NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Several customers have now requested that we make this keyring for them using the classic black badge mounted onto a yellow leather keyfob.
We had similar requests for ‘racing yellow leather keyfobs ‘ from some Porsche customers – so luckily had already managed to find a suitable vegetable tanned yellow leather and also some vintage linen thread OK for hand stitching in the correct colour .
The result is so striking that we have decided to include it here in our shop as a regular item.
We do not know if Lotus ever produced a keyring like this – if they did then we have never seen an original example.
Lotus used this black logo on their cars as a mark of respect for a very short time in 1968 after the death of world champion driver Jim Clarke.
Then late in 2010 it was used again very briefly to commemorate the retirement of Roger Becker – Lotus’ Director of Vehicle Engineering.
This time it appeared only as a nose badge on the special edition Elise SC RGB and Exige S RGB.
Lotus legend tells us that Roger always wanted to use the black enamel badge on other ‘specials’ – but was always refused.
His wish was finally granted to mark his retirement after 44 years with Lotus.
An original keyring ( not in yellow leather ) dating from 1968 with this black badge is held in our reference collection and can be seen on the ‘examples of original keyrings’ page of the GALLERY on this website. 59/92 06/20