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This however is my first Elva and driving this car is the man who sold it to me.
The Courier is 100/106/L
A US Bound Elva Courier -
Robins Egg Blue original color - I have several pictures of the car after it being sanded down.
It was the 106th Courier made and probably sold out of Chicago - It had been painted several times - I would have imagined at least 8 - I remember a green and a yellow and this red - no other color stands out in my memory.
Don Kopiske is the driver, and the guy who sold me this car 10 years later (1984) - The car had been wrecked and repaired but the frame was straight. and a lot of the body was still intact - Hey it even came with body molds.
It is here in the maintenance shed at the former Peshtigo County Insane Asylum - drafty and cold
Don loaded me up with spare parts from his garage - Windshields - Tops - Top bows pedal boxes, brakes
I stopped and talked to Don quite often - he was making a new Courier to race and I made a body for it
and I gathered more folklore, information and advice.
This car set me on a journey to enjoy - without it - I would not have met Stirling Moss, Carl Haas or Bobby Rahal (Elva Club members)
I would not have met and befriended Frank Nichols the Elva founder or Roger Dunbar
I preserved this car - saved it really - so that it could go on and race many another day -
I knew Don well - his crew friends proudly represented in the victory V on the side of the car
Long live Elva and the memories of the people that love them
The same car 10 years later
Stirling Moss talking to Ray Hoepper - Circa 1997