26th October 2015

2 Brands Hatch

2016 Festival Dates Confirmed

We’re pleased to announce that the Lotus Festival will be back at Brands Hatch for 7th time over the late August Bank Holiday weekend, the 27th-28th. Building on the excellent 2015 Festival, we expect the event will grow and are delighted to have Lotus Cup Europe headlining the event once again. We look forward to welcoming you there!

20th August 2015

Best in Class (pre 1974) Bill Holloway with judge Jez Braker

2015 Show & Shine Competition Winners

For the 2015 Show & Shine Competition we divided the many entrants into 4 age related categories.

The winners of each category were:

  • Pre-1974: Bill Holloway | 1967 Elan S3 S/E DHC
  • 1974 – 1995: Jonny Pittard | 1981 Esprit Turbo
  • 1996 – 2008: Paul Hanniford | Exige S2
  • Post 2009: David Devine | Exige S 240

There was much discussion between the judges over the ‘Overall Winner’ but in the end the decision was made in favour of Bill Holloway and his Elan, which he’s recently restored having owned the car since 1978. Congratulations to all winners and thanks very much to all who entered.

10th August 2015


Lotus Type 102 Confirmed for Festival

The Lotus Type 102 is confirmed for the track F1 demonstration laps at Brands Hatch this weekend.

The Type 102 is an exciting combination of two great marques, Lotus and Lamborghini and interestingly it is the only Lotus ever to run a V12 engine. Designed under the technical direction of Frank Dernie the 102 represents about 150,000 hours of R&D, wind tunnel, continuous engineering and design time from concept to racing car.

All composite manufacture was undertaken in-house at Ketteringham Hall. (The Team even made a super light carbon fibre helmet for Warwick and knuckle protectors for Donnelly.) The engine is a 3.5 litre 80 degree 48 valve V12 which gave the team a competitive 650 plus horsepower, from a strong and practical unit. The gearbox is a 6 speed (+ reverse) transverse unit designed by Team Lotus and incorporating Lamborghini internals.

The 102 was raced in the 1990 F1 World Championship by Derek Warwick and Martin Donnelly. They achieved some good points finishes in a competitive season for Team Lotus, thereby preserving the team’s vital top 10 status. Martin Donnelly suffered a big accident at Jerez. Johnny Herbert deputised for Martin for the rest of the season, making his Grand Prix début at the Japanese GP.

24th July 2015

The Red Arrows low level flypast over 04 threshold at RAF Scampton

Red Arrows Flyby

We’ve just had a magical call from the Red Arrows confirming that we’ll be getting a flyby on Sunday the 16th at 13:24. Keep your eyes in the sky looking South East!


15th June 2015


Lotusbits Sunbeam Rally Stage Confirmed

Ever wanted to experience the thrill of a Lotus Sunbeam rally car full airborne?! This year, Lotusbits will be back with 4 fully specced rally cars (including one with full six speed flat shift sequential box!) offering passenger laps from 10am to 4pm each day. 3 very high speed laps of the Brands Hatch Rally Course will cost £15 including a charity donation and having had a go last year, it’s an experience not to be missed!

Click for more info.

10th June 2015


In-Circuit Parking for first 500 Lotus cars!

Anyone ordering tickets in advance up to a limit of the first 500 will be sent a car parking hangar to park inside the famous Brands Hatch circuit. We’ll be filling up an area rammed to the rafters with Lotus cars but please state when ordering (via the option box) you’ll be bringing your Lotus. Due to H&S you’ll also need to arrive pre-9am but that just means you have more time to enjoy the whole event!

You can order your advance tickets at a special discount from here.

6th August 2014


CTL at the Lotus Festival


As ever, Classic Team Lotus is lending its full support to the Lotus Festival, this year mounting a colourful four-car display depicting the most significant liveries in which Team Lotus raced in period. Brands Hatch this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first British Grand Prix to be staged at the Kentish circuit, and that race in 1964 was won by Jim Clark’s evocative green-with-yellow-stripe Lotus Type 25. Read More

27th July 2014


Second Piquet car joins F1 line-up

The Benetton B190 that powered triple World Champion Nelson Piquet to his penultimate Grand Prix victory in 1990 will join the Lotus Festival F1 line-up at Brands Hatch this August. Read More

24th July 2014


Quarter century for M100

The 2014 Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch will be celebrating 25 years of the Elan M100 with a special display dedicated to the second-generation roadster. Read More

16th July 2014


Show off your Lotus – and get in for free!

The search is on to find the best-prepared Lotus at this year’s festival, with entries to the annual ‘Show and Shine’ competition now open.

Owners of Lotus cars spanning the company’s illustrious history are invited to submit their pride and joy to the contest. However you’ll need to hurry, as just 40 places are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Read More

14th July 2014


Lotus rally demonstrations

Lotusbits rally stage

A Sideways Ride of a Lifetime in a Lotus Sunbeam Rally Car for £10!

The Lotus Sunbeams are driven by Mike and his partner Cathy, powered by Lotusbits designed 275bhp+ long stroke 2.5ltr Lotus 900 series engines. Both compete in the premier UK tarmac rally series, the 2014 REIS MSA Asphalt Rally Championship. Read More

7th October 2013


2014 Hockenheim Historic, Das Jim Clark Revival

The Bosch Hockenheim Historic, The Jim Clark Revival is being held again at the Hockenheimring from the 11th to the 13th of April 2014. One of the largest annual gatherings of Lotus enthusiasts in Europe, 2014 looks like being the best attended yet.

The event, in memory of Jim Clark who suffered a fatal accident at Hockenheim in a Lotus F2 in 1968, will see Lotus Enthusiasts attend from all over Europe to witness the weekends festivities. Historic racing will be accompanied by a taste of the modern with Lotus Cup Europe joining the event for the first time in 2014. Read More

30th August 2013

Lotus Festival Returns!

Lotus Festival to return in 2014

The Lotus Festival will be back in 2014 and will be the best event yet!

The event has been pencilled in for 16/17 August 2014 and will celebrate a major landmark: 50 years since the first Grand Prix to be held at Brands Hatch. The race was won by Jim Clark for Team Lotus and in the support Saloon race Sir John Whitmore was joined by Jack Sears and Jackie Stewart on the podium, heading a top six lockout for the Lotus Cortina! Clark was also the British Saloon Car Champion that year – the forerunner to the BTCC. Read More

29th August 2013


Lotus Festival 2013 Thanks

Thanks to everyone who attended, especially with the weather conditions.

Also thanks to all the clubs who supported the event especially Lotus Forums, SELOC, HLC and Lotus Cortina Register. Read More

18th August 2013


Current Lotus range

Lotus Cars will be bringing a selection of vehicles to exhibit during the event.

In addition to Lotus Cars, the various Lotus dealers exhibiting at the Festival will also be bringing examples from the current Lotus range.

Read More

16th August 2013


Stars & Cars



Casting a keen eye over proceedings will be former Team Lotus Cortina drivers Jack Sears and Sir John Whitmore.

Jack in fact debuted the Lotus Cortina at the Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting almost exactly fifty years ago, on 21 September 1963.

Read More

15th August 2013


Wolfe hungry for success!

The Lotus Cortina 50th Anniversary races at Brands Hatch are proving irresistible, with U2TC regular front-runner Andy Wolfe being amongst the latest to add his name to the entry list. Read More

15th August 2013

rallymaster lotus festival

Rally hot-rides available at the Lotus Festival!

Whilst the Lotus rally specials will be sliding their way around the Brands Hatch tarmac stage, spectators keen on getting a lot closer to the action will be able to take part in hot rides. A choice of MSV’s high-revving 150bhp Peugeot 206s and 4WD 210bhp Escort Cosworths are available, both of which are bound to provide an adrenaline-pumping ride! Read More

14th August 2013


Jim Clark’s Lotus 25 to appear

Making a welcome appearance at the Festival will be what is probably the most famous Lotus of them all, Type 25 R4, with which Jim Clark won no less than seven Grand Prix’ on the way to his first World Championship title in 1963. Read More