LOTUS ANNIVERSARY LINE-UP REVEALED FOR CASTLE COMBE’S AUTUMN CLASSIC RACE MEETING
The 2023 Autumn Classic historic race meeting – set to be held at Wiltshire’s Castle Combe Circuit on Saturday, 23 September – will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Lotus Cars with various displays and presentations.
As well as non-stop historic car racing out on the 1.85-mile race track, the event attracts hundreds of classic display cars in the venue’s scenic paddock areas.
Event organisers have confirmed the list of Lotus cars on display in the main show marquee area this week, which can be seen below.
Graham Hill’s 1967 Type 49 (Chassis 03)
The car that proudly features on this year’s official event artwork created by automotive artist Brian James, this Formula 1 race car broke the mould with its Cosworth DFC engine – class-leading and world-beating innovation. The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, will kindly loan the vehicle for the day.
Jim Clark’s Lotus Cortina
Jim Clark’s favourite road-going Lotus Cortina will also appear, complete with its ‘secret’ Elan-based independent rear suspension.
Lotus Models Through the Years
An extensive array of Lotus cars from through the decades will document the firm’s colourful history, including a Lotus 7, an Elite (this particular example raced at Castle Combe in the period), the now sought-after Elans, including a Plus 2 variant, the Esprit and the unique GS Europa – the William Towns re-designation of the production car approved by Colin Chapman and assembled GS Cars in Warmley, Bristol.
Away from car production, Lotus Engineering was involved in many projects with other mainstream manufacturers. Who remembers the super little Lotus Sunbeam from the late ’70s or the mighty Lotus Carlton introduced in 1990 to press incredulity and still the fastest production saloon ever made? There will be examples of both on display on the day.
Finally, don’t miss the last internal combustion engine car that Lotus will ever build, the coveted Emira.
More Event Info
You can click here for a recent organiser update about what else to expect at this popular show.
Advanced admission tickets for the Autumn Classic are priced at £15 per adult or £10 per concession (over 65) and include a FREE programme.
16 and under get free admission but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
The cut-off for these advanced tickets is on Monday, 18 September. After this time, they will be available at the gate, priced at £5 more respectively.
Please click here to book your advanced tickets.