Fit­ti­paldi’s Lotus 59 goes on dis­play

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

The ex-emerson Fit­ti­paldi Lotus 59 was shown in pub­lic for the first time since 1973 at Race Retro.

The 1969 cham­pi­onship-win­ning car was on the 1000cc F3 His­toric Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion stand in orig­i­nal con­di­tion, hav­ing been in a pri­vate col­lec­tion since 1973.

Af­ter Fit­ti­paldi raced the car in Jim Rus­sell Rac­ing Driv­ers’ School colours in his first sea­son in Europe, the Lotus went to Fer­gus Tait, who won the For­mula 4 ti­tle. It was then ac­quired by a col­lec­tor and has been in stor­age for more than 40 years.

“It is orig­i­nal and has never been re­stored,” said His­toric F3’s Keith Messer. “It has been loaned to us as a spe­cial favour and it’s at­tracted a lot of in­ter­est.”

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