March 30, 2017

Earl’s Court Lotus Elan SE Launch Car Rediscovered

The actual vehicle that was unveiled by Lotus CEO, Mike Kimberley, at the 1989 Earls Court British Motor Fair, has recently resurfaced after languishing unused and unloved for several years, having been rescued by Lotus enthusiast and dealer Guy Munday. The oldest surviving prototype (No14) even pre-dates the decision to resurrect the “Elan” name and, therefore, is registered under the project codename “Zante”. It is thought to be the only surviving example still to wear this name. Accompanying the car are internal documents circulated amongst the Lotus senior … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – October 2016

October's winner is hot off the press from James at Oversteer Photography. Posted only this week on Facebook, it shunted the image I had lined-up smartly into next month. Many thanks to James for his kind permission and for being so helpful at very short notice. Of this captivating shot, he had this to say: "I was asked by a friend to shoot his father-in-law's prized possessions: His incredible Lotuses. This is one of the most difficult shoots I've had to edit, two light painted cars in one shot isn't easy... I've always been a huge Lotus Cars fan, the Esprit … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – September 2016

This month's winner features a number of notable 'firsts'. It's our first winner from Norway. It's definitely the first Exige we've seen with WW2 fighter plane graphics and it's our first PoTM shot on a smartphone. Naturally, it helps having the stunning Lysefjord as a backdrop but it just goes to show that the photographer's eye still counts for more than the photographer's camera. Brought to you with kind permission from Tommy Lund, who also owns the car, we think the toothy decals really suit the Exige, particularly when set against the sharky titanium grey … [Read more...]

[PICS] Lotus Festival 2016

Once again, Brands Hatch was the venue for this year's Lotus Festival. With the promise of a sunny August Bank Holiday weekend thousands attended the event which included over 1,000 Lotus cars parked up inside the circuit. With a full weekend of exciting racing from many race series and championships including Lotus Cup UK, Elise Trophy and the FIA LoTRDC Lotus Cup Europe, there was plenty for visitors to see and do. Despite typical Bank Holiday showers, the Show 'n Shine competition had a record entry list with some stunning cars lined up, making judging incredibly … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – August 2016

This image really caught my eye on Facebook a few weeks ago and thanks to New Jersey photographer Mike Hyatt, we're able to share it with you for August's PoTM. Mike has really managed to capture some serious attitude from the Elise with a backdrop that looks so exotic to us in Europe, yet somehow the little Norfolk rocket looks right at home in NYC. In fact, it looks positively 'badass'! Just the thing to go around frightening two ton muscle cars in. It's not an easy image for anyone in Europe to replicate so I think it will remain the best shot of an Elise in the Big … [Read more...]

[VIDEO] The Road to Lotus…

UK Lotus customers are often given the opportunity via their dealer to visit the Lotus Factory in Potash Lane, Hethel. It's a real treat to visit the home of Lotus for the past 50 years and have a tour of the facilities and see the famous test track where all Lotus cars get their post-production shakedown and where our cars are developed to make sure they do exactly what a Lotus car is meant to do when on track. If you aren't buying a new car, there's always the option of a factory tour which we very much recommend you combine with a trip to the workshops of Classic … [Read more...]

Drive at Spa and be in to win tickets to the Belgian Grand Prix!

RSRSpa has now partnered with SPA Grand Prix to offer one lucky participant, at our August 3rd Premium RSRSpa Trackday, the chance to win a Gold ticket for two people to watch the Belgian Formula 1 race later that month! Drive your own car or hire one from RSRSpa and experience the track in a relaxed, friendly environment, in an open pitlane format with free overtaking rules and sportsman-like attitude and behaviour from all participants. Get to grips with Eau Rouge, Blanchimont and La Source - find out first hand what the F1 greats experience. Book and pay for a … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – July 2016

I'm happy to see lots of love for the Evora on at TLF currently, so here's a picture that will do nothing to dampen anyone's enthusiasm. Generously shared with us by the car's owner Ty Mackey from Texas, it's a reminder of just how fundamentally handsome Russell Carr's work remains. In fact, I think the Evora's aging exceptionally well, the car still looking fresh, contemporary and very distinctive seven years on. It must be a very rare sight on US roads which I hope is something that will begin to change when the Lotus Evora 400 goes on sale there this year. Ty … [Read more...]

Picture of The Month – June 2016

This dynamic rig shot captures a suitably 'weapons-grade' look for the ultimate factory Elise - the Cup 250. It's reassuring to know that, 20 years later, the Elise is still going strong, using the same basic, brilliant recipe and in Cup 250 form, is faster than ever. It would have been hard to imagine back in 1996 that Lotus would one day fit an aero pack like this along with 250ps but here it is, looking terrific in white with the full carbon aero parts. Many thanks to TLF stalwart Malcolm Feth for his efforts and kind permission. You check out his website here, … [Read more...]

The Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival

Entries are now open for the 2016 Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival, organized by Brooklands Museum and the Vintage Sports-Car Club. The well-established format of three separate competitive events (sprint, driving tests and concours d’élégance) held over two days, with aggregate scores from any two going towards overall Double Twelve awards, continues. But the status of the concours is raised this year with its own full awards and the inclusion of a special “Anything Silver” class in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the official opening of the Museum … [Read more...]

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