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Lotus out in force for historic race meeting


About 400 historic cars, including 20 made by iconic British race car constructor Lotus, will race at Sydney's Eastern Creek on November 29 and 30.

Lotus will have a strong presence at the Repco Tasman Revival historic racing car meeting at Sydney’s Eastern Creek circuit at the end of November.

Lotus Cars Australia is sponsoring the Sports Cars category, and Lotus open-wheelers and sports cars will race in several categories.

Lotus Tasman Formula cars and the late Jim Clark were dominant forces in the 1960s Tasman Cup series which attracted Formula 1 drivers and teams to race in New Zealand and Australia.

Lotus and Clark won the Tasman 2.5-litre Championship, which ran from 1964 to 1969, three times – in 1965, 1967 and 1968.

Lotus won 22 Tasman series races, and 20 Lotuses will race in the Eastern Creek revival round.

Australian racing legend, Leo Geoghegan, who raced Lotus cars extensively will be at the Repco Tasman Revival, along with other big names of the 1960s, like Frank Matich who raced a Lotus 19 sports car. Geoghegan is pictured here in a contemporary portrait and racing a Lotus.

Kevin Bartlett will be the event patron, and other Aussie racing greats, Vern Schuppan, John Goss, Spencer Martin, are all attending.

Briton Sir John Whitmore will drive two Lotus cars, a Lotus Cortina and a Lotus Elite, cars in which he made a name for himself in the 1960s.

The Tasman Revival meeting includes races for formula cars, sedans, Formula 5000s and sports cars. About 400 cars will compete, including several from New Zealand.

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