Lotus out in force at Brands Hatch

| 23 Aug 2012

F1 machinery was the undoubted crowd pleaser at the Lotus Festival on 18-19 August.

The spectacular display of race-ready cars from Norfolk kicked off with a demonstration run from Colin Chapman’s son, Clive, in a Type 49B from 1968.

Former team driver Martin Donnelly was also out on-track – taking the helm of both 1978’s Type 79 and the 102, which he raced 22 years ago. The 101 from 1989 added to the company’s show of F1 force.

The Elan 50 race, which celebrated the pint-sized Lotus’ 50th anniversary, featured action of a completely different type. Andy Wolfe, in an FIA car, would emerge victorious followed by Vicky Brooks and Andrew Marler.

There were static displays, too, including the Type 22 that featured in the film Grand Prix, an ex-Stirling Moss Lotus 18/21 and a 1994 Type 107C.

Fans of Lotus cars for the road wouldn’t have been disappointed by firm’s Sunbeam, Cortina and Carlton models, which also made an appearance.

The oldest surviving example of a Chapman car – an Austin Seven-based MkII – was displayed by the Historic Lotus Club one of the several clubs that attended the event.

Elsewhere, there were trade stalls and an Autojumble with what seemed like an infinite supply of parts.

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