Lo­tus 33 to star at Stoneleigh

Clark’s Type 33 will make its first ap­pear­ance in more than 40 years

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

A Lo­tus-Cli­max Type 33 rac­ing car that was driven by the late Jim Clark dur­ing his sec­ond World Cham­pi­onship year in 1965 is to ap­pear at Race Retro next month – its first ap­pear­ance in public for more than four decades.

The Type 33, chas­sis num­ber R11, was driven to first place by Clark in the 1965 Bel­gium, Bri­tish, Ger­man and Syra­cuse Grand Prix races – with Clark clinch­ing the ti­tle at the Nür­bur­gring in Au­gust. The 1.5-litre Cooper Cli­max V8 en­gine was re­placed by a 2.0-litre BRM power plant in 1966 and the car was driven by Gra­ham Hill who came sec­ond in it at Monaco. It was sub­se­quently sold to a Cana­dian pri­va­teer and fit­ted with an Oldsmo­bile V8, last rac­ing at Seat­tle in 1969. The car was then dis­man­tled and stored be­fore re­turn­ing to the UK in 1978, when the cur­rent owner ac­quired it.

Af­ter a fur­ther 38 years in stor­age, R11’s owner be­lieves that the time has come for it to be re­turned to its one-time home base and it is to be re­fur­bished by Clive Chap­man, son of the late Lo­tus founder, Colin Chap­man, along with mem­bers of Clas­sic Team Lo­tus. Clive will dis­cuss the project at Race Retro.

Tick­ets are now on sale for Race Retro at Stoneleigh Park, War­wick­shire, held from 24-26 Fe­bru­ary, with free park­ing and a free show guide for all visi­tors. ] www.rac­eretro.com

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