Urgent call for historic Lotus cars to participate in 45 strong display at CPOP

The Historic Lotus Register (HLR) is on the hunt for any particularly rare and interesting examples of the Lotus marque. The best of each road-going model from the Lotus MK Two of 1950 to the current Exige and Evora will be featured in a c.45-strong display the club is creating for this year’s Cholmondeley Pageant of Power (CPOP), June 12-14.

This exciting celebration of the British brand founded by automotive genius Colin Chapman will take place on Friday, June 12; the first day of the three-day CPOP event – a not-to-be-missed extravaganza of motoring and aviation that has rocketed in popularity since its inception in 2008. The selected cars will assemble in the Cholmondeley Castle courtyard and then complete two circuits of the now famous track before forming a fascinating (and doubtless colourful) display at the very heart of the activities.

Lotus race cars in competition

Examples of the Lotus marque will also be seen in competition during the weekend; not least some of the many monoposto racers operated by Classic Team Lotus, the enterprise managed by Clive Chapman (Colin’s son) in order to preserve and promote the proud racing heritage of Team Lotus.

Concessionary entry tickets for Lotus owners

In addition to the above, all Lotus-driving members of the public will be entitled to concessionary CPOP tickets throughout the weekend and directed to a special Lotus-only area of the public car park.

HLR was formed in 1974 by a group of enthusiasts who owned and drove early Lotus models and has evolved into a global club of some 600 members. Said HLR stalwart and display organiser Malcolm Ricketts: “This is a great opportunity to raise the profile of our flourishing club, while giving CPOP visitors a unique perspective of 65 years of the Lotus marque.”

Anybody looking to offer a car for HLR’s Friday display should contact Malcolm at malcolm-ricketts@btconnect.com or via 01438 820373. Any Lotus owner wanting to compete in the main event should contact the CPOP organisers direct on 01829 772432. Further information about CPOP can be found at www.cpop.co.uk, while for details of HLR visit www.historiclotusregister.co.uk.

 The eighth staging of CPOP will celebrate ‘power’ on land, air and water with events including a 1,000bhp-plus class on the famous Cholmondeley track. The festival will honour the Lotus marque on Friday, American Muscle cars on Saturday and Eighties supercars on Sunday.

In addition, the world’s only flying Vulcan will be taking to the skies above Cholmondeley, with the Red Bull Matadors entertaining the crowd with an aerobatic display.The above, combined with camping, live music from Tenors of Rock and the RPJ Band and hundreds of exciting trade stands, will make CPOP the family-friendly motorsport event of the summer.More event details will be released in the coming months but tickets are now on sale at www.cpop.co.uk for the event at Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire. Adult tickets are priced from £26 and children’s tickets are free if purchased before 30th April 2015.

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