During his leave periods from the RAF, Chapman built his second trials car with the help of girlfriend Hazel Williams, (his future wife) and friends Michael and Nigel Allen. This car was considered state-of-the-art and was the first Lotus to be usable on the road. Sold in October 1950 to Mike Lawson, who quickly went on to win the Wrotham Cup.
Many theories have been formed over the years as to the origins of the naming of Lotus, but these can only be conjecture. The truth died with Chapman.
The famous Lotus badge is formed from the initials of Anthony Colin Bruce Chapman.