Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Team Lotus Transporter

It's always interesting to walk round the various club displays at any historic race meeting, and this is a photograph I took amongst the Lotuses at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in July 1995.
Whilst it appears to be a Team Lotus transporter carrying a Lotus 12 I understand that the Ford Thames transporter is not an ex-Team Lotus vehicle and the Lotus 12 race car is also a replica.


  1. You are right about the Transporter, but the car was certainly not a replica,this car was the first Lotus to win world championship points for Lotus Driven by the late Cliff Allison,regards Roger Friend

  2. Thanks for that - I'd read somewhere that it was a replica transporter constructed to carry a replica Lotus 12, so that was either incorrect or a different Lotus 12. I remember that race of Cliff Allison's, he finished in 4th place in the 1958 Belgian Grand Prix and if it had lasted one more lap he might have won. Tony Brooks won the race in a Vanwall, but his gearbox seized on the finishing straight. Mike Hawthorn finished second and his engine failed as he crossed the finish line, while Stuart Lewis-Evans in his Vanwall had his suspension collapse as he rounded the last corner and limped over the line to finish third.