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Classic Team Lotus look forward to Festival at Snetterton

Wednesday, May 04 2011

Three of the Formula One title-winning Lotus 79 cars were reunited at Snetterton on Wednesday (4 May) for an official test day, as Classic Team Lotus geared up for a busy season which includes the Lotus Festival at their local circuit on 25-26 June.

Originally driven by legendary World Champion Mario Andretti and Super Swede Ronnie Peterson, the immaculately-presented cars have been restored and prepared by Classic Team Lotus, run by Lotus founder Colin Chapman's son Clive. Many of the original mechanics still work on the cars and several were present at the test, including Bob Dance and Chris Dinnage.

In addition to the cars that claimed Team Lotus' last F1 title in 1978, there was also a Lotus 91 present. The car was raced in the 1982 season, where the last win under the direction of Colin Chapman was scored. The man who won that race, Elio de Angelis, recorded the most Grand Prix starts for Team Lotus and died 25 years ago this month.

Clive Chapman remarked: "It's lovely that we've come together with a number of the Team Lotus mechanics from the period, who worked on the 79. My father was credited with being a genius and achieving so much, but really it was down to him working with a number of very clever and able people and some of them are with us today. So while the cars are very evocative, actually it's the people that really matter, so it's always good that we get together again. At Classic we work with a number of the original people, and there are younger people here that are learning the ropes from them. Admittedly when we fire the cars up it's always very exciting!"

Cars from the Classic Team Lotus collection will be performing laps on the 300 circuit at the Lotus Festival on 25/26 June, which also features a packed programme of racing and a world record attempt for the largest parade of Lotus cars. To purchase tickets call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.