Autosport International opens to the public today. F1 fans heading there will find the usual collection of contemporary F1 cars plus some older machines including quite a few classic Lotuses.
For those of you not able to make it there, here’s a peek at what’s on show:
Modern F1 cars
Among the display of modern F1 cars there are at least four pukka 2009 machines from Brawn, Red Bull, McLaren and Force India. Williams have also supplied something which looks like an interim car with a 2009-style rear wing fitted. The others are older cars with updated liveries.
Great F1 cars
I’m dedicating a separate post to each of the four great F1 cars of the last six decades which are featured: the Maserati 250F, Lotus 72, Williams FW14B and Renault R25. More pictures of those will follow later.
The Team Lotus stand is showing off the 1978 championship-winning Lotus 79. There’s also the much less successful Lotus 102. I met Martin Donnelly who drove the car in 1990 and had a chat with him about it and his career-ending crash, which will form the basis for a later article.
Lotus also have a 32B on display which raced in the 1965 Tasman series but was based on the team’s 1964 Formula 1 car.
Here’s a selection of pictures of each of those cars: