Ashton’s President’s Prattle: September 2016

President's Prattle

Welcome to Spring! And, frankly, thank goodness! I was getting a bit bored of the cold – the garage is hard to heat effectively.

But at least I have managed to get the Elan’s headlight vacuum system replaced over the winter (without first removing the rear bumper, as was suggested by one wag who shall remain nameless). This means that, with my newly minted and shiny license, I am now ready for the run on Sunday the 4th to Gosford Classic Car Museum.

I hope to see lots of you there, and I know we will have at least five Elans, so I am looking forward to that photograph at least. Full details are in the calendar.

On which subject, please make sure to try the new feature which allows you to add events to your personal calendar – handy to prevent manual input, and also prevents you missing all the important events. Click on the event to open up the detail, and at the bottom of the calendar entry are two buttons allowing you to add your calendar entry of choice (well, that’s if you use Outlook, Notes or one of the systems that supports Googlecal – sorry, they are the only ones available at the moment).

While we are talking events, please come along to the AGM on Wednesday the 21st to make sure we say a proper farewell to Kris Bennett, who has put in 8 years of hard labour as our Treasurer, and who has decided to hand on the pen to Greg Cliffe.

As well as being a Lotus nut and a lovely chap, Greg is CA qualified, which probably makes him over qualified on several counts to be our Treasurer, but I am very grateful for his hand going up to volunteer. So come along to welcome him too. And to join me in thanking the rest of your Committee for another year of keeping the ship pointing the right way.

Club Lotus Australia All British Day

In other news…

Those who came to the All British Day had a thoroughly lovely day. In spite of the threat during the week, the sun shone all day so most of us got a bit pink, and picnics were in abundance. Yours truly managed to drag the Eleven out of Geoff’s workshop to show you how close it now is to completion – the final push is on! And it needs new tyres I think!! The ones on it, while perfectly treaded, are at least 20 years old I reckon!

If you haven’t registered your interest in coming to the Christmas Party, can I ask you to start thinking that far out, just so I don’t have to do the last minute scramble to make sure everyone is catered for? Drop me a line to with a list of attendees and confirmation you have transferred funds, and I will add you to the list. Full details are in CC.

I apologise again that I have not been around the traps as much as I would like (I blame work!), although I did manage to make it to Bruce Mansell’s shed this month, which was, as always, a brilliant evening. Thank you to everyone who turned out in the cold, and particular thanks of course to Bruce and Nick for hosting us so kindly and generously – the glass of red was particularly welcome at the end of a long day Bruce, so my personal thanks too!

Mike has continued his sterling work keeping the motorsport fraternity entertained, and by the look of things, we might have ourselves another consecutive series win in the offing for the CSCA series. Thanks Mike, and thank you to everyone who supports this grassroots motorsport – if you haven’t tried it, trust me, it is a hoot, and very accessible.

On which topic, the next SSC Lotus Only Track Day has been announced for Saturday 29th October at Winton – be there if you don’t want to miss the best day on the track you can imagine (with pretty good company too!) Go here to register.

I must admit to having dropped the ball on organising extra-curricular events, so if anyone has any great ideas for stuff we should do, please bring them along to the AGM and we can pool our ideas and agree how to progress. We will also be positioning an alternate approach to the monthly General Meeting model, so would appreciate your input to that discussion.

And finally, in case you could possibly forget, the Beyond Blue Eggs Benedict is on Sunday 25th at Ebony Hall in joyful memory of Maurice, and we will be running the Round the Buckets again, so anyone who thinks they are good enough to take the trophy off the wily Pete Walker should come along and have a punt!

I look forward to seeing you out and about, and in the meantime, as always, keep it safe, upright and on the blackstuff,

Pip pip,

Lotus Stories: Brian Caldersmith

Brian Caldersmith

Club Lotus Australia is full of interesting people doing interesting things with interesting cars.

We want to tell their stories, and through this develop and preserve a written history of the club, its members and their cars. So, whenever we have the opportunity, we enjoy a chat with one of our members to share their story with you right here on the Club website!

This month, we get to know one of the pillars of the Aussie club motorsport community, artist, historian and gentleman Brian Caldersmith.

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Work With Lotus: Simply Sports Cars Looking for a Sales Consultant and Vehicle Mechanic & Technician

Simply Sports Cars Mechanic

Our friends at Simply Sports Cars, official distributors for Lotus Cars in Australia, are looking for a Sales Consultant as well as a Vehicle Mechanic & Technician.

Simply Sports Cars have been going from strength to strength and have some very interesting projects on the go, making this an excellent opportunity for someone interested in working with the Lotus marque. Read on for the full details thanks to Paul D’Ambra at Simply Sports Cars.

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September 4th Club Run to the Gosford Classic Car Museum

Ashton’s planning a run to the Gosford Car Museum on Sunday the 4th of September. It should be a fun morning, so read on for the details.

We’re off to see the glorious Gosford Classic Car Museum!

Even if it does only have one Lotus (so far anyway!) my reckoning is that the new Gosford Classic Car Museum has to be worth a visit.

So we will be heading up there on Sunday 4th September, leaving from St Peters at 8am. If you would like to join us, meet in Barwon Park Road next to Sydney Park, and we will then head north up the Eastern Distributor, out to Lane Cove Road, up to Yanko Road and the Comenarra Way and thence up the Old Pac Hwy to Gosford.

If you would us like to pick you up on the way up, please feel free to sit beside the road or we’ll see you there at about 10am.

Here’s hoping for a sunny day 🙂

Please drop Ashton a line if you are expecting to come, particularly if you would like to meet at Barwon Park Road, so he knows to wait for you.

Lotus Photos: LOST Fraternity Run to Medowie Macadamia Farm

LOST Fraternity Medowie Macadamia Farm Run

Photos by Jack McLaughlin

The LOST Fraternity’s most recent run took them to the Medowie Macadamia Farm Restaurant Medowie. Enjoy these great photos thanks to Jack McLaughlin.

On Sunday the 14th the LOST team met at the McDonald’s in Mayfield and then convoyed up to the Medowie Macadamia Farm near Williamtown airport for a social Sunday breakfast. We’ve been enjoying absolutely magic weather for performance cars, open tops and road trippin’ recently, and this Sunday was no different. Looks like a great morning!

LOST Fraternity Medowie Macadamia Farm Run

LOST Fraternity Medowie Macadamia Farm Run

LOST Fraternity Medowie Macadamia Farm Run

October 29 Lotus Only Track Day at Winton Raceway

Lotus Only Track Day Winton 2016

Simply Sports Cars‘ next Lotus Only Track Day is going to be held at Winton Raceway in Victoria on Saturday the 29th of October and entries are now open.

These are traditionally brilliant days and entry tends to fill up fast. Registrations are available now, so head to Simply Sports Cars’ website here to get your entry in.

The LOTD will include Drive, Sprint and Race sessions throughout the day. Drive sessions are relaxed runs for those who just want to get out on the track in their Lotus for fun. Sprint sessions run in a typical sprint format in which you race against the clock and full race sessions kick up the competition aspect a notch. Race sessions include practice, qualifying and three races.

The crew will get together for a social dinner on Friday night. The venue is still to be confirmed – stay tuned for further details.

If you’re interested in getting in some extra track time before the LOTD, Winton motor Raceway will be running a Test & Tune day on Friday the 28th. See their website here for more details.

Accommodation around the circuit tends to book up quickly, so lock that in promptly to make sure you’re sorted for the weekend.

Simply Sports Cars’ Lotus Only Track Days have proven thoroughly enjoyable so far, and a great opportunity for a social run in the Lotus. We look forward to a good Club Lotus Australia presence down in Victoria in a few months!

Catch up on the action at the previous Lotus Only Track Day in the link below:


Club Lotus Australia (NSW) is Going to Bombini for Christmas (Again!)

Club Lotus Australia 2015 Christmas Lunch

I know it’s a little while away, but it’s time to start thinking about Christmas!

Bombini have invited us back to their lovely venue following our successful Christmas Party there last year, so evidently we didn’t embarrass ourselves. For those not present last year, Bombini’s is on the mid-north coast near Avoca. Take a look at their website here.

This year the Christmas Party will be held on on Sunday the 4th of December. We will kick off with coffee from 10.30AM to allow everyone to catch up and chat for a little bit longer than last year.

As with last year we will enjoy a run north starting at the McDonalds in Hornsby at approx 8.30AM. Full details will be made available nearer the time. I hope our Newcastle friends in LOST might arrange a similar run south!

We will then have a similar sit down lunch format to last year, with a choice-of-three menu (to be confirmed, but taking account of non-meat eaters!) plus dessert.

Pricing is $60 per head for adults and $15 per head for children (12 and under). This includes coffee and biscotti on arrival.

As in previous years, CLA will be subsidising the cost of lunch to the tune of $25 for all members and their partners (children aren’t subsidised I’m afraid!) so net cost per adult CLA member and partner is $35 per head.

Please send me an email confirming your reservation and who is attending at and transfer the appropriate funds to the CLA account: BSB 633000 Account No 144279056 with the annotation Xmas [Your Initial Your Surname]

I’m going to ask everyone to remember that parking is at a premium, so please make sure we make best use of all the space available! By getting there earlier than last year, we may be able to “reserve” more of the available space.

We very much look forward to seeing you there.



Chunky’s Chatter August 2016 Now Available for Download

Chunky's Chatter August 2016

Catch up on all the Club Lotus Australia news in the August 2016 edition of Chunky’s Chatter, which is now available to download from the members’ page.

Features in this month’s mag include:

  • Simply Sports Cars appointed Lotus Distributor for Australia and New Zealand
  • Details for the August CLA Concours and Kings School day
  • Join us for the Coota Sprints
  • Don’t forget the AGM in September
  • Your free CLA name badge is on the way

And much more! Enjoy Chunky’s lighthearted and sometimes irreverent monthly look at the world of Lotus.

Head to the members’ page to download your copy. And if you’re not a member already, have a browse around the site and hit up our membership page here to find out why you should be!

Image thanks to Mark and Annette Alexander

Ashton’s President’s Prattle for August, 2016

President's Prattle

“August brings the fresh Spring showers, on and on for hours and hours”.. OK, so I pinched that from Flanders and Swan, and changed it to suit the Southern Hemisphere, but it still resonates as I’m spending too much time in cold and wet Melbourne!

And as a result I missed another monthly gathering, which I understand went well – even if Rory didn’t persuade any of you to buy Andy’s Eleven. This month we are off to Bruce’s shed, which is always a highlight of the year, particularly as it tends to fall close to the anniversary of my buying his Eleven (can you see an obsessive theme emerging here?) Please come along and keep us company on the 17th so Bruce doesn’t get bored to death by me.

By the time you read this the five or six (I lost count!) teams of Lotuses will know the results of the Philip Island 6 hour, so be ready to crown the conquering heroes on their return.

This month is about to get busy with all sorts of fun coming up. Tom’s Lotus Lunch is this coming weekend (I have to try to persuade Mrs R to drive me there in the Elan/Elise – you should come just for the giggles :)). Then there’s the Morgan round of the CSCA sprints on 13th, with the Shannons CMC Classic the following day where, God willing, we might have two Elevens side by side. A fortnight later is the glorious All British Day, with our biannual Concours d’Elegance.

Plans are afoot for a trip to the magnificent Gosford Motor Museum sometime in September or possibly early October. Watch this space.

And talking of road trips, who’s coming to the Cootamundra Sprints on 3-4 September? What better way to celebrate Fathers Day?

Also in September are two CLA institutions – our AGM on Wednesday the 21st – nomination forms on the members’ page – please do think about joining the fun of the Committee – I promise we don’t bite. We are welcoming Greg Cliffe as our new Treasurer and saying a huge thank you to Kris so please come along to join me in saying my thank you’s to them and all your committee.

The following weekend (25th) is Eggs Benedict, in sad but joyful (if that’s not an oxymoron) memory of Maurice, and we will also be running the second annual Round the Buckets. Anne is looking out for some fun roads for you to try en route there or home.

I think that’s possibly enough diary management, and as I really can’t bear to pass comment on the aftermath of Brexit and Boris Johnson as Foreign Minister, the recent horrifying evidence of home-grown torture, or the looming possibility of the lunatic fringe running the worlds largest nuclear arsenal (with another nutter with his hand on the other button), I shall leave it at that.

I look forward to seeing some more of all of you over the coming months as I re-organise my diary to be more Lotus friendly.

In the meantime drive safely, keep it upright, pointing the right way, and on the black stuff,

Pip pip,

Lotus Eleven Engine

PS here’s a picture of my engine which, by the time you read this, will be in the car 🙂 There, my final mention of an Eleven…