The Lotus po­si­tion I

Was in­ter­ested to read an ar­ti­cle on the replica Lotus Eleven owned by John Mcgre­gor ( Nzclassiccar, Fe­bru­ary 2015). It prompted me to write to you and your read­ers about a gen­uine model we pur­chased some years ago.

New Zealand Classic Car - - Readers' Writes Letters -

It was in the early ’70s, when a me­chanic mate and I set up a dyno-tun­ing busi­ness un­der the name of ‘Road and Per­for­mance Tun­ing’ (RAPT). The busi­ness was the re­sult of our com­bined pas­sion for all-things mo­tor rac­ing, so when the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase a gen­uine race car for $1500 arose, we jumped at it.

The car was a 1098cc SOHC Cli­max­engined Lotus Eleven, and with doc­u­men­ta­tion and a chas­sis num­ber that sup­ported the fact that it was, un­known to us, orig­i­nally the car Jim Palmer had once raced.

Un­for­tu­nately, some­one with less ac­knowl­edge­ment or re­spect of the car’s pedi­gree than us had de­cided to cut out the beau­ti­ful, rounded, clas­sic front guards so they could fit wider

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