Jim Clark at the wheel.
The car as purchase by Lynn.
Recent Photo (ca. 2003)
|Photos courtesy of Lynn Ball – ©2003 Lynn Ball
Lynn Ball of Ontario, Canada, is the current owner of the Series 1 Lotus 30 chassis number 30/L/4.
According to the article “Will 1965 be the Year? The Development History of the Biggest Lotus”, published in Motor, 10 Jun. 1965, the original known owner of this car is believed to be a J. Wheeler. However, this appears to actually be referring to Jack Wheeler of Clarkson, Ontario, Canada. Wheeler’s Autosport Ltd. was the authorized Lotus distributor in Eastern Canada at the time. He had this Lotus 30 on display in his shop along with several other racing Lotuses.
The first photo shows Jim Clark at Mosport in what is believed to be this car. Clark was said to have only driven the car in qualifying as he was trying to qualify the car for someone else. Clark is intensely observing the mechanic who is topping up the front brake cylinder reservoir. Note the gentleman in the dark-framed glasses standing behind the car. Colin Chapman can be see with his back to the camera as well. Also note that the car is carrying the regulation “spare tire”!
The second photo shows this car at some time later in the 1960’s, again with the gentleman with the dark-framed glasses. The bonnet is off the car, and it looks that there is some sort of fairing that is sticking up from the spare tire area.
The third photo shows the car as it was purchased by Lynn Ball.
The fourth photo is how the car appears today as it is being restored.