HETHEL’S HE­ROES

Classic Sports Car - - Lotus 70th Anniversary -

JON LANGRIDGE

1996 LO­TUS ES­PRIT V8

“The most re­li­able car I’ve owned,” is how Langridge de­scribes his V8, which comes as the first sur­prise. “It was meant to be a Volvo,” is the second. It turns out that the garage he vis­ited 12 years ago to look for a Swedish load-lug­ger also had a Lo­tus con­ces­sion, and one thing led to an­other… The car has since been sub­tly mod­i­fied with up­rated air fil­ters, turbo waste­gates and a freer-breath­ing ex­haust sys­tem.

GARY GARBUTT

1970 LO­TUS EUROPA TWIN CAM So many Lo­tus cars have in­ter­est­ing stories, but Garbutt’s Europa is more in­trigu­ing than most. It was owned from new by Colin Chapman’s car­di­ol­o­gist – they were friends from Ox­ford Univer­sity – but the en­gine seized af­ter nine years and it was left derelict un­til Garbutt bought it in 2015. He has re­built it, and has cov­ered 3000 miles since it re­turned to the road in March.

ADRIAN TEBBUTT

1999 LO­TUS ELISE SPORT 160 Hav­ing had a var­ied car his­tory – in­clud­ing Minis, TVRS and Subaru Im­prezas – Tebbutt took the plunge on his first Lo­tus four years ago. “It’s amaz­ing,” he says. “I’ve never driven anything like it.” Tebbutt takes his Elise on sev­eral track days a year, with An­gle­sey and Cad­well Park par­tic­u­lar favourites. Apart from the black wheels, the Sport 160 is in stan­dard spec.

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