racing car show

(David Lawson)

Lotus stand at the ’69 Racing Car Show, sports-racer Type 47 and F3 Type 59 to the fore…

Both models are Loti i always had a hankering for, there were several 47’s which raced for years in Australia in  a variety of classes and a 59 won the Australian Drivers Championship, the ‘Gold Star’ in 1970.

fittipaldi

Emerson Fittipaldi contesting the 1969 Guards Int Trophy at Brands Hatch on 1 Sept 1969. His Jim Russell Lotus 59 Ford was 3rd to Reine Wisell Chevron B15 Ford and Tim Schenken BT28 Ford, all racing in F1 in 1971; Emerson and Reine for GLT Lotus, Tim for Brabham (unattributed)

Back to the UK in 1969; the works ‘Gold Leaf Team Lotus’ 59’s were raced by American Roy Pike and Brit Mo Nunn (later Ensign F1 designer/supremo) with Aussie Dave Walker in a ‘Lotus Components’ entry (the constructor of Lotus customer racing cars)

Emerson Fittipaldi raced a Jim Russell Lotus 59 entry winning the ’69 British championship and making his GP debut at Brands Hatch in 1970.

dave walker monaco

Dave Walker in the GLTL Lotus 59 during the 1970 Monaco F3 GP, 9 May. He is threading his 8th placed car thru typical Monaco carnage. Tony Trimmer won in a Brabham BT28 Ford, Walker dominated F3 in 1971 including a GLTL Lotus 69 Ford Monaco F3 GP win (Simon Lewis)

47 paintinfg

The Oliver/Miles GLTL Lotus 47 is depicted ahead of the Bonnier/Sten Axelsson Lola T70 Mk3 Chev 6th and winning Ickx/Redman Ford GT40, Brands 6 Hour, 7 April 1968, the day of Jim Clark’s death (Michael Turner)

The 47 was raced in the 1968 Brands Hatch 6 Hours in GLTL colors by Jackie Oliver and John Miles finishing in 10th place in the race won by the Ickx/Redman Ford GT40.

In 1969 the works team raced the Lotus 62 with the GM derived Vauxhall/Lotus LV220 DOHC 4 valve engine, the 47 powered by the venerable Ford/Lotus twin-cam, a Hewland FT200 gearbox used in place of the standard Renault unit.

Whilst the 62 looked a bit like the 47 it shared a few body panels only; its spaceframe chassis was bespoke (2 built) and engines as noted above totally different.

47 silvers

John Miles Lotus 47.  ‘Silverstone Players Trophy’ meeting 27 April 1968 (Simon Lewis)

lotus 47 cutaway

Lotus 47 cutaway; backbone chassis, front suspension upper and lower wishbones and coil spring/damper units. Rear suspension top link, lower wishbone and radius rods. Engine Ford/Lotus twin cam 2 valve, power depending on spec from 160-190bhp. Gearbox Hewland FT200 5 speed , Brakes ventilated disc all round (unattributed)

Photo Credit…

David Lawson, Simon Lewis

 

Comments
  1. Ken Collins says:

    I went to the racing car show in 1965, and loved it. Oh, the cars I was going to buy and race when I was a bit older…….. I also remember being at Brands watching the Lotus 47, when there was an announcement about Jim Clark. What a sad day that was. We couldn’t believe it would happen to someone with his skill and talent. Oh, and I still have the set of 4 Michael Turner prints given out at the Crystal Palace Whitsun Bank Holiday Monday F2 race meeting at Crystal Palace, one of which is the Lotus 47 print shown in this article. I can remember my Father’s friend saying how disgusting it was that Lotuses were no longer green – he said sponsorship would mean the end of sport in motor racing…….

    • markbisset says:

      Thanks for sharing your memories Ken, by the time I became interested in motor racing Jim Clark had left us but all who saw him race here in the Tasman Series remember him in reverential terms; he was the ‘real deal’; champion, gentleman, sportsman and a ‘great bloke’ by all accounts. Love Michael Turners stuff! I am putting some auto art up on a regular basis to mix things up a bit. I think there were 3 Lotus 47’s which raced here ‘in period’, all, I think have left the country but there is one imported from the UK 5 years ago owned by a Melbourne Lotus enthusiast I know, must do an article about his car soon. Mark

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