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Ricketts Racing Open Day

1950s and 1960s Lotus Enthusiasts - the 2021 'Don't Miss' diary date event.

Malcolm Ricketts' Open Day will take place on Saturday 11th September 2021, from 12:00 to 18:00, at the Old Dairy Barn Workshop, Wheathampstead, AL4 8RG. This is a friendly family run event, which usually features some rarely seen cars. The photographs are from previous events, and give a flavour of what to expect. Malcolm and Jill donate all the proceeds to their local charity, the Isabel Hospice. As with all events, this is subject to Government Covid 19 Regulations and Recommendations. Further details will be added nearer the event date.

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Classic Motor Show - NEC Birmingham, 12-14 November

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, so, if you aren't currently a member, here's an incentive to join! Please note that discounted entry is only available on pre-purchased tickets, which must be booked before midnight on Thursday 11 November 2021.

John Frayling

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.

John Frayling


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