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.
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