CTL at the Goodwood Revival 2023
The 2023 Goodwood Revival was billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth" and, for many Lotus fans it quite possibly was. As part of this year’s 75th Anniversary celebrations of the brand, Lotus was the featured marque of what is now a full four-day extravaganza of all things automotive. Team Manager Chris Dinnage coordinated the 11 mechanics for the 11 customer race cars, realising the outstanding accomplishment of 10 race finishers. CTL were unquestionably the prime movers in showcasing the Lotus brand, including 10 additional cars that joined in the daily Lotus Parade. The now customary CTL Team Photo taken late on Saturday, featuring Marks 1, 2 and 3, and with almost everyone involved in the weekends efforts, was a big one!
The weekend activities started early for CTL as truly a glorious Thursday afternoon saw Karun Chandhok, Clive Chapman, the Mark I and the Type 79 camped out at the far end of the circuit filming an introduction to Lotus at the Revival, for Goodwood TV.
After Karun interviewed Clive he was given the opportunity to drive both the recently completed 1948 Mark I recreation and the Mario Andretti's 1978 Championship winning Type 79. Experiencing thirty years of development from Hazel and Colin's first Austin Seven based car, to running the Type 79 in full "skirts down" ground-effects mode was something special.
Several car to car passes in both vehicles with both in car and boom cameras, not to mention a drone, gave the viewer a real insight into the differences between driving the two history making cars.
Following the early Lotus history theme it was great to welcome the owner of Lotus Mark 3 to the Revival. James Moores (seen here with Clive Jane and Alice) was excited to drive the Mk3 in the 75-years of Lotus parade which also saw Arthur Chapman out in the Turbine-powered Type 56B.