To Pau, for the first 1-litre F2 race…

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Jim Clark’s 1964 season engendered a wide variety of nice – and sometimes not-so-nice – racing cars. The F2 Lotus 32 fell firmly in the former category. Jim’s first race with it was in the opening round of the French F2 series – itself the first race for the new F2 – around the familiar streets of Pau. Enter Ron Harris Team Lotus:  in this video we’ve tried to uncover a little more about the former motor-cyclist-cum-film distributor-cum Team Lotus entrant. We also chat with with the very rapid John Fenning, himself a Ron Harris Team Lotus driver, and for the bulk of 1964 a front-running F3 star.

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Jim and the Ron Harris Lotus 32-Cosworth were the class of the Pau, 1964, weekend

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Cortina at Sebring – Proof Test

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It was the mid 1960’s and Ford was deep into their “ Total Performance “ campaign. The British built Cortina was making headlines as it racked up podium finishes across Europe and the USA was a prime target. Why not … Continue reading

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Crosthwaite and Gardiner – Recreating The Past

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Research has shown that smell is the sense most linked to our emotional recollection and there’s nothing like the smell of a well-oiled machine shop.  The aroma of cutting fluid has a certain attraction to gear heads the world over. … Continue reading

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Coulthard tests Jim Clark’s Lotus 25

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The Lotus 25 is the car that really defined progress and forward thinking in F1 engineering. It was the first car with a fully stressed monocoque chassis that was three times stiffer than its predecessor , the Lotus 21. The … Continue reading

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The Ford “Kent” Engine: Four Cylinder Domination since 1959

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1959 could be one of the most significant years for the motorsport world. That may be a very bold statement but it’s undoubtedly true when you consider the facts. 1959 was the year Ford released their 105E, 997cc “Kent” (named … Continue reading

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Techno Classica Essen : Europe’s Passion on Display

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I’ve only been to Germany a few times and never to Essen. To be honest, I’ve never really had a great desire to travel to Germany. I’m not sure why. I’ve owned and driven German cars and have always enjoyed … Continue reading

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The 2013 Queen’s English British car show.

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Under a typically gray English sky, The Queen’s English British car show in Van Nuys, California enjoyed a tremendous turnout. Legions of Triumphs, Austins, MGs, Lotus, and other English cars descended on Woodley Park in the San Fernando Valley, a … Continue reading

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Race Retro: Green Flag To The Historic Racing Season

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Starting off the historic and classic racing season each year,  is the Race Retro show held in February near Coventry, England. The show is famous for featuring the latest components to keep your classic race car on the track as … Continue reading

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1956: Mike Hawthorn takes a preview lap of Le Mans in a Jaguar D Type.

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This is a great time capsule film  from 1956 of Le Mans winner Mike Hawthorne taking a preview lap of Le Mans in a D type Jaguar. The road is open to the public and there are few close calls … Continue reading

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AC Minds & Co. : British Sports Car Specialist…In Japan.

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I’ve been traveling the globe for some time now and have been to more countries than I can remember. I’m not complaining, in fact I count myself among the fortunate. One of the best things about traveling is meeting new … Continue reading

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JCCA New Year Meeting: Part 3 恒例のJCCAニューイヤーミーティング2013

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The really fun part of visiting the JCCA New Year Meeting was looking through the boxes and bins of spare parts and accessories located throughout the event. The collection and array of parts was very impressive and if you were … Continue reading

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Paul Matty Sports Cars : The Lotus Specialists

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I’ve known of Paul Matty Sports Cars for years through their advertisements in various UK magazines and publications.  Sadly,  I never had the privilege of visiting the shop even though I have traveled to the UK on numerous occasions. I … Continue reading

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JCCA New Year Meeting: Part 2 恒例のJCCAニューイヤーミーティング2013

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We continue with coverage from the JCCA New Year Meeting held in Tokyo on January 27, 2013. The previous article covered most of the Nissans at the event. We’ll take a look at the other brands at the show starting … Continue reading

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Autosport International 2013: Part 3- The cars

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Autosport International or “The Racing Car” show as it is known to the regulars always has an interesting collection of cars to please the eye. The variety ranges from Karts to modified street cars and everything up to the latest … Continue reading

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JCCA New Year Meeting 2013: Part 1 恒例のJCCAニューイヤーミーティング2013

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I’ve heard about the Japan Classic Car Association New Year Meeting for years. Unfortunately my previous trips to Japan during January usually happen a few weeks prior to the New Year Meeting. But not this year, I thought it was … Continue reading

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Autosport International 2013: Part 2-Parts and components.

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In part 1 of Autosport International coverage we looked at some of the interesting engines on display at the show. In this installment we’ll cover some of the parts and components on display. It would be impossible to show everything, … Continue reading

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Classica Cafe Yokohama クラシカ横濱: An oasis for the mechanical mind.

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “oasis” as something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast. For many, such an oasis exists in the Fujimicho neighborhood of Yokohama, Japan. Tucked away, down a side street near the Isezaki Chojamachi subway station is … Continue reading

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Autosport International 2013: Part 1-The engines.

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Autosport International is by far my favorite motorsport show. The selection of cars,  technology, and engines is incredible . I’ve been in the motorsport industry for more than half of my life and I always look forward to this event. … Continue reading

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Jim Stokes Workshops Limited: Historical Precision

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About an hour south of London lays the Jim Stokes Workshops Ltd. (JSWL) and as you guessed it, Jim Stokes oversees the operation.  And what a special group of workshops he has built up over some 40 odd years in … Continue reading

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Japan Lotus Day 2012 ジャパン・ロータスデー2012: Part 4

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In this installment from Japan Lotus Day 2012, we’ll take a final look at the some of the more unique cars at the event. The Lotus VI parked next to the 211s in the pit garage at Fuji Speedway reflects the … Continue reading

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Performance Racing Industry Show 2012: Racing industry roundup

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The PRI (Performance Racing Industry) trade show is the annual meeting place for just about everyone involved in racing. The show attracts visitors from around the globe looking for the latest products to support their motorsport efforts. The show is … Continue reading

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Japan Lotus Day 2012 ジャパン・ロータスデー2012: Part 3 Monoposto Cars

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Monoposto: a term designating the body of a single-seat racing car. The term monoposto was introduced in 1931, when international rules were revised to delete the requirement to use only two-seat bodies for racing cars. A monoposto is an open body without doors, designed to … Continue reading

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Cars and Coffee: A weekly motoring pilgrimage

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One questions I am often asked when I travel abroad is “what is Cars and Coffee really like, is it as impressive as it seems?”. The answer is always yes. Most people that have never experienced the now world famous … Continue reading

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Japan Lotus Day 2012 ジャパン・ロータスデ- 2012: Part 2 Sevens ~ Elans, ロータス セブン. ロータス エラン

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If a cat has nine lives then the Lotus Seven has nine more. The iconic creation of Colin Chapman and company continues to thrive in Japan in one form or another with enthusiasts and racers supporting interest in the tube … Continue reading

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1958 Road America: Sprint Race Action

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This is a great time capsule film of a sprint race at Road America in 1958. It’s not often we get to see period cars in action during the golden age of sports car racing. This film features  Porsche Spiders, … Continue reading

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Japan Lotus Day 2012 ジャパン・ロータスデー2012: Part 1

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Passion for the Lotus Marque in Japan is massive. The brand has a cult like admiration and a fan base that I believe is just as big or even bigger than the Lotus following in the UK. For the past … Continue reading

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Before F1. Piers Courage’s Lotus Seven

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The Lotus Seven is one of the most iconic club sports cars of all time. Many racing greats have piloted a Seven at one time in their career.  The uncomplicated design of the Seven combined with superb handling and power … Continue reading

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Vintage BMW. The Southern California Fall Festival

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BMW has offered up some pretty cool cars over the years. Like most automobile manufactures, their product lineup has become larger and perhaps less stylish in recent years.  For many enthusiasts, BMW’s heyday was the mid 1960’s through the mid … Continue reading

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Ian Walker Racing : The Man and His Cars – A book review.

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There were numerous Sports and Saloon Car teams that raced in the UK during the 50’s and 60’s. Aside from the principal works teams such as Lotus and Ford, there were the de facto works teams like Chequered Flag, Alan … Continue reading

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Brands Hatch: Lotus 60, Elan 50.

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It’s been a banner year for Lotus celebration events.  The Hethel UK based company is in their 60th year and fans are reveling everywhere. In addition to the company’s anniversary, Lotus launched the iconic Elan 50 years ago resulting in … Continue reading

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Shelsley Walsh – Tradition of speed, uphill battle against time

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I don’t really need much convincing to travel to the UK for a race. I am ready to go anytime. When it comes to motor sports it’s very difficult to top England. The Brits just plain understand it.  There seems to … Continue reading

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Lotus Originals – History, Style and Fashion

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Lotus means many different things to many different people. For some, it’s all about Colin Chapman or the golden years with Clark and Hill. For others it’s Kimi Raikkonen in the latest Lotus Formula One car.  Regardless of your interpretation … Continue reading

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Lotus Seven – Redline Components LTD ~ The Keepers of the flame.

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There is always a custodian of the brand or marque when it comes to classic cars. A specialist that is the go to place for that rare part or bit of information you need when completing the restoration or just … Continue reading

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