President’s Prattle: June 2015

President's Prattle


We’re back from the Old Dart, to a general sense of chaos in the Roskill household. The cat died while we were gone, so several weeks of mourning are underway – please make sure to wear the black armband if you come visiting. We also lost a duck from the flock, possibly to a neighbour’s dog – which begs the question of what our fierce dog was doing not protecting the house?! And the garden generally (and the garage rather more specifically) were showing the signs of adverse weather that I gather you had while we were away. The garage needed the floor mopping and drying, and the garden looked as though a tornado had been through. Perhaps it had?

Anyway, the good news is that the Eleven is progressing well! Pete Eppel (the same as he with the misspelt name in last edition!) and I took the Elan for a spin up to Springwood at the weekend, and apart from almost getting taken out by a truck who changed lanes on top of us, and a similar incident with a coach on the way back (you’d think I’d learn), all is well in the world of the Eleven and Geoff is making significant and very beautiful headway with the bodywork.

While we were in the UK I managed to fit in visits to Eddie Hopkins, Mike Brotherwood, Vic Thomas, the factory at Hethel and Classic Team Lotus. Photos and some blurb to follow when I have five minutes to get the photos off the camera, but suffice to say I had a ball! Eddie, Mike and Vic were supremely helpful regarding the Eleven, and Neil Lovelock was kind enough to give me a personal guided tour of the factory. Russel Gibbons at the Motorsport facility let me out onto the test track in one of his Elise SCs, and I got to chat to Clive Chapman and Sapphire Whitbread about the success they are having in Historic GP wth the Type 91, the rebuild of Adrian Newey’s Type 49 – and the Elite they are going to campaign this year for the first time. All good!

The usual situation has occurred whenever one returns from holiday – all the stuff that didn’t get done while I was away was waiting to get done on my return. So apologies to all members that we had a somewhat lacklustre General Meeting this month. Next month’s is back on track at Lotus Australia, so I look forward to seeing lots of you there to gaze longingly at the cars we dream about! That’s on Tuesday June 9th, and their address in case you’ve not been there is on the corner of Elizabeth St and Bourke St in Waterloo.

By the time you read this, we will have (hopefully successfully) completed Round 2 of the CSCA Championships, under the ausprices of the Jaguar’s Drivers Club of Australia at SMP. The next round follows shortly behind, on Saturday 27th June at Wakefield; this is then followed the next day by The All British Day (not to be confused with the All British Day at Kings School, which is in August of course!), so anyone looking for a full weekend of motorsport, this is your chance.

From a social point of view, we will be running the second Brunch Run of the year on Sunday 21st June. We will be meeting at 7.30AM in the Sydney Park car park, which is accessed next to the chimneys at the bottom of King St on the Princes Highway in St Peters.

If you don’t know where I mean, call me! We will be heading south, ending up with brunch at Shimmer Restaurant and Bar in Gerrigong where one of our number (Simon Kalis) is the sous-chef. Start praying for fine weather so I can get the Elan out.

Shortly after that weekend, on Wednesday July 8th, we will have an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia, in their rooms on Macquarie Street. The speaker on the night will be Tony Caldersmith, who will regale us and the RACA members with tales of his time working at Lotus (and no doubt some other tales to boot!). Parking is free in their car park (off Alfred St at the bottom of Phillip St) if you bring the Lotus, or $25 if you don’t. Bar food and drinks will be available for purchase for between $15-$30 per head. Once parked, head for the 3rd floor, sign in in the lobby and head to the Members Bar, also on 3rd floor.

All these events are on the calendar on the club website – please make sure you let us know if you want any events adding to it.

Those of you who bought into the first new Club Lotus Australia apparel purchase (the very smart overalls!) will be happy to know they are now here in the country, and may even have found their way to you by the time you read this. I’d like to publicly thank James Chan and Evan Jones for making this happen – it was not easy, but I hope it marks the start of the new way in which we can manage merchandise, so we don’t end up trying (and often failing) to be a clothing retailer! This way we create something special each time, and hopefully start to get greater engagement with you, the members, around what you would like! So if you have a particular idea for the next run, please do drop me a line or collar me or one of the committee when you next see us.

Lotus 2015 looms ever closer (October 2nd-5th), so anyone still dithering about whether to come or not, all I’ll say is please don’t be one of those who says “I wish I’d got organised and come” – if I was paid a dollar for everyone that said that to me after Lotus 2013, I’d have paid for the Eleven by now. The website hasn’t changed – – go there, book your place, and then follow the directions to book your accomodation. Then start thinking about how you are going to get you and the family there.

A little further afield, there are plans afoot, co-ordinated by Brian Caldersmith, for the 60th (Diamond Jubilee) celebrations for the Lotus Elite in 2017; at this stage, all you need to do is contact Brian if you want to be kept involved. Drop Seth an email and he’ll put you in touch.

And on the subject of Diamond Jubilees, next year (2016) is that milestone for the Lotus Eleven. We have started planning, and are hoping to get all the Australian cars (12 at the last count) and possibly some from overseas together in one place – possibly Eastern Creek; watch this space, and if you’d like to be involved, let me or Ed Holly know and we will add you into the reckoning!

That’s probably enough from me – and I look forward to seeing you at one or more of the events we have planned. In the meantime, as ever, keep safe, upright, and on the black stuff!

Ashton Roskill

Certificates of Provenance for your Lotus

Lotus Certificate of Provenance

Andy Graham, archivist at Lotus Cars in Hethel, is offering a new service providing Certificates of Provenance for Lotus cars.

Those who take up the service will be provided with a Certificate of Provenance and covering letter that details how your car left Lotus. The certificte will, where available, include the car’s full VIN, model and variant, the original engine and gearbox serial numbers, body and trim colours, options, build date and the original dealer or distributor to which the car was dispatched. This service is available at £40-£50 including postage depending on the information available.

If enough information is available, a more in depth option will be offered for £75 which includes the above information as well as your car’s situation in the build sequence for its market and model along with how many other cars were produced in the same colour and trim combination.

The Certificate of Provenance is available for all models from the 1957 Lotus Seven. All you have to do is provide Andy with proof of ownership, including a copy of your most recent registration paper including VIN, engine number and your name and address.

You can contact Andy Graham in Lotus Archives by emailing or calling+44 1603 732178. For the full details hit this link to the Lotus Cars website.

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SOLD: High Flow EP Sports Exhaust


This unused 6″ High Flow EP Sports Exhaust has now sold.

It’s made from high-grade stainless steel including lasercut flanges. It is argon TIG welded and gas purged for strong, smooth welds which help the gases flow more freely and ultimately produce more power. 2.5” O/D tubes are used to expedite the gases through, further helping power output. FULL stainless steel including flanges, tube and welding wire. Almost 10kg weight saving over the standard Original Equipment system.

Fits models including S1 Elise/Exige and Exige motorsport (may fit others)..

 High flow EP sports exhaust

Lotus Photos: 2015 CAMS Supersprint Championship Round 2

Lotus Sprint Wakefield Main Straight

Photos by Paul Cooper

Sunday the 19th of April saw our Lotus motorsport crew making the road trip to Wakefield Park for Round 2 of the 2015 CAMS Supersprint Championship.

It was a fun day with plenty of excellent driving on display, and now you can catch up on the action thanks to these excellent images from Paul Cooper of the Triumph Owners Club.

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The Preserve April 2015 Available for Download!

The Preserve April 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!

The April 2015 edition of the newsletter has recently been released, featuring the usual President’s Report, a look forward to the Shannons Sydney Classic, photos from the Oasis Runs, a look back at the 1972 CVV & TMC Display Day, some Classic Eye Candy and a whole lot more. It’s a bumper edition, full of great content!

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!

May 2015 Edition of Lotus Notes Available for Download

Lotus Notes May 2015

May the Lotus Notes be with you! The May edition of our monthly missive has been deftly assembled and is now ready to be delivered to you over on the ‘Members‘ page.

This month’s features include:

  • Move Away from the PayPal button…
  • Lotus Club Queensland April Club Meeting at Euromarque
  • Tasmania Lotus Talk: Longford Revival
  • MSCA Round Three – Haunted Hills
  • Morgan Park Sprints – Round 1

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! 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!

Presidents Prattle: May 2015

President's Prattle

Bonjour tout le monde!

I’m writing this from our hotel in Grasse, having spent today driving the Monaco Grand Prix circuit followed by some VERY wiggly roads out at the back of Monaco and Nice, en route to Paul de Vence for a spot of culture vulturing. So apologies that I am not fully up to speed with goings on in Australia, but internet connections are a bit intermittent!

I gather however that a thoroughly good time was had at the General Meeting on Tuesday last at Simply Sports Cars, including an unexpected and, by the sounds of it, thoroughly fascinating speech by Jim Smith, ex-Lotus Indy team mechanic and now Bondi resident, who PJ happened to meet at Westfield Bondi – the things that happen, eh?! So Jim is now fully inducted into the Club scene, including an introduction to Ron Tauranac, which I gather went well. A huge thanks as always to Lee, Stu, PJ and all at SSC for a fantastic evening.

And on the subject I also gather the latest SSC Lotus Only Track Day went off with much fun had by all, so a grateful thanks to all the team and particularly Mark O’Connor who puts so much into organising these days. I’m just sorry I missed it but don’t expect much sympathy given where I am.

While I’m over this side of the world I’ve been lucky to be introduced to Eddie Hopkins of Riversdale Restorations who is a complete Lotus nut. He has restored his two Elevens, two Elites, an S1 Seven with Eleven rear – the only one built that way – his Europa, Elan Sprint, and Elan +2 he’s owned since he was 19, and still has time to build Eleven replicas for clients – quite the man to know. I also dropped in on Mike Brotherwood who was very happy to chat all things aluminium over a cuppa. On our return to the UK I have a day up at Hethel, meeting Vic Thomas, the Eleven Registrar, for a coffee and popping into Classic Team Lotus too, so that’s still to look forward to.

Shame I can’t be here all of May to take in so many other events, including the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s most successful year up at Duns. Hey ho, better go and have another glass of wine and find some more food to eat – just as well I bought the Porsche – I’m not sure I’ll fit in the Elise or Elan when I get back.

Have fun without me and I look forward to catching up with all the news at the May General Meeting, by which time we will be back.

In the meantime have fun and keep it safe, upright and on the blackstuff!

Pip pip,

April 2015 Edition of Lotus Notes Available for Download

Lotus Notes April

Prepare for the weekend by enjoying a few minutes with the April edition of Lotus Notes, thanks to our hardworking newsletter crew.

This month’s features include:

  • Special Guest at LOTUS 2015 Announced!
  • Auto Avenue Display at the Australian Grand Prix
  • DTC Brings the Usual Suspects and a Few Laughs
  • Lotus at the Phillip Island Classic
  • A Lotus Love Affair

And a whole lot more!

The newsletter is a membership benefit of Club Lotus Australia, 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!