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.