2018’s Second Lotus-Only Track Day is Coming Up at Wakefield Park

Lotus CSCA Sprint Round 1 2018

The second Lotus Cars Australia Lotus Only Track Day of 2018, supported by Simply Sports Cars, will be held at Wakefield Park on the 14th of July, and bookings are available now.

Places are strictly limited, so head to the Simply Sports Cars website and get your booking in ASAP.

As usual, the Lotus Only Track Day will be fully supported by Simply Sports cars and will offer Drive, Sprint and Race groups as well as driver training.

The cost for the day is $325 for the Drive group, $345 for Sprint and $385 for Race. Individual driver training sessions are available at a cost of $100. If you have questions about driver instruction or any of the groups, please contact Emma at Lotus Cars Australia.

The day will kick off in earnest on Friday the 13th with a welcome dinner at the Astor Hotel in Goulburn. The Astor does a great pub meal, and the social evening is the perfect way to get into the groove of things.

Lotus Only Track Days are magnificent opportunities to enjoy your Lotus on the track in the manner for which it was designed, as well as to develop your driving skills in a safe and well-supported environment and, most importantly, to enjoy a countryside getaway with the best motoring community in the country.

Head to the Simply Sports Cars website for more details and to make a booking, and we’ll see you at Wakefield Park on Saturday the 14th of July!

A Simply Sports Cars Update for March, 2018

Lotus Sports Car Range 2018

Image thanks to Paul D’Ambra / Lotus Cars Australia

Catch up with Paul D’Ambra and Richard Gibbs as they discuss the latest news in Lotus Cars Australia and everything going on in the world of Lotus in Australia.

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March 2018 Edition of Chunky’s Chatter Available for Download

Image thanks to Mel & Gino Valdes

Chunky’s Chatter heads on its second outing of 2018 this week, and should have already arrived in your inbox. It’s now available to download from the members’ page.

Inside this issue:

  • Touring Tasmania: A Small Group of CLA Members Disappear Off to the Apple Isle
  • Dan Gurney Part 2
  • Stirling Moss Retires from Public Life
  • Details about the commemoration of Jim Clark’s life and career both locally and in the United Kingdom

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!

Come Along to Celebrate the Launch of Simply Sports Cars Melbourne

Simply Sports Cars Melbourne Grand Opening

Our friends at Simply Sports Cars are opening a branch in Melbourne, and are holding a grand opening shindig on Thursday, the 22nd of March to celebrate. They’d love for you to join in!

The grand opening will be held from 6:30PM on Thursday the 22nd of March at 379-383 City Rd, Southbank, Melbourne and include the official unveiling of three new models for Australia: the Lotus Evora GT430, Lotus Evora GT430 Sport and KTM X-BOW GT.

They’ll be serving fresh and delicious Melbourne fare to keep you fuelled, and have organised a Simply Sports Cars cocktail bar as well.

RSVP to [email protected] and include your name, a contact and any guests who’ll be joining you.

Western Australia’s Quokka Talk for March, 2018

Images thanks to Eddie Lankhorst & Paul Clark

Settle in and enjoy another edition of Quokka Talk, covering all the action in Western Australia in February, 2018 thanks to Eddie Lankhorst and including a report on the February Early Morning Run, thanks to Paul Clark.

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Come Along to the HSRCA’s Autumn Festival to Help Us Celebrate the Life & Career of Jim Clark

Jim Clark Lotus 25 for 50th Anniversary

Artwork by, and thanks to, Brian Caldersmith

The HSRCA will commemorate the life and career of Jim Clark at their upcoming Autumn Festival, which will be held on the 50th anniversary of his untimely passing, and they’re looking for Lotus drivers to be a part in the celebration.

The event will be held over the 7th & 8th of April, with private practice offered on the 6th. The Jim Clark commemoration will include a Formula Junior trophy race as well as our group of invited Lotuses, a display and, subject to appropriate numbers, a parade lap and family photo.

We have been invited to take part and our cars will be suitable for many aspects of the event. The Formula Junior trophy race is open to, somewhat unsurprisingly, Formula Juniors, and will also be a part of Formula Junior 60th anniversary celebrations. Many of our cars will qualify for Regularity, which is open to cars older than 30 years, providing some flexibility for run-on models into the early ‘90s. Super sprint is open to cars up to 1999 and also provides opportunity for run-ons.

Running over the 7th & 8th of April, the event slots neatly between our upcoming CLA-hosted CSCA sprint on the 11th of March and the second round of the series on the 26th of May, giving us an opportunity for some motorsport in April. The super sprint category at HSRCA has been growing steadily over the past two years and attracting some interesting cars. It should be a lot of fun and HSRCA events always boast a relaxed and social atmosphere that makes them a pleasure to attend.

If you’re interested in attending or have any questions, reach out to the Motorsport Committee at [email protected]. Entry to the event is open now and being handled by CAMS Motor Event Entry, which you can access through the CAMS Members Portal:


Up-to-date details and documentation can be found on the HSRCA website:


We hope that you will join us for a fun weekend of motorsport in the countryside to mark this significant occasion and remember a motorsport great and an icon in the legend of Lotus.

Read on for the announcement from the HSRCA.

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Ashton’s President’s Prattle for March, 2018

President's Prattle

Marching onwards (see what I did there?)

Enough of my poor jokes, but we really are charging on. Next Sunday (March 11) is set for the first sprint of the 2018 CSCA series. We are organising the round and to date have just over 100 runners, which is a superb turnout. I suspect that by the time you are reading this it’ll be too late for you to decide to come off the fence, but we’ll have a full report in next month’s CC from our brilliant Motorsport Committee.

The Club Lotus Tour of Tassie got back this week, having by all accounts had an absolute ball. Thank you to Anne and the team for organising it – I am gutted to have missed it this time due to work commitments, but look forward to reading all about it. If you have never driven the roads of Tasmania, you are missing out on one of the great driving experiences of life. Do it next time!

A couple of weeks ago we had a lovely run south to the Gerrigong Lions Show and Shine, with a full complement of ten cars showing up, plus a few ring-ins with members bringing their non-Lotus weekend cars. Great to see such an eclectic turnout, and I hope this event continues to thrive and grow.

The drive there got me thinking that we need more drive days here in New South Wales, so I am going to raise the idea at the first committee meeting, which incidentally will be held on the 24th of March. We need to revisit the trip north to hang out with the LOST fraternity around Newcastle for a start!

February’s Tyre Kick and Coffee had a good turnout, even if yours truly brought a piece of road junk along to muck up the photos. It was lovely to see some new faces turning up, and of course to say hi to the regulars. Please do see if you can drag yourself out of bed on the third Sunday of the month – it’s a lovely event, and for some reason it rarely rains!

On the subject of events, please could I ask you to drop a line to me or any of the Committee with any ideas you have for social, technical or motorsport-related ideas. The more opportunities we give to you to enjoy your car, the more likely we are to get them out of the garage and  enjoyed. Thank you to those who have already passed on ideas, we will be putting them into the mix for this year.

Last week SSC ran an information evening for Targa events this year, and we had a great turnout of interested CLA members. Thank you for coming along and supporting SSC. They put an inordinate amount of effort into building the brand, and provide us with a lot of amazing opportunities to enjoy our cars (Bathurst in February for example). If you aren’t on their mailing list, rectify that now!

Looking ahead, the good folk at HSRCA have kindly invited us to join the Autumn Festival over the weekend of 7-8 April, to celebrate the life of Jim Clark, one of the greatest and most talented drivers in motorsport history. Sadly he died far too young 50 years ago that weekend at Hockenheim, so the HSRCA have developed a schedule to recognise his contribution to motorsport, from his time in Elites at Le Mans through early open wheeler wins in Formula Junior to his hilarious saloon car antics in a Lotus Cortina. Sadly we might not quite persuade his world championship-winning Type 25 to come back from Europe, but I am reliably informed it is going to be participating in the UK celebrations that same weekend.

Please note that as well as historic (30 year plus) cars being eligible for their respective race and regularity sessions, HSRCA has opened the SuperSprint category to cars up to MY 1999 and run-ons, so S1 Elises and even S1 Exiges will be eligible. Please do consider bringing your Lotus out to play, whether its in race, regularity or supersprint. I’m under a good deal of pressure to get the Elite running by then! More details elsewhere, but if you have any questions, please drop a line to the Motorsport Committee on [email protected] and they will point you the right way.

I’ve just finished reading Adrian Newey’s autobigraphy called (somewhat understatedly) How to Build a Car. It is lovely reading, both personal and touching, and also technically interesting, as well as being historically informative, given he has been closely involved in the sport since the early ’80s, and has seen (and overseen) many of the fundamental changes to the sport. Well worth a read – I highly recommend it. Just a shame Harvey Postlethwaite persuaded him to join Fittiipaldi, otherwise the Lotus story might have been quite different!

Enough of my random ramblings – please please come along to the HSRCA celebrations on 7-8 April – regularity is great fun for your regular road-going Lotus and very easy to do!

Otherwise I look forward to catching up soon, and in the meantime keep safe upright and on the blackstuff,

Pip pip,