AUGUST 19, 2005

A Lotus Museum?

There are plans to open a Lotus Museum at 7 Tottenham Lane in Hornsey, where Lotus founder Colin Chapman built his first cars. The premises are not very large and so there will be only be around 10 classic cars on display but former racer John Scott-Davies, who raced Lotuses in the 1960s, hopes that the museum will create some tourism and an education centre for the area.

Chapman worked at the premises between 1951 and 1959, in converted stables behind the Railway Arms Hotel, which his father Stan has been running since Colin was a toddler. It was there that Lotus was established in 1952 and on the premises the first 100 Lotus Seven cars were built before the firm moved to Cheshunt in 1959.