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  1. Silverstone 12.6.83

    Gerry Marshall in the ICS Lotus Esprit Turbo for a support race at the Marlboro European F3 round.

    Sadly the Lotus suffered terminal turbo failure and retired in flames on lap 4.

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    Pete Hall in the ICS Lotus at Snetterton 1982

  2. Andrew Mariot - Sponsorship and PR guru (CSS Promotions) recalls

    Without any question the most spectacular Formula1 launches we were involved in were run for the eccentric boss of Essex Petroleum. David Thieme.The Zoro-hatted American had taken over primary sponsorship of Team Lotus back in 1980. Thieme was in the oil spot market business and was for a while spectacularly successful buying and selling tankerfuls of crude oil as they plied the high sea.

    He wanted to impress his 30 or so big customers by not only sponsoring Lotus and but also putting on the biggest and most lavish launches ever. At CSS Promotions we came up with the concept of using the Albert Hall as the venue. In addition to the car launch we would put on an evening’s entertainment. Thieme liked the idea but had one worry: he didn’t want anyone to go hungry, and he wanted to feed them. The only problem – there aren’t any kitchens at the Albert Hall.

    But with big bucks most problems can be solved and thus his guests , the media and a lot of hangers-on were treated to a lavish dinner cooked by legendary South of France Chef Roger Verge and brought in by heated wagons from the kitchens of the Dorchester. When the meal was over Shirley Bassey was the entertainment

    A year later Thieme wanted it to be even bigger and it was probably our finest hour. Through Mark Thatcher, we managed to persuade his mother to turn up and press the flesh with all Mr Thieme’s key clients. Outside the Albert Hall we’d done a deal, via an ex-MI6 character we knew simply as, “Mac”. Mac oiled the wheels so we could park Mr Thieme’s double-decker hospitality bus in the bus lane opposite the Hall. Then we placed on top of the bus Mr Thieme’s helicopter and it looked pretty spectacular I can tell you. The helicopter, of course, didn’t actually land on this forerunner

    to current uber-hospitality units, we craned it there. No-one was quite sure if the roof of the bus was strong enough to take the weight of the chopper – there were a few anxious moments – but sure enough the bus did not become a single-decker...

    This time the entertainment was no less than the legendary blind R & B star Ray Charles with the Scottish singer Barbara Dickson as the warm-up act, Verge again provided the food, someone won an Essex-liveried Lotus Esprit in a free raffle, the Albert Hall was swathed in mimosa and quite a lot of people got drunk on Dom Perignon champagne. The only problem was that before he had settled a fairly substantial part of our bill Mr Thieme’s star had fallen to such a degree that he was sought by certain authorities – never to be seen at a race track again. Or wave a pen over a cheque book. Indeed everyone who had quaffed the champagne had actually done so at the expense of CSS Promotions rather than Essex Petroleum – and most of them weren’t even our friends

    Extracts from the BRDC 2009 bulletin

  3. when readng the messages for the link for the white one in france,, at the time they say there are three essex's in france,,

    no 12(the white one) forum login name- free17 more photos here

    http://oldschool.club-lotus.fr/lotus/tous-les-modeles/esprit/historique-descriptif/esprit-turbo-essex/

    one for sale in a garage, mint condition RHD no 026 for 150 000 euro message left by username marcopolob

  4. will be there too

    1&2. Bibs & Laura

    3/ Trevsked

    4. sparky

    5&6. Bazza & Emma (Probably in the Elise as it needs a run)

    7. Esprit22

    8. Nigeninja & tasteless interloper who doesn't even count.

    9. Herr Paul C

    10. Ian May - I'll be up there by 8.30am. Got to be gone by 11.30am

    11. GasmanGT3

    12. Simon350S + 1 and a picnic if the weathers nice :)

    13. Mike - MPx

    14. Mark B and son Henry in the Esprit Turbo.

    15. Mattwatts and jake will give the S1 a run, Let hope its sunny this year !

    16. Martyn. I'll settle for it just not raining, sun will be a bonus !

    17. Steve930 +1

    18. lyndon +1

  5. sorry havent been around for a while,, but have been working away,, had the history back from lotus on the car, as well as contacting the dvla to get a list of all previous owners,, PPK65X was originaly white when it left the factory...and was resprayed in the early 90's,,

    sadly Bell and Colvill cant help with any original history as they have move their archives three times.....as it needs a repaint,, the decision is now wether the leave it blue or put it back to its original colour...

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