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Clark's 1967 Indy Lotus featured at Goodwood 2019


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#1 MG Brown

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 07:07 AM

This is Nick Fennell's Lotus 38/7 as shown at the 2019 Festival of Speed at Goodwood. It was driven in the 1967 Indy "500" by Jim Clark. This was Clark's last appearance in the great race.

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Jim Clark drove three separate Type 38s: Winning in 1965 with 38/1 (now in the Henry Ford Museum), finishing second in 1966 with 38/4 and then retiring with engine failure in 1967 with 38/7. The Lotus 38 was penned by Len Terry, being essentially a clean sheet design from the previous Lotus 34 which was a successor to the Lotus 29.
 
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Lotus 38/7 was built in 1966 by Abbey Panels for Team Lotus. Originally run by Al Unser at the 1966 Indy 500 (#18 qualified 23rd, crashed in the race). It was rebuilt on a new chassis and retained by Team Lotus for Jim Clark at the 1967 Indy 500 (#31 qualified 16th, retired). This car, with 38/8, was part of a lawsuit in early 1968 after Chapman sold them to one party after Lotus's American Mid-West dealer Jim Spencer had already taken a check for them from somebody else. Spencer's client won the case and the two 38s ended up with a doctor in Indianapolis. At one time, 38/7 was owned by Chuck Haines (St Louis, MO). It ended up in a collection in Japan painted in the 1965 winning livery until the recent restoration that you see here.
 
I feel that this is a truly a great and influential racing car and it is delightful to see it presented so magnificently by its current owner.


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Posted 10 July 2019 - 07:19 AM

Thank you for posting.
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Posted 10 July 2019 - 11:03 AM

I think this might have been the last year for the severely "offset" suspension, clearly visible in the near head-on photo. Soon after, suspensions had to be, more-or-less, symmetric (within tolerance taking into account left-turn-only unique alignment shimming). Road course races were pretty rare back then but they did do it - Riverside and Continental Divide Raceway (here in CO, now long gone and grown over but would have been visible from the I-25 along the route we take from Denver to Pueblo to race Retro cars). 

 

Very cool era!


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Posted 11 July 2019 - 08:18 AM

A friend sent me this photo of Clark in 38/7 at Indy.

 

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