I got a comment last week about an image of an Elva Formula Junior car that was once owned and driven by Mark Donahue. The commenter was not able to load the photo, but I was able to get a copy of the image that the commenter was trying to forward. This photo is shown below.
An Elva Formula Junior Car Once Owned By Mark Donohue
I had difficulty finding the racing record of this car this car but once again Gary Cassaboom came to my rescue. He provided the racing record of this car while in the ownership of Mark Donohue.
Mark Donohue’s Racing Record With The Elva Formula Junior Car
|12/10/1961||Nassau Bahamas Speedweeks||000||P-4||New car. First open wheel race|
|2/11/1962||Daytona FJ Preliminary||00||DNF||Engine|
|3/23/1962||Sebring FJ Preliminary||28||Q-1 but DNF||Frame cracked (patch repair)|
|4/15/1962||Marlboro Nationals||00||P-2||Spent summer on frame fix|
|8/4/1962||Lime Rock||000||DNF||Still concern about frame|
|1/6/1963||Marlboro||100||P-1||Sold to Charlie Hayes at track|
From the above record it appears that the car only was moderately successful while in the ownership of Mark Donohue. It seems that the car’s frame cracked on the notoriously rough surface of the Sebring track. Donohue spent a great deal of time and money fixing this car, especially the car’s frame. Then when Mark Donohue won a race at Marlboro, it was the time to sell the car, so he immediately sold the car to Charlie Hayes right at the track and Hayes raced the car the next day at Marlboro.
The car is shown below while Donohue was racing the car at Sebring in 1962.
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