The following year, Innes competed with the car in the Australian Tasman series, achieving a best-result of second place. The well-travelled Lotus was then returned to this side of the planet for the end of the 1961 season where Clark was reunited with it for four Inter-Continental Formula events. Again, the best result was a second place.
The engine was changed to a 1.5-litre PFP engine before the car was sold to a young American racing driver called Peter Ryan. He showed great promise, but was sadly killed in another car. Lotus 18 number 372, which had been run by five different drivers, then remained unused for over two decades. It came back to the UK in 2005 and was immediately pressed into service in historic racing by then-owner Chris Mann and more recently its current owner John Chisholm. A Lotus racing car with Jim Clark provenance is something that definitely deserves its place on the Goodwood grid.
Photography by Amy Shore, Jayson Fong and Jochen Van Cauwenberge