Peter Egan’s Journey from LA to Elkhart in an Eleven

When I posted the Lotus XI sales brochure last week, a commenter reminded me about Peter Egan’s Road & Track article about building a Westfield kit of a Lotus XI and embarking (the next morning!) on a cross country trip to Road America. Reminiscent of the types of stunts that Top Gear would later build an empire on, the article is equal parts dry journal and audacious journey. Thankfully, there’s almost none of the rubes-in-the-country-respond-to-a-racecar-with-dumfounded-confusion, and much more enthusiasm and joy from everyone Peter and his wife encounter.

The article is available online in its entirety at this link. I dare you to get to the end and not want to ring up Westfield to secure one of the (last?) Eleven kits for yourself.

DISCUSS (3 Comments)

  1. Marc Goldleaf

    This is one of my all time favorite PE writings – and yes, it set me on a journey to finding a Westfield XI.

    And, did you know, it seems the Egan just sold his Elan on eBay.

  2. Automobiliac

    I think Peter Egan’s wife must be one of the great unsung heroes of the 20th century…

  3. MartinS

    Very inspiring! Interestingly enough, the latest issue of Swedish magazine Automobil arrived the other day with an article on Westfield Eleven…

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