Lotus at Shelsley

The Big One at Shelsley Walsh last weekend featured a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the brilliant Lotus Elan and Lotus were a featured marque for the event.

Lotus Elan Shelsley Walsh

Lotus Elans on display at the hill

 

Paul Matty and the MAC put together a mouth-watering selection of historic Lotus competition cars, including several Team Lotus works cars.

The Paul Matty Sports Cars Lotus Championship alway produces a great entry of Lotus road & racing cars across all eras of production, and this weekend they were joined by 30 or so more F1, F2, F3, sports racing, sports & saloon Lotus’.

Here are a selection of videos & images of the cars at Shelsley over the weekend.

 

Lotus 15

Lotus 15 Barry Williams

Whizzo Williams in the Lotus 15

 

Motorsport legend Barry Whizzo Williams returned to Shelsley to drive the ex. Dizzy Addicott (boy’s own style war hero & racing driver) Lotus 15 with Buick V8 engine.

The car was built with a Coventry Climax 4-cylinder motor in 1958 and was raced by Cliff Allison, Graham Hill and David Piper before Addicott acquired it as a rolling chassis in 1961. He then installed a 3.5l Buick V8 engine and it became the very hairy sports racer it is today!

 

Lotus 19

Lotus 19 Paul Matty

Paul Matty in his newly restored Lotus 19

 

Lotus agent, collector and hillclimb championship sponsor Paul Matty brought his freshly rebuilt Lotus 19 sports racer to the event for its first public outing since restoration.

The chassis was used by Lotus works drivers when new and was driven by future World Champions Jim Clark & Graham Hill as well as Innes Ireland (who was the first man to win a GP for Team Lotus). This particular car is powered by a 2.5l 4-cylinder Coventry Climax FPF engine and is absolutely immaculate.

Lotus 19 Paul Matty

Rear view of the gorgeous Lotus 19

 

Lotus 35

Lotus 35 Martin V8

Lotus 35 chassis with Martin V8 powerplant.

 

Allan Rennie drove his spectacular recreation of the V8 engined, Formula 1 Lotus 35 in the Invitation Class for Lotus Sports Racing and Racing Cars.

The original car was built for the new 3-litre Grand Prix Formula in 1966 by Charles Lucas and Roy Thomas by combining a Formula 2 Lotus 35 monocoque with a 3-litre Martin V8 engine.  Rennie has built this wonderful car using a sister chassis and a spare engine and http://www.lotus35martinf1.com/ is a great website documenting the build.

 

Lotus 69

Lotus 69 Emerson Fittipaldi

ex. Emerson Fittipaldi Lotus 69

 

FIA Historic Formula 2 racer Roger Bevan demo’d his Cosworth-powered Lotus 69 and ran the car unsilenced on the hill.

Future World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi drove this Team Bardahl privately entered car in the 1970 European Formula 2 season before his promotion to Formula 1 team leader with Team Lotus after the tragic death of Jochen Rindt at that year’s Italian Grand Prix.

 

Thank you to all at the MAC and Paul Matty Sports Cars for putting this wonderful field together and for allowing many of them to run unsilenced, they sounded fantastic!

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