Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Lotus 72

This car took part in the HSCC Pre '71 Single Seater Championship race at the HSCC's Spring Historic Race Meeting at Oulton Park in May 1987.
It's John Foulston's 1970 Lotus 72, driven in the race by his wife Mary. This car is the first of the Lotus 72s built, originally chassis number 72/1 but renumbered 72/4 after a rebuild, and is in the Gold Leaf Team Lotus colours used by the team in 1970 and 1971. Jochen Rindt won the 1970 Drivers' World Championship in 1970 in one of these cars despite losing his life in an accident during practice for the Italian Grand Prix. In 1972 the cars sported the more familiar black livery as the John Player Team Lotus and Emerson Fittipaldi won the Drivers' World Championship that year. On 10 March 2013 I showed some photographs of Emerson Fittipaldi's car at the non-championship Gold Cup race at Oulton Park in 1972.
Mary Foulston at Lodge Corner during the race.

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