Published date: 3 May 2012
The Glasius Collection at Goodwood
Friday 29 June 2012
The celebrated marque at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year is Lotus celebrating their 60th anniversary.It is fitting that a truly superb collection of Lotus cars, owned by Olav Glasius, will be sold at the Bonhams auction.
As a young motor racing enthusiast watching the legendary Jim Clark dominate the 1963 Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort in a Lotus 25, Olav Glasius became a lifelong fan of this legendary British marque. As a Dutch textile industrialist, Olav's lifetime of work and passion for race cars has allowed him to accumulate probably the world's largest privately owned collection of Lotus road and racing cars.
The Glasius Lotus Collection demonstrates many of the most significant design innovations by Colin Chapman and the dedicated team of gifted specialist he built around himself from the 1950s to the 1980s. Under his leadership the Lotus marque always punched far above its weight, taking the fight on-circuit to overwhelm many of racing history's most revered factory names, and to re-write the record books.
Doug Nye, Bonhams Motoring Historian and author of some 70 books including several on the Lotus marque enthuses, "There are few
teams that encapsulate the romance of the 'little guys beating the big guys' better than Team Lotus and Olav Glasius's remarkable collection, which he has assembled with such love and painstaking care over so many years, truly embodies the essence of what Colin and his successors have been all about."