1962 Lotus Type 22 Formula Junior Monoposto Chassis no. 22J18
As its name so aptly suggested, Formula Junior was the main 'feeder' racing class for Formula 1 and other more senior forms of motor sport in the early 1960s. Lotus's first foray into this hotly contested series was with the Type 18, a highly versatile mid-engined design - the company's first - that could accommodate a wide variety of engines and saw service in both Formula 1 and Formula 2.
In 1961 the Type 18 was replaced by another tubular spaceframe design, the Type 20, although, method of chassis construction apart, the two cars could not have been more different. For this new, more streamlined car, Lotus boss Colin Chapman adopted a semi-reclining driving position, a move that enabled him both to lower the car's centre of gravity and greatly reduce its frontal area, while the provision of disc brakes all round (inboard at the rear) represented another significant step forward.
Announced, as usual, at the London Racing Car Show, the successor Formula Junior car - the Type 22 represented a further refinement of the Type 20 design, incorporating an inclined engine, almost invariably a Cosworth-modified Ford 105E. In total 77 Lotus 22 Formula Juniors were built and, like it two predecessors, the car proved to be the class of the field, Team Lotus works driver Peter Arundell claiming 18 wins and three 2nd places from 25 starts over the course of the 1962 season on his way to the British Championship.
Frank Tiedeman bought this Lotus 22 from Len Holland and last raced it at the VSCC's Silverstone meeting in 2002. '22J18' is fitted with a 1,100cc Richardson engine (rebuilt by Richard Hinton in June 1995) which drives via a Hewland Mk4 four-speed gearbox. Offered with FIA papers (98/2416) and Richard Hinton's set-up information sheet, the car will require re-commissioning before returning to the racetrack.