There was a fine display of Lotus cars at the weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with in particular the Formula One Lotus Type 25/R6, in which Jim Clark set the record time of 1:20.4 seconds for a lap of the Goodwood circuit in 1965 attracting much attention.
Additionally, Lotus 72 (Chassis 5) was reunited with driver Emerson Fittipaldi for the first time since 1973. He had taken it to the drivers’ and constructors’ World Championship in 1972 and campaigned with it again in the 1973 season.
Driving an ex-Graham Hill Lotus 49 (Chassis R10) was his grandson, Josh Hill (son of the 1997 F1 World Champion, Damon Hill). This landmark car is the only F1 car to have won the Monaco GP twice – in 1968 and 1969 – and Josh drove it in the high-wing 1968 specification.
Five former Lotus Formula One or Indianapolis cars prepared by Classic Team Lotus drove the Goodwood Hill Climb at the 2019 Festival of Speed, and we put on our anoraks for long enough to check out the chassis numbers:
Lotus 18 – chassis 912
Lotus 38 – chassis R7
Lotus 49 – Chassis R10
Lotus 72 – Chassis 5
Lotus 79 – Chassis 2