The Mk2 Cortina-Lotus has never had quite the same cachet as the revered Mk1 version, possibly because it was slightly more of a mainstream model, being entirely manufactured on Ford’s production line rather than being hand-assembled by Lotus.
The Lotus Festival looks like being an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all Lotus Cortina fans with a huge gathering of both Mk1 and Mk2 examples in attendance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic model.
Back in 1998, when Brands Hatch staged the Lotus 50th Anniversary Weekend, an aspiring young publisher made his way down to Kent clutching a handful of fliers for his imminent new book, fretting a little because the actual book was not ready in time.
In addition to its achievements on the race track, Lotus have tasted championship success on the world rally stages. From Jim Clark’s exploits in a Cortina on the RAC Rally, Henri Toivonen’s win on the same event in a Sunbeam,
Grown tired of that everlasting wait for the new Esprit to start rolling off the line at Hethel? Well, you can remind yourself of just what a long and illustrious history the previous model had in all its various incarnations at the Lotus Festival.
The Lotus Festival will once again boast nearly 20 car races in 2013. A huge field of spectacular action from two Cortina-only races will form the centrepiece of the car’s 50th anniversary celebrations
A number of Lotus cars have featured in film and television, from the Avengers and the Prisoner to Grand Prix and of course James Bond! On show at the festival will be a Lotus 18/21 that once had a starring role in Midsomer Murders!
A parade of Historic Lotus Club cars will take to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit during this year’s Lotus Festival. Representing 60 years of the British marque, they will represent a moving museum at the event.
The revolutionary Lotus pursuit bike that helped Chris Boardman to Olympic Gold and kick-started the British cycling success story will be given a starring role at this August’s Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch.
Used cars and Auto jumble at the festival; Free 5m x 5m pitches are available to Lotus enthusiasts at the festival, providing the opportunity to sell used Lotus parts, memorabilia and cars to the biggest gathering of Lotus enthusiasts in Europe this year!
The number of clubs supporting the Lotus Festival has just increased again with five more confirming their attendance at the Lotus Festival at Brands Hatch this August, representing the full range of the Norfolk manufacturer’s output over the last 60 years.
Preparations for the Brands Hatch Lotus Festival are building up pace, with the launch of a new updated website for the 2012 event. The event takes place this August (18th & 19th) and features Lotus racing alongside attractions both on and off the circuit.
The Lotus Festival boasts nearly 20 car races alongside classic and modern Lotus demonstrations and parades. Although the highlight for most will be the Lotus races there is a great line up of support races including F3 Cup, Production BMW Championship, GT Cup and P8 Racing Saloons amongst others.
50 Years of the classic 60s drop-top sportscar will be commemorated with a special 30 minute race at the Lotus Festival. The clock may be turned back five decades, but the racing will be just as intense as the Elise Trophy!
SELOC – the Lotus Enthusiasts Club are continuing their tradition of making the Lotus Festival their main event of the year. The club will be running a very special Lotus campsite within the circuit’s grounds, which will cater for fans of all ages.
From Colin Chapman’s first encounter with Graham Hill, Jim Clark’s win in the first British GP held at the circuit and Jo Siffert’s privateer victory with Rob Walker, to the inaugural Elise Trophy race, Brands Hatch is integral to the history of Britain’s most charismatic sportscar marque.