Power & Pageantry

Posted on July 18, 2011. Filed under: motoring | Tags: , , , , |

Those who know me, know that I have interests apart from thing “forensic” in nature – the main one being classic Lotus cars. I’m not going to kick off yet another debate about the direction that Group Lotus, under Proton, are trying to move in, nor am I going to talk about the problems between the new Team Lotus, Group Lotus and Classic Team Lotus.

Instead, something more positive.

I’m fortunate enough to run a 1990 Lotus Excel as my every day car (yes, it can be done, no it doesn’t stand for “Lots of Trouble, Usually Serious”, and yes it is damn good fun). Allied to that, I’m very involved with LotusExcel.net which has become the meeting place for the unofficial and disorganised owners’ club (we also cater to the earlier wedge Elites & Eclats).

As a club, we were invited to join other clubs at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power over the weekend of 15th to 17th July. It rained. It rained a LOT. We got wet. We got muddy. We had a bloody good time standing in a field watching very expensive machines trying to avoid contact with hay bales on a slipper tarmac surface.

CPOP is described as “The Goodwood of the North”, but it’s far more than that. The Goodwood Festival of Speed has become an event for money & celebrities. Huge sections of it are closed to the public and even the press.

CPOP still doesn’t take itself that seriously and is all the better for it. It’s possible to get close to everything, including unrestricted access to the paddock where you can see the cars up close, talk to the drivers and mechanics and generally do things that are no longer possible anywhere else in motorsport.

Yes, there are some wrinkles still to be ironed out, but on the whole this event needs to carry on so that everyone can get closer to the action and relive the glory days of motorsport while learning a bit more heritage, history and technology.

Of course, the main thing they need to change for next year is to let the clubs onto the track at some point. Even a couple of parade laps would be nice – we promise not to do anything too silly. Honest!


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