Another volume in the Lotus series

A new hardback A4 size volume, with Dust Jacket, to join the acclaimed Lotus series
240 A4 pages with 87 illustrations and 159 photographs.

This time it's "Lotus Formula Fords"
Lotus won the very first race and continued to be a force in the rapidly growing international race series.

The book looks at the Lotus F3 cars and how they morphed into the Lotus type 51 F Ford. Then came the wedge shaped type 61, the rare type 59FF, and finally the ultimate Lotus FF the type 69.

With chapters dealing with Pre and Crossflow engines, Renault and Hewland gearboxes, Arch Motors and Specialised Mouldings the subject is covered in detail.
Although Lotus is the main thrust of the book, many of the Formula Fords from other constructors are covered and illustrated.

Well illustrated and and beautifully printed on heavy art paper.
Only 260 books were printed. All the Lotus books are the same size and format Each book is signed and numbered

The book is priced at £50 as an introductionary offer.
Plus UK postage of £5
EU postage is £13.50
USA and rest of the World is £19.50

Pay by Paypal, and the option send money to a friend, Bank Transfer, or if in UK, by Cheque.
For full details kwhittle@btconnect.com


One purchaser wrote :
"The books arrived today, they are quite simply superb. Well done on these and thank you for covering these cars so well."

A very well known and respected Lotus Collector made the following comments after reading his copy
""Extremely pleased with the book"

"Beautifully produced"

"Would recommend to anyone interested in Lotus history"

While a review by Peter McFadyen in the Society of Automotobe Historians said
"2018 review by Peter McFadyen

Kevin Whittle is a long-time Lotus enthusiast to put it mildly. He has owned and/or competed in nine different types, multiple examples in many cases, and completely restored most of them. He founded and edited Classic Lotus Racer magazine before becoming Lotus 19 Registrar for the Historic Lotus Register which he followed with five years as editor of Historic Lotus magazine. He knows whereof he writes, of that there can be no doubt. This is the fourth volume in his excellent series of books on specific Lotus models, the previous ones having covered the type 35 F2 cars, the 19 sports racers and type 46 Europa S1 and, like these, it is packed with detailed information about the cars themselves at a level which will inform current owners as well as fascinating enthusiasts for the marque and the era in general.

It goes without saying that Formula Ford has been – and, in historic racing, still is – probably the most successful and prolific of racing formulae, featuring strongly in the early careers of many, many internationally famous drivers. Moreover, it was a formula which encouraged enterprising small-scale constructors to design their own chassis at affordable cost – a price cap of £1,000 per car was set for the opening season. The book recognises that it was not a Lotus monopoly, far from it, and after putting the formula into context with alternatives of the time, notably the short-lived Formula 4, introduces many of the other manufacturers starting with Alexis, Beattie, Crosslé and Dulon and so on before moving on to the Lotus involvement.

Precursors to the first Lotus FF models, the F Junior 22 and F3 type 31 are described before the FF models themselves, types 31, 51, 61, 59 and 69F, are covered in detail with Lotus production figures also listed. As well as the car constructors, several companies supplied the market with major components, notably chassis specialists Arch Motors and bodywork suppliers Specialised Mouldings and a chapter is devoted to these important contributors. The Ford cross-flow and its predecessor engines and the Renault and Hewland gearboxes which played essential parts are naturally covered in detail with many exploded diagrams as well as photographs.

Throughout the book, there is also plenty to hold the interest of those not perhaps concerned with this level of detail. A nostalgic sense of period is conveyed by contemporary articles covering model descriptions, track tests and news items but most of all by the contemporary advertisements which are reproduced, many offering cars for sale at prices to bring tears to the eyes. The foreword is written by Ray Allen, winner of the first ever formula Ford race, and he recounts his career, culminating in F1, later in the book.

As with the other books in this series, the production quality is remarkably high, the photos and illustrations being well produced on heavy weight (135gsm) glossy paper. Both for this and for the information it contains, the book is excellent value and will surely appeal to anyone interested in Formula Ford, Lotus or the period when it all started.

Publisher: Whittle Books, 5 Gwelfryn, Llanymynech, Powys, SY22 6LJ. www.whittlebooks.com. kwhittle@btconnect.com

Price: £50 (signed by the author and numbered in an edition of 250).

Description: Hardback with dust cover (12 by 8½in), 240 pages with 87 illustrations and 159 photos.

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2018