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The Lotus Car Company was started in Tottenham in 1953 by Colin Chapman. By 1958 his workshop at Tottenham had became inadequate for what was now fast becoming an international car business, so in 1959 the company moved to Cheshunt in Hertfordshire. Colin Chapman died in 1982; however, by then his association with the motor-racing industry and the development of many types of Lotus cars had become world famous. The  company, now based at Hethel, Norfolk, is just one of a few surviving companies of the Lea Valley’s great industrial past.

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