Ahh... the Lotus 23B! Doc Bundy still races one (along with the gorgeous Lotus 72 F1 car) for Regogo Racing. In addition, older-model Lotus owners who have had the pleasure of buying parts from Ray at R.D. Enterprises, you may recognize that their logo is a Lotus 23 mechanical drawing.
Several years ago, at a Lotus Owners Gathering (LOG) in Atlanta, everyone went for a spirited North Georgia Mountain drive. This was on a beautiful, curvy road used by many automakers for impressive driving videos, as it is devoid of ugly armco barriers, and through a lovely wooded area. Two LOG participants were driving a beautiful Lotus 23 replica, made by Xanthos. As fun as the road was, it was also wet and leaf-covered. (I think you can see where this is going...) As we got well into the drive, the distance between cars lengthened. We had been 2 cars behind the Xanthos, and lost sight of it about 3/4 of the way to the picnic stop at the top of the mountain. The Xanthos skidded on wet leaves in a corner, went straight off the road, flew briefly, hit a tree, and slid down the tree several feet to the steeply-sloped ground. Fortunately, both occupants had been securely belted in with competition harnesses. They climbed and crawled back up to the road, where someone in a pickup truck gave them a ride to the picnic stop. They were taken to a nearby emergency room, and one of the guys had an uncomfortable drive home to Chicago, flat on his back in the rear of a Suburban, the next day.
The Lotus 23 - a beautiful, important part of Lotus history!