All at Classic Team Lotus were very saddened to learn of the tragic death of Historic Racer and true Lotuseer Simon Diffey in a road traffic accident this past weekend.
This weekend's Monaco Historic GP is a real "Lotus Fest"
Classic Team Lotus has significantly extended it's parts service with the acquisition of the Paul Matty Sportscars Parts Business.
CTL is out testing 77/1, 78/2 and 91/8 on the Lotus Cars test track at Hethel in readiness for Monaco. Here are the cars looking fabulous outside the workshop, on a beautiful Spring day.
80 years ago, on April 18 at 5:25pm., Karl-Jochen Rindt first saw the light of day. This great image of Jochen with a Team Lotus celebratory cake was taken on Saturday of the 1970 Spanish GP. Mechanic Dougie Garner (aka Joe Ninety) is in foreground and Team Manager Dick Scammell in background.
Lotus Elan +2S 130 reg: HNG 841L was purchased new by Team Lotus Chief Mechanic Eddie Dennis directly from Lotus Cars Ltd. in August 1972. Having sold the car in 1974, Eddie bought it back in 2007 and set about restoring it to its original condition. After Eddie sadly passed away in 2017, the restoration was taken on by his family and completed in late 2021. With the spring weather improving daily, last week Eddie' family brought HNG 841L to CTL for an emotional return to Hethel, 50-years after they had first ridden in the car with Eddie.
The Lotus Type 18 that Sir Stirling Moss drove to victory in the Monaco GP stole the limelight at a recent Classic Team Lotus test session at the Gaudix facility in southern Spain.
A recent story on the official F1 site about the biggest technical revolutions in Formula 1 of course had plenty of Team Lotus content…. but the story of the #1 item on the list might raise a few comments from Lotus aficionados.
As an 8-year old, current Design Director at Lotus Cars Russell Carr was a huge fan of John Player Team Lotus and the Type 72 and always wanted to design cars for Lotus.
Recently Classic Team Lotus was pleased to welcome Jenson Button and the Radford crew to the workshops at Hethel. Jenson and the Radford Type 62-2 took part in some filming in the CTL workshop before heading over to the Hethel track for some pre-production testing.