October 2017 Edition of Chunky’s Chatter Available for Download

Ed Holly Lotus Elite on the Road

Ed Holly’s Lotus Elite on the road and looking magnificent.

Tom Devitt has put together another brilliant edition of Chunky’s Chatter, featuring all the news in the world of Lotus in October, 2017.

It’s been sent out to members and is available to download from the members’ page. Head over there to download a copy, and enjoy!

Inside this issue:

  • CLA at the SMSP Amaroo Circuit
  • Eggs Benedict Round-Up
  • 60 years ago the Lotus 7 had its first competitive outing (and won!)
  • Member Bill Mair sends us some great shots from Magny-Cours Historique
  • First pictures of Ed Holly’s Elite on the road

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 October, 2017

President's Prattle

October dawns fine and sunny and we’re well and truly in the sprint towards the Christmas break.

Thanks to all those who came to the AGM! It was the usual convivial affair featuring Yiorgas’ catering and the reinstatement of your committee with the notable incorporation of the newly-formed Motorsport Committee.

Thank you to all of the committee for your continued hard work, and for putting up with me for another year. Same goes for you, our members J

Thanks as well to all of those who made it to Eggs B. It was a very fun day! Congratulations to Stephen Palmer for taking home the Round the Buckets Trophy. A notable mention as well to Angus Mackie for a creditable performance first time out in the Elan.

In the sprint towards the Christmas break please don’t forget that we have our Christmas party on Sunday the 3rd of December. If you haven’t sent Anne a note confirming your attendance, please do so now so that we can firm up numbers. Our deadline for confirming numbers is the end of October.

Ed and Karth Burton have kindly offered coffee for all those heading down from Sydney, so we will be deviating via Kiama on the way South. Thank you Ed and Kath!

In case you have been asleep, Simply Sports Cars and Lotus Australia are teaming up with Targa High Country again. This year there are 26 cars competing, and it should be a blast! Giles and I are using it to start clocking some cabin time – we’ll let you know how we get on.

Right, time to get this to Tom so that I don’t hold up this month’s CC!

Take care, and keep safe, upright and on the black stuff.

Pip pip,

Western Australia Quokka Talk for October, 2017

WA Early Morning Run to Rockingham

Catch up on all the news in the Western Australian Club Lotus Australia community, thanks to Eddie Lankhorst’s latest Quokka Talk, for October, 2017.

This month’s newsletter welcomes new members to the fold, looks forward to the BritFest car show, a weekend tour in the Margaret River region and the Christmas Barbecue, and recaps the Early Morning Run to Rockingham Beach and the CAMS Club Challenge Hillclimb.

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Lotus Photos: Round 6 of the 2017 CSCA Sprints at Sydney Motorsport Park

Club Lotus at the September 2017 CSCA Sprints

Sunday the 24th of September saw the motorsport crew gather at Sydney Motorsport Park’s South Circuit for the sixth round of 2017’s CSCA sprint season.

The penultimate round of the 2017 series was hosted by the Sprite Car Club of Australia and saw an awesome collection of Sprites take to the track alongside the series’ traditionally-varied and interesting collection of cars. Club Lotus Australia was very well represented, with Club Lotus cars and drivers throughout the field and one group made up almost entirely of Lotuses.

We were also very happy to step away from the track for a few minutes to enjoy a surprise birthday celebration for Zed. Thanks to Zed’s family for inviting us to be a part of it, and congratulations on an awesome celebration!

Scroll on to enjoy a few photos from the day, and stay tuned for the round wrap-up in the near future!

Part 6 of the Lotus Esprit VQ Build: Charge Cooler and Inlet Plumbing

Inlet Air Tract Complete

Club Lotus Australia is full of interesting people who are up to interesting things with interesting cars. We think that’s wonderful, so we’re going to share their stories with you here!

If you’d like to share your story on the club website, just send Seth a quick email at web@clublotus.com.au

Last time we met Geoff Winder, he was working all sorts of fabrication magic on the inlet manifold. In this outing, we get to work on the charge cooler and inlet plumbing.

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Messages and Stories from Lotus Elite Luminaries for the Elite Diamond Jubilee

Club Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee

In the lead-up to the 2017 Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee, Brian Caldersmith reached out to luminaries in the Elite community for messages and stories about the iconic Lotus.

He received an awesome response, including messages from Michael Kimberley, Clive Chapman, Ernie Unger, Warren King, Chris Barber and John Wagstaff. Read on, and enjoy some of the wonderful stories and memories from these luminaries of the Elite community.

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Lotus Photos: Eggs Benedict 2017, Featuring Round the Buckets

Round the Buckets 2017

Sunday the 10th of September saw us cruising through to Anne Blackwood’s beautiful Ebony Hall to enjoy one of our favourite events of the year – Eggs Benedict, featuring Round the Buckets – in joyful memory of Maurice Blackwood.

We were treated to a stunning spring day, completing the perfect backdrop for our beloved social brunch. The brunch itself was awesome, with Anne even organising a barista to ensure coffee cravings were satisfied with aplomb.

Efforts to raise money for Beyond Blue were very successful and we raised $1,027 on the day. Thanks to Anne for organising and to all who contributed!

Making an already great day even better was the inclusion of our yearly Round the Buckets. Read on for a little history on the event, thanks to Anne.

A Brief History of ‘Round the Buckets

The much loved late Hon. John Dawson-Damer, Patron of Club Lotus Australia, started the annual Round The Buckets on his historic property Oran Park in the 1970s.

His property had previously contained a golf course which was smooth as a bub’s bum. Now, in those days, alcohol was a huge part of life and motoring and this event was often conducted under the influence. One year, in the wet, we even had a Rolls Royce taking part. (Quite a sight to see 4 tonnes sliding out of control sideways…)

D-D was also famous for distributing hay to his cattle from the whale tail of his Porsche 930. He also had one of the greatest Lotus Formula One collections in the world. All were bought for a pittance and included the FWD 63 which took him to his death at the 2000 Goodwood Festival of Speed. He had a terrible habit with seat belts and they were rarely tight.

At Lotus 1987, in torrential rain, he did not want to disappoint us and brought out the ground effects 79 to demonstrate at Oran Park Raceway. Another great sight and sound to see him spinning this wonderful toy down the straight at Oran Park and hearing that cranky DFV.

We need lovely, eccentric and passionate people like D-D and he is much missed. He was my friend. The world is definitely a bit vanilla without him and his like.

Anne Blackwood

Back in 2017 and Stephen Palmer was able to hang on to the John Dawson Damer Trophy for another year, fending off steep competition from Anne, Graham and 2015 winner Peter Walker. Congratulations Stephen!

A monumental THANK YOU to Anne for hosting the event, putting together a beautiful meal and encouraging us to play cars on her lovely property. Eggs Benedict is as pure an expression of the spirit of the club event as can be found, and is a highlight of the calendar each and every year.

Gino Valdes has very kindly shared some images from the day, which you can enjoy below.

Thanks to Gino Valdes

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!