After today, two things stand out: first, the Elan lives up to the hype. It's a 50 year old car with a modern feeling suspension. Engine and brakes show their age. The Strombergs don't offer throttle response as crisp as a good fuel injection system (or Webers) and the unassisted brakes require some muscle to work, but they do have good feel, and the engine does make decent power. The suspension though; brilliant. Great steering feel, very good grip, and the car simply flows from corner to corner.
Second, the Westfield is a highly involving weapon. There is no more apt way to describe its capabilities and attitude. Turn in, braking, acceleration -- there is simply no delay to any input and the car begs to be steered with the throttle. The fact that the car doesn't cosset you, that the seats and harnesses firmly lock you to the chassis, creates a sense of oneness that I haven't experienced elsewhere. When the road turns twisty and the speeds rise, it truly feels like an extension of your body, delivering a very entertaining experience.