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Clubs, enthusiasts and traders to add to Lotus Festival atmosphere

Friday, August 17 2012

Lotus owners and enthusiasts alike will find plenty to occupy them at this weekend's Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch (18/19 August). Aside from the many attractions on and off track, there will be the opportunity to buy anything from memorabilia to a Lotus car and even join an enthusiasts' club!

A trade village will be sited along the appropriately-titled Colin Chapman Way that runs parallel to the pit straight. Lotus Cars, Lotus Racing and Classic Team Lotus will be displaying their wares opposite the Paddock Hill grandstand and the former will be showing off their range to prospective owners.

Lotus dealers, parts specialists, garages and insurers can also be found in the trade village, whilst an area has been set aside for second hand cars and an autojumble for that elusive part.

Meanwhile club display areas cover the entire Lotus range from the 1950s to the present day, and in the case of the Historic Lotus Club, this even covers the Austin Seven-based MkII, the oldest surviving of Chapman's cars. The club's members will be parading the circuit on Saturday during the lunch break, an event billed as a moving museum of Lotus.

There will also be other privately-owned cars on and off track this weekend, including popular Welshman Steve Griffiths, who will be running his Type 101 Formula 1 car, a familiar sight at Brands Hatch. The 1994 Type 107C will be on static display, along with a Type 22 that featured in the 1966 film 'Grand Prix', which included a scene at Brands Hatch. An ex-Stirling Moss Lotus 18/21 that also had a starring role in Midsomer Murders is expected to draw attention, as will the rare Elise GT1 and the Evora that took part in last year's Gumball Rally.

Other clubs exhibiting include Club Lotus, started in association with the marque over 50 years ago, Lotus Elan Central, the Sunbeam Lotus Owners Club, LotusExcel.net, who will be celebrating the 2+2s 30th anniversary year, the Lotus Cortina Register, Esprit Club and VX220.org, a club started by current BTCC entrant John Thorne. Amongst the many clubs serving all models, SELOC will be holding their annual summer event at the festival, and a party atmosphere is expected around the venue.

Tickets for the Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch this weekend are available on the gate for £21, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click here.