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:

www.cams.com.au

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

www.hsrca.com/entry-forms/

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,
Ashton.

Lotus Photos: The 2018 Tour of Tasmania

Over the 15th to the 24th of February, a group of Lotus adventurers headed to Tasmania on a road trip through some Australia’s most picturesque countryside. Gino Valdes and David Mackie recently got in touch with some photos of the trip, and you can enjoy them below!

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Kicking off 2018’s Motorsport with a Lotus Only Track Day at Mount Panorama

Images thanks to Paul d’Ambra of Lotus Cars Australia

We kicked off 2018’s motorsport adventures in style on Wednesday the 7th of February, taking a road trip to Australia’s most iconic race track, Mount Panorama, for a Lotus Only Track Day hosted by Simply Sports Cars. Scroll along for a mega photo gallery of the day, with thanks to Lotus Cars Australia’s Paul d’Ambra, and a huge collection of on-board action thanks to the community at Aussie Elises.

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February 2018 Edition of Chunky’s Chatter Available for Download

Classic Cars & Coffee December 2017

The December 2017 Classic Cars & Coffee in Crawley, image thanks to Les Proctor

We welcome the return of Chunky’s Chatter this week, with Tom Devitt’s latest edition of the magazine on the way and available to download from the members’ page.

Inside this issue:

  • Lots of WA News & Events
  • A Look at Dan Gurney’s Life and his Influence on Lotus
  • The Program of Events to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Passing of Jim Clark
  • This Year’s NSW & WA Calendar

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 for February, 2018

President's Prattle

Hello!

I can hardly still say Happy New Year, given we are already into February, but nonetheless I hope 2018 is a lot of fun for you, and we look forward to seeing you out and about during the year. 2018 is already shaping up to be a busy year for most of the people I have spoken to so far, and I am hoping we can make sure to slot in lots of interesting and fun events along the way.

That starts next week, with the remarkable event that Lee and Mark and the team at Simply Sports Cars have organised – a Lotus Only Track Day at Bathurst. There will be over 70 cars there and we will have four 20 minute sessions over the course of Wednesday 7th February. If you fancy seeing 35-40 Lotuses on track at Bathurst at one time (there are two groups), come along and catch up in the pits!

Two weeks later, on Saturday 17th February, we have our first drive day of the year – a run down to Gerringong for the Motor Fest and Car Show. We have ten spots allocated so far, but there is room for more if you are still sitting on the fence. Drop me a line on [email protected].

Very shortly after that, on Saturday the 11th March, we have the CLA’s round of the Combined Sports Cars Association supersprints at Wakefield Park, organised by the new Motorsport Committee, for whom I am deeply grateful. I hope lots of you will come along to support the club’s round of this great series. I look forward to seeing you there.

Something tells me that this year will go no slower than last, and that before we know it, we will be gathering for a jolly knees up for our Christmas Lunch. So, let’s not wish the year away, and instead fill it with fun memories, interesting learning opportunities and laughter. If you have an idea for an event, a speaker, or simply want to have a chat, please don’t hesitate to suggest your idea to any of your Committee and we will do our best to make it happen!

On a car-related note, but nothing to do with Lotuses, this year I have to finish building the Healey that Giles and I will be driving from Peking to Paris in June next year. We have it almost ready to run, although there is still a great deal of final details we need to finish. If I am slightly hard to catch, it may be because I am either under the Healey in Giles’ garage, or shaking it down! So without further ado, welcome to 2018, and I very much look forward to a tremendous year and to catching up with a lot of you!

In the meantime, keep it safe, upright, and on the blackstuff.

Pip pip,
Ashton