11/64 – Importer – Duchess Autos Inc, Lotus East Racing, Main St, Millerton, New York, USA
1964 – Newton Davis, New York, USA
1978 – Hans Olaf Rocke, Islamorada, Florida, USA
1979 – Alex Seldon, Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
1981 – Jeffrey Wakelin, United Kingdom
1981 – Unknown Owner, California, USA
1999 – Mike Paton, California, USA
2001 – Marcel Pund, Galerie Du Darnier, France
2002 Feb – Gerard Marcy, Belgium
2012 Apr -Anthony Schrauwen, Belgium, current owner
Duchess Auto / Newton Davis
This car was originally sold to Duchess Auto, a Chevrolet dealer in Millerton, New York, in November 1964.
Fred Stevenson and Newton Davis (who ran the Lotus Division of Duchess Auto) collected the car at JFK Airport. Peter Pulver, Vice President of the company and a racing driver himself, tested the car at Lime Rock shortly after delivery. Pulver recalls, “The front brakes would overheat, the car would understeer, and you could feel the chassis moving around under you. The hot air from the radiator was exiting the front brakes causing them to overheat. We decided to reroute the air flow, by cutting a full flow vent on the nose, which also corrected the understeer. We also beefed up the frame by spot welding on an extra skin.”1
More photos of this car can be seen here.
It was then raced by Davis in the Nassau Trophy and
Years of Storage
The car went into storage at the end of 1965. It has been said it was “more for partying and posing, and the racing was somewhat incidental.” The car was in display condition. In 1978,
Hans Rocke of Florida briefly owned it.
Alex Seldon wins 1980 Classis Sports Car Champion in 30/L/7
Alex Seldon, Guilford, UK, bought this car in 1979 from the USA and prepared it for vintage car racing. Alex had success in HSCC events with it and won the 1980 Classic Sports Car Championship for its class.
By this point, the car was updated similar to a Series Two, with 15″ wheels, a detachable chassis section, and other improvements. Seldon’s mechanic installed a Ford 289 (a very early Ford Advanced Vehicles GT 40 engine prepared by Stuart Mathieson’s Mathwall Engineering) rated for 380 bhp.
Weber 48 IDA carburetors replaced the Tecalemit-Jackson fuel injection, and the horsepower was now around 350 at 6500 rpm. The car had a restored ZF 5 DS-20 transmission.
The Beautiful Miscalculation
It was sold in 1981 to Jeffrey Wakelin, just before being featured in Doug Nye’s excellent Old Motor article “The Beautiful Miscalculation” in October 1981. Nye shoehorned himself into Alex’s car and did a few laps in it. Seldon remarked that the car was a most enjoyable if demanding car, “though positively evil in the wet.” [
Seldon sold the car to Jeffrey Wakelin in 1981. When Seldon sold the car, it was in gorgeous condition with medium red paint. Wakelin did some racing with it and then put it up for sale the same year.
In 1999, Mike Paton bought it. It stayed three years in California for sale without success.
It was bought by Marcel Pund (FR) in 2001. The car was displayed at the Rétromobile show by Pund’s “La Galerie des Damiers” on 2 Feb 2002. Despite being in rather rough cosmetic condition, it sold that same day.
The new buyer, asked to keep the car out of the Rétromobile show. So it stay 2 days at Rétromobile 2002, and was replaced by a Lotus 11.
The full set of photos from the 2002 Retromobile Show is here.
Life in Belgium
The April 2002 issue of Classic and Sports Car has a photo of this car with the following information:
“LOTUS BIG-BANGER FOUND IN BELGIUM
“This fabulous Lotus 30 has been unearthed in Belgium by French dealer Christophe Pund. It had been in storage for 20 years. The car was delivered to Duchess Autos, California on November 11, 1964, and campaigned at Nassau and selected SCCA events. However, it was primarily used for display purposes. By the late ’70s, it was in the keep of Alex Seldon who had the car restored, racing it with some success at HSCC meetings. It subsequently passed to Jeffrey Wakelin, who in turn sold it on. The car is complete, but requires comprehensive restoration. It’s for sale and Pund can be reached on 0033 328 405924.”
The new buyer was Gerard Marcy (BE). The car was restored by Bernard de Dryver between 2003 to 2005.
Anthony Schrauwen of Belgium is the current owner. He’s owned the car since about April 2012.
Here’s a clip of 30/L/7 at Goodwood below. It spins out at 0:48 seconds into the clip!
| Date: |
|Lotus East Racing||Entry Number||Driver||Result||Comment|
|64/12/04||Governor’s Trophy, Nassau, Bahamas||#33||N.Davis||Rtd||11 laps|
|64/12/06||Nassau Trophy, Bahamas||#33||N.Davis||Rtd||28 laps|
|65/02/28||Daytona Continental 2000||#39||N.Davis/A.Johnson||DNA||did not arrive|
|65/04/17||Lime Rock, SCCA Regional||#14||N.Davis||1st||CM Class Race|
|65/05/01||Lime Rock, SCCA Regional||#14||N.Davis||7th||CM Class Race|
|65/05/16||Cumberland, SCCA National||#33||N.Davis||3rd||CM Class Race|
|65/05/23||Vanderbilt Cup, Bridgehampton||#38||G.Georgi||Rtd||42 laps|
|65/06/27||Watkins Glen GP, USRRC||#38||N.Davis||14th||74 laps|
|65/08/22||Watkins Glen 500, National SCCA||#7||N.Davis||DNA||did not arrive|
|65/09/19||Bridgehampton Double 500, USA||#8||G.Georgi||Rtd||15 laps|
|65/12/05||Nassau Trophy, Bahamas||#33||G.Georgi||DNA||did not arrive|
|1965:||SCCA Final National Standings|
|Northeast Division Class CM||N.Davies||11th||4 points|
Joucla, Emmanuel, personal correspondence, various dates.
“Lotus Big-Banger Found in Belgium”, Classic and Sports Car, Apr. 2002, p. 76. with photo.
Nye, Doug “Beautiful Miscalculation.” Old Motor. October 1981: p. 41-42.
Varani, Franco. personal correspondence, various dates Jul 2012.
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