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Lotus 49B Charcoal

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A high quality, ethically produced t-shirt featuring a hand drawn image of the Lotus 49B from 1968. (see detailed history of this drawing below)
T-shirt packaged in calico draw string bag with detailed information card as per image and text below.  Ideal for the racing enthusiast and makes a perfect and unique gift.
Available in 5 sizes – S M L XL 2XL
Measure t-shirt width (edge-to-edge, not circumference) and t-shirt length (in front) like shown in illustration. Use measurements to determine t-shirt size with the t-shirt size chart.
SMALL – sleeve 20cm, width 46cm, length 70cm
MEDIUM – sleeve 20.5cm, width 50cm, length 74cm
LARGE – sleeve 21cm, width 54cm, length 77cm
X-LARGE – sleeve 23.5cm, width 60cm, length 79cm
2X-LARGE – sleeve 23.5cm, width 62cm, length 83cm
T-shirt packaged in calico draw string bag with detailed information card as per image and text below.  Ideal for the racing enthusiast and makes a perfect and unique gift.
The Lotus 49B first appeared at the Dutch Grand Prix in 1968. A Hewland gearbox replaced the ZF in the car and a longer wheelbase housed a Cosworth – Ford DFV engine with power increased to 415bhp at 9,500rpm. It eventually reached 430bhp
at 10,000rpm in 1969-70.
After the tragic death of legendary Lotus driver Jim Clark in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim on April 7th, the Formula 1 season resumed at Jarama in Spain on May 12th 1968. Graham Hill was promoted to Lotus number one driver and helped rally the shattered team of Colin Chapman. His new team mate was Jackie Oliver
The Lotus 49B was essentially the first car to significantly utilise aerodynamics in Formula One. Initially with a rear wedge tail shape and then with this high strutted, rear suspension mounted, aerofoil design which debuted at the French Grand Prix in
Rouen. This was to help maximise downforce and increase traction allied to the new wider and larger tyres.
The Lotus 49 and 49B of 1968 was also the first car to introduce full car liveries in the colours and logos of team sponsors. In the case of Team Lotus the cars wore the red, gold and white colours of John Player and were known as “Gold Leaf Team Lotus”. In essence, this team and this car gave birth to aerodynamics and full sponsorship in F1.
This view from behind was what many opposition teams saw of the Lotus 49B in the 12 rounds of the 1968 F1 GP season.
Graham Hill went on to win three Grands Prix (Spain, Monaco and Mexico) claim three second places and a fourth winning his second F1 World Driver’s championship with 48 points. The privately entered Rob Walker Lotus 49B driven by Jo Siffert won the British Grand Prix which enabled Lotus to also secure the 1968 Manufacturers championship by scoring 62 points.

 

From my early childhood days, I have always been fascinated by racing cars and music.  As I grew this passion and fascination developed alongside an emerging ability to draw, paint and play drums.
Life has a way of taking you in many directions over the years with many different outcomes.  Luckily for me I have now been given an opportunity to dedicate time to creating and drawing again.
Immersing myself in studying the greatest and most interesting racing cars and drivers in detail and making artwork which I turn into products that people can enjoy as well is a very rewarding experience.
It is even more rewarding to be able to share some of the benefits and profits from these products by helping other people.
Working with my wife Sue and her wonderful company Sacred by Design is a magic way for us to collaborate and help each other with projects we are passionate about.  Doing the things we love together and watching our endeavours being transformed into something we take pride in that also gives back to others and makes positive change.  It is a great feeling.
Do not wait too long to make the things you have always dreamt of doing into a reality.

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