"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 "
"Ferraris - they’re a strange breed of car. Sometimes I love them; sometimes, they leave me cold.
I can't explain precisely why that is. I think everybody is expected to believe the modern incarnation of the Italian brand is "
"Growing up, I was surrounded by motorbikes all the time and from a very young age; my Mum would take me to local egg runs where there’d be convoys of biker after biker all donning their leather waistcoats and "
"So many British racing drivers will know the feeling. The feeling of Indira Flack bounding over with a smile and a question, or handing them a letter, asking them to be part of her huge photographic project.
To date, Flack "
"As with any fashion, trends in the scene change quicker than most blokes change their underpants (no, turning them inside-out doesn’t count as ‘fresh’) and as we’re around halfway through the 2019 show season it was high time we "