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Lotus Eleven under the trees at Donington Park

John Gray's Lotus Eleven at Donington Park
Photo by Tim Wren, 07860 786228

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The Lotus Eleven Series 2; what lines!
A great shot by Tim Wren, 07860 786228

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Under the trees at Donington Park, perfection.
Photo by Tim Wren, 07860 786228

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Close-up of a Wobbly Web Wheel

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Manx Classic, Isle of Man, Sept 1992
Photo by Albert Lowe, 01624 622406

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Ramsey Hill on the Manx Classic,
Isle of Man, Photo by Albert Lowe 01624 622406

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Ramsey Hill on the Manx Classic,
Isle of Man, Photo by Albert Lowe, 01624 622406

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Governor's Bridge on the Manx Classic,
Isle of Man, Photo by Albert Lowe, 01624 622406

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A wet and slippery TT course, Manx Classic,
Isle of Man, Photo by Albert Lowe, 01624 622406

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A wet Groveair 3hr Endurance Race,
Snetterton, U.K.
Photo: courtesy of Classic and Sportscar


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YOUR LOTUS

This area of Lotusracer is designed to give Lotus enthusiasts from around the world the opportunity to display their own historic Lotus cars.

I would like the emphasis to be on Lotus Elevens, but I am happy to mention any interesting Lotus or Lotus related vehicle. 
If you have a Lotus which you would like to see on the site, please email me high quality JPG images (preferably in colour) and brief details about the car. I will then include them on the site.

 

Simon Braithwaite

418 SRE Lotus Eleven Series 2 Le-Mans Model - Chassis No. 316
Chassis 316 ‘418 SRE’ was built during July 1957.  It was purchased by Doug Graham, Owner of the Wolverhampton based ‘Express & Star’ newspaper. Recently restored by Dave Abbott and Simon Braithwaite.
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Paul Epperson

I uncovered a Lotus Eleven that had not been seen since 1972. I purchased it from a man in rural Southwest Missouri. This former owner had purchased the car from an ad in the St.Louis paper in 1972 for $150; and began installing an engine but never finished. So the car remains as it was in 1972. (In fact, the car remains mostly original, with very few modifications done to it.) When I purchased the Eleven, the seller provided me with the bill of sale from his purchase of the car signed by one of the people selling the car to him.

Through luck and determination I was able to get in contact with these people. A pair of brothers, they indicated that they were eighteen when they bought the car and they were the ones who put the car in the primer that you see it wearing today. Unfortunately, they only owned the car for about eight months and had to sell. They indicated that the car had been purchased from another local man in the St.Louis area but remember no other details. Prior to that I have no history. If any of your web readers have information on Lotus Elevens in the St.Louis area in the 1960's or very early 1970's I would be grateful.

Future plans for the car call for a period restoration.

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Ken Lyon

Ken Lyon has sent some fascinating images of Chassis No. 318, the famous Team Lotus Stirling Moss Monza record car. How wonderful to have these images of such a special car. Please view all these pictures, they are really interesting. I will publish more details as I receive them. Thank you Ken!

 

Dave Boland

Eleven Series 1 Le Mans, Owner, Dave Boland, UK.


This car was exported new to USA in 1956 and ran in SCCA Southern Region events throughout its earlier life. Luckily, it was located in the Louisiana swamp lands in the mid 80s and was found to be in remarkably unmolested condition.

More photos will follow soon.
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Malcolm Ricketts

Another Eleven GT comes to light! And it is a very famous one. Malcolm Ricketts has recently sent me pictures of his latest acquisition, an Eleven GT. This fabulously interesting Eleevn is currently undergoing restoration with David Abbott. I cannot wait to see the finished result Malcolm!
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Richard Fewster

"This car is fitted with a full race Coventry Climax FWA engine and close ratio 4 speed BMC gearbox.The car was imported into Australia from England in 1958 by Jon Leighton, son of the founder of Leighton Constructions"
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Do you know anything about this car?
Alastair Brown, Edinburgh


"The car was bought in 1967 by a John Sutton from the widow of the builder (who had been killed in a Formula Ford accident).
He was from the East End of London and had a daughter. John cannot recall the name, but my investigations lead me to think it was possibly either a Mark Hamilton or a Ron Riley."
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Bob Engberg,
Julian, California, USA


"I have Lotus XI S-1 Chassis #202. It was built and driven by Peter T. Ross, a volunteer member of Chapman's staff, who got the chassis "at cost" from Colin..."
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Roberto Camporese,
Padova, Italy


"The car is #248 Le mans model as you can see in the book written by Graham Capel. It was sold in the USA in 1956 and I'm trying to find out if the car raced in the past in USA..."
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John E,
"Chassis number 236, an S1 wide chassis car"
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Michael LeHegarat,
France

Thanks to Michael LeHegarat in France for sending me a picture of his Lotus Europa. He is a great Lotus Eleven enthusiast and was very interested in the car. Michael met me at the recent Etretat Hillclimb near LeHavre. This was a very enjoyable event to compete in and it was good to meet many French Lotus Eleven enthusiasts. 
Michael has sent me interesting pictures of his Toj race car, which I will be adding shortly.
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