What goes on under here? Not being a petrol head I haven't a clue but I do know its a Lotus and in particular I think a Lotus Esprit. These were made from 1976 to 2004 and possibly familiar to James Bond fans as they appeared in at least two films (For Your Eyes Only and The Spy Who Loved Me), one even going underwater having been turned into part car part submarine by Q, the gadget boffin. The model in the photograph is from the 1980s and with the help of wikipedia I learnt that it had a turbocharged engine under the bonnet and the chassis had been redesigned. Maybe that is why one observer is on his knees or perhaps he is checking for rust underneath. Lotus still specialise in sports and racing cars. I do like the pop up headlamps (or perhaps its more the use of them for dramatic effect in films) but believe that the 2004 Lotus Esprit and Chevrolet Corvette C5 were the last volume production cars to use them. For the full 1980s vibe of the Lotus Esprit see the Simply Eighties site here.
An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week parked at U here