• The Austin 7 once raced by Bill Cope

The Lotus Position

December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Any reference to Lotus automatically conjures up the name of Colin Chapman, the Englishman who founded his car manufacturing company along with Colin Dare in 1952. Under Chapman’s direction Lotus won seven Formula One titles, six drivers championships and an Indy 500. However, for a period in New Zealand in the early and middle 1960s [...]

Seventy Years of Lotus Cars (Part Two)

September 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

At the time of Chapman’s death in December 1982 the facts of the DeLorean affair were starting to become known. The British Inland Revenue were after Lotus and imposed an £84 million claim on the company. By 1983 the company was almost bankrupt. Mark Thatcher, son of Margaret, convinced David Wickins (later to be known [...]

Seventy Years of Lotus Cars (Part One)

June 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In 1947, Colin Chapman’s secondhand car business failed, a direct consequence of the UK’s post-war economic crisis. Only 19 at the time, all that Chapman was left with was a tired old Austin 7. Not one to sit by and watch the world pass him by, the teenager teamed up with two mates – Colin [...]

  • Always ready for a photograph – and with a smile

Paul Fahey: 
A Racer’s Racer!

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

On Saturday, November 16, 1963 the New Zealand motor-racing establishment converged on Blenheim for the start of the 1963/1964 season on the street circuit out at Renwick. There were a lot of questions to be answered at this meeting because plenty had been happening during the winter months. For the followers of single-seater racing there [...]