"Active aerodynamics, the automatic gearbox and side-mounted radiators are all features of the 21st Century racing machine and features that you would expect to have been first found in Formula One. In fact they emerged from just one racing team "
The legend of Colin Chapman today is saturated in myth, claim and counter claim. The portrait of a suave cad who founded Lotus with a £25 loan and grew the marque to greatness through a combination of genius, hard work and charisma has been somewhat dented in recent times. But his mark on British motor racing remains indelible. And he reminds us of Alan Whicker with a spanner.
Through Lotus he gave life to numerous design innovations that changed the face of motor racing, piling up wins on the racing circuits, demonstrating that his fertile mind and futuristic ideas had a defined purpose.
"The auction year is arriving at an interesting time, when car collectors are thinking to next year - moving on some classics they enjoyed over the last few years to a new home.
This is clear from the eclectic mix "
"Every death in motor racing is a tragedy. But there can few figures lost to the sport who leave such a lasting legacy as Jim Clark. Crashing fatally at Hockenheim in April 1968, the Scottish farmer's son was only 32 when he "
"Ok, we know. There is a twisted, byzantine history to the whole Lotus story – and when you talk about Lotus Racing and Team Lotus etc, there's even more layers of weirdness to negotiate. The quirky, idiosyncratic company history of Lotus "
"It’s 1976. Volkswagen launches a car with no precedent. The Golf GTI creates a new sector, the hot hatchback. Credited as partly responsible for the demise of the traditional two-seater sports car in the 1970s, it was immediately a hit, "
"Look at it. Before we start chatting tech specs and bike biography, just look at it.
Stare at the splaying cylinders, curling mudguards and serpentine exhaust system, each part a pointed, polished contrast to the black. Black fuel tank, blank "
"When we got asked to make this film, it had a working title of ‘Dad Had One’ and was always going to be a nostalgic look back at the cars of our youth.
Cortinas, Chevettes, Dolomites, Cavaliers, that sort of "
"We chat to Auto Finesse’s head honcho James Batty. Here’s the story so far:
Danni Bagnall: Hey James – thanks for your time! For those that don’t know, what is Auto Finesse?
James Batty: No worries at all. "