Pride and Provenance

Pride and Provenance

Pride and Provenance

Autumnal afternoons for many a Lotus owner consist of short but memorable end of season drives before the salt tarnishes the roads or the beginning of a winter job list to help see us through the coming months, but for one lucky member there was something very special about this October afternoon. 

Jason Hart has been an LDC member for some time now and has recently celebrated his 50th birthday. We met up with Jason along the banks of the River Wye, along with his partner Niki, to share in the presentation of his very own bespoke Certificate of Provenance for his cherished 1982 Lotus Esprit Turbo. The CoP was presented, unbeknown to Jason, in a cardboard box much like any normal box apart from one thing, the official Lotus tape which encompassed it. 

The noticeable goosebumps were quickly followed by a sense of urgency to ensure that no dirt or oil was present, having prior removed the engine from his Elan +2 restoration, Patsy. Armed with gloves and excitement Jason opened the plush presentation box and immediately delved into the certificate and build specification letter, put together by Lotus Archivist, Andy Graham. The information immediately revealed some intriguing facts about the build spec of the car and confirmation that his dry sump Esprit is build number 47 of 135, and is number 5 of 15 which was finished in Monaco White. We put some questions to Jason:

Q: Is it easy to find the information needed to order a CoP, if it was for a gift? 

Yes, Niki interjected, it’s all on the Lotus website & available through all Lotus retailers. You just need to be sneaky and get the VIN number from the log book.

Q: Is this one of the best gifts for a Lotus owner?

If you are a Lotus owner then the chances are you don’t swim with the current and as an individual it’s nice to know how individual your car is or might be. The presentation box is striking in its classic green and yellow livery and finished on the back with a Union Jack and Made in Britain. They haven’t tried to add lightness here, it really has a luxurious feel to it.

Q: What do you get inside the box?

Upon opening the box, I was immediately presented with a black awards ceremony type envelope which contained the certificate, build spec letter and a personalised letter signed by Phil Popham. The certificate includes the VIN number, engine number, date signed from production, model variant, body colour, trim level, options, original dealer and country, special mention, issued to date and archivist details. 

There was an additional letter from Andy Graham explaining the VIN number and an expansion of the information on the certificate. The premium paper has a quality feel and weight to it that my previous certificate did not. Beneath the envelope are the goodies; a leather key ring in green Lotus livery, a stylish ballpoint pen, aluminium plaque engraved with my name and the Esprit’s details, magnetic and pin badges and my personal favourite, a carbon fibre bookmark which features the brand’s nine most significant motorsport laurels and is going to be a favourite amongst Chicane readers.

Q: Are you going to use anything or display it on the wall?

At first, I was tempted to keep it all together in the box but that’s like garaging the car and not driving it, it’s all going to be used. The magnetic badges are currently pride of place on the fridge, the certificate will be mounted along with the aluminium engraved plaque. The key ring is already on the Esprit keys and the pen in the car. I can never find one when I want one in the car so this one’s staying put.

Q: What’s the first book that will be graced by the carbon fibre bookmark?

Well it will have to be light reading as it’s carbon fibre! The Jim Clark story.

Q: Have you learnt anything new about the Esprit that you didn’t already know? 

I had some info that came with the car but to find out information on the extras which were on the order sheet has allowed me to fill in some of the missing gaps. Especially the bit about the foot board for the amplifier in the passenger footwell. This meant I could piece together when and who fitted the roof stereo.

Q: Would you consider getting one for each of your Lotus cars?

I’m very tempted to get one for the Elise as it’s a very early 111r. The Elan +2 however, being a 1968 car, Andy tells me that very little info exists due to a fire at some point.

This is really something special to own. It would be the finishing touch if you could option the box like you can the car? Black and gold JPS or Gold Leaf colours perhaps and a wax seal on the envelope.

New Supercar from Austria – fully loaded with the spirit of Colin Chapman

New Supercar from Austria – fully loaded with the spirit of Colin Chapman

New Supercar from Austria – fully loaded with the spirit of Colin Chapman

It’s been 20 years that Lotus unveiled their first version of the Exige, well known as one of the most agile sports cars in the world. Now, two decades later, an Austrian motorsport-engineer shows what is possible based on legendary chassis from Lotus. Always in mind: the spirit of Colin Chapman.

Martin Jung, founder of JUBU Performance, wanted to build the race-car he always desired: fast, easy to drive and easy to maintain. What he did with his team is pretty insane: “JP ZERO”, a full carbon, 610 hp race-car with only 960kg, designed to compete in the GT2 class. A 740 hp, street legal supercar will follow.

“We took the great chassis from the Exige and built an entire new car around it. Almost everything – from suspension to steering wheel was completely new designed and produced at our factory in Austria. During the development process we always kept the old principle of Colin Chapman in mind: simplify, then add lightness.” says Martin Jung, the mastermind of the project.

Easy to drive

Besides the ultra-lightweight construction the drivetrain takes a major part in the concept of JP ZERO: a special designed dual clutch transmission provides ultra-fast shifting without the downsides of a classic sequential gearbox. “This was one of our greatest achievements during the project. Our DCT is really easy to handle and can compete with any sequential gearbox on track – but if you want to relax, you can just switch from manual in automatic mode and chill.” says Jung.

100 hours on track without major maintenance

The DTC also allows a bold promise – according to the manufacturer the car allows you to be on track for 100 hours without any major maintenance or rebuild of the gearbox. Martin Jung: “We designed the car to be on track, not in the workshop. Any JP ZERO owner should be able to simply arrive on track and drive – without the need of a crew of mechanics.”

Performance on purpose

The Bi-Turbo concept also allows the driver to adjust the power provided by the engine on purpose. It’s possible to set the delivered power from 410 hp to 610 hp with a simple switch in the cockpit (up to 740 hp in ZEROstreet).

Three Versions, limited units, delivery starts 2021

JP ZERO comes in three versions, ZEROrace, ZEROtrack and ZEROstreet. The pure race-car is called ZEROrace, designed to compete in the GT2 class. ZEROtrack comes as a low-maintainance, arrive-and-drive track-tool for having fun on tracks without any effort. ZEROstreet will come as a 740 hp, street legal, luxurious supercar with bare carbon body.
First deliveries of ZEROrace and ZEROtrack will take place in spring 2021. ZEROstreet will follow in spring 2022. Inspired by the 20th anniversary of the basic Exige each version of the ZERO is limited to 20 production units, so altogether just 60 units of JP ZERO will be produced.

Prices start at EUR 249.000,— for ZEROtrack and go up to EUR 650.000,— for ZEROstreet.

Martin Jung: “The car is pure, analogue and reliable. It’s meant to be truly a car for the drivers.”

Lotus Drivers Club Celebrates National Car Club Award

Lotus Drivers Club Celebrates National Car Club Award

Lotus Drivers Club Celebrates National Car Club Award

The Lotus Drivers Club is extremely proud and grateful not only to be shortlisted for our first ever National Car Club Award but to be announced as the 2018 Winner of the award for Outstanding Online Presence by a Car Club sponsored by Lancaster Insurance Services.

Held in association with Tourism Ireland, Classic Car Weekly and the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, the 2018 National Car Club Awards took place at Birmingham’s NEC as part of the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, which the Club attended. A record number of nominations were made for the 18 categories, with the Lotus Drivers Club shortlisted for two awards. Established in 2016, the Awards are applauded for acknowledging exceptional work amongst UK Classic Car Clubs, the contributions of the enthusiastic people who run the clubs on behalf of their members, as well as celebrating the cherished cars themselves which the Car Club members own.

Committee members Chris Jones, Natasha Tresadern-Hill, Matthew and Jake Oxley collected the award for Outstanding Online Presence by a Car Club during the awards evening on Saturday 24th March.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support and congratulations to all the nominees and award winners! Special thanks also to Mike Brewer, Classic Car Weekly and Tourism Ireland for an incredible evening.

Aside from the Judges Special Recognition Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award, the 18 awards were split into three categories: Classic Car Clubs, Devoted Members and At Show winners. These were chosen from the clubs exhibiting at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery.

Awards Director Lee Masters said: ‘Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all the nominees for making it an incredible night. The car clubs have embraced these awards, with more nominations from the clubs and more deliberation from our judges every year.’

Classic Car Club category

  • National Car Club of the Year: TR Register
  • Club Magazine of the Year: Triumph 2000, 2500 2.5 Register
  • Outstanding Online Presence by a Car Club: Lotus Drivers Club
  • Outstanding Car Club Event (Single Venue): Joint Rover Clubs for Roverfest
  • Outstanding Car Club Event (Run, Rally or Tour): Club Triumph for the Ten Countries Run
  • Outstanding Club Initiative: National Street Rod Association
  • Best Car Club Contribution to Charity: Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, for raising over £100,000 at the Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival

Devoted Members category

  • National Car Club Young Member of the Year: Ben Hatton of the MGCC FWD Register
  • Unsung Hero of the Year: Matt Ollman of the Rootes Archive Centre Trust
  • Ambassador of the Year: Nigel Thorley from the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club

‘At Show’ winners

  • Best Live Working on Vehicles at Show: Jowett Car Club
  • Best Live Demonstration on a Car Club Stand at Show: Porsche 924 Owners Club
  • Best Stand and Car Club Display, under 80sqm: Land Rover Series 2 Club
  • Best Stand and Car Club Display, over 80sqm: International Club for Rolls-Royce and Bentley Enthusiasts
  • Best Restored Car at Show: Chris Boffey’s 1973 Saab 96 (Saab Owners GB)
  • Best Car at Show: Geoff Norgrove’s 1906 Rover 8hp (the Stourbridge Pre War Car Club)