Lotus: The Art of Lightness

January 24 – April 26, 2015

1956 Lotus Mk VI front 3q_72dpiImage courtesy of Michael Furman.

Lotus and the genius of Colin Chapman have been at the forefront of racing technology and automotive design since 1948.  Colin Chapman’s philosophy of light weight and efficiency of design resulted in  7 Formula 1 World Championships as well as wins at Le Mans, and Indianapolis , saloon car racing and the World Rally Championship.  Chapman’s mantras of simplification, light weight and the least amount of parts effectively deployed that went into his racing car design were directly translated into Lotus’ road cars and produced iconic machines such as the Seven, Elan, Esprit, and Elise. The rest of the automotive world is finally realizing that horsepower makes you fast in the straights, but light weight makes you faster everywhere – and more fuel efficient to boot!

For over 60 years Lotus has continued to produce class-leading  sports cars and are a globally respected automotive engineering consultancy, working with many of the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers.

This exhibit will feature a variety of Lotus models both road and race throughout that 60 year history.

Behind the Scenes . . . . Here are a couple Lotus race cars being unloaded and “raced” down the drive behind the AACA Museum to their storage area until the exhibit opens!    Having a little fun!

In addition to the vehicles on display, this exhibit will include Lotus artwork.   Gary Dausch will supply 3 pieces depicting Ayrton Senna driving Lotus Types 98T (John Player Special Livery) and 99T (Camel Cigarettes Livery) and a portrait of Jim Clark seated in a Type 43.  Gale Heimbach has cutaways of a Series 1 Elite, an Elan Drop Head Coupe, and a Europa Twin Cam which will add both artistic and technical value to the exhibit.

LotusRaceFrontMFuhrmancreditImage courtesy of Michael Furman.

List of Confirmed Vehicles

1956 Mark VI – Kyle, Irena and Colin Kaulback – Bethel, PA

1958 Lotus Eleven, Brad Parker – Annapolis, MD

1959 Elite (Type 14) – Joe Marchione – Absecon, NJ
1959 Type 18 – Jerry Morici -Clifton, NJ
1962 Type 22 – Jerry Morici – Clifton, NJ
1962 Seven S2 – Gary and Sandy David – Macedonia, OH
1963 Type 23
1964 Elan S1 (Type 26) – Greg Moore  – Merchantville, NJ
1966 Lotus Cortina (Type 28) – Gary and Sandy David –  Macedonia, OH
1967 Europa S1B (Type46) – Bob Fogle – Woodbury, CT
1969 Elan S4 Coupe Rolling Chassis (Type 36) – Clark Lance – Long Valley, NJ
1970 Type 61MX – Kyle, Irena and Colin Kaulback – Bethel, PA
1971 Type 69 – Kyle, Irena and Colin Kaulback – Bethel, PA
1972 Europa Twin Cam (Type74) – Kyle, Irena and Colin Kaulback – Bethel, PA
1972 Elan Sprint (Type 45) – Dee and Kenny Mance – New York, NY
1979 Esprit S2 (Type 79) – Art Mason – Macungie, PA
1984 Type 95T – Barber Museum – Birmingham, AL
1987 Esprit Turbo (Type 82) – Gordon M. Biehl, Jr
1991 Elan (Type 100) – Ted Taylor – Haddon Heights, NJ

1992 Type 108 – Barber Museum – Birmingham, AL
1996 Type 110 – Kyle, Irena and Colin Kaulback – Bethel, PA

1997 Esprit V8 CART-PPG Indycar World Series Pace Car (Type 82) – Dale Murray – Mt Joy PA
2009 Exige S260 (Type 117) – Jon Walton – Newark, DE
2014 Evora S (Type 122)- Lotus Cars USA

Lotus engineered:
1981 DeLorean DMC12 – Justin and Rachel Mettee – Glen Rock, PA
1985 Sinclair C5 – Barber Museum – Birmingham, AL
1993 Corvette ZR1 – Dave Nagler – Chester, NY
Lotus Ultralight Aircraft Engine -Barber Museum  -Birmingham, AL
Type 23 spaceframe chassis -Barber Museum – Birmingham, AL
Lotus Wobbly Web Wheel

Gary Dausch
Gale Heimbach

We’re still in need of a trailer for the Lotus Racing sets. The trailer we are seeking is a “double decker 4 car trailer”.   Please get in contact with us if you have one of these trailers and would be interested in having it displayed here at the AACA Museum during the time of this exhibit.

Lotus:  The Art of Lightness

Opening Reception – Friday, January 23rd

6:00 – 9:00 PM


Join us for a fun evening as we unveil our newest exhibit – Lotus: The Art of Lightness! Be among the first to see these fabulous vehicles, talk with our guest curator about the exhibit along with some of the vehicle owners. Appetizers and beverages included with your ticket price along with full access to all AACA Museum exhibits. Advance tickets required $15 each

Purchase Tickets

Note:  Tickets purchased in advance may be subject to a service fee and fees vary based on the event. Tickets may also be purchased via phone at 717-566-7100 ext. 100 daily from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM or by stopping by the AACA Museum ticket counter.