His­toric Lo­tuses steal the show at Bri­tain’s big in­door cel­e­bra­tion of mo­tor rac­ing

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Out & About - Nathan Chad­wick

Clas­sic Team Lo­tus wowed the crowds by bring­ing to­gether all seven re­main­ing Lo­tus Type 49s in one place at the Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional show.

The event, which took place at the Birm­ing­ham NEC, was billed as be­ing the only chance to see these for­mer steeds of Gra­ham Hill, Jim Clark, Jackie Oliver, Jochen Rindt, Emer­son Fit­ti­paldi, Richard Attwood and Jochen Rindt to­gether. Our favourite was Jim Clark’s R2/11, which he used for eight Grands Prix, tak­ing wins at Sil­ver­stone, Watkins Glen and Monza in 1967. Clark later won the 1968 Tas­man Cham­pi­onship in the car, be­fore it was loaned to Rob Walker for Jo Sif­fert to race af­ter R4 was de­stroyed. It was later up­dated to B-spec for Jackie Oliver, be­fore be­ing sold to Pete Lovely, who did six GPs in it as a pri­va­teer.

Else­where it was another Cos­worth­pow­ered com­pe­ti­tion car that grabbed at­ten­tion, though in a very dif­fer­ent medium. Ten Ford Sierra RS500 Cos­worths dom­i­nated the ad­ja­cent Per­for­mance Car Show, each with fas­ci­nat­ing his­to­ries. One car, built by for­mer Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pion Andy Rouse, dom­i­nated the 1988 sea­son, tak­ing nine vic­to­ries and 10 pole po­si­tions. It then trav­elled to Aus­tralia for the 1989 Aus­tralian Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship, where it was driven by Peter Brock. Another Sierra built by Andy Rouse had F1 con­nec­tions – a 1988 car built for Guy Ed­wards was oc­ca­sion­ally used by Da­mon Hill in 1989.

For those who love mo­tor­sport-bred en­gi­neer­ing, the tech­nol­ogy hall had plenty of cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy to drool over. While we’d have like to have seen more clas­sic mo­tor­sport con­tent, it was a good way to kick off the in­door show sea­son.

Wal­ter Röhrl used this 600bhp Audi Quat­tro S1 as a test car for the 1985 World Rally Cham­pi­onship sea­son. Kent Cams put this beau­ti­ful Lo­tus Cortina on its stand. It’s driven by Mark Jones in the U2TC se­ries, for pre-1966 un­der 2.0-litre tour­ing cars.

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