Not too sure if anyone else has mentioned this, I've been away for a couple of weeks so apologies if I've missed something, but as it was in the current issue of MotorSport, I posted more or less this same query in the MS thread, as it is reasonably relevant. Either I’ve got you all stumped, or more probably nobody noticed it, so I’m having another try. On page 53 of the Moss at 80 edition, The Great Man expresses opinions, among many other things, about that equally Great Man Colin Chapman. Having suffered fairly regularly at their hands, Sir Stirling makes the kind of comments you'd expect about Lotus fragility and their demanding nature, but then he makes the slightly surprising comment that it wasn't until the Lotus Type 23 that "He (Chapman) learned how to build a car that wouldn't fall to bits, until then he hadn't built a car that was fun to drive". Now, the 23 didn't appear until mid 62, after SCM's enforced retirement, so it's surely unlikely that he so much as sat in one, and I don't think anyone has ever credited the 23 as being particularly reliable or robust, nor were rather too many of the cars that followed over the next few years, so if it wasn't the 23, which Lotus was Mr Moss referring to, surely it wasn’t the Type 18/21, but possibly the 19 ?
As all MS readers will know, in the article SCM comments on all kinds of topics, cars, drivers, tracks and much more. Most of what he says will come as little surprise to most here, but there were one or two other opinions that did surprise me a little. This one will do to get us started though.
Again, apologies if a similar point has already been raised recently, but if it has I couldn’t find it.
Edited by kayemod, 21 September 2009 - 16:12.