Elfin: The Spirit of Speed


An unrepeatable story demands an unrepeatable book. So, it is fitting that – on the 60th anniversary of the company’s foundation – a very special new work is published, solely dedicated to the fascinating history of Elfin Sports Cars.

Elfin: The Spirit of Speed is a book on an epic scale. At over 700 pages and of imposing proportions, featuring hundreds of black and white and colour photographs, it is published in grand style, with the very finest quality stock and production values.

Four years in the making, exhaustive research has uncovered countless hitherto unknown facts about the marque. The author, David Dowsey, has conducted over 50 interviews with the individuals who know the history firsthand. Hundreds of high quality photographs – many previously unpublished – bring the story to life. Almost every model and variant has been professionally photographed, making Elfin: The Spirit of Speed worthy of museum-piece status.

Elfin: The Spirit of Speed is a comprehensive catalogue of every Elfin model produced by the company under all ownerships: Garrie Cooper, Don Elliott, Murray Richards, Bill Hemming/Nick Kovatch and Tom Walkinshaw.

Over the course of its incredible 704 pages, every model and all variants are described in accurate detail and are bolstered by specification tables and racing histories. Period and specially commissioned contemporary photographs add depth to the stories.

Many of the surviving Elfin employees that constructed the cars; the drivers who campaigned them with so much success; and the brave individuals who have owned the company over the years contributed to the book through revealing interviews that detail the aspirations and disappointments, the rivalries and jealousies, and the comradeship and can-do attitude that make the story of Elfin Sports Cars one of the most fascinating in the history of motorsport.

Elfin: The Spirit of Speed – The Editions

Elfin: The Spirit of Speed is available in three editions, each of the highest quality, but positioned at different price points to suit most budgets: The Standard Edition is for the fans; the Limited Edition has been designed for Elfin enthusiasts looking to personalise their book and connect it with their favourite Elfin model; while the Ultimate Edition is for the Elfin aficionado who wants something that money generally can’t buy: a genuine connection with the marque and the car they own or may have owned. All books are 704 pages.

Standard Edition: An initial run of 1000 copies will be printed; hardbound with French-fold dust jacket and featuring a ribbon bookmark with special card marker. RRP $195.

Limited Edition: A run of 350 copies only will be printed with the following special treatments: Special cloth binding, embossed slipcase complete with a replica Elfin chassis plate attached to the front cover (strictly one book per frame number, never to be duplicated), ribbon bookmark with special card marker, author’s signature and individually handwritten Limited Edition series number. RRP $425.

Ultimate Edition: An exclusively limited number of only 5 (five) ULTIMATE EDITIONS will be produced, strictly to order only. These very special editions will feature a Plaqued, Signed and numbered Limited Edition book, presented in a Mike Simcoe inspired, hand made, timber and aluminium display case, topped with a genuine historic Elfin panel from the original ex Vern Schuppan MR8 as raced throughout Australia and North America. Each case also contains a selection of genuine bodybuilding tools used by Garrie Cooper and John Webb at the Elfin factory. RRP $2750. SOLD OUT.

Models Covered

Every Elfin car is featured in Elfin: The Spirit of Speed. Beginning with the speculative specials and moving on to the first Elfin-named model, the Streamliner, through the open-wheel racing cars and the mighty sports models; raced by the very best in Australian racing history, along with a surprising coterie of internationals stars, including Formula One World Champion, James Hunt and Ferrari ace, Didier Pironi, every car, every variant is presented in incredible detail and specially commissioned photographs.

GTS Coupe
Formula Junior
Type 100 (Mono)
Type 500 (Formula Vee)

Type 400
Type 300
Type 350
Type 600
Type 600 Formula Ford
Type 360
Type 620 Formula Ford
Type 622 Formula Two
Type 623 Formula Three

Type 630
Type 700
New Generation ‘NG’ Vee
Type 792
GE Two-25

Elfin road car
Type 852
Type 3 Clubman
MS8 Clubman
MS8 Streamliner
T5 Clubman


Well over 50 interviews were conducted during the writing and research of Elfin: The Spirit of Speed. After all, who knows the story of the marque better than those that designed and built the cars, drove them, maintained them and owned them?

Neil Allen
Bruce Allison
John Anderson
Simon Aram
Kevin Bartlett
John Bowe
Geoffrey Brabham
Lorraine Cooper
Alf Costanzo

David Earle
Tony Edmondson
Don Elliott
Fred Gibson
Jeff Gransden
Allan Grice
Ron Guppy
Mike Hall
Vern Hamilton

Bill Hemming
Allan Horsley
John Hurd
Noel Hurd
Bob Jane
Dale Koennecke
Stuart Kostera
Nick Kovatch
Ron Lambert

Peter Larner
Ernest Litera
John McCormack
Mark McLaughlin
Spencer Martin
Henry Michell
Albert Middleton
Mary Middleton
Bob Mills

Peter Molloy
Allan Moffat
Phil Moore
Laurie O’Neil
Max Pearson
Larry Perkins
Malcolm Ramsay
Brian ‘Brique’ Reed
Bruce Richardson

Vern Schuppan
Mike Simcoe
George Spanos
Mike Stillwell
Bryan Thomson
John Webb
Mick Webb
Peter Wilkinson
Henk Woelders

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