Lotus at the 2017 Goodwood Revival, by Jack McLaughlin

Lotus at 2017 Goodwood Revival

LOST shepherd Jack McLaughlin enjoyed a very good weekend over the 9th & 10th of September, taking in the sights and sounds of the 2017 Goodwood Revival.

He’s kindly reached out with some photos of the Lotus action at the leading historic motorsport event, and you can enjoy them below! They include Lotus-Climax 16s, 15s, 17s and Elevens as well as Lotus 24s and much more. Enjoy!

Thanks to Jack McLaughlin.

Recapping the 2017 SA Hillclimb Championship

Graham Smith 2017 SA Hillclimb Championship

Graham Smith in his Elise S

The 2017 South Australian Hillclimb Championship was held this weekend, over the 9th & 10th of September, at the Collingrove Hillclimb track in the Barossa Valley. Andrew Stevens has kindly prepared a report on the action, which you can enjoy below!

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September 2017 Edition of Chunky’s Chatter Available to Download

Club Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee

Hard working editor Tom Devitt has completed the September 2017 edition of Chunky’s Chatter, and it’s been sent out to members. It’s also available to download from the members’ page, so head over there to download a copy, and enjoy!

Inside this issue:

  • All the letters and photos from the Elite Diamond Jubilee celebrations
  • Contributions from ACT, SA and WA
  • Expressions of interest required for the CLA Christmas party at Peppers Craigieburn
  • Photos from the Kings School All British Day

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!

Ashton’s President’s Prattle: September 2017

President's Prattle

Hi there!

My apologies that this month’s CC is late. It’s prolly my fault, as I’ve been too busy having fun!

I’m writing this from Trappers in Goulburn as the HSRCA Spring Festival is on and the Eleven is, as ever, proving delightful company (as are all the competitors of course!). It’s amazing seeing all these wonderful and historically important cars being given a good time out on the track.

Ashton Spring Festival

I’m delighted to report that the Eleven even survived the 30 minute Enduro with only a small oil leak and some slightly squishy tyres! And she did it on 5 litres of fuel.

We had a massive August that included Brian’s brilliant Big Lotus Weekend (also huge thanks to SSC for the LOTD on the Monday) followed closely by another beautiful day at Kings School for the All British Day. I spent rather more time than I should have under Austin-Healeys at both of these events as Giles and I struggle to build Gidget (as she is now christened) into an as-bulletproof-as-possible rally car.

We now tear headlong into spring and the last third of the year. This month of course is Eggs Benedict (Sunday 10th) and AGM time (Wednesday 20th). Please come and hear about the wonderful Motorsport Committee who have agreed to pick up some of Mike’s work. We would also love to hear your ideas for events or technical nights or whatever else you’d like us to organise.

A quick reminder to register your interest in the Christmas Party at Peppers Craigieburn on Sunday the 3rd of December – we will need to lock it in so the sooner we know numbers the better and please don’t be the one kicking yourself because you forgot!!

Right, I think that’s it from me – as ever, please keep it safe, right side up and on the black stuff!

Pip pip,

For Sale: 1984 Lotus M90 Prototype

1984 Lotus M90 Prototype

A Texas-based member of the community has reached out to us to offer his right-hand-drive 1984 Lotus M90 Prototype for sale here in Australia. Read on for the full details on this fascinating piece of Lotus history.

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Western Australia Quokka Talk for September, 2017

Get up to date with all the action going on in the Western Australian Lotus community, thanks to Eddie Lankhorst’s September edition of Quokka Talk.

This month’s newsletter includes a wrap-up of the Targa West Tarmac Rally by Vicky Rowe and Richard Cooper’s story ‘Lotas Hell’ as well as plenty of great photos.

Read on, and enjoy, with thanks to Eddie, Richard and Vicky.

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Lotus Photos: The 2017 All British Day at Kings School

Lotus at the 2017 All British Day

Sunday the 27th of August saw us gathered at the magnificent grounds of The King’s School, Parramatta, for the annual celebration of all things British Automobilia  – The All British Day.

For the second year running we were greeted by absolutely stunning spring weather. This made for a lovely backdrop to the day’s activities, which included displays of every marque and model of British automobile imaginable, as well as the fete, market and entertainment of the broader Kings Fest event.

We were very pleased to be joined by an awesome Club Lotus Australia contingent, so thanks to all involved for putting together a great display and sharing the Lotus passion with the Kings and All British communities.

Scroll on, and enjoy a few photos of the day thanks to Seth.

Looking for Expressions of Interest in a Christmas Lunch at Peppers Craigieburn

2017 Christmas Lunch at Peppers Craigieburn

Image via Peppers Craigieburn

Having enjoyed two Christmas parties at Bombini in Kincumber, it’s time to change up the venue and go for a run in the opposite direction. Preliminary arrangements have been made to hold the Christmas party at Peppers Craigieburn, but we need to confirm numbers to proceed.

The Christmas party will be held on Sunday the 3rd of December and the current venue of choice is Peppers Craigieburn (Centennial Rd, Bowral NSW 2576, www.peppers.com.au/craigieburn).

The cost will be $55 per head for a casual buffet lunch, not including beverages. Children are, of course, most welcome. We are sad to say that this year we will be unable to subsidise the cost of the meal.

To get us there in good company, we will organise a run south and enjoy our cars, great roads and New South Wales’ beautiful countryside along the way. Arrangements will be made to park and display our cars at the venue. Details will be confirmed closer to the date.

In order to go ahead, we need to confirm numbers by the end of October. Please get in touch with Anne Blackwood by Friday the 27th of October and confirm who is coming (you, your partner and any children that you would like to bring along.)

The expression of interest date is final and if we do not have sufficient numbers by the 27th of October, 2017, we will progress alternate arrangements.

We have traditionally enjoyed an excellent response to our Christmas events, so we’re looking forward to celebrating another year with the Club Lotus family at this lovely venue!

Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee Wrap-Up and Photo Gallery

Club Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee

We enjoyed an absolutely stunning winter’s long weekend over the 12th to the 14th of August, 2017, when we celebrated the 60th birthday of the Lotus Elite.

The event was a great success, with Saturday’s CSCA sprint and commemorative dinner, Sunday’s celebrations and concours d’elegance and the Lotus-Only Track Day on Monday all very well supported.

A huge ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone involved, and a special one to Brian Caldersmith who put in countless hours of hard work over many months to make this all happen.

Please scroll on to read Brian’s thanks and report, and to enjoy some photos from the weekend.

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