WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (CAR 1990)

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WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (CAR 1990)

Postby clemo » Sun 02.10.2016, 10:19

We know that the Brit Ekland Elan S2 1995 was a newspaper telephone competition .

BUT what is this ?
Feb 1990 front page of car magazine ?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Magazine-Cove ... SwCGVX75tN


I am un aware of an early 1990 competition . Can anyone throw any light on this ?
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Re: WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (AUTOCAR 1990)

Postby GeoffSmith » Sun 02.10.2016, 10:39

I got a scanned copy from Sy but there are no details of the competition… and it's probably a bit late to enter.
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Re: WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (AUTOCAR 1990)

Postby clemo » Sun 02.10.2016, 10:55

GeoffSmith wrote:I got a scanned copy from Sy but there are no details of the competition… and it's probably a bit late to enter.


it may have been red ...
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Re: WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (CAR 1990)

Postby Rambo » Sun 02.10.2016, 20:47

Looks like a pre-production car to me judging by the no. plate ?? Specky ??
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Re: WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (CAR 1990)

Postby Rambo » Sun 02.10.2016, 20:57

Or a press car ??
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Re: WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (CAR 1990)

Postby Rusty Wishbone » Wed 05.10.2016, 14:57

I know someone who won an Elan. I never thought to ask him where he won it from. He won about 5 other cars too around that time. He had a knack with caption competitions.
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Re: WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (AUTOCAR 1990)

Postby Paul Alexander » Wed 05.10.2016, 16:36

GeoffSmith wrote:I got a scanned copy from Sy but there are no details of the competition… and it's probably a bit late to enter.


i actually entered this competition, and one that autocar were running. i do remember one of the competitions was a wordsearch type grid where you had to find as many car manufacturers and models as possible, such as ford or fiesta. there was a bit of controversy though as people were finding 2 letters together (eg. TF - the MG TF that is ), and the winning score was in the thousands. many people complained saying this wasn't fair. i don't remember the outcome though.
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Re: WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (CAR 1990)

Postby lotusflasherman » Wed 05.10.2016, 17:32

Rambo wrote:Or a press car ??

:agree: G396 KEX definitely a press car - used by Car magazine on the link above but also used by Autocar & Motor 10th Jan 1990 in the article called Duel of the Decade where it was tested back to back against an MX-5/Miata. MX-5 gets good review but on the subject of the Elan's higher price was a big caption under a picture saying "You should sell your grandmother and the rest of the family, your dog, your cat and anything else to hand to have the new Elan"

G397 KEX, G482 KVG, G483 KVG, G235 MEX, G245 MEX & G255 MEX were also press cars and appeared in magazine road tests..
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Re: WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (CAR 1990)

Postby clemo » Wed 05.10.2016, 18:17

lotusflasherman wrote:
Rambo wrote:Or a press car ??

:agree: G396 KEX definitely a press car - used by Car magazine on the link above but also used by Autocar & Motor 10th Jan 1990 in the article called Duel of the Decade where it was tested back to back against an MX-5/Miata. MX-5 gets good review but on the subject of the Elan's higher price was a big caption under a picture saying "You should sell your grandmother and the rest of the family, your dog, your cat and anything else to hand to have the new Elan"

G397 KEX, G482 KVG, G483 KVG, G235 MEX, G245 MEX & G255 MEX were also press cars and appeared in magazine road tests..


Phil , do you think / know that the "actual" car given away was the press car on the front ?
I was wondering if it was a general release car ..
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Re: WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (CAR 1990)

Postby lotusflasherman » Wed 05.10.2016, 20:18

clemo wrote:
lotusflasherman wrote:
Rambo wrote:Or a press car ??

:agree: G396 KEX definitely a press car - used by Car magazine on the link above but also used by Autocar & Motor 10th Jan 1990 in the article called Duel of the Decade where it was tested back to back against an MX-5/Miata. MX-5 gets good review but on the subject of the Elan's higher price was a big caption under a picture saying "You should sell your grandmother and the rest of the family, your dog, your cat and anything else to hand to have the new Elan"

G397 KEX, G482 KVG, G483 KVG, G235 MEX, G245 MEX & G255 MEX were also press cars and appeared in magazine road tests..


Phil , do you think / know that the "actual" car given away was the press car on the front ?
I was wondering if it was a general release car ..


No idea but if I'd won a 'new' Elan in a competition I certainly wouldn't want one that had been thrashed by a group of motoring journalist. No reason to treat it nice if you know you're giving it back, a bit like "One careful previous owner - Hertz "... :lol:

When Clarkson et al. were mucking around in older cars on Top Gear I sometimes noticed exhaust vapour from a cold engine when they were thrashing them and thought 'warm them up first Dickheads !' - they'd probably stopped for a 2 hour lunch and got straight back to filming... :banghead:
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Re: WHICH ELAN WAS GIVEN AWAY (CAR 1990)

Postby M100_DMM » Wed 08.05.2019, 16:02

clemo wrote:We know that the Brit Ekland Elan S2 1995 was a newspaper telephone competition .

BUT what is this ?
Feb 1990 front page of car magazine ?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Magazine-Cove ... SwCGVX75tN


I am un aware of an early 1990 competition . Can anyone throw any light on this ?


I entered that competition. I think there was something like 40 questions spread over three issues of the magazine. The questions were suitably challenging, but I correctly answered all of them - an afternoon spent perusing books and magazines at Chater's in Isleworth might have had something to do with that...

If I remember correctly, about 25 people had submitted correct entries. It therefore all came down to the tiebreaker, which was to suggest a name for a new Lotus road car. I scribbled down 'Etoile' then promptly changed my mind, scored it out and substituted a horrendously crap name instead. Guess what won? Yup, Etoile. Three people (again, if I remember correctly) put that down and went into the hat to win the Elan. Had I stuck with Etoile then I'd have been in the hat too. It still rankles!
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