Michael is available for talks and presentations to clubs, societies and organisations on a variety of Lotus-related topics, ranging from the early days of Lotus to the Lotus 19 sports car, the Lotus 49 and the Lotus 72.
In October 2008, he visited the Earls Barton Historical Society in Northamptonshire, England, to talk to them about the history of Cosworth, still a major employer in the area and a company which looks like it is going to be back in Formula 1 once more in 2010. A curious connection with Earls Barton is that Ronnie Peterson's long-time mechanic Keith Leighton was brought up in the village and his father had a garage there called Earls Barton Motors, out of which he ran stock cars and won the World Championship several times. Keith went on to join Cosworth as an apprentice and quickly moved up through the ranks to the point where he was involved in the build of the first Ford Cosworth DFV engine. It is a small world... My thanks to Nostalgia Forum member Frank Batten for setting up this talk.
In October 2004, he travelled to the renowned International Motor Racing Research Center at Watkins Glen in the USA to be the featured speaker at their annual Open House. He spoke about the design and development of the Lotus 49 in front of a packed house.
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