- Classic Team Lotus Festival
Lotus to celebrate 500th race in style
Lotus is preparing to celebrate its 500th grand prix by gathering every type of Lotus Formula One car raced between 1958 and 1994 at Snetterton on Sunday for the Classic Team Lotus Festival.
35 cars from 37 years of competition will be on display at the circuit, with 18 taking to the track for demonstration runs. Alongside the historic cars, this year's Lotus T127 F1 car will also be out on track before it is packed up and sent to Valencia for the marque's milestone race.
All three current Lotus drivers Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli and Fairuz Fauzy will be in attendance and, as well as driving the T127, will be let loose in historic Lotuses. Clive Chapman, son of Lotus' founder Colin and boss of the event organisers Classic Team Lotus, said all three were looking forward to the festival
"Heikki drove three cars at Hethel the other day and really liked the Mario Andretti Lotus 77, and was bloody quick in it as well," Chapman told ESPNF1. "So he'll be driving that at Snetterton and that should be good fun to watch. Mike Gascoyne [Lotus Racing's chief technical officer] met Betty Hill and my mother two or three months ago and was really blown away by them, so we've put him in Graham Hill's Monaco-winning Type 49 car. Jarno is looking forward to driving the Elio de Angelis car, because Elio was one of his heroes as he was growing up and getting into racing. And Fairuz Fauzy is going to be put in the Type 79."
When asked if the drivers would be told to hold back, Chapman said: "No it's up to them how fast the drive. Frankly, I know Heikki will be flat out, Jarno I suspect will be slightly less gung-ho but he and Fauzy will still be pretty quick. Also, being able to see a current F1 car away from a grand prix circuit doesn't really happen anymore, so that'll be great for the fans."
The drivers will also take part in a question and answer session directly with the public as well as an autograph session. A series of other races will also take place, for full details and ticket information click here.