he story of our featured Lotus 22 — frame-number 22/47 — is both interesting and tangled. While some parts of the tale have become a little misty over time, much of the car’s history has been disinterred by those with a far wider breadth of knowledge than I.
The 22’s initial ownership sequence was provided by the late David Mckinney, a Kiwi who resided in the UK and an internationally acclaimed motor sport historian. Despite David’s renowned research abilities, when it came to this particular Lotus 22, it would appear that he made the incorrect assumption that its frame number and chassis-plate number would be the same — we now know that is not necessarily the case. Indeed, further research as reported to us by Motorsport Flashback guru Michael Clark — who enjoyed regular communications with David — have confirmed that the Lotus 22 carrying chassisplate 47 was originally purchased by a Frenchman named Jean Lucienbonnet, who was killed in a Formula Junior race in Italy during August 1962.
coming at the ’64 Teretonga International. At the end of the season, the Lotus was sold to Len Southward, who entered the car for Kerry Grant. Later owners included Auckland Star journalist John Wilson, who had it prepared by Stuart Lister at his Anglesea Street, Hamilton garage. Reputedly, the Lotus was pressed into completing many midnight test runs around the back streets of Hamilton. Later, Motordrome Racing Team member Brian Innes leased the Lotus for a one-off single-seater race at Pukekohe, at which he crashed. The injuries he suffered in that incident resulted in what Innes would usually refer to as his “Lotus limp”.
The Lotus’ racing career appeared to be very much over by the early ’ 70s, and the car was acquired by Kerry Rout. For Rout, the 22 was very much a retirement project, and his ownership of it was well-known to Roly Levis. Indeed, in later years — having seen the Cooper T52 he’d raced prior to the Lotus doing so well in historic racing — Roly would gently apply pressure to Kerry whenever they bumped into one another, in effect asking when Kerry was going to get Roly’s old Lotus running.
Enter Noel Woodford
Mark Roberts of Mcgregor Motorsport in Christchurch had been aware of the ex– Roly Levis Lotus 22 from early in 2011. Mark had also been in contact with Kerry Rout, the car’s current owner,