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Lotus Drivers Guide

Newsletter issue 73, December 2013

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Ronald Ringma Hello again, just in time for your Christmas shopping (I hope) I am showing you some new Lotus miniatures.  And, just to show you something different, I have collected some images showing you drivers figures. Also some nice Lotus paintings from an artist I did not mention before in my newsletter.

And of course Lotus related news that I have found for you during the past few weeks.

Something you will appreciate is the ProActive magazine that is issued by Lotus Engineering, this e-zine always has interesting articles for us Lotus enthusiasts! Have a look on my website.

Please enjoy reading this newsletter en do not hesitate to give me your comments.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Ronald Ringma


Lotus at 2013 Guangzhou motorshow

Lotus showcased the jewels from its product line-up at the 2013 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, further asserting its presence in the Chinese market as its popularity grows amongst China’s fashion-conscious elite.

Chinese trend-setters looking for the ultimate in exclusivity and style, are warmly invited to the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, where from 21 November, the iconic British sports car brand Lotus, affirms its commitment to the Chinese sports car fan. This follows the recent strategic acquisition by Lotus’ parent company DRB-HICOM, of the importer and distributor of Lotus cars in China.

Read more here


Formula One: Lotus F1 Team update

2013 USA Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean produced a superbly controlled drive to take second place in the United States Grand Prix from third on the
grid, whilst a difficult afternoon for Heikki Kovalainen saw the Finn drop to fifteenth from his eighth place grid slot.

A lightning start from Romain saw the Frenchman leapfrog Mark Webber for second place at the first corner, with Heikki
dropping to twelfth as the safety car emerged for an incident involving Adrian Sutil. Both drivers maintained position at
the restart; remaining as such until the first round of pit stops.

Read more here

2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

A disappointing end to the 2013 Formula 1 season for Lotus F1 Team yielded the Enstone squad’s first point-less weekend of the year at the final round in Brazil; Heikki Kovalainen dropping three positions from his eleventh placed grid slot whilst team-mate Romain Grosjean retired with an early engine failure having started sixth.

In stark contrast to the first two days of track action at Interlagos, dry conditions remained for the majority of the race; interrupted only by light showers during the closing stages. A tricky start for both drivers saw Romain drop two positions and Heikki four on the opening lap; completing the first tour in eighth and fifteenth respectively.

Read more here

Lotus F1 team driver line-up announcement

Lotus F1 Team has announced that Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado will join the Enstone squad alongside Frenchman Romain Grosjean for the 2014 Formula 1 season.

Pastor – a veteran of 58 Grand Prix starts, including pole position and victory at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix – has driven for Williams F1 Team since entering the sport at the start of the 2011 season.

Romain has raced for Lotus F1 Team since the start of the 2012 season, having previously driven for the Enstone outfit in its former guise of Renault F1 Team during the final seven races of the 2009 season, in addition to serving as third driver for the team in 2011.

Read more here.


Multi Million pound boost for Lotus

Lotus has secured a £10 million government grant which will see the firm create more than 300 new jobs.

The Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has awarded the automotive firm £10.44 million, which will be used for research and development of products, along with staff training. In addition Lotus is expected to create 313 new full time jobs to support production over the coming years.

Business Secretary, Vince Cable MP visited Lotus’ Norfolk headquarters, where he toured the engineering and factory facilities and formally announced the grant to Lotus management.

Read more here


Ulis Racing Legends

Just by coincidence I found the website of Uli Ehret, a German painter who has created quite a few Lotus paintings and, in my humble opinion, is doing a great job. Have a look and form your opinion. The nice thing is that one can obtain a framed print for a very reasonable price. Christmas is coming....

Uli Ehret was born 1965. He lives and works since in Weinheim, near Heidelberg in Southern Germany. The love to motorsports
was in his roots because of Hockenheim, which was near and easy to visit. His second hobby was painting - mostly in water colour.

From 1986 to 1990 he studied graphic design in Mannheim and leads his own advertising agency since today. But with the combination of his two hobbies: racing and water colour art, he began a second life in 2005: his first exhibition at the Le Mans 24 hours.

Today, Uli Ehret exhibits at the major European GT racing and historic F1 events like Goodwood or Le Mans and Silverstone Classic and paints for companies like AMG, Porsche, Shell, Aston Martin and Volkswagen.

My Christmas gift for you: if you order a print or painting from Uli, just mention "LDG" and you will get a 10% discount!

Look here for more information

Jim Clark, Nürburgring GP 1966, „Adenau Aces“
Graham Hill, Lotus 49, Winner Monaco GP 1968
Jim Clark, Lotus 49 Jim Clark, Lotus 25

Images above, copyright Uli Ehret


Michele Conti - Lotus Mk XI model

At Christmas time it is nice to be able to share something special with you, like these 1:10th scale Lotus Mk XI models that are created by Mr. Michele Conti.

Michele Conti is a famous name in the world of fine scale miniature models, or better, exact scale replicas of these cars.

Michele Conti's creations, the majority of which were to 1/10th scale, are faithful recreations of the original cars, with both an uncannily realistic and artistic quality. Often when looking at a photograph of one of Mr. Conti's creations it is difficult to tell it from the full scale automobile.

So close to the real thing; a Conti model combines the perfection in the art of steel, aluminium and brass panel beating and welding in miniature, with the detailing in fine leather, wood, rubber and chrome work.. and so much harder than working on the real thing.

Michele Conti’s models cross the divide between models and sculpture, breathtakingly offering the client both at the same time and as a consequence raising the Conti model to the level of a work of art of fine museum quality and this is reflected in the value even the most basic Conti’s achieve at auction or private sale.

Lotus Mk XI 1956, 1:10th model created in 1958

His models appeared in the New York Museum of Modern Art, at Ferrari headquarters and General Motors, as well as featured in museum and show exhibits, car showrooms. The word is that Enzo Ferrari, a hard man to please, ordered a model and was so amazed at its perfection that he wrote personally to Conti to lavish praise. But, there is no evidance of this story.

It is said that Michele would spend up to a year painstakingly working to create one of his cars; it is assumed that he would be working on several cars in different stages during that time. It is hard to determine just how many of these miniature cars he produced during his 40 year plus career, but a good estimate would be around 250.

After Michele's death in 1996, his son Maurizio, having worked alongside his father for many years, officially carried on the Conti name. He is also a true master craftsman of the automobile in miniature.

Lotus Mk XI 1960, 1:10th model created in 1960

Images and information courtesy of Don Malatesta








Not really a Lotus, but still has Lotus promotion on the
sides, this 2013 Lola B12/60 Toyota Rebellion Racing

nr 12 (Prost/Jani/Heidfeld)
and nr 13 (Belicchi/Beche/Cheng)

By Spark, 1:43


On the left; expected in January 2014, this Type 25 BRM V8 by Spark, 1:43. Driver: Mike Spence, event: British Grand Prix 1966.

Below: the original in action.



It looks like Minichamps will have their 1:18 Lotus Type E20 in the shops before Christmas. And it is about time, as we have already reached the end of the career of the E21...

I am showing you the Räikkönen version of 2012's F1 model.



Just to show you what some of the readers/collectors are capable of, I like to give some space for images taken from your collection. Here is a picture made by John-w, showing his Model Factory Hiro, Lotus 49B (R7), Jo Siffert, Nürburgring 1968:



I did recently get an email from Hitomi Ishii at Studio 27, showing me their nice conversion kits that can be used with the 1:24 Tamiya Lotus Europa to create different versions of the Lotus 47GT.

Have a look at the Studio 27 website if you like to know more about these kits.



If one collects miniature Lotus models, it may be nice to have some extra decoration next to the cars. Bearing that in mind, these driver figures may be the right thing to put on your shelves, next to their cars. This is not everything that is or will be available, is have just picked a few to show to you. If you are interested and you start searching, you will find Hill, Clark, Fittipaldi and more. TSM has made a JPS Team Lotus pit crew including Colin Chapman, for instance, but I did show you these before. There will also be a 1:43 version of this set in the future.




Mario Andretti, Winner 1977 GP France, announced by TrueScale Miniatures, 1:18




An earlier version made by TrueScale Miniatures, representing Mario Andretti in 1977, also 1:18. This model will also be released in 1:43 soon!




And here is Ronnie Peterson (1978), 1:18, made by TrueScale Miniatures. Not yet available, but announced for release in the future. Also a 1:43 version.





Jochen Rindt, 1:18, by Top Model.




How about these Romain Grosjean (2012) figures, 1:18, made by Top Model.






...and the Iceman himself, also created by Top Model, 1:18 (2012)


Books and video

Mythical Formula One - 1966 to present

This book includes some of the most famous and legendary F1 single seaters from 1966 onwards, the year when new engine capacity regulations were approved, which coincided with the most important features we still see in the cars of today. Despite being focussed on the cars, the book also explores the designers, the team managers and drivers.

Hardcover, 104 pages, English, ISBN-10: 0764345818,
ISBN-13: 978-0764345814, size: 300 x 231 x 23 mm

F1 Retro 1970

F1 Retro 1970 by Mark Hughes puts the microscope on the tumultuous 1970 F1 season from the perspective of 43 years later. New testimony from Jackie Stewart, Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx, Emerson Fittipaldi and many of the other surviving drivers takes you back to the glamour but also the gritty reality behind the façade.

Designers/engineers including Ron Tauranac, Tony Southgate, Mauro Forghieri, Bernard Boyer, Robin Herd, Gordon Coppuck, Gian Paulo Dallara explain their designs, rich in anecdote. An evocative text brings out the shade and light of the times and of the personalities of those involved, a technical section uses the benefit of hindsight and modern simulation tools to analyse each design, including fascinating CFD analysis of the title-winning Lotus 72.

A multi-dimensional look at a beautiful but lethal time in F1, all illustrated with fantastically evocative photography from the LAT archive, stunning design and beautiful production. F1 Retro takes you right back there but with today's eyes. The first of a spectacular series.

Hardcover, 256 pages, size 215 x 20 x 287 mm, ISBN-10: 0957025521, ISBN-13: 978-0957025523







The Lotus Cortina Shooting Brake

A semi-humorous and semi-technical account of the restoration of an English Ford/Lotus Cortina Estate Wagon. This is the full colour version. There is also a black and white version available.

From the same author: Europa Euphoria

Paperback, 106 pages, size 229 x 152 x 60 mm, ISBN-10: 1493509195, ISBN-13: 978-1493509195


Rare cars for sale

You can have your rare Lotus listed here, free of charge.



Lotus Elite - Dennis Ortenburger

For Sale. The Ortenburger Elite. 1960, Series 2, LHD. All the good stuff; FWB engine, new block, new crank, steel timing gear, new clutch and pressure plate (all balanced to crank) ZF, NACA duct, oil cooler duct, alloy brakes F&R, chrome wheels, reinforced front A arms, 4.2 diff, driver and passenger parcel trays, Derrington exhaust, twin Weber 40DCOEs balanced drive shaft.

This is a daily driver, ready to head for the twisties.

Documentation relative to the car's provenance, photos from 9 seasons historic racing. Photos and awards from car shows. Further details and photos on request.

dennisortenburger@gmail.com - tel USA 805 927 2980 - asking $79,500




Let my know what events you like to have listed here, its free!


11 - 13th April 2014
The Bosch Hockenheim Historic – The Jim Clark Revival

The event organisers cordially invite all Lotus enthusiasts to attend this special weekend in memory of Jim Clark. One Special highlight will be the premiere of the spectacular “Lotus World Record Attempt” with 437 Lotuses on the Grand Prix circuit. In addition to this, several Lotus racing series on and next to the track will round off the programme.

More information:  www.hockenheim-historic.de

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