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!

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.

Kevin Smith;

Head of Restorations; with Classic Team Lotus since 1999, along with his racing preparation and attendance role, Kevin has undertaken many significant restorations and is the World expert in type 49s and 72s.  And he is pretty handy at other Lotus types, too!

Bob Dance;

With Team Lotus in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Bob is keeping up the average by spending time with Classic Team Lotus to make it six decades of racing with the Team Lotus marque. Lead mechanic on the John Bowers’ type 25, which is still setting the pace, as it did in period.

Tim Gardner;

Tim joined the team in 2007 and has developed into something of a specialist for the earlier Team Lotus racing cars – and, in the form of a T125, the most recent. A capable and confident mechanic, both at the workshop and the circuit.  In 2018 Tim has been lead mechanic on the restoration of 33/R11, the 1965 World Championship winning car of Jim Clark.

Ted Fiddy;

Chief Mechanic; a career motorsport man, Ted joined the team in 2013 and became responsible for running Greg Thornton in Masters Formula One, winning the Championship outright in his first year with us.  As Chief Mechanic, Ted is responsible for competition activities in the event of the Team Manager’s absence.

Tom Brown;

Tom joined the office team in January 2015 to assist Steve Allen with the accounts and general office duties.  Tom’s responsibilities have increased gradually, to encompass most aspects of accounting, as Steve gradually reduces his working week.

Ryan Nixon;

In November 2015, Ryan joined us as an apprentice mechanic, completing a level 2 in motorsport and light vehicle maintenance. Ryan has now progressed to restoring and running cars and has proved himself as a capable member of the team, attending events regularly.

Stephen Nash;

Stephen fulfils the all-important challenge of buying all the parts, supplies and services that the team needs.  He has over 20 years buying experience within the classic car market.  Previous to this he worked at Lotus Cars as a design engineer.  Stephen provides vital support for the Team Manager, in particular. 

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.

Stephanie Clements;

Stephanie plays the vital role of Office Administration and Logistics.  Stephanie ensures that the team and customers end up in the right place at the right time, as well as maintaining the website and coordinating visits to the workshops.

Rob Ashley;

Rob joined the team at the start of the 2017 season, as the racing programme took yet another step up in business.  30 years in the motor trade took Rob to specialising in restoring classics as well as competitions experience.

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.

Toby Thornberry;

Joined CTL in summer 2017 as workshop apprentice and has given great support to the experienced mechanics, at the same time as progressing his apprenticeship course.  Toby’s supporting role was extended to race support for the 2018 season.

Paul Farman;

A very experienced vehicle mechanic with a passion for classic cars and special projects.  Competing with his own machines gave Paul the urge to apply his talents to historic motorsport with Classic Team Lotus.

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.

Jack Scott;

Apprenticeships have become increasingly important for Classic Team Lotus.  Jack has joined the team as Office Administration apprentice, working in unison with his Apprentice Business Administration course.

Brian Moss; 

With Lotus Cars for many years, Brian’s insatiable appetite for Team Lotus merchandising and memorabilia led him to supporting the Classic Team Lotus workshop activity by keeping everything ship-shape and Bristol fashion.

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.

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.

Indefatigueable Bob
Indefatigueable Bob

A great image from the Jim Endruweit archive, captioned by Jim as the 'Indefatigueable Bob Dance (Lotti)'.

Black & Gold in Silver
Black & Gold in Silver

A fabulous model of the Lotus type 72 has been scratch-built in solid silver.

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