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Thousands attend Lotus festival

PUBLISHED: 10:39 16 June 2009 | UPDATED: 15:03 14 July 2010

Thousands of people flocked to a Norfolk race circuit at the weekend to watch and take part in a record-breaking car festival.

The two-day Lotus Festival at Snetterton saw more than 430 Lotus car drivers from around the country take to the track at the same time, and the festival organisers hope the parade will be confirmed as an official record within the next six months

Previously, the world record was a parade of 313 Lotus cars, completed at the Brands Hatch race circuit in Kent in 2007.

Thousands of people flocked to a Norfolk race circuit at the weekend to watch and take part in a record-breaking car festival.

The two-day Lotus Festival at Snetterton saw more than 430 Lotus car drivers from around the country take to the track at the same time, and the festival organisers hope the parade will be confirmed as an official record within the next six months

Previously, the world record was a parade of 313 Lotus cars, completed at the Brands Hatch race circuit in Kent in 2007.

There were also historic car parades featuring pre-1973 models and Formula One cars including the Type 72.

Joanna Hoddinott, an Elise trophy racer who co-ordinated Sunday's record attempt, said: “It has been absolutely fantastic and there has been a huge turnout - we thought people might disappear home after the record attempt but so many people have stayed around.

“There were people of all ages for the parade - it was nice because there were some quite old people and then a lot of parents with their children. There was a really eclectic mix of cars and they all looked like sparkling jewels as they were all different colours. We'd like to thank the marshals because they are all volunteers and without them none of this would have been possible.”

Wing Cmdr Andy Green, double world land speed record holder and the only man to break the sound barrier on land, was also at the event, and competed in the Elise Trophy to raise awareness of the new Bloodhound SSC project, which aims to break the 1,000mph mark.


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