In a message dated 1/26/02 3:40:20 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< As for Colin Chapman not being able to produce reliable cars, I think Lotus'
success in Formula 1 shows that he could indeed build cars capable of
standing up to the most demanding circumstances.
>> Elans themselves are quite reliable-especially these days-but Lotus racing cars up to the 49 had a well deserved reputation for fragility. Chapman once said that the perfect racing car would fall apart at the checkered flag and he designed the cars to that end. Sadly, some of them didn't make it to the finish line. The 1 1/2 liter GP cars of the early 60s were particularly fragile and in some cases deadly. The names that come to mind are Alan Stacey and Jim Clark but there were others. Phil Brown