Indy Car Weekend: 1965 Lotus 38 – The Race Car That Changed Indy

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We’ve been featuring historic Indy 500 race cars from the 2011 Concours of America. These particular photos, though, weren’t taken at the concours but when we have photos of what is probably the most historically significant Indy racer besides Ray Haroun’s Marmon Wasp, what better way is to wrap up Indy Car Weekend than with Jim Clark’s Indianapolis 500 winning Ford powered Lotus 38? Clark’s car is owned by the Henry Ford Museum, and was recently treated to an exquisitely detailed restoration by Classic Team Lotus, Clive Chapman’s business that maintains, services and restores Chapman-era Lotus race cars. At the recent Detroit Makers Faire I was talking to one of the curators at the Henry Ford Museum who was involved with the project and visited Ketteringham Hall, near Hethel, which was the HQ for Team Lotus back in the day and now houses Classic Team Lotus. He told me that the restoration was so complete that even the Woods Brothers’ racing team, which Chapman hired from NASCAR  to do Clark’s pit stops, were consulted and involved in the process. Clark’s Lotus is in race ready trim, and was only recently taken for a spin around Indianapolis Motor Speedway by fellow Scotsman and Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti.

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