August 2017 Edition of Chunky’s Chatter Available to Download

August 2017 Chunky's Chatter

The July Tyre Kick & Coffee, thanks to Rob Costa

The August 2017 edition of Chunky’s Chatter has been completed and sent out to members thanks to the hard work of editor Tom Devitt and his contributors. It’s available to download from the members’ page, so head over there to download a copy, and enjoy!

Inside this issue:

  • Countdown to our Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee
  • All the remaining Lotus 49s gather in one place
  • Skid pan fun in Canberra
  • An opportunity to unleash your Lotus around Mount Panorama

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!

The Preserve June/July 2017 Available for Download

The Preserve June July 2017

‘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 June/July 2017 edition of the newsletter is hot off the presses and has been sent out to members ahead of this weekend’s Shannons Sydney Classic. It’s available for download on our members’ page here.

The magazine looks forward to the upcoming Shannons Sydney Classic, which will see close to 1800 cars attend, provides updates on the Classic Vehicle Scheme, recaps the Sunbeam Nationals 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!

The Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee is On This Weekend!

Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee

We’re just a few days away from the biggest Lotus party of the year – the Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee at Sydney Motorsport Park and Wakefield Park. Put August the 12th to 14th in your diary, and be there!

Read on for the latest news on the event thanks to Brian Caldersmith.

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The Annual Eggs Benedict is On Again!

Eggs Benedict 2017

Our annual Eggs Benedict and Round the Buckets is on again, and coming up soon on Sunday, September the 10th.

The event is always a lot of fun, so put it in your diary and join in. Have a look at the photos from last year here and 2015 here to get an idea of what we get up to.

The 2017 Eggs Benedict with Barista & Buckets will once again be hosted with huge thanks to Anne Blackwood at Ebony Hall. Festivities will kick off from 9AM on Sunday the 10th of September, 2017. The address is available on the members’ page.

Bookings are absolutely, totally essential. Contact Anne before Friday the 1st of September and let her know that you would like to attend.

A bucket will be passed around on the day to collect donations for Beyond Blue. Bring some cash with you!

Eddie Lankhorst’s Quokka Talk for August, 2017

John Hurney Sprints & WA Lotus Championship

Catch up on the action in the Western Australian Lotus community thanks to Eddie Lankhorst’s latest Quokka Talk, for August, 2017, including reports on the John Hurney Sprints & WA Lotus Championship and the August early morning run to the Ford Farm.

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Part 5 of the Lotus Esprit VQ Build: The Inlet Manifold


Club Lotus Australia is full of interesting people who are up to interesting things with interesting cars. We think that’s wonderful, so we’re going to share their stories with you here!

If you’d like to share your story on the club website, just send Seth a quick email at

Last time we met Geoff Winder, he was fabricating and wrestling the sump into his Lotus Esprit VQ. In this post, we rejoin Geoff as he fabricates an inlet manifold to fit under the bonnet of the Esprit VQ.

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Support the Soar & Roar Festival By Offering a Ride in Your Lotus

Special Olympics Soar & Roar Festival

The Special Olympics Australia Ride Festival is a fund raising initiative that gives people with an intellectual disability the experience of riding in a performance vehicle. Special Olympics Australia reached out to Club Lotus Australia and Simply Sports Cars to get involved by offering a ride in a Lotus to Special Olympic Athletes.

The event itself will be held on Sunday the 26th of November, 2017 and involve a drive from North Steyne Surf Club in Manly to Sydney Motorsport Park, where there will be a lap of honour as well as other festivities. The Dream Rides will run from 12pm to 5pm, with each marque allocated a one-hour slot.

Partners are welcome and will be offered transport from the Manly starting point to Sydney Motorsport Park. Drivers and partners will have access to the Hospitality VIP Grid Club throughout the day.

The money raised will be used to give more people with an intellectual disability the opportunity to participate in weekly sports. The most successful fundraiser in Team Lotus will lead the team for the drive and the highest overall fundraiser will be presented with a Soar & Roar trophy and lead the full field for the lap of honour. There will also be an award for the Ambassador’s Choice and Best Dressed Car.

Registration and fundraising are both open now. To register, please follow the following instructions:

  1. Go to your team’s page at
  2. Click ‘Join this team’ down the right side
  3. Complete your details with either email or Facebook
  4. Select ‘I am registering as a car driver’
  5. Complete the event questions
  6. Complete the registration (no payment is required)
  7. Share the Lotus Team page with your friends, family and professional networks to get off to a roaring start with your fundraising

If you have any questions, please contact either Seth, Paul at Simply Sports Cars or Mabel at Special Olympics Australia.

Special Olympics Soar & Roar Festival Info Sheet

2017 Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee Mid-July Update

Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee

The Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee, to be held over the 12th to 14th of August, 2017, is coming up fast. Brian’s latest update includes a few important reminders about the Saturday night celebrations, commemorative shirts and concours d’elegance, as well as info about access to the event on Sunday. Read on!

Thanks to Brian Caldersmith


As we get close to the big event please note a few points for consideration.

  1. Don’t forget that you need to book for the big celebration dinner on Saturday night. No booking = no meal.. And that cut-off date is July 28th. The numbers are heading towards 100 on the night, so don’t delay
  2. The commemorative shirts are now being manufactured and will be in the mail to you very shortly
  3. And don’t forget that it is the annual Concours d’Elegance, so get it sparkling clean. Especially as we have been given special permission on our circuit laps to pause and form up on the main grid for a photo opportunity. Should be the biggest group Lotus photo for some time.

Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee

Access to the event on Sunday

A car pass is required for access to Sydney Motor Sport Park on Sunday and you can see it above. These are normally on the windscreen of each car that arrives in the morning and allows all the occupants entry to the event.

Club Lotus Australia has paid for those tickets and I will be handing them out at the dinner on Saturday evening to all the Elite owners. If your car is already inside the circuit (having arrived on Saturday afternoon) and you are walking back in from the hotel, hang on to the pass – you will need it for access on Sunday morning. Otherwise you will have to pay for entry.

If however, you are driving your Elite to the circuit on Sunday morning you will need to stick the pass on to the top right hand corner on the inside of the front windscreen.

If you are bringing a different model Lotus you need to contact Evan Jones on for your sticker.

The attached map shows access points, trailer parking, the hotel and where “Lotus land” is based at the circuit.

It’s getting close,
Brian Caldersmith

Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee Lotus Land Map