I can add more information on John Fisher who acquired #353 from Team Lotus. As part of my researches on #353 I have met, over the years, every owner of the car or their direct descendant. I met John Fisher on 26th April 1994, in fact he has his own chapter in my book. John was a true English gent, a significant Portsmouth business man. During his time in the Navy he raced motorcycles, winning The Arbuthnot Trophy. He was a competitor at the IOM TT entering no fewer than 15 times. His first race was back in 1948 on an Ariel. In 1952 he raced in three classes, Junior TT, Senior TT, and Lightweight 250 TT
His car racing spanned the years 1955 to 1967 using Keifts, Lotus and Coopers. John joined the BRDC as a Life member in 1957. When I met John he was immaculately attired in his BRDC blazer. He was one of the first, if not the first, importer of Hondas into the UK, he became a good friend of Soichiro Honda and stayed with him in Japan during his trips to the east. In 1982 he was appointed Mayor Portsmouth, the year that The Mary Rose was raised from the harbour. He was also Mayor during the Falklands conflict, He was proud of welcoming back each ship from the Falkland war.
He also ran a fleet of six aircraft running commuter flights from Portsmouth to the Channel Islands. At one time his road car was a D type Jaguar bought for 2000 pounds through the motor trade.
He ran a full time racing garage with two mechanics Wally Varley and Dennis Tobin. He said he was often contacted by Colin Chapman with an "offer to good to refuse". John was already racing a Lotus 12 #360 in 1958. Les Leston inverted the car at Caen in 1958 (a Coventry Climax engine build fault) . A bent but repairable car. John now had races entered but no car to run. He rang Colin Chapman who offered #353 for immediate delivery as Graham Hill had moved to the Lotus 16 at Team Lotus. Dennis Tobin was sent up to London with trailer to bring it back to Portsmouth.
John was a real gent of the old school, I collected photos of his Bedford bus transporter, his two Lotus Elevens ORV770 and YTN 444 plus his Lotus 16 (the only Lotus 16 bought new by a private customer)
Regarding Frank Gardner racing #353 in the UK. I found only one image from Ferret of Frank racing the car, it was at a minor MMEC race meeting at Silverstone .
When I look at the all people who helped me with the book content, and who I met, sadly time has taken its toll on their ranks. Willie Griffiths, Merv Therriault, Peter Ross, Cliff Allison, John Fisher, Dennis Tobin, Bruce Halford, Frank Gardner, John Blanden, Joe Hills, David Holyoake, Bill Boddy, and Graham Howard have all left us. . The value they added by their first hand knowledge is immeasurable
Mike Bennett Adelaide