Japan Lotus Day With Senna’s 97T

The Japanese are renowned for being crazy about their cars and so many fashions that have started in the Far East have eventually found their way to the Western world. Drifting, touge, kei cars, the mighty Skyline. We even have the Japanese to thank for the Gran Turismo series of Playstation games, thanks to the single-minded attention to detail of Kazunori Yamauchi.

Japan Lotus Day

Japan Lotus Day

But it’s not just a one-way street. Occasionally motoring culture heads from the west to the east and that’s what’s happened with Lotus. The British car maker has something of a cult following in Japan and there’s one part of their history that they really like – the Formula 1 cars.

In this superb video from Okidokyo, shot at the 2012 Lotus Day at the Fuji Speedway, we see some of the classic racers from Lotus’ past gathering together before heading out onto the track. It’s a great opportunity for fans to get close and listen to these racers of old.

There’s some close-up and on-board footage of a particular Lotus 97T. It just so happens to be one of the cars that were driven by the late, great Ayrton Senna. Turn up the speakers and enjoy.


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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