Huge Lotus celebration to take place at Shelsley Walsh

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Hundreds of Lotus cars are set to take part in special Hethel-themed two-day meeting at Shelsley Walsh.

The event, on 18-19 August, will include a parade and demo by Team Lotus cars and incorporate a celebration of the Lotus Elan at 50.

Already more than 30 historically important examples of the marque have been signed up including a unique 23B powered by six unsilenced Ariel Arrow 'bike engines (main image).

Others include the Lotus 69 F2 that was driven by Emerson Fittipaldi (above), a Lotus 22 with a twin-cam engine, a Jack Brabham Lotus 24 F1 fitted with a Coventry Climax V8 engine, a Mk1 Lotus Cortina FIA race car, a Lotus 18 F1 powered by Alfa Romeo and a Lotus 58 F2 car.

They will be joined by the Shapecraft Lotus Elan, the only aluminium Lotus Elan Le Mans 26R – which was driven by Jackie Stewart – and a freshly restored Lotus Seven S1 that was raced and hillclimbed by Daniel Richmond of Downton Engineering.

The car park promises to be just as interesting for fans of Colin Chapman's marque with the Lotus Drivers' Club and Lotus Owners' Club promising to turn out in force.

The weekend will also host rounds of the British and Midland Hill Climb Championships.

For more information click here.

Picture credits: Lotus 23B Ariel at Brands Hatch in October 1965 (courtesy of Jeremy Deeley); Emerson Fittipaldi's Lotus 69 at Dijon in 2010 (courtesy of Roger Bevan)

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