Post by haflinger121 on Jan 8, 2010 23:28:10 GMT 1
Wonderful photos Rod, thanks for posting them. I particularly like the engine shot, even if I still can't work out what half of it does. Well, the carburettor is clear enough, and the water hoses. Would I be right in thinking that heavy looking round thing on the top is its flywheel (with the tip of the crank poking through) and that the engine is basically mounted in the frame on its end? I wouldn't be surprised, seeing as it's a boat engine. Who owned the car when these pix were taken, and how come it ended up blue?
I've still got all the paperwork and photos that came with the Elto including letters from pre war drivers. When painted red it resided in a motor museum in Norfolk (Lord Cranfield's from memory) and before that in the window of a driving school in Norwich alongside a second midget (Parker 500 I believe). Incidently does anyone realise that our future king is a great midget enthusiast - I've seen photos of an immaculate TQ Kurtis presented to him and currently in the Sandringham motor museum, Norfolk.
Post by haflinger121 on Feb 23, 2010 10:42:38 GMT 1
Nice one Rod, no trouble with telling which of them is the ELTO with all that smoke, never mind the racket! I had previously wondered whether that two stroke might be smokey - now I know! Any idea where that is? Some vintage car meet in the States perhaps?
Roland Mays in a #28 ELTO 460 at Canfield Speedway. The speedway was located on the Mahoning County Fairground. The fairground is located in Canfield, Ohio. The 1/2 mile dirt track still exist today. In 1939 the first midget race was held on the 1/2 dirt track. In 1940 a new 1/4 dirt track was built. The 1/4 mile track survived until 1973 when weekly stock car racing was ended.
Post by memaerobilia on Jul 13, 2010 21:02:41 GMT 1
Here is a photo showing how Elto racing engines are mounted in midget race cars. (The 4 cyl Elto is mounted with one bank of cylinders facing front, and the other bank facing rear. The crankshaft is vertical with cut-down flywheel on top, and the crankshaft extends into the right angle drive unit, to drive the rear wheels. We had NINE of them through our shop in 70s and 80s. I have photos of all. They sat alongside the Skirrow, Miller Indy car, lots of Sprint cars and a nice JAP midget ! will show photos of the J.A.P. next. the next two photos show two types of the right angle gearbox to get power/drive from the vertical shaft to the rear drive shaft. first one is home-made welded heavy steel pipe, with Model A Ford gears and shafts inside, and race car water pump on front. Then a batch of aluminum case castings to make seven more that we used.