TLF attended the excellent open day at Malcolm Ricketts workshop in rural Hertfordshire this past weekend. Malcolm is a life long Lotus fan and long term owner of many terrific Lotus cars, both road and race. The event attracted many other interesting cars from outside of his collection including Jim Clark’s personal Lotus Elan, now owned by Micheal Shriver, the well known historic racer. Also present was the Lotus Eleven Le Mans Coupe concept car which was developed from the original Lotus Eleven Aigle Spider, shown in Turin in 1957 and not seen since 1977. This particularly rare car is owned by another, usually more secretive serial Lotus collector, Hugh Edgley. You can read more and see historic images of this car here.
The Clark Elan you’ll recognise if from this famous advert featuring Jim sat on the front of the car in his kilt! Other cars of note were Malcolm’s Type 9, Type 18 and Type 58 and his Elan Sprint he’s owned since new in 1972. Malcolm’s son Martin even got in on the act with his GS Europa on display. 1 of only 2 still running from the 10 or 11 made, Martin owns both running examples.
A big thanks to Malcolm for opening up his workshop for us to enjoy, it was an excellent way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon and we’re looking forward to next year already!
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