Classic Team Lotus

Meet the Team


Clive Chapman BSc (Hons) Eng;

Son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, Clive is fully committed to the preservation and promotion of the Team Lotus racing history of which he enjoyed such an exciting and unique perspective.

Chris Dinnage;

Classic Team Lotus Team Manager who started at Team Lotus in 1982. Chris was a number one mechanic for Senna, amongst others. He has exceptional knowledge of Team Lotus racing cars and his significant competitions experience is invaluable, to both customers and team alike.  Chris has driven more varieties of F1 Lotus cars than anyone else on the planet!

Rupert Manwaring;

Business Manager. Rupert was with Team Lotus from 1987 to 1990, culminating in two years as Team Manager. After 25 years in Formula One he joined Group Lotus and ran Lotus Motorsport for six years. In 2021 Rupert joined Classic Team Lotus to increase the company’s capacity for both its existing activities and new initiatives arising from the Team Lotus heritage.

Steve Allen;

Accountant. With Team Lotus since the Fittipaldi days. Dealing principally with administrative and financial matters. Steve ensures an efficiency of operation that benefits all Classic Team Lotus customers.

Nick Yallop;

Nick's first job after leaving school was building boat at Colin Chapman's boatyard. He moved over to Team Lotus in 1980, where he helped manufacture the first in-house carbon chassis. After a spell, Nick naturally progressed to CTL! Primarily Nick is responsible for our composite work, but also assists with race events.

Bob Dance;

With Team Lotus in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, former Chief Mechanic Bob has kept up the average by spending time with Classic Team Lotus to make it six decades of racing with the Team Lotus marque. Roll on a seventh! Team Lotus legend.

Tim Gardner;

With CTL since 2007, Tim has experience on the whole range of Team Lotus Formula cars; plus the extraordinary Lotus T125, from 2010. A capable and confident mechanic, both at the workshop and the circuit.  Tim is lead mechanic on the restoration of 33/R11 - the 1965 World Championship winning car of Jim Clark - plus he has become something of a specialist on type 72s and type 81s.

Harvey Boore;

In September 2019, Harvey joined us as a welding and fabrication apprentice, in conjunction with City College. Harvey has always had an interest in anything cars and motorsport related. Outside of work, Harvey runs a car enthusiast club, which meet for regular events throughout the year.

Mark Rudling;

Joined the company in May 2016, providing invaluable workshop support.  Also, he is responsible for the movement of cars and parts to and from our suppliers.  Mark also attends events, especially the really hectic ones.  Prior to joining the team, Mark served for 37 years in the RAF.

Rob Ashley;

Rob joined the team at the start of the 2017 season, as the racing programme took yet another step up in activity.  30 years in the motor trade took Rob to specialising in restoring classics as well as competitions experience. Amongst many things, Rob restored the 1961 Monaco winning Moss 18 and has relished the challenge of helping customers to realise the potential of their Lotus 16s

Steve Jest;

Steve is one of the best fabricators in the business and we were delighted when he joined the team during the 2017 season.  Restoration and maintenance of the chassis and suspensions of the 60s, 70s and 80s F1 cars is a demanding challenge; Steve applies his skills with special care.

Aaron Buck;

Joined CTL in summer 2018 as workshop apprentice and has given great support to the experienced mechanics, at the same time as progressing his apprenticeship course.  Aaron’s supporting role was extended to race support for the 2018 season.

Lewis Cullington;

In Summer 2018 the team was delighted to welcome back Lewis, after a three year sabbatical at the Local JLR dealership.  Lewis will focus on workshop-based projects, with occasional event attendance.

Jeremy Peirson;

Chief Accountant of Team Lotus in the mid Sixties and early Seventies, Jeremy has extensive knowledge of Team Lotus racing cars and has the necessary skills to develop and manage the all-important licensing of the Marque’s history.

Lucie Sayers;

Lucie joined CTL August 2020, to assist Katrina in accounts, and help with the organising of race events and logistics, ensuring The Team, and customers, end up in the right place at the right time!

Andy Grear-Hardy

Merchandising Assistant. Andy joined Classic Team Lotus in 2021 and is responsible for retail merchandise and stock. Andy is a real petrolhead and enjoys taking part in races in his free time. Andy also enjoys collecting car models! 


Classic Team Lotus is very fortunate to benefit from the advice and assistance of many other Team Lotus racing experts. Specialists with unique knowledge and experience.

The Directors of Classic Team Lotus are Mrs Hazel Chapman, Mr Clive Chapman and Mrs Jane Chapman.

Alex Brundle: Behind the Wheel
Alex Brundle: Behind the Wheel

Released today on what would have been Colin Chapman’s 94th birthday, this 15-minute insight into Classic Team Lotus filmed among the fabulous collection of cars at CTL is one to watch.

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