Car Catcher: A Lotus 61 Converted To Race in Formula B

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Unveiled in 1969, the Lotus 61 was a sort of entry-level, open-wheel race car specifically built to compete in Formula Ford. However, at least some 61s were configured to run in other racing series.

Such is the case for this 1970 Lotus 61 that was converted to run in Formula B (now Formula Atlantic). This car was said to have been originally sold to Jim Russell as a rolling chassis, with the first entry in its logbook stating that the car was converted to Formula B specifications prior to 1972.

Finished in the iconic “Gold Leaf” red over white livery, this 61 is reported to have been recently restored by Indianapolis, Indiana-based Gary Dausch.

Currently powered by a “fresh race prepped” 1600cc Lotus Twin-Cam powerplant, the Lotus also comes equipped with a Hewland four-speed transmission, AVO coil-overs and LeGrand magnesium wheels.

Find this 1970 Lotus 61 for sale over at Wire Wheel Classic Sports Cars for $49,900.

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efahl New Reader
12/7/20 3:42 p.m.

My mom went the other direction.  She bought a Russell-Alexis FF car from Carl Haas the year before SCCA created the FF class, and she and my dad raced it in FB for that year.

And they've been immortalized in a Ford promo film, car 23:

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