On This Day, May 18th

1. 1958: Team Lotus enters the world of Formula 1

Graham Hill Photo: dailymail

Graham Hill
Photo: dailymail

Cliff Allison Photo: pinterest

Cliff Allison
Photo: pinterest

It was on this day in 1958 that Team Lotus, the Motorsport sister company of Lotus Cars, entered into the first race of the European Racing Season in two single-seat Type 12s. The race was the Monaco Grand Prix, and even though Ferrari may have been the favorite at the time, Team Lotus would go on to become one of the most successful racing teams in history. Behind the wheel at this legendary event was Graham Hill and Cliff Allison, and both performed brilliantly in the qualifying days leading up to the main race. But on race day, the best finish went to Allison with his sixth place — although he was 13 laps behind the leader. Hill would have engine problems and was forced to retire from the race but still managed to finish 26th.

In 1960, Legendary Driver Stirling Moss would get behind the wheel of a revamped Type 18 at the Monaco Grand Prix and would go on to take the victory. Team Lotus would see some of the most famous Formula 1 drivers ever at the helm, such as Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi. Team Lotus eventually left F1 in 1990 founder Anthony Bruce Chapman passed away. They later returned in 2010.