A 1961 Lotus Elite restored by a Withersfield-based classic car restoration company has won a prestigious competition at Goodwood after catching the eye of legendary racing driver Sir Stirling Moss.
The skilled work carried out on the Lotus by Automotive Sporting Heritage (ASH) helped it win the coveted Club Elite concourse event at the Silverstone Classic meeting in July.
As a result, Sir Stirling Moss invited the car to his ‘best in show’ event at the Goodwood Revival meeting on September 12/13. Cars were voted for online and judged by the public on the day.
The Elite took a clean sweep - not only winning the online vote, but also winning the public vote on the day.
The car’s owner, Adam Moran from North Wales, was ‘absolutely delighted’; especially as this was the first time he had entered the car in such an event.
The Elite has been in his family from new, and he said that his father, who sadly died last year: ‘would have been so proud’.
Ashley Sermon, head of ASH, said: “We could not be more pleased with the result, particularly as the Elite was prepared for everyday use, and not just for shows. In fact, the car was driven from North Wales to both the Silverstone and Goodwood events.
“It is a testament to the skill and dedication of our team to have our work recognised in this way.”
It is the first time that the car had been ‘trusted’ to anyone outside the family since it was bought 54 years ago, added Ashley, who has been restoring classic cars and racing them for 22 years.
Ashley, 38, added: “We can’t thank Adam enough for having the confidence in us to rebuild a car that means so much to the family.”
ASH, which has been in business for three years and has a team of three staff, above, are now restoring four more of the cars from Mr Moran’s collection.
Automotive Sporting Heritage specialise in restoring and maintaining post-war classic sports and racing cars.
In 2013/14, they prepared and ran the ex-Tim Harvey 1992 BMW M3 in the classic super touring car series, taking the series title in 2013.