Lotus Stories: Ed Holly

Ed Holly

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 once a month we’re going to share one person’s story with you right here on the Club website!

This month, we’ve caught up with one of the nicest and most active men in Australian motoring clubs, a member of Club Lotus Australia for over two decades – Ed Holly. An engineer extraordinaire and motorsport veteran, Ed’s automotive adventure is a fascinating one, and we’re thrilled to be able to share some of it with you here.

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Join the RACA for their Annual Motoring Dinner!

A last-minute invitation to join the Royal Automobile Club of Australia for their annual motoring dinner!

The dinner will be held on Saturday, the 8th of August, 2015, at 7PM for a 7:30PM start at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia 89 Macquarie Street Sydney.

The cost is $135 per person or $1,250 for table of 10.

Bookings can be made through Rebecca Black on 02 8273 2320 or at [email protected]. For the full details grab the flyer here.

The Royal Automobile Club of Australia’s official website can be found here, and you can join them on Facebook at this link.

The Preserve July 2015 Available for Download

The Preserve July 2015

‘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!

Its July 2015 edition has just been sent out to members and is now available for download on the members’ page here.

This month’s newsletter goes back in time to visit Surry Hills, takes a look at the concept car, invites you to the Cooma Motorfest, catches up on the news and a whole lot 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!

We’re Joining The Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia for their Cootamundra Sprints!

Cootamundra Sprints

The Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia has very kindly extended an invitation for Club Lotus to join in their Cootamundra Sprints this Saturday the 5th of September.

They’re waiving their usual 30-year-old minimum age requirement, and a brace of modern Morgans have already entered the event. Of course, there will be a stunning collection of vintage cars of all types present.

It’s the seventh running of the popular event, which offers a relaxed day of good old fashioned motorsport – one which they call a good day of mucking about with cars. Just our speed!

The event is held on the 1.5 kilometer long, 18-metre wide Cootamundra Airport runway. Two cars run safely side by side over a timed 400 metre stretch and both full speed timed acceleration sprints and regularity sprints will be held.

The sprints are run in an informal arrangement in which competitors are able to choose their running mate.

Entry is set at $90. Roll bars are not required and no other licensing is required. It is limited to 80 cars on a first in, first served basis.

Festivities around the sprints themselves include a Saturday night dinner at the Cootamundra Services Club, at $25 per head plus drinks. The annual Cootamundra Father’s Day Swap Meet is also held on Sunday and is a lot of fun.

Cootamundra is around four and a half hours from Sydney, and the drive there and back makes for a wonderful road trip – especially if you partake in some of the “back” route options.

For more information please download the documentation below, provided by the Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia.

2015 Cootamundra Sprints Cover Letter

2015 Cootamundra Sprints Supplementary Regulations and Entry Form

The Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia official website can be found here.


August 2015 Edition of Lotus Notes Available for Download

Club Lotus Australia


The Lotus Notes team have come together once again to produce another stunning edition of the newsletter. The August edition has been released, and is now available for download from the ‘Members‘ page!


This month’s features include:

  • Hethel visit
  • CLV Early Morning Run
  • Classic Team Lotus, and the beauty of historic race cars
  • The Cultural Gourmet Run
  • Australian GT Series – Lotus and the battle of real Super Cars

And much, much more! Head to the ‘Members’ page here to download your copy.

The newsletter is a membership benefit of Club Lotus Australia, and will as such require you to be logged in to your members account. And if you’re not a member yet, what’s up? Hit this link to find out more about the club and why you should become one!

President’s Prattle: August 2015

President's Prattle

Heavens above, it’s August already! Which means we’ve enjoyed our first Tyre Kicking and Coffee event (third Sunday of the month in Gough Whitlam Park, Tempe in case you’ve not seen the Calendar) – thank you to everyone who turned up, and to Murray for the photos. Have a look here if you’ve not seen them yet.

We also had two very well attended general meetings this month. The EGM was held at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia (RACA) where Tony Caldersmith kindly regaled us with his warm, humorous and detailed experience at Lotus in the late ’50s and early ’60s. A week later we also held a very well-attended visit to Trevor Simpson’s shed in Hornsby, where we enjoyed the sight of Trevor’s beautifully maintained BT23b, BT5 and Lotus Cortina – thank you again Trevor, and Seth for the photos (also on the website).

For those of you laggards that have been prevaricating about coming to the Barossa in October for Lotus2015, you may have missed out this time! The event is fully subscribed and a wait list has been started – to register, follow the instructions at www.lotus2015.com.au. For those lucky, and organised, enough to be booked in – I look forward to seeing you there!

If you recall the Dawson Damer days and Round the Buckets (and you might still be removing grass from the undercarriage), we have kindly been allowed to reinstate the tradition at the Blackwoods’ annual Eggs Benedict. This year Eggs Benedict will be held on Sunday the 27th of September, so come prepared.

August is traditionally a busy month and this year is no different. We kick off with the August General Meeting, which Ed Holly has kindly offered to host at his shed on Tuesday 11th, followed shortly by the CSCA sprints on Saturday 15th, the Shannons Classic at Sydney Motorsport Park on Sunday 16th (tickets from Evan Jones – be quick as there aren’t many left!) and then the wonderful All British Day at Kings School on Sunday 30th, where we will have our traditional family picnic and car display (tickets from Elliott – again, be quick as the 40 tickets are going fast!)

Looking a little further ahead, we are planning the Christmas Party for Sunday 6th December. It will be held at Bombinis at 366 Avoca Road, Avoca and will include a leisurely drive up (or down) there for those who would like to join the fun, lunch subsidised by the Club, and lots of parking. We are limited to 80 places so make sure you get your booking in as soon as Elliott sends out the details.

Right, enough rattling on – it has been lovely to see so many of you at the various events recently, so thank you for supporting your club so actively, and we look forward to seeing lots of you over the coming months.

In the meantime keep safe, upright and on the black stuff!

Pip pip,