Snetterton racing circuit in Norfolk opened its doors and track to avid motorsport enthusiasts on Sunday, 20 June 2010, for the Classic Team Lotus Festival. Photos by Richard Hancock and Nicky Price.
Many personnel currently involved with Lotus F1 racing were at the event including current drivers Jarno Trulli and Heikki Kovalainen, Hazel Chapman, Tony Fernandes and Mike Gascoyne (from left to right).
Thousands of people turned up to see classic cars from the illustrious car company's history - the first time such a collection had been on display.
Heikki Kovalainen, who joined Lotus from McLaren Mercedes, got the chance to compare classic F1 cars with the current car.
Lotus returned to Formula One in 2010 after 15 years away from the sport. The current car, the T127, has fared well against other new teams including Hispania Racing and Virgin Racing.
Lotus remain one of the most successful F1 teams of all time having won seven Formula One constructors' titles and six drivers' championships.
Before this season, Lotus had taken part in 493 grands prix winning 79 of them, taking 107 pole positions and 70 fastest laps.
Mike Gascoyne, chief technical officer of the new Lotus F1 Racing, was more than happy to sign autographs for supporters of the team.
Malaysian-born Fairuz Fauzy, the current test driver with Lotus Racing, had the chance to get to grips with one of the team's cars from the late 1970s.
Hazel Chapman, the wife of Lotus Cars' founder Colin who died in 1982, officially opened the marquee housing classic Lotus racing cars.
Under the direction of Colin Chapman, Lotus was responsible for many innovative and experimental developments in motorsport.
Lotus have had many famous F1 drivers including Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Stirling Moss, Emerson Fittipaldi and Ayrton Senna.
As well as racing cars there were examples of many of Lotus' road cars to entertain car enthusiasts, including Elise and Esprit models.
The classic cars were put through their paces on the track and those lucky enough to own their own cars also had the chance to take them for a spin.
The classic racing cars may not be as quick as the current crop of multi-million pound machines but they still managed to fly around the track in Norfolk. Lotus Cars are based at Hethel near Norwich.
Fans got the chance to snap pictures of their favourite models as they prepared to take to the circuit. The Classic Team Lotus Festival took place at Snetterton circuit on Sunday, 20 June 2010.