Help trace his­tory of Chris Bar­ber Lo­tus

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

The mak­ers of TV show For The Love of Cars are ask­ing for your help in trac­ing the his­tory of one of the next se­ries’ star cars.

One of the cars Philip Glenis­ter and Ant An­stead will be fo­cus­ing on in the third se­ries – due to be screened by Chan­nel 4 this au­tumn – is a 1958 Lo­tus Elite orig­i­nally owned by jazz musician Chris Bar­ber. It was raced ex­ten­sively by Sir John Whit­more and Mike Beck­worth, but in 1965 its orig­i­nal Coventry Cli­max en­gine was re­moved and fit­ted to a Mar­cos rac­ing car.

The se­ries’ car pro­ducer – and CCW con­trib­u­tor – John Lakey says he’s look­ing for any in­for­ma­tion about events the car com­peted in be­tween 1958 and 1963.

‘Any his­tory on where it raced and when will help us look for ar­chive film of the car with its owner Chris Bar­ber, as ar­chive libraries such as Pathé cat­a­logue events by date. We have a list but we don’t be­lieve it to be com­plete,’ he says.

‘If any CCW read­ers have old pro­grammes or other records from in­ter­na­tional or do­mes­tic meet­ings in that era, have a look to see if an Elite is en­tered un­der the name of a cer­tain C Bar­ber. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing car and I know Ant, Philip and the rest of the For the Love of Cars team are very ex­cited about be­ing in­volved with this car and un­cov­er­ing its unique his­tory.’


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