Lotus 24 No.28 German GP 1963 Bernard Collomb
The Lotus 24 was the stepsister of the Lotus 25. The model was built for the 1962 season and, although it achieved some fine success in non-championship races, it was eventually eclipsed by the revolutionary Lotus 25. This led to a bit of a row, as Colin Chapman sold the Lotus 24 to his partner teams on the promise that it would be their latest unbeatable car. In contrast, at the season-opening Grand Prix in 1962, everyone looked on in disbelief when the British team revealed their secret weapon, the Lotus 25. The partner teams were, to put it mildly, underwhelmed, let's leave it at that.
Among the "duped" partners was Bernard Collomb, who has raced his own team in occasional Formula 1 championship and non-championship races. The Frenchman initially tried his hand at Cooper cars before switching to Lotus from 1963. His first attempt with Lotus in Monaco ended in disgrace, as he failed to qualify for the race. He next tried his luck in the 'green hell', where he managed to clear the time trial hurdle and qualify for the race. For Collomb, however, the only positive thing to come out of the race was that he finished, as he was five laps down on winner John Surtees in the 15-lap race... But with so many retirements, he was ranked a respectable 10th.
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