Friday, 13 July 2018

Le Mans Classic 2018

The decision to attend the Le Mans Classic in 2018 was taken last year and getting the Eleven ready to go within the two year window of the 1957 class win has been a big motivation.  We travelled over on the Poole - Cherbourg ferry then took the back roads (even with their new 50mph limit) down to the campsite at the le Mans/Arnage Airport.

After setting up camp and supper we headed off to Arnage to watch the drive byes.

This year We'd managed to get tickets for parade laps so I headed to the track early on the Friday and Saturday - nothing like the 40 mph Silverstone Classic laps this was 'stay behind the pace car' - I never saw the pace car on either day until the drive off at the end of each 3 lap session - had a few hairy moments but was well worth the £199 for the experience.

As ever a bit part of the show is the Clubs and Robin (who'd helped me sort out the carburettor on the Eleven was there with 'Beano' and the Historic Lotus register.

There was also an Eleven on the stand:
High spec'd Eleven with a Coventry Climax engine and De'dion back axle.

Saturday night was in Arnage again - Gendarmerie everywhere after a serious incident in a previous year - but still an enjoyable evening.

The Classic appears to have got bigger each year with the paddock now spread over a larger area and more add events like the Jaguars and Type Cs - as ever I focused on the Elevens

H602 repaired from 2014

The last night we stayed on the campsite as they had cheap beer/wine, a good band and it was also an opportunity to say thank you to Val and Alan who were eventually selling the business after 25+ years.

The drive home was enjoyable but uneventful with me arriving home at 11:30pm on the Monday evening.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Shelsey Walsh

The WSCC Speed Series is 21 Years old and to celebrate the occasion they booked the Shelsey Walsh Hill Climb for a fun 'non-timed' day with camping over the weekend.  Tricia and I travelled up alone as I had to work until Friday lunchtime and the rest of the Dorset WSCCers were heading off at 10:30.  We avoided the M5 and had a very pleasant 3:30 hrs journey on the A37, A38 and then from Gloucester some B roads through the Malvern Hills to Shelsey. After a BBQ and few beers we walked the hill, 300 metres rises in 912 metres oxygen was required on the way up.

The main day was the Saturday and Tricia and I managed to complete around a dozen runs before deciding that the Le Mans Classic was too close and we were starting to speed up.  The day closed with an enjoyable 3 course meal, chatting over a few ciders before heading off to bed.

Sunday morning started with hot tea and a bacon roll before heading off back to Yeovil to meet up with  family who were over from South Africa.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Cooling Improvements

After my cooling and oil temp/pressure concerns on the way home from Stoneleigh I took advice from other Eleven owners and fitted ducting and an oil cooler. 

Fan is still a pusher mounted to the Westfield bracket as I couldn’t see how I could fit a puller fan in the limited space behind the radiator. I’ll give this configuration a go and if I need to look at the puller fan at a later date. 

oil cooler is a Mocal kit for an MG Midget so the hoses aren’t a perfect fit but should be good enough to prove whether there’s a benefit in having one fitted.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Stoneleigh 2018

First weekend away with the Eleven with over 300 miles in hot weather over the two days.

Particularly hot on the way home and whilst nothing was terminal the temperatures were not stable at cruising speeds and the oil was getting too hot and impacting oil pressures at idle when stuck in traffic so I've decided to add some ducting to the radiator and an oil cooler.

I'm still trying to work out the best way to fit the oil cooler.

I took advantage of the good weather and fibre glassed/gel coated the bonnet where the holes were drilled for the headlight pods.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Visit to Slark Race Engineering

Today was the visit to Slark Race Engineering to tune the engine and confirm the tracking.
As with the IVA the weather was truly awful so a good test of the tonneau which turned out to provide reasonable protection.
Neil confirmed the static timing and set about establishing some baseline runs and playing with the advance map.
When he was happy with the timing he then started playing with the mixture and determined that it needed more fuel mid-throttle but was slightly rich on full-throttle.
He removed the needle and trimmed the mid-range section and after a couple of goes was happy.  After a bit more adjustment the engine was putting out 84bhp with 80-90 lbs/ft of torque between 2.5k and 5.5k.  The more observant will notice that I've fitted the 1" extension to the rear shock absorbers, cut a hole in the ali panel to allow the diff to drop further and halved the lower trailing arm bolt heads to allow them to pass the chassis - the car seemed much better for it but it's early days and I still need to play with the shock absorber settings.
Next we setup the ride height, camber and toe-in all of which only needed a small amount of adjustment and finally we put the car on the scales to find out the overall weight.
Including 3/4 tank of fuel.
The weather on the drive home was no better than the journey there however, the engine was running very well and the car was noticeably more torquey and smooth.
I'd fitted the 1" extension to the rear shock absorbers, cut a hole in the ali panel to allow the diff to drop further and halved the lower trailing arm bolt heads to allow them to pass the chassis.

Sunday, 22 April 2018


I went to Gurston Down to watch the racing which included the Westfield Speed Series , when I got home the V5C had arrived for the Eleven so I focused the rest of the day getting it ready for blatting on Sunday.

Once the car was ready Myles and I completed a circuit around Yeovil covering 12 or so miles followed by a bit of tweaking.  This was followed by a 65+ mile run to Chesil Beach and Lyme Bay with Tricia, the car ran well throughout but the suspension needs adjusting especially the rear.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Waiting for the DVLA

I've posted off the registration paperwork to the DVLA and await their response - hopefully an age related registration based on the donor MG Midget.

In the mean time I've started to work on the transformation of the Eleven

New motorcycle combined brake/rear/number plate light, reverse light and fog lights plus smaller retro-reflectors and number plate (assuming that they allow me to use my retention plate - and we all know what assume means!)

I've also had extra bolts welded to the driver's seat runner so next weekend will be focused on the cockpit.