Lotus 33 to star at Stoneleigh
Clark’s Type 33 will make its first appearance in more than 40 years
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