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Old 17 Jan 2005, 11:34 (Ref:1202891)   #1
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Lotus 59 & 69

Matter of time I suppose, but we've not had much discussion of this staple of early 70s F3 and Atlantic.

Can someone help me with information about the Lotus 69 and the difference between the 1970 and 71 models [designated 71/69 on the chassis plate]. First question is was the 1970 model a space-frame and the 71 model something else – I presume a plated space-frame rather than a monocoque.

I’m trying to work out the histories of Lotus 69s in Atlantic and FB [not helped by many 59s used in the formula being updated to 69 spec. My chief interest at the moment is in Ian Mawby’s cars used in Britain.

In 1972 Mawby uses an ex Wisell 1971 car which was built to F.B spec but used in F2, [71/69.FB.8] but at a Libre race at Brands in November he ‘writes off’ the car at the start. However the following week he’s back for another Libre race. In MN 14.12.72 Mawby says that he won in ‘the ex Wisell spaceframe that he completed after his start line shunt the previous weekend’. Given that he is talking about a replacement car, which is also ‘ex Wisell’, are we talking about him using another Wisell car rather than his 1971 model?
Funnily enough this was available for him because Stephen Choularton had used in Atlantic in 1972 Wisell’s first 1971 car [69.F2.1] [described as ex Fittipaldi – who used it in 1970 – and Pau winner, Wisell 1971 – and had it for sale from mid October 1972. This would be the earlier type of the car, and presumably a spaceframe where the other wasn't [exactly...]

Which ever car it is Mawby has another really big accident at Snetterton in 73 and the remains were sold to John Bicht who used them as the basis of his Swift [perhaps John can confirm this] and eventually taken to the USA.

Reminiscences, observations, complete Lotus build records all appreciated.

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 12:49 (Ref:1202939)   #2
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Now I'm by no means an expert, so take everything I say with a health warning attached.

The spaceframe 69s used from in F3 and Atlantic '71 onwards were, I think, essentially the same as the 1970 version. They looked a bit different as the external profile of the chassis was altered to accomodate bag-type fuel tanks (the same thing happened with Brabham when they updated the BT28 to become the BT35).

F2 cars were, of course, something else. They were monocoque from 1970 onwards. That was the true 69, and it was for F2 only (until later life). The other 69s were really updated 59s. It always struck me as being a bit odd that the spaceframe jobs were suddenly called 69s by virtue of acquiring the pointy front end and other new body work from the monocoque car. Perhaps there were some other changes too, but I suspect they were not very substantial. And does anyone remember the Formula Ford version - as won in a competition by one Tiff Needell?

I saw Steve Choularton's car at an Atlantic race at Oulton. My memory of things from those days is fading fast, but I am ALMOST certain it looked like the monocoque 69, which was rounded in shape and not the angular re-tanked spaceframe type as described above. So it seems like a pukka ex-F2 car, and quite possibly ex-Wissel, Fittipaldi or whatever.
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Old 17 Jan 2005, 14:51 (Ref:1203017)   #3
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Choularton's car was certainly ex F2, run in 1969 and 70, so would then have been a monocoque. The Wisell car run by LIRA later in 1970 was built originally as FB, so might have been a spaceframe. This was the first [and perhaps only] car used by Mawby. What you say suggests that if he did build a new car, he didn't do so from the Choularton car, which is perhaps, then, the Don Robinson hillclimb car.

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 15:55 (Ref:1203051)   #4
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Reminiscences, observations, complete Lotus build records all appreciated.
Does that mean you have partial Lotus build records? I have a few bits I'd be happy to transcribe if they would be helpful.

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 16:25 (Ref:1203070)   #5
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Can anyone provide chassis information about a Lotus 69-F2 fitted with a 2.0 Ford BDG and driven by Clive Astley at Longridge sprint on 18/06/78?

It is the only Lotus 69 to have taken part in the British Sprint Championship!

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Old 17 Jan 2005, 20:25 (Ref:1203214)   #6
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Did not Chris Morris use a 69 in sprints and hill climbs/????? I think it was the Moonaker car.
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Old 18 Jan 2005, 11:07 (Ref:1203675)   #7
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Morris 69er

Ted - I think you are right. I seem to remember it had the full Moonraker body work. As per previous post on this thread the Astley 69 is the only one to compete in the British Sprint Championship (i.e. Morris never registered).
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Old 18 Jan 2005, 21:22 (Ref:1204146)   #8
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Is this the same Chris Morris who raced in monoposto in the early 1980's in the exCarlo Giorgio/Terry Mills March?
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Old 19 Jan 2005, 09:12 (Ref:1204506)   #9
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Lotus 69

Yes the same chap.Was rebuilding a 911 last time we spoke.
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Old 17 May 2006, 12:49 (Ref:1612498)   #10
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Just to bring this back to life, here's a link to an older Lotus 69 thread on TNF.

Chris - any chance of an update on where you've got to?

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Old 17 May 2006, 23:34 (Ref:1613049)   #12
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Oh goodie, now I get to decipher all my notes from bits and pieces and stuff from Allen and Chris and enter it in a coherent form.
Yes please keep the 59's away from the 69's .
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I've just started to reach Lotus 69 territory in the libre research and have found an interesting comment tucked away in the report (AS 23 Jul 1970 p45) on the Ingliston libre on 19 July 1970. It says that "Johnny Blades was having trouble with his now 69-ised F2 Lotus". So how many F2 Lotuses did he have?!

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Old 19 May 2006, 17:07 (Ref:1614304)   #14
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A good picture of the car Autosport 13 Aug 1970 p23. Race Report 1970 has a typo over the chassis number of Blades 59B when it appeared early in 1970 but I assume the number 59-F2-21 in F1R can be relied upon. I'll keep a close eye on Blades' libre entries from here on.

I know a second opinion is always useful so, as I'm in here anyway, Race Report gives the 1970 Lotus 69s as:
Fittipaldi 69-F2-1
Ikuzawa 69-F2-2
Potocki 69-F2-3
Rindt and Solor-Roig 69-F2-4

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A good picture of the car Autosport 13 Aug 1970 p23. Race Report 1970 has a typo over the chassis number of Blades 59B when it appeared early in 1970 but I assume the number 59-F2-21 in F1R can be relied upon. I'll keep a close eye on Blades' libre entries from here on.

I know a second opinion is always useful so, as I'm in here anyway, Race Report gives the 1970 Lotus 69s as:
Fittipaldi 69-F2-1
Ikuzawa 69-F2-2
Potocki 69-F2-3
Rindt and Solor-Roig 69-F2-4

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Did wilson Fittipaldi also drive Chassis 69-F2-1?

I have a feeling this went on to Johnny Blades as I seem to remember it at Thruxton.

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