Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves

I can think of only one thing when curves are mentioned – she is all curves, there is not a straight line on her body.  My wife calls her The Beloved because she gets more attention – not true, they get the same.  It is the masterpiece of Richard Rackham and Julian Thomson, the Series 1 Lotus Elise which echoes my teenage passions – the Lola T70, the Ginetta G12, the Chevron B8 and the Ferrari Dino, every one a curvaceous two seater, mid-engined, rear wheel drive, engineering marvel.

She spends much of her life under wraps on trickle charge and never goes out in the rain – Pam might have a point:

Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise Lotus Elise Lotus EliseThe Series II Elise is a fine machine too but its harsher lines betray Rackham and Thomson’s original intentions.  Click on the images to enlarge.


  1. Tish Farrell · June 15, 2013

    Well now you’ve done it. You’ve got the Team Leader’s attention well and truly, and he’s not even a blogger. In his heyday, before the advent of Nosy Writer, he was the owner of such a curvaceous creation. He speaks with nostalgia of the days when he summoned his best chums to ‘Lotus lifting parties’ on the front lawn – since the whole superstructure, he tells me, can be lifted from the chassis. He says your photos do the makers proud.

    • northumbrianlight · June 15, 2013

      Glad the Team Leader enjoyed it, definitely a post for the ‘boys’. I always wanted a car with a Lotus badge on it because of my teenage obsession with Jim Clark – gone 45 years and still influencing the sale of cars to chaps of a certain age. My downfall came when these guys opened up down the road in Hexham – http://www.tvr-hhc.co.uk/ – the Team Leader might enjoy some window shopping 🙂

  2. rabirius · June 15, 2013

    Very nice.

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  4. Jo · June 15, 2013

    Ohhhh Yummy! Love this.

    • northumbrianlight · June 15, 2013

      Glad you like her – she’s a head turner 🙂

      • Jo · June 15, 2013

        very nice indeed, lovely shot.

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  8. greenmackenzie · June 16, 2013

    Lovely curvey photos, and the second shot looks like she has eyes looking bashfully up at your camera!

    • northumbrianlight · June 16, 2013

      Many thanks – she may look bashful but she is also armed and dangerous 🙂

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  13. gingerfightback · June 17, 2013

    Great images – amazinf when you look at somethng from a slightly different angle

    • northumbrianlight · June 17, 2013

      Many thanks, glad you liked them. She had just been polished so I had spent most of the afternoon up close and personal 🙂

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  16. Tina Schell · June 18, 2013

    Personally, I’m happy to know that you recognize her beauty makes her a definite “she” ! Beautiful!

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  19. Beauty Along the Road · July 11, 2013

    Very sensuous curves, no wonder the Wife is a bit jealous! Thanks for stopping by and following my blog.

    • northumbrianlight · July 11, 2013

      A pleasure – some very interesting posts – glad to have found you.
      Pam has nothing to fear from the Elise…….but the motorbike, well, that’s another matter altogether 🙂

  20. Rob · August 20, 2013

    Beautiful shots! I have a 1997 S1 in New Aluminium – I think the same as yours? I sometimes find myself going to the garage at night just to look at it. The fact it also drives incredibly well is a bonus. It’s beautiful to the bone, the S1.

    • northumbrianlight · August 20, 2013

      Thanks Rob – “beautiful to the bone” – absolutely right – I also find regular excuses to pop out to the garage 🙂 Mine is one of the 135s, no.17 of the first batch of 50. The previous owner spotted the car the other day and introduced himself – he regrets selling it despite having an Exige to replace it.

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