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A Trip Around Classic Team Lotus

 
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Aug 12, 2011 06:35 |  #1

I visited these guys earlier this week when collecting a car - what a fantasic place. Setup by Colin Chapman's son Clive, they could best be viewed as the main service agent for old Lotus F1 cars. After each race car was replaced by a newer model, Lotus sold them off to wealthy enthusiasts and these guys (who have all the original drawings/parts/experie​nce) set themselves up opposite the main factory in Hethel to service and/or restore them.

1. Ayrton Senna's classic 97T body shell

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Ayrton Senna's Lotus 97T (external link) by Jonathan A Dale (external link), on Flickr

2. Ronnie Peterson's Type 72
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Ronnie Peterson's Type 72 Lotus (external link) by Jonathan A Dale (external link), on Flickr

3. The rest of Senna's 97T in which he won his first GP (1985 Estoril)
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Ayrton Senna's Lotus 97T (external link) by Jonathan A Dale (external link), on Flickr

I have a few more if anyone is interested.

Thanks for looking :)

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Aug 12, 2011 07:54 |  #2

Cool photos/place I would really like to see more.


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Aug 12, 2011 07:59 |  #3

Thanks for posting them! I'd like to see more, too.


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Aug 12, 2011 09:02 |  #4

Thanks guys - here's some more for the benefit of our more mature members who will recall some of these cars and their respective drivers. The lighting was appalling and I had to shoot 1600 ISO on my 50D plus the fact once I set my eyes on Senna's and Jim Clark's old cars, I sort of forgot how to use a camera :confused::oops:

4. The workshop

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5. Jim Clark's Car
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6. Jim Clark's Car
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Jim Clark's Old Car (external link) by Jonathan A Dale (external link), on Flickr

7. One of Jim Clark's original race engineers (yes really!!)
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Bob Dance (external link) by Jonathan A Dale (external link), on Flickr

8. Working on one of Senna's old cars
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9. A poster from the workshop wall which fascinated me (appologies for the glare)
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Aug 17, 2011 10:38 |  #5

4. The workshop

Thanks for those! What a great place to visit!


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Aug 17, 2011 10:46 |  #6

wow!!Senna's 97T amazing!! Ayrton senna is my favorite driver of all times!! what a lucky guy you are, if you got more pics please post!!!


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Aug 17, 2011 17:22 |  #7

Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing.


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Aug 17, 2011 18:57 |  #8

Please po more. It's very good


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Aug 18, 2011 03:11 |  #9

Thanks for the kind comments. It really was a privilege to be allowed to go around there. As you asked, here's a last few :)

1.

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Bob Dance - Race Engineer (external link) by jonathan.dale (external link), on Flickr

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Aug 18, 2011 03:19 |  #10

thank you Jonathan!


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Aug 18, 2011 03:19 |  #11

Deeply jealous from the midlands here :-)

Senna was a star Jim Clark was a god!


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Aug 18, 2011 07:13 |  #12

A great series that captured the atmosphere superbly. I could almost smell the oil. Thanks for sharing them.


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Aug 18, 2011 16:01 |  #13

Killer shop!


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Aug 18, 2011 16:18 |  #14

Wow, these are just tremendous ! Please post more if you have them. I've been to Hethel, but just the factory - we had arranged for a tour of the factory (which was very nice) but I just completely forgot to also arrange for a visit to Classic Team Lotus. Well, I'll have to return....

Great that you were able to meet Bob Dance - the stories he must have....


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