Classic Lotus Formula One cars to be on show at Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

Ayrton Senna driving a Type 99T – one of the cars in the Classic Team Lotus collection - at Silverst

Ayrton Senna driving a Type 99T – one of the cars in the Classic Team Lotus collection - at Silverstone in 1987Download high resolution - Credit: Archant

Racing and road cars from Norfolk's iconic sports car makers Lotus are revving up to star in a seafront wheels festival at Great Yarmouth over the first weekend in September.

Modified American cars on Great Yarmouth seafront during last years Wheels Festival

Modified American cars on Great Yarmouth seafront during last years Wheels Festival - Credit: Archant

The famous marque is at the front of the grid for this year's Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival which brings an array of classic and contemporary vehicles to locations along the Golden Mile.

Five famous racing cars from Classic Team Lotus' stable of historic Formula 1 machines will be on display at Anchor Plaza during the weekend of September 3rd and 4th.

They come from a collection of models which drove Team Lotus to 77 Grand Prix wins and seven World Championships.

Their drivers included such greats as Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi and Nigel Mansell.


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Famous racing car liveries on display will include Gold Leaf, John Player and Camel as well as classic British Racing Green.

The display will be in a large marquee along with archive film of the cars and team.

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Classic Team Lotus events co-ordinator Sapphire Nichols said the 25-strong Works Collection cars were normally housed in a special, atmosphere-controlled, barn at their base in Hethel opposite the Lotus cars factory.

She said: 'It is rare to see five of the works collection cars together on display in Norfolk. People love to see the cars and learn about their histories.'

Enthusiasts from the East Anglia Lotus Club will also bring a collection of sports cars from 1960s Elans to more modern models such as Esprits, Europas and Elises, to Britannia Pier Plaza during the event.

A Go Go Dragons sculpture painted as Lotus F1 driver legend Jim Clark who won the world championships in 1963 and 65 will also be on show.

Other attractions on show will include American low-rider and muscle cars from Best of Britain Cars, a Ford GT40, Jaguar XK8 and XKR cars and more.

Visitors can get a taste of Formula 1 track action and pit crew skills with a F1 driving simulator and wheel and spark plug changing have-a-go challenges.

Away from the seafront in the Market Place there will be two-wheeled pedal power with the Pro Action Sports team from the Extreme Wheels Roadshow. Six top riders will showcase BMX jumps, choreographed routines and a mountain bike trail show – with a chance for fans to meet the team and get posters and selfies.

The Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival is in its second year, having featured the Bloodhound land speed record car in its debut last autumn.

The event is funded by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement District which is using a pot of levy payers money to organise and support events to attract more visitors to the area, to boost the local economy. There is also support from Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Joyland Diner.

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