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MartinW
09-11-2006, 02:45 AM
<H5>PLANS to build a museum celebrating Lotus and their legendary mechanic Colin Chapman in Hornsey have been given the nod by Haringey Council.

John Scott-Davies, a chartered housing manager and car enthusiast, dreamed up the idea to build the museum on the Cranford Way Industrial Estate - on the exact spot where Mr Chapman designed and built his grand prix-winning Lotus cars.

And last Monday the planning committee approved the plan.

Mr Scott-Davies, 55, who lives in Surrey, said: "It's been a tremendous amount of teamwork and I get a big kick out of the teamwork.

"A lot of my life has been about patronage and traditional patronage sometimes doesn't extend to the little people and the thing I like about the museum is it's a chance for the little people looking in to get involved."

He added: "I want to make the museum a vehicle to many programmes of education and training and work experience for the community. As a result of newspaper coverage local people have already come forward.

"If students can get work experience at the museum then they overcome this fear of doing it somewhere else."

Mr Scott-Davies is now looking to set up a charitable trust to run and oversee the project.

He is holding a public meeting in the Wishing Well pub, in Tottenham Lane, at 7.30pm on November 20. If all goes to plan - and they manage to raise sufficient funds - the museum could be up and running by spring 2008.

Mr Chapman was raised in Hornsey - he lived in the old Railway Hotel - and used to test drive his cars round Alexandra Park from his workshop on the Cranford Way Industrial Estate. He died unexpectedly, aged 54, in 1982.

</H5>Link (http://www.tottenhamjournal.co.uk/content/haringey/tottenhamjournal/news/story.aspx?brand=HCEJOnline&category=news&tBrand=northlondon24&tCategory=newstwgj&itemid=WeED08%20Nov%202006%2010%3A51%3A44%3A500) from here.

GT
10-11-2006, 12:33 PM
Sounds promising... somewhere for a future forum-visit ;)

BeverleyM
10-11-2006, 01:50 PM
Sounds promising... somewhere for a future forum-visit ;)

That would be a great idea :music049:

Excel620
10-11-2006, 11:13 PM
That would be a great idea :music049:

I would be very interested!

MaddAussie
11-11-2006, 01:25 AM
Colin Chapman an Mechanic????? Thats like sayin Michelangelo liked to splash some paint arround!!!!!!!

GT
11-11-2006, 01:30 AM
Funny, I always thought of Colin Chapman as a philospher! :D

Mr Lotus
14-11-2006, 11:00 PM
:dancing:
ooooooooooo Lotus Museum ooooooooooooo
how cool would that be..... if it is done properly!
i'm just wondering if they're going to have to do separate parts for hill climb / racing and road going!
there's so mch for both it seems hard to believe they'd fit it all in one place.
but never mind that... i'd still love to go!

Tony
14-11-2006, 11:38 PM
I'd definately be up for a visit.

elise251
15-11-2006, 01:10 PM
I'd be up for a visit too, I reckon it would be somthing club members would also go for so when the time comes perhaps something can be worked out.

elise251
13-03-2008, 05:08 PM
Anyone still fancy doing this?

Excel620
13-03-2008, 09:09 PM
Yup, is it open now?

Tony
13-03-2008, 10:21 PM
Should be interesting.

GT
14-03-2008, 11:35 AM
Its certainly of interest, but will have to start thinking about my commitments to such events financially, I keep signing up to so many :lol:

elise251
14-03-2008, 10:32 PM
Yup, is it open now?


Its certainly of interest, but will have to start thinking about my commitments to such events financially, I keep signing up to so many :lol:

I've had an email back about it and it seems they are not ready to "host" visits, however I'm told I will be kept informed of progress.

Sorry guys

Tony
14-03-2008, 10:36 PM
oh well. gives more time for people to see the thread and decide they are interested.