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The Lotus 59 : F3 Screamer

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The 1000cc Formula 3 series was the spiritual successor to Formula Junior and ran from 1964 through 1970. It was the proving ground for those aspiring to climb from amateur status to the professional level of motorsports. Naturally, all of the … Continue reading

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Details of the 72.

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The Lotus 72 is undoubtedly one of the most iconic Formula One cars of the early through mid 1970’s.  Colin Chapman and the team at Lotus developed a ground breaking car that set the standard for many years to come.  Volumes … Continue reading

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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…

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012- Lotus

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There are endless stories about the Goodwood Festival speed already in print so I won’t go into too much detail here. I can say the British know how to put on an event that is unequaled anyplace else in the … Continue reading

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Lotus Cortina Luck…..

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It all started when I received a rather cryptic text from a fellow Cortina owner letting me know there was a Lotus Cortina listed on the Los Angeles Craig’s list. I quickly fired up the laptop to check it out … Continue reading

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Colin Chapman’s Lotus Eleven

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One of the highlights at this years Autosport International Show was Colin Chapman’s very own Lotus Eleven. The Lotus Eleven itself was a significant step for Lotus with a sophisticated design, and plenty of speed resulting in strong customer demand.The … Continue reading

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Autosport 2012 ~ Classic Team Lotus Display: Lotus 12 #301

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Classic Team Lotus was out in full force at this years Autosport International Show held at the NEC in Birmingham England. For those not familiar with Classic Team Lotus, the organization is managed by Lotus founder Colin Chapman’s son Clive … Continue reading

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