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#1 TJJohansen

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 13:20

I was reading another thread when it dawned upon me that I have never seen a Lotus 72 in the flesh. This leads me to wonder where they all are at present. I've been to a couple of historic races both in Europe and the US, but no 72 has been present. The only one I can remember seeing on TV recently is the one Top Gear's "The Stig" used on a private track in Spain to set a time for the boys to beat in Teutonic hardware.

Also, is there any good photos of the blue Embassy sponsored car out there? I've only seen one decent color shot.

I am going to the Montjuic Revival in a couple of weeks. Hopefully a 72 will show up. Or even better, the German owned Brabham BT-45B...

T J



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#2 Duc-Man

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 14:21

I've seen at least two 72s at historic events in Germany.

OGP Nürburgring 2008:
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Hockenheim Historics 2010:
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Eifelrennen 2011:
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I don't know if this is the same car as the one on my first picture or a third one.

#3 Gary C

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 15:36

those are 3 different cars.

#4 Duc-Man

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 15:59

those are 3 different cars.


Since I don't have any programs of the races who ownes/drives them?

#5 Norman Jones

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 16:03

This is Mary Foulstons Oulton hscc 1985

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Same meeting

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Donington Masters 07 This was up for auction believed to be the Foulston car?

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#6 Gary C

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 17:22

My video of the auction of chassis R4, this will be one of the 'extras' on my Lotus 72 DVD : http://www.mecanix-t...ars/lot-54.html

website here ; www.lotus72dvd.com


#7 arttidesco

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 17:52

There were three '72s at the last FoS at Goodwood in June, one GLTL 72B and two JPS 72Es one of which I believe I saw Jackie Ickx drive to win the RoC at Brands in 1974.

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#8 TJJohansen

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 18:04

I found this list over on oldracingcars.com. Can you guys update the current wherabouts?

Lotus 72/R1 Rebuilt as 72/4
Lotus 72/R2 (remains) 2010
Lotus 72/R3 Japan 2010
Lotus 72/R4 Austria 2010
Lotus 72/R5 United Kingdom 2010
Lotus 72/R6 United Kingdom 2007
Lotus 72/R7 Private collection
Lotus 72/R8 United States 2010
Lotus 72/R9 United Kingdom 2010

R2 would then be the car Rindt got killed in. Judging from this list it only consist of whatever remains of the 72?

I found a thread which mentioned an ex- Gunston 72 later owned by a Schryver (sp) that was then sold to Japan. R3?

Is R6 is the old Embassy car Keizan drove?

A Google search detailed a 72 being displayed in a Biltema (aftermarket car accessories) store in Uppsala, Sweden this summer. Is that the one which supposedly was on show at the defunct Ronnie Peterson museum?

T J

#9 John Ginger

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 22:08

72/R6 2011 Mallory test

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#10 Duc-Man

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 12:24

For future sightings: where is the chassis number of the 72 to be found?

#11 Allen Brown

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 14:20

If you mean the chassis plate, then it's inside the cockpit. However, the chassis plate is an imperfect guide to the chassis number.

#12 Duc-Man

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 15:06

No, I meant chassis number, if there is actually one. That chassis plates got swaped back and forth (see Porsche 917) is known to me.

#13 Gary C

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 15:08

I'm pretty sure the 72's only ever had chassis plates.

#14 soren

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 13:24

A Google search detailed a 72 being displayed in a Biltema (aftermarket car accessories) store in Uppsala, Sweden this summer. Is that the one which supposedly was on show at the defunct Ronnie Peterson museum?

T J


Yes, I believe so. I think it is the last chassis built for the 1975 season.

#15 Gary C

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 13:57

still owned by the Chapman family and Classic Team Lotus.