Tag Archives: Colin Chapman

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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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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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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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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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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