Photos illustrate an article to be published in the Lotus Drivers’ Club magazine Chicane. What a wonderful weekend – the best event of the year and something to be savoured as the finest historic racing.
At the Le Mans Classic in June 2010, I took the opportunity to complete the parade laps of the circuit. My dad (who actually funded them) took passenger seat and volunteered to photograph so all of the below are courtesy of him. Having watched the GT40 Enthusiasts’ Club and a group of Ferraris out on track on the Friday evening, I was approaching the laps with a little trepedation. The pace was pretty strong and I’m no trackday hero, despite the undoubted talents of the Elise. We were heading out in a mixed group of cars of all varities – from old MGs to modern Ford GTs and Ferrari 430s. However, with a keen eye on the mirrors for fast-moving machinery, it was a total joy to really stretch one’s legs around such a iconic circuit. The Elise proved itself a superb track toy and kept up with the exotica, but it was amazing to hear 997 GT3s and Ferrari 550 howling by down the long straight of Mulsanne and on the run down to Arnage. Just felt like we were getting into our stride and then we were flagged into the display area once again. It was a terrific opportunity to sample one of the world’s great circuits.
And the second of the annual trips to the Breakfast Club. This time it was a bit of a late arrival. On the way over we saw a Zonda Roadster heading towards us which made a particularly dramatic impact upon slumbering rural Sussex roads. A charming way to pass a morning and worth the 500 mile round trip from Leeds.
While enjoying a spring jaunt to the south of England in March, we took in one of the famous Goodwood Breakfast Club meets, where car lovers from across the country descend upon the pretty Sussex circuit for bacon butties and a glance around some unusual motors. There is nothing quite like it in the north so it was a remarkable honour to see some many exquisite cars displayed. The obvious highlights were the Lamborghini Muira and Ferrari 250 GT SWB parked adjacent to one another, as casual as you might wish. Quite apart from the K1 Attack, innumerable Atoms, Lotus 340Rs, Ferraris of every vintage, including an Enzo and anything else you might imagine. The theme was Tax-free Classics so anything pre-1973 was offered a position on the start/finish line but there were awesome cars from every era wherever you looked. It proved so enjoyable, we made a bit of an excursion down there later in the year.