May 23, 2017

Picture of The Month – November 2016

What could be more appropriate for the 3rd of November than this 311 blasting out of Spa's iconic Eau Rouge corner? This particular example in sinister matt black with gloss black stripes is owned by a Belgian enthusiast who currently owns two 211's in addition to this, the very first customer 311 to roll off the production line. It is with his kind permission that we are able to share this image with you, taken by Curbstone's photographer at one of their recent track events. Not content with the factory output of 410bhp, the car has already been treated to a power … [Read more...]

Hexagon Lotus help the Queen celebrate her 90th birthday

On Saturday October 15th 2016, British classic vehicles with combined valuations of £19,033,150 lined up on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace to help commemorate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty. They were inspected, on her behalf, by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. Each of the ninety vehicles was manufactured in a specific year of her life, and represented that year. The first was a 1926 'Bullnose' Morris Oxford Tourer, the last an impressive 2016 Ford Focus RS. Among the many other superb machines on display, in possibly the best-ever gathering of British vehicles, … [Read more...]

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...]

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