Record number of Lotus Cortinas to celebrate 50th Anniversary at Brands

| 28 Jan 2013

This year’s Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch on 24-25 August will celebrate a half-century of Lotus’ Cortina-based sports saloon.

Central to the weekend’s programme will be two Lotus Cortina-only races on the full Grand Prix circuit.

Owners of both road and race versions of the model are also being invited to take part in displays and parades.

Race organiser Carol Spagg  said: “We had 28 Cortinas on a 60-car grid at Silverstone last year and the crowd went wild to see them racing wheel to wheel!

“This year’s event will give us the opportunity to have a record-breaking number all racing together on the long Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. It is bound to be popular with drivers and spectators.”

The event will also feature the Lotus Cup and Elise Trophy series, plus Lotus Sunbeams on the circuit’s rally track.

Classic Team Lotus will be on hand with F1 displays and demonstrations and there will be a trade village, music concerts, club gatherings and air displays.

Famed as the fruit of a collaboration between Ford and Colin Chapman’s marque, Cortina bodyshells were sent to Lotus and fitted with Twin Cam engines and modified suspension.

Homologated in September 1963, the car had its first outing at the Oulton Park Gold Cup, finishing third and fourth.  

The following year brought numerous successes culminating with Jim Clark winning the British Saloon Car Championship, plus Sir John Whitmore’s domination of the European Touring Car Championship in 1965. Sir Jackie Stewart and Jack Sears also raced the machine.

Find out more about the event on the Brands Hatch website.