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1977 Elfin MR8

Racing Past Presented by Shannons Insurance.

This car is one of three MR8 Formula 5000's made by Garrie Cooper.

The car was ordered for Vern Schuppan (Australia's 1st Le Mans winner) in 1977 and at the 1978 Australian Grand Prix qualified on pole and finished 2nd in the race.

Car # 11
Engine: 5000cc Chev V8
Driver: Bill Hemming

Vern had Elfin convert it to a Can Am body and competed in USA (3rd at Watkins Glen) for 2 years before being brought back to Australia and restored to its original F5000 specs.

Notable drivers and winners in Elfin MR8's include James Hunt, Didier Pironi, Vern Schuppan, Larry Perkins, John Bowe, Bryan Thomson and of course Garrie Cooper.