What a weekend! On September 2nd and 3rd 2023, we celebrated our Golden Anniversary as a manufacturer with ‘The Caterham 50th Festival’ at Donington Park. A weekend full of back-to-back Caterham action on and off the circuit. Just in case you missed it, here’s a quick round-up of our 50th Birthday Race Weekend….
It’s not often at an event the car park becomes an attraction (unless it's Goodwood Revival), and Caterham owners did not disappoint. Throughout the weekend we welcomed over 500 Sevens of varying specifications, power units, colours and years. A staggering 239 Sevens took to the circuit to compete (more on that below), while over 400 road-going Sevens descended on Donington across the weekend. We even had 25 historic Sevens on display thanks to the fantastic generosity of owners and club members.
Our new electric concept continued its UK tour. Following the unveiling at Goodwood and a quick visit to PH25, Project V landed at Donington – giving Caterham fans the opportunity to take a closer look. That’s not all though. Project V even went for a spin around the paddock to swing by the main festival area.
Non-stop Seven racing. Not only did we have all of our Caterham Motorsport official championships (Academy, Roadsport, 270R, 310R and CSCUK), but we were also joined by the Graduates and Magnificent Sevens. We crowned our official Motorsport Champions for 2023, only leaving the final round of the year for the National Level CSCUK grid to battle it out at the BTCC Silverstone round.
Before concluding the event with an evening of incredible live music, road and race Sevens joined forces for a monumental track parade. Our special-event Safety Car and Caterham CEO Bob Laishley in a 420 CUP led a 300+ vehicle strong parade consisting of Caterham Sevens (and 21’s) spanning fifty years of history.
As if the weekend wasn’t enough, we made sure to sandwich all that racing with a big helping of Caterham Experiences. On Friday we hosted our first Donington Drift Experience in a very, very, very long time. If you missed out, don't worry – we have two more dates in 2023 that you can still join by booking online here.
Donington also played host to the last Caterham Experiences Track Day of 2023. As always, a Caterham and Lotus Seven only, open pitlane, limited spaces and (of course) we even arranged fantastic weather… because we’re nice like that.
Our Experiences team are working hard behind the scenes on our 2024 calendar. So be sure to stay tuned and see when we’ll be near you next.
Yes, you did read that correctly. After a long hiatus, and plenty of teasing, we’re proud to introduce the all-new Caterham Merchandise range. Run by the incredible team at Uncommon, a pop-up shop featured within the Caterham Clubhouse.
Uncommon, for those who don’t know, are our new official merchandisers – with extensive experience in the world of motoring, having worked with Formula E, Mahindra Racing, Jaguar TCS Racing, Pininfarina and Maserati.
The new Caterham AW23 range is now available to order through the Caterham Shop. Click here to find out more.
A HUGE, HUGE THANK YOU!
Finally, we’d like to thank everyone who helped bring the 50th anniversary race weekend to life. A huge thank you to all the Caterham and Lotus Seven Club, the supporting volunteers, those who contributed their cars for the timeline, all of the marshals and everyone who attended. We hope you had a fantastic time!