This is a brief but important article.
All Lotus enthusiasts and those particularly interested in the Hornsey and 1950/60’s Lotus era ought to consult this archive.
The archive can be viewed on line: www.johnrossmotorracingarchive.co.uk
The photographs are exceptional. Verbal elaboration is unnecessary.
John Ross has kindly granted permission for us to use a couple of images however they are of such quality, distinction and importance subscribers are urged to look at them with some urgency.
John Ross can be e mailed at: – firstname.lastname@example.org
The editors consider that there have been in period two other significant photographers that have captured Chapman and Lotus at Hornsey .Subscribers are directed to A&R articles on :-
- Cory Bevington
- Geoff Goddard
All three capture the intensity and frenetic activity of Chapman and his colleagues including Williams and Pritchard whilst at Hornsey in the mid/late 1950’s.
Subscribers might like also to view all A&R articles about Hornsey and Tottenham Lane in order to comprehend the buildings, layout and general orientation.
Subscribers might like to note [and find John Ross images] within “Lotus Sports Racers” Unique Motor Books [reference below].Here are reprints of articles in which John Ross imagery appeared.
- p10 Lotus Maintenance the Mk.Six Sports Car & Lotus Owner,1959
- p11 A New Lotus Motor Racing , 1954
- p37-41 The Lotus Blossoms Autocourse, 1954
The John Ross Archive: Lotus Content
The archive the editors have seen falls into these main categories:-
- Lotus 1955-1958 29 images
- Lotus 1958-1959 31 images
- Lotus 1960-67 9 images
- Lotus Archway 16 images
- Williams & Pritchard 9 images
The editors considered the photographs entitled Lotus Archway possible the most interesting and relevant to the protection of the site. Because of their historical significance the editors take the liberty of listing each:-
Image Main foreground background
1 Colin Chapman /tripod Transporter Reg No. FRD 918
2 -do- with colleague
- Believed Mk.1Xlower front Ribblesdale Road
4 -do- Railway Hotel/office
5 -do- Rear driver side wing
6 Colin Chapman welding
7 Lotus Mk.VI Reg No. GES 268
8 Lotus Mk’s VI &IX with colleagues
9 Believed Lotus Mk.IX Reg.No. 972 EMK and yard
10 Believed Lotus Mk.IX Ribblesdale Road, period vans on road
11 Believed Lotus Mk.IX Chapman and Railway Hotel
12 Believed Lotus Mk.IX at Williams & Pritchard
13 Believed Lotus Mk.IX -do- with two staff
14 Colin Chapman at wheel of believed Mk.IX
15 -do- Schoolboys gather round/Ribblesdale Rd
16 Believed Lotus Mk.IX Reg.No 972 EMK, Mk.VI and stables
The car models /marques featured include:-
There are a few multiple shots of cars [some part obscured or in background], all are extremely interesting and redolent.
Exhibitions, Education and Economics
In the museum context the editors believe that commercial considerations are both necessary and complementary with its educational objectives.
For these reasons our suggested outline Business Plan includes provision for promoting products and services which share Chapman’s ideals of mechanical efficiency and sustainability. In addition we propose merchandising that explain and interprets the social and cultural context of Chapman’s designs in period. It’s suggested there will be catalogue for on line purchasing.
The editors believe that at some point it will be possible to produce an exhibition of photography portraying the Chapman era at Hornsey. There are several significant local venues where such an exhibition could be mounted. This might be accompanied by guided talks and a town trail.
In the meanwhile viewers can submerge themselves in these delicious images, visit the old works and connect with the enormity of achievement that was established there. [A&R articles help with planning and an appreciation of context]
In many articles to be published shortly we will make frequent reference to this amazing archive.
Lotus Sports Racers. Unique Books.
Lotus: The Early Years. Peter Ross
Lotus: The First Ten Years. Smith
Please note the editors of the A&R attempt to give the broadest spectrum of references but not all are available for consultation in an article. However by noting their existence it may assist students in their research.
*Items in italics non A&R library books.