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  Lotus 25 Climax
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced from:1962 - 1963
Numbers built:7
Predecessor:Lotus 24 Climax
Successor:Lotus 33 Climax
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:December 21, 2009
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Chassis: R3
First seen at the International Gold Park at Oulton Park in September 1962, chassis R3 was used by both Jim Clark and Trevor Taylor for the remainder of that season. Clark used it to win the United States Grand Prix and the non-championship Rand Grand Prix at Kyalami. It continued to be raced extensively in 1963 by a wide variety of racers including Clark and Taylor but also Jack Brabham and Pedro Rodriguez. For the 1964 season, it was fielded by Reg Parnell Racing predominantly for Chris Amon, first with a Coventry Climax and later with a BRM V8. Constantly updated, it was raced through to the 1969 season by which time it had been modified to Type 33 specification and fitted with a four-cylinder Ford engine. During its lengthy racing career, the car competed in over 60 races.

The car eventually ended up in the collection of the late John Dawson-Damer. At that time, it was believed that the car was the hugely successful chassis R4, which was rebuilt into chassis Lotus 33 chassis R13 after it was crashed at Monza by Richard Attwood in 1965. The ex-Reg Parnell Racing car was restored accordingly, and after Dawson-Damer's passing, it was sold on to the current owner. He had the car prepared by Classic Team Lotus, who still have Jim Clark's old mechanic Bob Dance on staff, and fielded for ace historic racer Andy Middlehurst. Since 2009, it has been hugely successful, scoring numerous victories in the Monaco Historic Grand Prix and Goodwood Revival Meeting.

In 2013, the histories of all Lotus 25s and 33s were reviewed once more by Lotus historian Doug Nye and Andy Willis of Hall & Hall, who were entrusted with the car that had been owned by the Donington Grand Prix Collection for many years. They came to conclusion that that car was not Lotus 25 R7 as was long believed but in fact Lotus 33 R13. That also meant that this car was not R13, which led to the conclusion that it was in fact chassis R3.
(Source: Oldracingcars.com)

Chassis details
Manufactured in 1962
First owner Team Lotus
Major wins
1962 USA Grand Prix (Jim Clark)
Last known location British Private Collection
Appearances

2017 Goodwood Revival 2017 Goodwood Revival 2015 Goodwood Revival 2015 Goodwood Revival
2015 Goodwood Revival 2015 Goodwood Revival 2015 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort 2014 Goodwood Revival
2014 Goodwood Revival 2014 Goodwood Revival 2014 Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort 2014 Monaco Historic Grand Prix
2014 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2014 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2013 Goodwood Revival 2013 Goodwood Revival
2013 Goodwood Revival 2013 Goodwood Revival 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Goodwood Revival
2012 Goodwood Revival 2012 Goodwood Revival 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed 2012 Monaco Historic Grand Prix
2012 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2012 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2012 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2012 Monaco Historic Grand Prix
2012 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2011 Goodwood Revival 2010 Monaco Historic Grand Prix 2010 Monaco Historic Grand Prix
2009 Goodwood Revival 2009 Goodwood Revival 2009 Goodwood Revival 2009 Goodwood Revival
2009 Goodwood Revival 2009 Goodwood Revival 2009 Goodwood Revival 2009 Goodwood Revival
2009 Goodwood Revival 2009 Goodwood Revival 2009 Goodwood Revival 2009 Goodwood Revival
2009 Goodwood Revival

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