You know what’s about to happen.
Colin Chapman prepares for another ‘hat trick’ as Mario Andretti takes first place during the 1978 Belgian Grand Prix (Zolder) with the Lotus 79.
Jim Clark / Colin Chapman (1965)
Celebrating the Lotus win at the Nurburgring, which would give Clark his second world champion title.
Steve McQueen, and two beautiful possessions of his: the Jaguar XKSS and the Lotus Eleven.
Steve McQueen / Lotus 30
Most of you have seen McQueen on “Le Mans”, Lee Katzin’s 1971 production.
What some of you might not know (I didn’t) is that we could have seen McQueen on ‘Grand Prix’ as well, or at least in some other form of it. Here are the words of Smuckatelli on the topic:
“Steve McQueen had the idea to make a movie about Grand Prix racing and it was to be called “Day of the Champion” with MGM producing the movie. Steve even did some work using a Lotus camera car (see photo). That is actually Steve driving the car with some brave schmuck working the camera. Unfortunately for Steve John Frankenheimer started production on his movie called “Grand Prix” and they cast Steve’s good friend James Garner as the lead. As a result Day of the Champion was put on the shelf and Steve got so angry that he didn’t speak to James Garner for two years.”
Jacky Ickx, 1974.
Running with the Lotus 72, some place I didn’t have time to figure out where.
Lotus 49 (1967)
Chapman provides the family test drive.
1968, Brands Hatch.
Because wolves race in packs, obviously.
- Graham Hill (Lotus 49)
- Chris Amon (Ferrari 312)
- Denny Hulme (McLaren M7A)
- Jacky Ickx (Ferrari 312)
Proper men, proper cars, proper race track.
Hint: this is wallpaper sized.
Lotus Elite (1960)
At the 1960 Tour de France.
Talbot Sunbeam Lotus (1979)
Ah, the Sunbeam Lotus, the Robocop of rallying.
Lotus got themselves a basic shell from the GLS Talbot, fitted wit with a massive 2.2 litre 16v engine and a ZF gearbox, tweaked the suspension a bit, and then handed the result to Chrysler.
The result was quite impressive, it even managed to win the 1980 RAC Rally, all to himself.
Jochen Rindt, 1970.
A wonderful picture of Rindt and Colin Chapman together with the Lotus 72C, in which Rindt was killed that same year.