There are some rumors behind the co-founder of Lotus with husband Colin, Hazel Chapman’s cause of death since she passed away today (December 14, 2021) at the age of 94. May she rest in heaven.
The heartbreaking news was confirmed in an obituary, announcing that “Hazel Chapman, who was married to Norfolk-based Lotus co-founder Colin Chapman, will be remembered for her remarkable contribution to motorsport and the industry during the latter half of the 20th century – both as a successful racing driver and a shrewd businesswoman. “
She was born Hazel Williams and met Chapman at a dance in 1944, and Chapman’s first car, what came to fame as the Lotus Mark 1, was built around an Austin 7 chassis in a lock-up garage at the rear of her parents’ house in Hornsey, North London, in 1948.
Hazel Chapman took over the development of the trials car and its Ford-powered beneficiary, the Mark 2 after Colin was shortly designated into the Royal Air Force.
Their successes as drivers with these cars and the Mk3 Formula 750 car, the first true Lotus, that followed resulted in commissions for further cars. The first Lotus business was formed on 1 January 1952 and a limited company was set up the next year with a payment of £25 from Hazel.
She tied the knot with Chapman in 1954 and as the Lotus organization grew she accepted a seat on the boards of a number of its companies, such as the Team Lotus Formula 1 squad, the Lotus Cars sportscar marque, and Lotus Components, which manufactured cars for the junior racing categories.
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Nothing Was Reported as Hazel Chapman’s Cause of Death
Although there is no official report about Hazel Chapman’s cause of death at this time, some unofficial sources have started to claim she lost his life due to heart disease.
However, our team does not confirm any rumors; we are trying our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.
Hazel play a matriarchal role in the success of the F1 team, which contended six world drivers’ championships and seven constructors’ crowns through the 1960s and ’70s.
She prided herself on working with almost every Lotus Grand Prix driver in the team’s history. They included its world champions, Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jochen Rindt, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Mario Andretti, as well as Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna.
She became a director of Classic Team Lotus, the arm of the Chapman family business which preserves the cars and legacy of the brand’s global racing success.
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When Colin Chapman lost his life in 1982, Hazel found out that Lotus Cars required new investment to secure its future and played a critical role in the sale of equity to a group led by British Car Auctions.
Hazel maintained a key interest in all things Lotus and as recently as 2018 signed off the 100,000th road car produced by the marque. Tradition dictated that she was shown every new road car prior to it being unveiled to the public.
Matt Windle, managing director of Lotus Cars, stated, “This is a very sad day for everyone around the world associated with Lotus. “Without Hazel Chapman, there would be no Lotus.”