Lotus Photos: Eggs Benedict & Round the Buckets 2016

Club Lotus Eggs Benedict 2016

Anne Blackwood kindly invited Club Lotus Australia back to Ebony Hall this past Sunday, the 25th of September, for our annual Beyond Blue Eggs Benedict in joyful memory of Maurice Blackwood.

Despite some threat of rain throughout the week, we enjoyed a beautiful Spring Sunday together catching up for a social Sunday brunch. We also held another brilliant Round the Buckets, which was, as always, tremendous fun.

A massive ‘THANK YOU!’ is due to Anne for hosting us once more, putting on a magnificent brunch and encouraging us to have some fun in our Lotuses. A great time was had by all and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.

Last year’s Round the Buckets champion Peter Walker has kindly shared some of his shots from the day, which you can enjoy below.

Images thanks to Peter Walker

Lotus Photos: Jack McLaughlin at the 2016 Goodwood Revival

2016 Goodwood Revival

LOST Fraternity wrangler and Club Lotus Australia member Jack McLaughlin was at last weekend’s 2016 Goodwood Revival, and has returned with pictures.

The 2016 Goodwood Revival was held over the 9th to the 11th of September at the classic Goodwood Circuit. Jack’s shots show off the wonderful atmosphere of the event, as well as the spectacular field that the event attracts. Take a few moments and enjoy them!

Thanks to Jack McLaughlin for the photographs.

LOST Fraternity Run to Caves Beach Hotel

LOST Fraternity Caves Beach

The LOST Fraternity will gather on Sunday the 25th of September for a run to the Caves Beach Hotel for a coffee and some breakfast.

The run will kick off at 9AM from Belmont Car Park, where the highway runs along the waterfront, to leave at 9:15AM. For those who would like to meet up at the hotel, they plan to arrive around 9:30AM.

The location looks magnificent, and this spring weather is perfect for road tripping. Why not join them? Contact Jack if you’d like to let him know that you’ll be joining, or if you have any questions.

The Preserve September 2016 Available for Download

The Preserve September 2016

‘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 2016 edition of the newsletter has been sent out to members, and is now available for download on our members’ page here.

This edition includes details on Carnivale and the National Motoring Heritage Day, important news on the Historic Conditional Registration Scheme and incoming Classic Vehicle Scheme, recaps of the RAC Pedr Davis Tribute Dinner and the Shannons Sydney Classic and much, much 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!

Come Along to the 2016 Club Lotus Australia AGM

Club Lotus Australia AGM

The 2016 Club Lotus Australia Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday the 21st of September at Shannons. Come along and have your say in the direction of the Club.

Shannons have kindly offered to host us again, and we’ll be gathering from 7PM at Unit B, 12 Frederick Street, St Leonards. Enter and park by the Reserve Road entrance and walk through the showroom. As always we will provide something to eat and drink to sustain you through the evening.

Kris Bennett will be standing down as Treasurer after eight years and handing the pen to Greg Cliffe. The nomination form and balance sheet for the year are available in the September edition of Chunky’s Chatter, which you can grab from the Members’ page here.

This is a great opportunity to share feedback and ideas and to shape how we work to improve Club Lotus Australia in the coming months and years. It’s also an enjoyable social evening and a good chance to thank Kris for her immense contribution, welcome Greg and catch up.

We look forward to seeing you on the 21st.

We’re Invited to the HSRCA’s 2016 Tasman Trophy

2016 Tasman Trophy Invite

After the excellent Club Lotus Australia showing at the 2016 Sydney Retro Racefest, the Historic Sports and Racing Car Association of New South Wales has invited us back to run in the 2016 Tasman Trophy this November 19th & 20th.

The event will feature an All-Lotus Regularity grid and give us a chance to get stuck in to a two-day historic racing event that will draw a big field of historic sports and racing cars from both Australia and abroad.

Our all-Lotus grids will run four times throughout the weekend and provide a great opportunity to get out in the Lotus amongst friends. The Regularity format takes the pressure of competition off and is a safe and relaxed form of motorsport. It’s an excellent way to get involved in motorsport, or just give the car a run in a safe and controlled environment.

Looking at the broader event, all fifth category groups are invited to compete, from the pre-1930s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s J, K & L cars through to Formula 5000 monsters and more. The Tasman Tour 2016, including the Formula Junior Diamond Jubilee World Tour, will be a feature throughout the weekend, as will our All Lotus Regularity and a Group S Enduro race that’s always fun to watch.

The event will run over the weekend of the 19th and 20th of November, and entries are available now through CAMS Motor Event Entry.

Click this link to enter through the CAMS Members Portal.

Log in with your CAMS ID, which should be your CAMS licence number, and the password you nominated for the CAMS Member Portal. If you have forgotten your password, or have not yet nominated one, click ‘Retrieve Your Password’.

For more information as it is made available, see the HSRCA’s website here.

Chunky’s Chatter September 2016 Now Available for Download

All British Day & Concours d'Elegance

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

Features in this month’s mag include:

  • Part 6 of Mike Moore’s Duratec Elise conversion
  • From the archives – the incredible story of Lotus and the 1959 Portugal GP
  • Get in quick to book for the CLA Christmas Party – details inside
  • Anne gives some alternate routes to return home from Eggs Benedict

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!

Lotus Photos: 2016 Concours d’Elegance & All British Day at King’s School

All British Day & Concours d'Elegance

On Sunday the 28th of September we got together at King’s School to be a part of the massive annual All British Day, hold our Concours d’Elegance and enjoy a lovely day in the Spring sunshine.

The All British Day is held at King’s School in North Parramatta each year. It brings together New South Wales’ British car clubs and the hundreds of British motor vehicles, from the rare and quirky to the everyday drivers, that comprise them. With its generally spectacular turnout, it’s a lovely opportunity to wander around, check out some very cool machinery and chat with fellow fans of British automobiles.

This year’s event was no exception. After a mildly-concerning mid-week drenching the sun came out, dried out the venue and put on an absolutely spectacular day on Sunday. Many a relaxed Sunday picnic was enjoyed in the sunshine and we thoroughly enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.

As we did the excellent Club Lotus Australia turnout. The cars were all beautifully prepared and looked magnificent in the sunshine. Thanks to all who got involved and put in the hard work preparing their cars!

Thanks as well to everyone involved in the organising of the event, particularly Elliott for his hard work, as well as our judges.

Enjoy the photos below, and we’ll see you for another sunny Springtime adventure soon!

Thanks to Ashton Roskill

Thanks to Seth Reinhardt

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’d say, as the tyres on it, while perfectly treaded, are at least 20 years old!

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 president@clublotus.com.au 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,