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Lotus: The Art of Lightness

PostPost by: KyleK » Mon Dec 08, 2014 7:20 pm

The Antique Automobile Museum in Hershey PA will be featuring Lotus in the upcoming special exhibit Lotus: The Art of Lightness.

http://www.aacamuseum.org/lotus-art-lightness/

The Exhibit will feature Lotus from every era. Of special Interest to this group is the Elan content. There will be an S1, an S4 rolling chassis and a Sprint DHC as part of the display.

The exhibit runs from Jan 24 through April 26. There will be an opening reception that is open to Lotus enthusiasts. Tickets for the opening reception are $15 and can be purchased through the museum by calling 717-566-7100 ext. 100 daily from 9:00 AM ? 4:00 PM or by stopping by the AACA Museum ticket counter.

If you are unable to make the opening a discount is available by downloading the attached coupon
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PostPost by: Europatc » Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:11 pm

Hello Kyle,
looks interesting thank you for sharing
all the best
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:10 am

Kyle

Nice one,I don't want to steal your thread ( please start a new thread..) but it's a shame the U.K. can't put on a similar Lotus show of some sort...maybe with an autojumble/spares/artwork.....

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PostPost by: KyleK » Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:35 pm

AACA Museum - For Immediate Release


December 9, 2014
Lotus: The Art of Lightness
January 24 - April 26, 2015



Hershey, PA (December 9, 2014) The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum presents Lotus: The Art of Lightness from January 24-April 26 2015. This compelling exhibit will offer a selection of Lotus road cars and racing cars throughout their 66 year history covering over 15 models from a 1956 Mark VI to the 2014 Evora and will also include representative examples of Lotus engineered vehicles.

Colin Chapman, the founder of Lotus, and the man behind Lotus' racing successes and iconic road cars said "I believe in getting light weight through elegance of design" translated through folklore as the mantra 'Simplify and add lightness'. In today's automotive world, making vehicles lighter is the newest method to extract efficiency and performance. But for Colin Chapman and Lotus it has always been the essence of their design and engineering philosophy.

The first Lotus came from the humblest of sources. In 1948 Colin Chapman, a young engineering student, became enthused with automotive competition and sought to enter the unique world of British Trials competition. The basis for this was an Austin Seven "Chummy", an antiquated pre-war people's car that Chapman transformed into his first competition special, dubbed Lotus. His forays into competition were successful and led to the formation of Lotus Engineering by 1954. It didn't take long for Lotus Engineering to be in full production of bespoke Chapman designed chassis and Lotus subsequently invaded and triumphed in the world of British Club racing and international motorsports competition.

Since those early days, Lotus and the genius of Colin Chapman have been at the forefront of racing technology and automotive design. Colin Chapman's philosophy of light weight, efficiency of design and innovation resulted in seven Formula 1 World Championships as well as wins at Le Mans and Indianapolis and championships in Saloon car racing, the World Rally Championship, sports car racing and the lower open wheel formulas. Colin Chapman's philosophy 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 a pantheon of iconoclastic machines such as the Seven, Elite, Elan, Cortina, Europa, Esprit, Elise, Exige, and Evora, truly making them "racing cars for the road".

In addition to producing class-leading sports cars, Lotus has become a globally respected automotive engineering consultancy, working with many of the world's most prestigious car manufacturers. Their expertise in ride and handling has made Lotus the standard to which all others are compared.


Note: A special opening reception will be held on Friday, January 23rd from 6-9PM at the AACA Museum. Ticket Information>> or phone us at 717-566-7100 ext. 100


A World Class Automotive Experience!


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717-566-7100 ext. 123
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PostPost by: KyleK » Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:46 am

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Lotus awaiting display in the AACA staging area - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Antique- ... 5736814137
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PostPost by: KyleK » Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:52 am

Visited the museum today to discuss placement of cars. The staging area is full of Lotus being detailed for the exhibit.


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Opening Reception Jan 23:

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
Tickets may also be purchased directly at the AACA Museum Ticket Counter or via telephone at 717-566-7100 ext. 100

Exhibit runs from Jan 24- April 26
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:17 am

Kyle, looks like it's going to be a fantastic display. I hope to make it up there.

Do you know whose Sprint DHC that is?

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PostPost by: elancoupe » Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:22 am

Looks like Kenny Mance's Sprint.
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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:36 am

Well could you ask him to whip his wheels of the Sprint and re-spray them the correct black, please? Before it goes on display and a new generation of enthusiasts get the idea' they all came like that'.

Tim

PS On a serious note, I do accept that it's his car and he can do with it what he pleases. However, when our cars go on public display of import, such as this one, I believe the cars should be as close to original in specification, to reflect their designers original intent and thus how the car was meant to be at that moment in time.
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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:44 am

elancoupe wrote:Looks like Kenny Mance's Sprint.


That's who I was thinking of, too.
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:24 pm

trw99 wrote:PS On a serious note, I do accept that it's his car and he can do with it what he pleases. However, when our cars go on public display of import, such as this one, I believe the cars should be as close to original in specification, to reflect their designers original intent and thus how the car was meant to be at that moment in time.


Hi Tim
I respect your passion and knowledge around Sprints and I recognise it was somewhat tongue in cheek but......

I also love to discuss original versus non original features and issues but its a little to much to have complaints about the wheel colour at a regional USA museum show. Personally I certainly don't want Lotus to go the way of other marques with a focus on originality rather than enjoyment and useability. Personally I prefer the gold wheels. Lotus is lightness of spirit as well as lightness of cars

If it was Lotus Cars themselves putting on a retrospective of their factory history at the British Museum maybe it would be different (as if they would care) but I think in this case you take what you get !!!

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PostPost by: elan66 » Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:52 pm

Hi Tim
Agree with Rohan, you should be happy the guy is willing to put his pride and joy on offer and help promote the great marque,and to be honest petty nick picking doesnt help the cause,
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PostPost by: trw99 » Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:22 pm

Petty nick picking? Petty nick picking?

Without a doubt the colour of Sprint wheels ranks alongside the correct nut to use for fixing the front bumper, the diameter of the S1.5 petrol filling cap and the colour of the inside of the front turrets on the Plus 2S 130/5 as being of huge and significant importance in the Elan world at this moment in time. Shirley you can see that, men?

Now, I have to go and write a letter of apology to Kyle Kaulback for taking up too much of his time on other matters, when his thread on the excellent Lotus: The Art of Lightness special exhibit at The Antique Automobile Museum in Hershey PA from Jan 24 through Apr 26 deserves our attention.

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PostPost by: gjz30075 » Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:47 pm

Tim, I think we're in the minority.


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PostPost by: pharriso » Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:56 pm

gjz30075 wrote:Tim, I think we're in the minority.


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Says the man running Panasports.... :lol:
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