Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Lotus 7 S1

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Whilst out walking this morning we came across this car. I thought it was an odd ball. My husband went into raptures of delight telling me it was a Lotus 7 Series 1 built in the late 1950’s by the founder of what became Lotus Engineering (and then Lotus cars). It became the prototype of their successful track racing car. This car had the advantage of being registerable for the road and around 2,500 were purchased. Great for all the boy racers one of which would have been my husband.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Looking at it I just saw extreme discomfort. It was so low to the road that I am sure every bump would have been felt. You would also feel,  I imagined, as though you were semi- reclined. If you weren’t in this position then your knees would be touching your head. In that recumbent pose trucks must look sooooo big.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

And would the passenger burn their leg on the baffle as they alighted?

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Easy to work on though by the look of it. You could certainly see what made the wheels go round. These were so popular and remain so apparently that you can buy kits to make these little beauties. They aren’t called lotus however but locosts. Someone had a sense of humour for the odd balls that want to make their own frightfully uncomfortable odd ball car.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

In response to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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10 Responses to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Lotus 7 S1

  1. Great post! When you can engage someone like me who has no interest in cars, and when this someone thought the post would be about lotus flowers, well, you did a good job!

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  2. joannesisco says:

    There was a time in my youth when I considered the Lotus simply THE MOST exotic car on the road. I’m not a huge fan of cars – I can rarely tell one make from another, but I appreciate something unusual and the Lotus certainly fell in that category. Great post!

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    I know these cars are suppose to be awesome, but I sure wouldn’t want one myself. How do you scrunch your body into one. Now for a photo op, of course it is way COOL!!!! 😀

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  4. Cool car, comfort aside.

    janet

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  5. Charli Mills says:

    I’ve often thought the same thing of low-riding sports cars — uncomfortable. Give this buckaroo a 4WD pickup truck any day! 😀

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