Motor Sport News - - Review: Autosport Show - Paul Lawrence

It was a gath­er­ing of cars the like of which had never been seen be­fore. Ev­ery one of the sur­viv­ing Lo­tus 49 Grand Prix cars from half a cen­tury ago made a truly sen­sa­tional fea­ture at Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional.

Qui­etly look­ing on from the Clas­sic Team Lo­tus back­drop were a group of unas­sum­ing se­nior gentle­men, dressed in Team Lo­tus kit and rem­i­nisc­ing about their in­volve­ment in a spec­tac­u­lar pe­riod of mo­tor rac­ing devel­op­ment.

Char­ac­ters like Dick Scam­mell, Bob Dance, Hughie Ab­sa­lom, Ge­off Fer­ris and Her­bie Blash were cen­tral Lo­tus fig­ures at the time that Colin Chap­man got to­gether with Keith Duck­worth and Mike Costin to de­velop the stel­lar Lo­tus 49/Cos­worth DFV pack­age. They talked of long hours as dead­lines loomed, work­ing un­til 2200hrs from Mon­day to Thurs­day and then hav­ing an early fin­ish at 1800hrs on Fri­day to al­low a trip to the pub. Yet they ac­cepted the deal, be­cause Chap­man in­spired them.

The Lo­tus 49 dis­play was mouth-wa­ter­ing

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