Lotus festival for petrolhead dads

Matthew SparkesPetrolhead dads from all over Norfolk will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime Lotus festival - complete with rare cars and F1 racers - at Snetterton racetrack this Fathers' Day.Matthew Sparkes

Dads from all over Norfolk will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime event at Snetterton racetrack this Fathers' Day.

A unique display of every single historic Lotus F1 car has been organised, with cars being brought back from their current homes as far afield as America, Australia and Japan.

Such a gathering has never been seen before, and is unlikely to ever happen again.

The entire family tree of Lotus F1 racing cars will be on show, and people will be able to walk amongst the millions of pounds of motorsport history.

Many of the cars will also be put through their paces on the track during the day, along with the new Lotus T127 F1 car, by team drivers Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli and Fairuz Fauzy.

Classic Team Lotus MD, and son of Lotus founder Colin Chapman, Clive Chapman, said that it would be a 'world class event for Norfolk and Lotus'.

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'I really wanted to show them off locally,' he said.

'Only about three or four weeks ago it dawned on me that 'blimey, we could get one of every type here'.

'With the support of Team Lotus owners from around the world we have ended up with the first ever presentation of the history of Team Lotus F1, in the flesh.

'I've just got one last car I've got to nail. It's been a real challenge.'

He said that the day had taken months to arrange and that because the cars are now in the hands of private owners all over the world it was unlikely that it could ever be repeated.

This week Mr Chapman brought several cars to Chapelfield in Norwich to give the public a taste of what would be on display.

The event will open at 9am and run until 6pm, and car parking is free.

Fans will also get the chance to wave off the Lotus transporter lorry as it does a lap of honour before leaving to carry the Lotus F1 cars to the Valencia GP.

The race will be the 500th GP for the Lotus marquee.

Fans of the company will also get the chance to get a close look at the current range of Lotus cars made at the firm's factory in Hethel.

t Tickets will cost �20 for adults and children can attend for free, 0870 9509000, www.snetterton.co.uk