Colin Chapman: the man, the engineer. Covering Chapman's education, RAF service and early engineering career as well as friends and family. Chapman built his first car in 1948 using an Austin Seven chassis, which he raced himself. Subsequent models brought improvements and greater racing success, and the first production Lotus, the Lotus Six, arrived in 1952, proving popular with club racers. The production models: the sports-racers, the Seven (and Caterham), Elite, Elan and Elan +2, Lotus Cortina and Escort Twin Cam, Europa, Elite/Eclat/Excel, Esprit, Lotus-Sunbeam, New Elan, Lotus Carlton, Elise and beyond. Peppered throughout with additional insights into rarer models, concepts and collaborations, technical information, authoritative opinions and buying advice. Lavishly produced with many colour photographs and illustrations throughout.
Russell Hayes is an ex-Haymarket classic car journalist and BBC Top Gear producer who now works as press officer for The Crown Prosecution Service. His first book, Lotus, is a recent addition to the 'Classic Makes' series. He lives in London.