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.

Nick Yallop;

Nick's first job after leaving school was building boat at Colin Chapman's boatyard. He then moved over to Team Lotus in 1980, where he helped manufacture the first inhouse carbon chassis, then naturally progressed to CTL and has been here ever since! Nick primarily is responsible for our composite work, but also assists with race events.

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.

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.

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 works part-time, and plays a vital role organising race events and Logistics.  Stephanie ensures that the team and customers end up in the right place at the right time.

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.

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.

Mark Hicks;

Third generation Team Lotus mechanic, Mark joined CTL November 2019, following in his father and uncle's footsteps. A very experienced vehicle mechanic, Mark has worked in motorsport for 35+ years, with teams such as Williams, Arrows, and Jordan.

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;

Jack joined the team as Office Administration apprentice, working in unison with his Apprentice Business Administration course, which we are delighted to say he has now completed.

Paula Willis; 

Joined CTL January 2019. Paula is responsible for spinning many plates at once: coordinating tours, maintaining our website, and office administrator. Paula has been a follower of F1 since the 90's.

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.

Freddie Laker;

Freddie joind the team in April 2019, assisting Mark in workshop support tasks, primarily, the delivery and collection of parts. Before joining CTL, Freddie served in the Royal Air Force for 34 years as a weapons engineer.

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.

Lotus 72 50 Years print
Lotus 72 50 Years print

A special edition of the Lotus 72 print, back printed on acrylic; one for each Grand Prix start by the nine type 72s.

Classic Team Lotus and Emerson ready for Goodwood SpeedWeek
Classic Team Lotus and Emerson ready for Goodwood SpeedWeek

The Classic Team Lotus mechanics have been busy getting 12 cars ready to run at this weekend’s SpeedWeek event.

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