Registration Open for CARnivale 2019

CARnivale 2018

CARnivale, and with it 2019, is coming up faster than should be possible, and on Australia Day, the 26th of January, 2019, will see us heading to Parramatta Park to bring in the new year with the iconic Sydney car show. Registration for the event is now open.

We plan to participate with a Club Lotus Australia display as usual. Registration this year will be handled individually, so of you would like to join us, register online at www.ausdayparramatta.com.au/carnivale.

With the massive CARnivale display and plenty to see and do such as a hot air display, barbecue festival and music, CARnivale is a relaxed way to kick off the new year’s motoring activities and catch up after the holiday break. More members in the display means more mates to spend the day with, so we’d love to see you there!

Read on for the official word from City of Parramatta Council and the Australia Day Council of New South Wales, and we’ll look forward to seeing you on Saturday the 26th of January, 2019!

Thanks to Australia Day CARnivale 2019

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The Preserve October 2018 Available for Download

The Preserve October 2018

‘The Preserve’ is the newsletter of the Council of Motor Clubs. It’s made available to members of CMC-affiliated clubs, and that means you!

The October 2018 edition of The Preserve looks back at September’s Bay to Birdwood, provides information about the upcoming AGM, recaps the Oasis Run, looks forward to Gerringong Motor Fest and more!

Club Lotus Australia members can head to the members page here to download your copy. If you’re not a member of the club head here, and take a browse around the website to see why you should be!

Quokka Talk: September, 2018

Images: Steve Pretzel & Ellie Hamilton

Catch up on the Club Lotus action in Western Australia with the latest edition of Quokka Talk, thanks to Steve Pretzel.

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October Edition of Chunky’s Chatter Available for Download

2018 All British Day by Jeremy Braithwaite

Image: The 2018 All British Day by Jeremy Braithwaite

Tom Devitt’s October 2018 Chunky’s Chatter should be in your hands and prepped for perusal, and is also now available to download from the members’ page.

The October edition of Chunky’s Chatter features:

  • Eddie and Vicky in the UK with a fabulous Lotus-themed trip
  • Anne Blackwood goes to Pebble Beach
  • Rob Costa reports on a Lotus Italia run from Lake Como

And much more! Enjoy Chunky’s lighthearted and sometimes irreverent monthly look at the world of Lotus. Head to the members page to download a copy.

Get up to date with all of the news in Club Lotus Australia with the latest edition of Tom Devitt’s Chunky’s Chatter, covering the state of Lotus and life in August, 2018.

Ashton’s President’s Prattle for October, 2018

President's Prattle

Hello!

Bit of a rush job this month, as I’m simultaneously trying to get organised for my long-awaited holiday in Sri Lanka – we fly out next weekend and until about half an hour ago, all we had was flights in and out! When I say long-awaited, I am not ignoring that I had a week in Alice Springs, but that was not exactly restful! Fun, but not restful.

Last weekend was also something of a rushed affair. First off, we had the HSRCA Spring Festival at Wakefield Park, with over 150 interesting and unusual historic race cars all giving it large – and then there was me in the Eleven, gently circulating in 1.24s in regularity!

Unfortunately I had to leave the fun on Saturday to get home in time to be at Kings School on the Sunday for the All British Day, which as always turned out to be a glorious day, albeit with a slightly reduced Lotus turnout. We had given away 33 tickets, but only 20 cars turned up which was a shame.

However, the organisation seemed much smoother, the cars arrived reasonably quickly (although I did hear reports of a bit of a backlog trying to get off the M4) and also got out in good order. In between, there was the usual glorious array of interesting cars to have a look at. I couldn’t find the owner of the Aston Martin DB6 who I am sure would have considered a swap for the Eleven 🙂

Also on that weekend was a round of the Australian Production Cars at SMSP in which Grant Denyer and Tony D’Alberto are campaigning an Exige with great success. The next round coincides with the LOTD at Phillip Island over 2-4th November – if you haven’t driven PI, this is a great chance to do so and have some fun with the other categories too. Contact Emma at Simply Sports Cars to see if there is a spot left – [email protected].

This weekend sees the factory hosting the 70th birthday of Lotus, and they are aiming for a Guinness World Record for the highest number of cars on track at one time – not sure how they got on! We will be aiming for more modest targets at our 70th celebrations, which coincide with the Christmas Party (and AGM!!) on Sunday 2nd December. If you’ve missed the excitement so far, get in touch with Elliott to book your spots and we’ll see you at Lane Cove National Park for a delicious hamper lunch and birthday celebrations, including cake!

And while I’m thinking of fun events, don’t forget that Tom is organising the run to Mount Tomah while we are away – Sunday 7th October – drop him a line to make sure you are booked for lunch – this is a brilliant drive, and a glorious location.

We’ll be back early on Sunday 21st October but probably won’t make the Tyre Kick and Coffee that’s on that morning, so I can’t bribe you with coffee and egg and bacon butties again, but that worked well this month, so thank you to everyone who turned up!

Righto, better get this to Tom before I get into even more trouble than usual! Have fun, keep it safe, upright and on the blackstuff.

Pip pip,
Ashton

The October 2018 Edition of Lotus Notes is Available for Download

Lotus Notes October 2018

Image by Sharna Simonis: Dashing through the snow along the Reefton Spur, aka the Marysville–Woods Point Road.

Lotus & Clubman Notes for October, 2018, is with members of Lotus Club Victoria and Lotus Club Queensland, and is now available to download from the members’ page thanks to the magazine’s editor Simon Messenger.

This month’s mag features:

  • APC Round 3
  • A Big Tick on the ‘Bucket List’!
  • Lotus Melbourne Winton Weekend
  • Porsche Club Sprints & ICC Round
  • Mc Dermott’s Workshop Pty Ltd
  • Driving Adventures – Tour Europe in a Lotus

Along with much more.

The newsletter is kindly provided to Club Lotus Australia by Lotus Club Victoria in its digital form, and will as such require you to be logged in to your members account. Download it from our ‘Members‘ page.

If you’re not a member yet, hit this link to find out more about the club and why you should become one! To learn more about Lotus Club Victoria, hit this link to their website and consider catching up with them when you’re in the state.

Lotus Photos: 2018’s All British Day Sydney, thanks to Jeremy Braithwaite

2018 All British Day by Jeremy Braithwaite

Sunday the 23rd of September, 2018, saw us gathered in the magnificent grounds of the Kings School in Parramatta for the annual celebration of British motoring – the All British Day Sydney. Jeremy Braithwaite has kindly reached out with some images of the day, and you can enjoy them below!

With Sydney currently struggling to decide if it should be summer and 30-plus degrees, or winter and 13 degrees, we were happily provided a lovely spring day on Sunday. Many members took part in the day, producing a magic display of Lotuses as well as good company for relaxed picnicking and exploratory excursions to the displays put on by other British marques.

Thanks to all involved in the display and organisation of the day – particularly Evan Jones, who helped look after the tickets and much of the organisation of our display, and Ashton Roskill, who towed the Eleven back from the HSRCA historics in Goulburn to help out.

Enjoy the photos, thanks to Jeremy Braithwaite.

The Preserve September 2018 Available for Download

Shannons Sydney Classic

‘The Preserve’ is the newsletter of the Council of Motor Clubs. It’s made available to members of CMC-affiliated clubs, and that means you!

The September 2018 edition of The Preserve gives thanks to the incredible efforts of the volunteers who made the Shannons Sydney Classic a success, recaps the event and its results, shares a whole bunch of photos, looks at the Gulf’s Le Mans history and more.

Club Lotus Australia members can head to the members page here to download your copy. If you’re not a member of the club head here, and take a browse around the website to see why you should be!

Sprint Report: CSCA Round 6 Hosted by the Sprite Car Club

Club Lotus at CSCA 2018 Round 6

The penultimate round of 2018’s Combined Sports Car Association sprints saw a dedicated group of Club Lotus Australia sprinters head to Sydney Motorsport Park’s Amaroo (south) circuit on a threateningly grey day for some motorsport kindly hosted by the Sprite Car Club.

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September Edition of Chunky’s Chatter Available for Download

Tyre Kick & Coffee, August 2018

Image: August’s Tyre Kick & Coffee, thanks to Evan Jones

Tom Devitt’s latest edition of Chunky’s Chatter should have made it to you over the weekend, and is now available to download from the members’ page.

The September edition of Chunky’s Chatter features:

  • Two Combined Sports Car Association reports, with Lotus in the lead
  • Lotus dominant at the Targa West tarmac rally
  • We remember Ronnie Peterson, who died 40 years ago

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

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Get up to date with all of the news in Club Lotus Australia with the latest edition of Tom Devitt’s Chunky’s Chatter, covering the state of Lotus and life in August, 2018.