Insight: Wings and wheels

He was the great innovator of Grand Prix racing, an engineering genius who turned Lotus into a powerhouse of motorsport trailblazing. But, despite years as a pilot himself, Colin Chapman was never to see his vision of bringing a similar revolution to private flying turn into reality

Just a week before his untimely and fatal heart attack in December 1982, Colin Chapman was interviewed by journalist ‘Jabby’ Crombac. The Lotus founder spoke mainly about new regulations for Grand Prix racing that had just been announced for the 1983 season. However, at the end he pulled a scale model of a new microlight aircraft from his case and announced, “I intend to revolutionise private transport.”

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