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The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, which brings together a great array of classic car and motorcycle clubs along with their iconic classic and vintage cars and motorbikes, will take pace on 12-14th November 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK. HLR Members can take advantage of a discounted entry, using the code on the Members' Classic Motor Show page here. Discounted entry is only available on pre-purchased tickets, which must be booked before midnight on Thursday 11 November 2021.
John Frayling passed away on Wednesday 19th May 2021. John was heavily involved in the production of the Elite, having joined Lotus from the Ford styling department at Dagenham. His first job was to sculpt the one-fifth scale model of Peter Kirwan-Taylor's design, translating the drawings into a three-dimensional shape. He then constructed the full-size model in plaster of Paris that was used to produce the first set of moulds, from which the Earl's Court prototype was produced. The model and the first few cars were built in a decrepit building in Edmonton, John often working alone for many hours. The building was later used by Cosworth. As the car was developed for production, John worked with Maximar modifying the moulds to simplify manufacture, reducing the number of mouldings from the sixty used for the Earl's Court car, to three. John later went on to design the bodywork of the Lola MkVI GT (which evolved into the Ford GT40) and the Lola T70 Mk I. John also worked on the Elan Coupe and the Europa, eventually leaving Lotus to produce the short-lived Clan Crusader.
The Consultation document will be available to download once it has been emailed to members.