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For many years, Paul Matty has been a leading light in Lotus classic cars. Paul Matty Sportscars developed into a principal supplier of parts, both direct to owners and to other classic car specialists.Recently, Paul made it known that he had decided to retire from the classic Lotus road car parts supply business. For some time, Classic Team Lotus has been considering extending its parts service, so this opportunity was well timed, accelerating our ambition into reality.We now have the enviable task of relocating the Paul Matty 'Lotus Treasure' to Hethel; getting things organised then continuing to offer this vital support to customers to help them keep their wonderful cars on the road.Clive Chapman comments: "I have enjoyed knowing Paul for many years and admire him for doing so much to celebrate and support the history of the marque. I am pleased that Classic Team Lotus has acquired his 'Lotus Treasure' and we will do our best to maintain and build upon such an important resource for Lotus owners worldwide. A big 'thank you' to Paul for entrusting us with this exciting opportunity."
CHANGE OF DATE TO 30TH APRIL 2022 We have a change of date for 2022 because the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations has meant that the traditional late Spring Bank Holiday on the last weekend of May has been moved to the first weekend in June. This has disrupted the British motor racing calendar and consequently Castle Combe have been forced to re-schedule their own events calendar. We have therefore had to move our annual trackday to Saturday April 30th although everything else will remain as usual. Track packages are still only £99 for members and we are now taking bookings - either book through the website (online bookings only available to 1pm 27th April) or just call Club HQ on 01362 691144 or 694459. We will be reverting to our usual late May Bank Holiday Saturday date in 2023.Our annual May Bank Holiday track day at Castle Combe is always one of our most enjoyable events of the year. It’s a great Club Lotus day out as well as a brilliant value and safe track day exclusively for Lotus cars. Please note: You must be a member of Club Lotus in order to purchase the track driving packages
All Club Lotus members who own an Elan have been invited by the organisers to take part in a Parade Lap at the Silverstone Classic to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Lotus Elan. The Parade Lap will be during the lunch break on Saturday August 27th and the actual timing of the parade will be advised nearer the day to all who register their interest at Club HQ and buy appropriate ticket(s) to the event using our unique Club Lotus discount code. More information will be in the April edition of Club Lotus News but we also want to draw your attention to the ticket price rise on Friday 1 April - book before then if you can. Any members who'd like some more information on the parade lap plus our member ticket discount should contact Club HQ. Please note that all track parades are subject to weather conditions and the racing programme running to schedule on the day.
(Hethel, UK – 14 December 2021) – The global Lotus community is saddened to learn that Hazel Chapman, the wife of Colin Chapman and co-founder of Lotus, has died aged 94.Her contribution to motorsport and the motor industry in the latter half of the 20th century should not be under-estimated. She was a successful racing driver, a shrewd businesswoman and the rock upon which the Lotus foundations – since 1948, when the very first Lotus car was made – were built. Her involvement in the development of the Lotus business was almost without equal at the time, in a world where women so often played second fiddle to their husbands.Matt Windle, Managing Director, Lotus Cars, commented: “This is a very sad day for everyone around the world associated with Lotus. Without Hazel Chapman there would be no Lotus. The entire Hethel team, and those working at our facilities around the world, send their sincere condolences and best wishes to the Chapman family.”Hazel Williams was born on the 21 May 1927 in North London. She met Colin Chapman at a dance in 1944 when he was just 16 and she a few months older. As the couple’s relationship developed, Hazel’s parents allowed Colin to a build what became the first Lotus – the Mark 1 – in the lock-up garage at the back of their house in Hornsey.Colin gained a commission into the Royal Air Force, so Hazel continued with the building of the Lotus Mark 1 and then the Mark 2. Competition success in races entered by Hazel and Colin resulted in new commissions for their automotive services. With Hazel’s commercial acumen, their first Lotus business was formed on 1 January 1952. It became a limited company later in the year, funded by payment of £25 from Hazel herself.Hazel and Colin married in 1954 and as the business grew Hazel took a seat on the board of a number of their companies, including Lotus Cars, Team Lotus and Lotus Components. She was not only an astute businesswoman but took on a matriarchal role within the organisation, the epitome of the phrase ‘Behind every strong man is a stronger woman’. She prided herself of working with almost every Lotus Formula 1 driver including iconic motorsport names such as Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna. She was also a founder of The Dog House women’s motorsport club.Widowed in 1982, Hazel recognised that Lotus Cars needed new ownership to secure its future and played an instrumental role in its sale. She became a Director of Classic Team Lotus, the Chapman family business which preserves the cars and legacy of the brand’s global racing success.Hazel maintained a close interest in all things Lotus, for example, she ‘signed off’ the 100,000th Lotus road car in 2018. Tradition dictated that Hazel was always shown the latest Lotus road car prior to it being unveiled to the public. That wonderful custom continued into the modern era, and she viewed the Lotus Evija with her son Clive Chapman two weeks before its debut in July 2019.
The Silverstone Classic just gets better and better and 2022's date for your diary is the August Bank Holiday - 26th-28th August. The Silverstone Classic is an incredible event with a full programme of historic and classic racing covering the 1950’s to the 1990’s. There are also air displays and helicopter rides, stunt displays, period fun fair, auto jumble, shopping areas, track parades and a car auction. In keeping with all things ‘Classic, British and fun’ the popular Village Green area acts as a central catering and meeting point with village stores, catering outlets, bandstand, Punch & Judy Show and much, much more including the popular big screen so you’ll see all the action. There’s also live music on both Friday and Saturday nights. For full up-to-the-moment event information visit www.silverstoneclassic.com As usual Club Lotus will have a large reserved infield parking area exclusively for all members who buy discounted tickets using our unique Club Lotus booking code. (Please contact us for the code - email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)Please remember that the only way you can obtain your free infield club parking pass for our Club area is by buying your tickets in advance using our booking code. Also as always admission is by advance ticket only with NO tickets available on the gate.
CHANGE OF DATE TO 30TH APRIL 2022 We have a change of date for 2022 because the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations has meant that the traditional late Spring Bank Holiday on the last weekend of May has been moved to the first weekend in June. This has disrupted the British motor racing calendar and consequently Castle Combe have been forced to re-schedule their own events calendar. We have therefore had to move our annual trackday to Saturday April 30th although everything else will remain as usual. Track packages are still only £99 for members and we are now taking bookings - either book through the website or just call Club HQ on 01362 691144 or 694459. We will be reverting to our usual late May Bank Holiday Saturday date in 2023.Our annual May Bank Holiday track day at Castle Combe is always one of our most enjoyable events of the year. It’s a great Club Lotus day out as well as a brilliant value and safe track day exclusively for Lotus cars. Please note: You must be a member of Club Lotus in order to purchase the track driving packages
NEW INTO CLUB SHOP - ELISE 25TH ANNIVERSARY POLOS AND CAPS
Sensational Emira debut staged at Lotus’ historic home, significantly upgraded with new facilities and all-new sports car factory Emira ‘unboxed’ live in front of more than 300 guests Jenson Button, F1 World Champion and Lotus customer, was surprise special guest with world-exclusive first Emira test drive Global online audience of thousands included 131 Lotus ‘superfans’ who appeared live on-screen at the event Next stop for the Emira – dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend
All-new mid-engined sports car perfectly embodies ongoing transformation of iconic British sports car manufacturer Striking design, delivering exotic supercar appeal in sports car segment Inspiration from Lotus Evija hypercar clear in fluid surfaces and crisp feature lines Developed on Lotus’ recently announced Sports Car Architecture Two petrol engines available, including new-to-Lotus 2.0-litre turbocharged ‘i4’ from technical partner AMG Much-loved and characterful 3.5-litre supercharged V6 from Exige and Evora to feature as ‘First Edition’ range-topper Manual, automatic and Dual Clutch Transmission to maximise global appeal Power output from 360 to 400 hp at launch 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in less than 4.5 seconds Top speed of up to 180mph (290km/h) Target weight of 1,405kg in its lightest form Prices will start from under £60,000 (under €72,000)
Q&As with lead exterior designer Daniel Durrant and lead interior design Jon Statham Each discusses their inspiration and the challenges in creating this thrilling new Lotus sports car
“It’s exceptional and I’m a big fan” said ex-F1 champion after lapping Hethel track Jenson was a special guest at Hethel premiere of all-new Lotus sports car Emira would give a lot of supercars a run for their money” says long-time Lotus fan and customer
(Hethel, UK – 27 April 2021) – Lotus has today confirmed the name of its eagerly anticipated all-new sports car will be EMIRA. The news was confirmed during the Driving Tomorrow global digital conference broadcast. To date it has been known only by its codename, the Lotus Type 131. Emira means ‘commander’ or ‘leader’ – highly appropriate for this new Lotus sports car The world debut of Lotus Emira will be on Tuesday 6 July
• Five new versions with enhanced specification to celebrate end of production later this year • Increases in power and performance, design upgrades and new colours
A New Year and a New Future: New Lotus sports car series confirmed Elise, Exige and Evora embark on final year of production
• New series sports car production confirmed for Hethel, UK • £100m+ investment into all-new manufacturing facilities • Further job creation to support increased volumes • End of production planned for Evora, Exige and Elise in 2021