The history and purpose of this racing simulator makes it quite significant. Colin Chapman had started something in the 1960’s that I had the privilege of supporting its restoration for an interactive exhibit at the World of Speed Museum in Portland.
Few of these simulators have survived the test of time. Especially as none were proven race cars, they were often overlooked and became separated from their parts and pieces. As far as we know, this is an authentic 1960’s Lotus Racing Simulator is one of the few left in the world.
When I first sat into the Chapman Lotus Racing Simulator, it was like a dream come true. My father owned his own business restoring and servicing cars and often we would be treated with an old racing car but this was my favorite era and style of racing and it was really satisfying to finish what Colin Chapman started.
Thankfully the simulator came with a Lotus service manual and everything we needed to complete the build. For the 1960’s it was very low tech but very effective. The concept is the same as the simulators we build today so it was a matter of maintaining the original concept and adding modern components where necessary.
It was really a true honour to support the restoration of this display original Chapman Lotus Racing Simulators. It later found a home at the World of Speed in 2015 where it was used as an interactive exhibit by the museum up until 2021.
Seeing the simulator switch on in the museum and watch a whole new generation actually sit into this piece of history and actually drive it was a Vision I am sure Colin would be proud of. For me the highlight was more personal as I helped my daughter experience her first ever racing experience in this unique and important piece of Sim Racing History.