Elliott has taken a tough decision: how long before he changes his mind?


Author: James ElliottPublished:

Asking other people's opinions is a funny old business.

Regular readers/sufferers will know that I have been agonising over what to do with my fleet for an age.

So, when I popped across to Zurich for a meeting last week, I decided to put my dilemma – and a potential resolution that was being dangled in front of me in the form of an offer for my Elan – to the team as a secret ballot.

I genuinely don't know whether I did this primarily because I have simply lost the will to work it out for myself, whether I was desperately hoping that someone would come up with a simple solution that I had somehow overlooked, or if I was soliciting their opinions solely because they might bring my own into focus. Ignore what they say, or agree with them, it wouldn't matter because the process itself would sharpen my own reasoning to the point that I would know what I really wanted.

So it was that when the team came in on Tuesday last week, they were confronted with a voting paper and a ballot box and encouraged to do their worst.

When I was back in on Wednesday, I was expecting they would have had some fun, but was disappointed by the lack of Double Decker wrappers and pictures of sheep genitalia.

Instead, I excitedly opened my box to find the following:

Four completed ballot papers ranging from straightforward numbered preferences to essays of the "see attached sheet" nature.

One plastic spoon.

One bottle of barely used Jaguar aftershave (we did a test squirt and the office still stinks of it).

One tiny tube of travel toothpaste.

One five pence piece.

12 working elastic bands

Two broken elastic bands.

I don't want to dissect or be uncharitable about the suggestions my esteemed colleagues made because it turns out they were irrelevant - it was just a case of me needing to ask them their views in order to know my own mind.

Even more frustratingly, I am not going to reveal my decision just yet – that would be guaranteed to scupper my horse-trading – but rest assured that a decision has now been made and upheaval of the Elliott classics is imminent.

When I do reveal all, hopefully in the next couple of weeks – you'll read it here first!



Please tell me this does not involve a Stag? Parting with the Elan I can understand for one with a growing family. Even spending the proceeds on dropping a modern turbo diesel into the Interceptor would be understandable but one can take compromise too far y'know. The Stag was a slightly pretty from some angles sort of cruiser that is stuck in it's own little 1973 bubble and tries to be sports car, GT and family four-seater but succeeds at neither very well. Flares and polo neck wardrobe obligatory.

James Elliott

I'm tempted to say it's a Stag just to wind you up Duesie!

But it isn't.

Group Editor, C&SC








The Elan: Do you still love her? Do you still yearn to be with her? Do you think about her all the time or is there someone else in your garage? Does she put a smile on your face every time you see her or do you have a nagging, underlying, gut wrenching feeling that she will say "Fix this! Sort that! You never spend money on me anymore. Why are you always driving those other pieces of crap? THEY ARE TRASH!"

Spend some quality alone time with her and decide if she is really the right one for you. There are other Elans in the sea. Unfortunately, beauties like her are all very high maintenance.

Are you willing to work it out and fall back in love or should you get divorced now so that you both can get on with your lives?

Will you miss her forever?

Tough decisions. I hope there are no children involved.


BG Euro Classics Car Club


Are you sure that is actually a tube of toothpaste? It looks like one of those self-dissolving Preparation H things to me.

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