Depending on the occurrence to mark the ‘date of birth’ of a car – press presentation of a mock-up (12 September 1995, Frankfurt Motor Show), or start of sales (1 August 1996, registration P919 YPH) – the Lotus Elise celebrates her 25th anniversary in this period of time. This little sports car ticks all the boxes to be named one of, if not the greatest sports car.
To celebrate the anniversary, Bends&Curves Road Trips and Delightful Driving organised “Stelvio 2020 – Elise 25th Anniversary” last September, a road trip in the Italian Alps and Dolomites. Driving the roads where the Elise feels at home and meeting like minded minds was what it was all about.
To commemorate test driving the Elise in the developing days on Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps, from 1999 onwards Lotus owners gathered there to drive the famous mountain pass and then some. So, no better place to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lotus Elise than at Stelvio Pass. Delightful Driving and Bends & Curves road trips thought so at least and while across Europe car meetings and events were cancelled due to COVID-19, we started to organise an anniversary event with just one goal: making memories. We think it’s safe to say we’ve succeeded. Check out the video and read all about it in Chicane Magazine of Lotus Drivers Club UK.