Quick Pic: Elva Is King Of The Corkscrew

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I took this picture at the top of the Corkscrew last weekend at the Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion weekend. It’s one of my favorites, as it shows just the kind of elevation change that Laguna Seca is known for. This rare little Porsche 4-cam powered Elva is one of twenty built and it’s being thrashed as it should be. That’s what I love about vintage racing, and this event in particular. The driver is about to drop 110 feet in a second or two, and everything is under control. This was pretty early in the morning, and you can still see the fog as it’s burning off in the distance. Love it.
 

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  1. Fred Talmadge Avatar
    Fred Talmadge

    I had a Courier in that same color.

  2. NapoleonSolo Avatar
    NapoleonSolo

    I remember Elvas from back in the 60s. I noticed them because they were such beautifully shaped automobiles, even nicer than the early Lotuses. Circa 1973, I was at the SCCA championships at Road America, and there were several Elvas running. I gather that Elva started “mass” marketing cars after having arranged with Bruce McLaren to build “production” McLaren M1a’s as customer cars. These were the McLaren-Elvas.

  3. spotarama Avatar
    spotarama

    the thing I liked best about that pic is how many tyre marks there are indicating how many people got it horribly wrong….

  4. nanoop Avatar
    nanoop

    I wasn’t aware of Elva at all… here for my fellows: http://www.elva.com/elva-history.html

  5. HuntRhymesWith Avatar
    HuntRhymesWith

    Great picture. Do you have a wallpaper sized version?

  6. billybobster Avatar
    billybobster

    Then I am the Duke of the Corkscrew (not rly). That’s me in a rental Spec Miata at an HDPE in 2010. I was trying the Miata to see if I really wanted one as my track day car. I really really did and have had one now for five years. Picture was taken by Dito of gotbluemilk.com. Great angle that. I never knew that view was there because that’s the last place one should be looking on track there. Even now, I forget to not stare at the track ahead/below through the pavement rather than looking up at least one time to see that view.

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