In DCN's book, Theme Lotus, it mentions that one of the Parnell Racing Lotus 25s, chassis R7, went (it implies on loan) in 1966 to John Campbell-Jones for the Emery-Godiva Climax FPE engine, which had been bored out to 3-litres, to be fitted to it. I have been looking for evidence to support this but so far have drawn a blank. Can anyone help with any sources for this story please? I should say that I have spoken to John Campbell-Jones and, quite understandably, he doesn't remember after all these years and he did race quite a few different cars, among them several different Lotus Formula 1 cars.
What I do know is that The Emery Godiva Climax FPE engine was fitted to a BRP chassis (BRP-2-64), which I suppose in some ways bears a lot of similarities to a Lotus 25, for the Oulton Park Gold Cup on September 17th 1966. It did race but not for long and, at the time of the event, Willment (who were the car's entrant) was already advertising it for sale, with or without engine and gearbox, although no mention is made of the FPE engine being available, presumably because it wasn't theirs to sell. The thread "Coventry Climax FWMV V8 engines; fascinating facts", posts 49 & 50, confirm that the FPE engines were actually owned by Andrew Getley, although the work on them/it (maybe only one was converted to 3-litres) had been done by Paul Emery.
The only thing close that I have found so far is in Autosport's preview of the International Trophy meeting in May 1966 (AS 13/05/66 p763), in which it reports that "Trevor Taylor will be in the Paul Emery Lotus-Coventry Climax: this 3-litre machine has a V8 engine based on the unraced Godiva of several years back." Now the term "the Paul Emery Lotus-Coventry Climax" seems to imply a car that readers would have been familiar with at that point but I have just spent a long time going through every edition of Autosport since the beginning of 1966 and there had been no mention in the magazine of this car up to this point. When it comes to the report of the race in the following week's issue (AS 20/05/66 p826-9), it just says that "Trevor Taylor's Emery Lotus failed to materialize..."
Fast forward to Autosport 01/07/66 p15 and we find some photos of Formula 1 cars testing at Silverstone with the following caption: "Trevor Taylor was also present trying the Formula 1 Shannon. The Shannon's power unit is the Coventry Climax Godiva V8 engine that was originally intended for the 2.5-litre formula. It is now modified to 3 litres." There are two photos, one of Taylor on-track in the car and close-up of the engine, taken in the paddock. Once again, we have "the Formula 1 Shannon" as if we are all wholly familiar with it, yet it doesn't appear to have been mentioned in any previous 1966 edition of the magazine. And no mention of the 'Emery Lotus' or what has happened to it, if it did exist at all!
In the preview for the British Grand Prix (AS 15/07/66 p96-7), it just lists Trevor Taylor, number 23 (3.0 Shannon-Emery-CC). In the race report (AS 22/07/66 p152-7), the only mention of the Shannon is that in practice "Trevor Taylor found that the exhaust pipes on the V8 Shannon kept bottoming..." and then, talking about the race "Trevor Taylor's Shannon was in trouble before the preliminary session [the recce laps] ended" and "Trevor Taylor's race didn't last long, for the V8 Shannon stopped near South Bend with a split petrol tank."
Next, in the preview of the Oulton Park Gold Cup (AS 16/09/66 p469) it says that "Innes Ireland is expected to drive the Willment-BRP, his old BRP car now fitted with a 3-litre Emery-Climax engine. A similar engine powers Trevor Taylor's Shannon..." So we have, apparently, two cars entered with the same engine but, as far as I know, only one engine was converted to 3-litre spec? In the entry list on the page, it does actually say "Innes Ireland or to be nominated (Race Proved by Willment 3.0 Willment-BRP-Emery-Climax V8)." It also lists "Trevor Taylor (Shannon Racing Cars 3.0 Shannon-Emery-Climax V8)." Turn to the race report (AS 23/09/66 p516-8) and there is no mention of Taylor or the Shannon, only "John Campbell-Jones with the BRP housing the 3-litre Coventry Climax engine." In the race "The BRP started spewing out fluid of sorts, and it retired with gearbox trouble before it could be given the black flag."
So, no actual physical sighting of the mysterious 'Emery-Lotus' (may not have even been a 25 anyway?) and no physical sighting of John Campbell-Jones in a Lotus 25 powered by the Godiva engine, although he did race in a Lotus 25 lookalike with this engine....
All contributions very welcome!
Edited by Michael Oliver, 27 October 2019 - 22:33.