Elan-only races to mark the Lotus icon's 50th


Two dedicated Lotus Elan races are to be held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Colin Chapman's brilliant little sports car.

The Classic Sports Car Club is inviting all models of the original Lotus Elan to compete on two grids, each expected to comprise 35-40 examples.

The first race will be during the Brands Hatch Lotus Festival on 18-19 August and that will be followed by a race at Donington Park on 15-16 September.

Although plenty of other events have suggested they will incorporate Elans this year, none except the CSCC has so far confirmed a dedicated race.

The CSCC says it welcomes all standard, 26R and +2S derivatives with FIA papers, as well as club and modified cars as long as they have the original silhouette and original-type mechanicals. 

The single driver races will be 30 minutes long and the cars will run on List 1A or 1B tyres.

Competition Director Hugo Holder said: "We have a number of Lotus Elans that race very successfully with us in our Swinging Sixties series and they are very popular both with drivers and spectators. Plus, of course, Lotus is one of the most famous names in world motor sport. 

"It’s absolutely right that we celebrate the introduction of a car that is regarded as one of the best-performing ever produced. Elans were very successful race cars and often performed outstandingly well against more exotic machinery in their day."

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