Lotus Engineering Newsletter #22

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Lotus Engineering Newsletter #22

Hethel at 40 – a

celebration of four decades

of manufacturing at the

factory

Five thousand Lotus fans came to Hethel on 23 September to

celebrate 40 years of production at the 50-acre factory. Conditions

could hardly have been better: hot sun and a cool breeze.

Enthusiasts were treated to demonstration laps on the test track,

and then a leisurely procession of an immaculate cross-section

of Lotus products was marshalled behind the control tower after

a parade lap. Some models evoked memories of tough times

at Hethel, while others spoke of a joyful mood. Clive Chapman,

managing director of Classic Team Lotus and son of Lotusfounder

Colin Chapman, and his mother Hazel glowed with

appreciation at the turnout and both signed the wing of a pristine

yellow Giugiaro Esprit after the parade.

The upbeat mood was sustained by sparkling commentary from

the indefatigable Guy Munday of Stratton Motor Company, fielding

numerous interviews with Lotus personalities such as 1960s race

manager Jim Endruweit as the day unfolded. The atmosphere

was entirely relaxed and convivial as people wandered through

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the displays and took in the manufacturing and engineering

tours, while Vehicle development manager Nick Adams hosted a

questions-and-answers session for the Lotus Club International

members.

A host of mobile cafés and eateries fed the crowd, supplementing

family picnics. The produce stalls proved popular, and the

dedicated Lotus regalia traders did good business, with Classic

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