I am trying to research the early history of my Lotus 23. A member of this forum, "Cynic", posted a picture of the car a few years ago. It showed the car at Daytona being raced by Doug Champlin in 1967.
This picture and accompanying information prompted me to contact Mr. Champlin who told me that he had purchased the car from Gus Hutchison, who has been discussed at length in this forum.
Mr. Hutchison supplied me with pictures of him driving the car at Riverside in 1966.
Mr. Hutchison confirmed that when he drove the car it had the same 1.5 liter Coventry Climax V8 that was in the car when Champlin drove it. Mr. Hutchison was very generous in telling me all he could remember about the car and even sent me the original wheels that he had. The one thing he couldn't remember was who he bought the car from. Mr. Hutchison lived in Texas and he thinks he bought the car from someone out of state. He also recalled that the person he bought the car from had installed the Coventry Climax V8 engine. I think there were relatively few Lotus 23s with 1.5 liter V8s. I think the sale to Hutchison could have been as early as late 1964 or as late as early 1966.
Any information that forum members could supply would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by David B Fletcher, 10 March 2010 - 20:41.