flatbed by ropes round the roof.



Its been quite a journey.
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Re: Not exactly a n Elf/Hornet, but close

Post  humph on Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:41 pm

Nice article on the beach car in the Miniworld that's just dropped through my door. Car looks great, a testament to all the hard work you've put in Reymondos.

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