Lotus Photos: CSCA Round 3 at Wakefield Park

Lotus Sprints

Lotus sprinters made the road trip out to Goulburn this past weekend, braving its meteorological wintertime quirks to enjoy a packed weekend of Lotus motorsport. Over the course of the weekend Wakefield Park played host to the third round of the 2015 CSCA series, the All British Day race day and a Lotus Only Track Day organised by Simply Sports Cars, which kicked the week off in style on Monday.

Local photographer JC Smith and unassuming grandfather Syd Reinhardt (the one lifting a wheel above) have kindly shared some shots from the weekend with us. Scroll down to the gallery below, and enjoy!

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The Preserve June 2015 Available for Download

The Preserve June

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

This month’s newsletter includes the entry form for the upcoming Shannons Sydney Classic Concours, Club Chat with David Neely, a recap of the National Motoring Heritage Day, eye candy in the form of a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra and 1927 Talbot Lago T26 and a whole lot more.

We are still looking to encourage entries to the event concours. Ten categories based on year will be contested, with a club allowed one entry into each. If you are interested in getting involved in the concours please get in touch!

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!


July 2015 Edition of Lotus Notes Available for Download

Lotus Notes July

The wizardly wordsmiths responsible for Lotus Notes have summoned the July edition into existence, and it is now available for download from the ‘Members’ page!

This month’s features include:

  • Day Run – Wivenhoe and Mt. Glorious
  • Cultural Activities – A Visit to the NGV
  • Member Profile – Geoff Winder CLA
  • 2015 CSCA June Report
  • MSCA Sprint Championship Round 4

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: July 2015

President's Prattle

Good afternoon everyone!

It’s been a rather lacklustre month for the cars so far – here in Sydney anyway, where it has been cold, wet and miserable…much more reminicent of the UK in summer in fact. Apart from getting the Elan out for a run out to Sydney Retro Speedfest (which was absolutely brilliant, and if you missed it, don’t miss it again!), and an excellent round of the CSCA Sprints at SMP North Circuit (more in Mike’s roundup), it has been a bit quiet… but that’s all about to change.

By the time you read this, we will have had the second Club Run of the year, this time heading south for brunch at Shimmer, in Gerrigong – hence the run is Shimmer my Timbers (oh dear). Simon Kalis, one of our number is the sous-chef there, and by all accounts we are in for a treat.

The following weekend (27-29 June) we have a fantastic weekend of motorsport, with the third round of the CSCA sprints on the Saturday, the All British Day on Sunday, and the Simply Sports Cars Lotus Only Track Day on Monday – how much better could it get than that?! We should have the writeups on all that fun for next month… any volunteers?

Looking further afield, don’t forget that Lotus 2015 is looming large, so if you haven’t started getting your act together, now would be a good time to start! Go to www.lotus2015.com.au and follow the instructions to book into the event, and also book your accommodation. It is shaping up to be a fabulous event, and is looking really well attended, so if you have been prevaricating, don’t wait too much longer or you might miss out!

We’ve also got lots of fun coming up in July. Our Extraordinary General Meeting kicks the month off at 6.30pm on Wednesday 8th July. We have been invited by the Royal Automobile Club to join them at their very smart facilities just off Macquarie St; the speaker is Tony Caldersmith, well known to many Club members, who will be regaling us on his time working at the Lotus factory. Parking is free in their car park (off Alfred St at the bottom of Phillip St) if you bring a 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.

For our monthly General Meeting at 6.30 on Tuesday 14th July we have been invited by Trevor Simpson to his shed to admire and discuss his lovely collection of cars from the 60’s and more – most recently he has bought Leo Geoghegan’s Lotus Cortina to add to his already lovely collection.

Also in July we are going to launch our inaugural Tyre Kicking and Coffee morning – Sunday 19th July in the Gough Whitlam Park in Tempe – designed to avoid competing with other similar events, but give those south of the harbour a more local gathering spot. The only rule is that you have to wear a red tie in honour of the great man. The park is on Bayview Avenue, Earlwood NSW 2206 –
Starting from around 8am as thats when the cafe opens.

Tom will be following up his very successful Lotus Lunch at Cuccina with the next, likely to be early August, so watch this space (or your emails from Elliott).

Changes are afoot at Lotus Australia, and we offer our fond farewell and very grateful thanks to Alastair Manihera, who is heading off with his family to live in Germany. Alastair has been the Lotus Brand Manager and stalwart supporter of all things Lotus, be they new cars, old cars, owners, club or forum members. Many many thanks to him for all he has done for the brand here, and we look forward to welcoming Tim Williams back to the fold to replace Alastair.

At our last Committee Meeting (minutes will be on the website shortly) we discussed the success of the Club Lotus Overalls (for the organisation of which, very grateful thanks to James Chan and Evan Jones), and also the need to determine what’s next. So if you have a view on what merchandise or apparel you would like us to source next, let any of us know, and we will add them into the mix. So far the ideas have included flat caps, umbrellas, fleecy jackets, car covers and polo shirts – please feel free to think outside the box!

And finally, for those of you thinking further ahead than most, Brian Caldersmith has started planning for the Diamond Jubilee for the Elite in 2017, so if you want to be involved, please make sure to get in touch with Brian. The last time Brian had a gathering of Elites, there were 24 of the over 40 cars in Australia present, so we’re hoping to better that.

Ed Holly, Tony Galletly and I are pulling together a similar Diamond Jubilee event for the Elevens next year (2016) although by necessity it will be slightly smaller, given there are only 12 cars here!! But if you would like to be involved, please let us know so we can keep you informed.

OK, that’s quite enough from me – I hope that gives you a good idea of some of the stuff we have planned for you – please do come along and join in – I look forward to seeing you out there.

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

Pip pip,

Adventures Abroad with Ashton: Eddie Hopkins – Man of Mystery

Returning to the United Kingdom earlier this year, our ever-intrepid club president Ashton Roskill took the opportunity to scout out some Lotus adventures in the homeland. Over the next few days, we’re going to share some of his stories here on the website.

Today, Ashton meets Eddie Hopkins – Man of Mystery and encyclopedia of Elevens.

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Adventures Abroad with Ashton: Classic Team Lotus and the Beauty of Historic Race Cars

Classic Team Lotus Tour

Returning to the United Kingdom earlier this year, our ever-intrepid club president Ashton Roskill took the opportunity to scout out some Lotus adventures in the homeland. Over the next few days, we’re going to share some of his stories here on the website.

Today, with great envy, we learn of his visit to Classic Team Lotus, in which he got up close and personal with the motorsport history of Lotus, and gained a greater appreciation for the beauty of historic race cars.

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Lotus Photos: June South Coast Brunch Run

CLA South Coast Brunch Run by Nathan Whitteron

Brunch is my favourite meal. It happens later in the morning, which is the best time of the morning, often involves extravagant breakfast foods and usually means that it’s the weekend, or at least a day off. The only way to make it better is to add more Lotuses!

That’s just what we did this Sunday the 21st of June, when we headed off on our brunch run down through the South Coast, enjoying a beautiful winter’s day, good company, great cars and a lovely brunch at Shimmer in Gerringong, where CLA member Simon Kalis is the sous-chef.

Simon, clearly a multi-talented man, and Nathan Whitteron have kindly shared some shots from the day with us, and you can enjoy them below!

For more from Simon, please hit this link to his Flickr page, and do the same to check out more of Nathan’s work on his Flickr page here.

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