Yesterday we were treated to stunning weather at the Pageant of Power – ideal conditions for my first run up the sprint course in our Ferrari FF long-termer. More on that experience later.

One of the main highlights from day one was the Lotus parade and concours event organised by the Historic Lotus Register. The organisation was founded more than 40 years ago to keep an eye on the movement and whereabouts of early Lotus models.

Earliest examples on display and running up the course included an ultra-rare 1949 Lotus 2 (Colin Chapman’s second car), a gorgeous 1955 Lotus Mk9 and a Lotus Eleven Mk11 owned by Colin’s son, Clive Chapman.

Other highlights included a Lotus MkVI, various Elan Sprints, Excels, early Esprits, a brace of Evoras and an immaculate Lotus Carlton. Having spent some time in our Vauxhall VXR8 long-termer, I was surprised how much smaller the Carlton sits in comparison.

The modern-day ‘Holden’ is noticeably longer and wider. I think it’s a testament to the Lotus Carlton how well it’s aged and how, even more than 23 years since it was produced, it’s still an absolute weapon and hugely capable.

My personal favourite was the blue Lotus Esprit V8 twin-turbo, which to my eyes, is one of the most gorgeous-looking cars ever made.

Later this afternoon is the American muscle cars concours, be sure to check out our live gallery which will be updated with the finest examples of the golden era of the late 1960s and early 1970s.