CLA Build Stories: Part 4 of the Lotus Esprit VQ Build – The Sump


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!

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Last time we met Geoff Winder, he was fabricating a flywheel and a clutch to go with the engine and gearbox that he had lined up for the Lotus Esprit VQ. In this post, we rejoin Geoff Winder as he sorts out the sump for his Lotus Esprit VQ project.

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June 2017 Edition of Chunky’s Chatter Available for Download

Image thanks to Gino Valdes

Tom Devitt and his contributors have put together another magnificent edition of Chunky’s Chatter, and it’s now on its way to members and available for download from the members’ page. Grab a copy, and enjoy!

Features in this month’s mag include:

  • Heaps of Photos from Lotus 2017
  • Jeff Morton and Dennis Neagle tell of their Targa Tasmania Victory
  • LOST goes to Brooklands’ Breakfast Club
  • The Lotus Diamond Jubilee is getting closer – all the info on how to be a part of it is inside

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!

The 2017 Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee is Coming Up Soon and Looking Fantastic

Brian Caldersmith Elite

The 2017 Lotus Elite Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated over the 12th to the 14th of August. It’s going to be a massive celebration, featuring not only the Elites but the 60th anniversary of the Lotus Seven and 50th birthdays of the Elan Plus 2, Lotus 48 Formula 1 car and Formula Ford Type 51.

Featuring everything from social engagements to sprints, demonstrations and displays, the event will offer something for everyone. Read on for the official word from organiser Brian Caldersmith.

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Ashton’s President’s Prattle for June, 2017

President's Prattle

Hi everyone!

April’s been a busy, and generally top month. Well, aside from some slightly suspect weather!

There was Targa Tasmania, where Lotus caused a stir. Yours truly entered his first Historic Winton in the Eleven, which is where the suss weather reference came from, and DRB announced that they were selling a majority share of Lotus to Geely.

I hope that’s good news for Lotus, but even if a fat wad of cash doesn’t eventuate, the brand seems to survive the challenges it faces.

Speaking of the brand, I definitely see a lot more Lotus cars around than I did even five years ago, which is a great sign. It also means that we, as a club, need to constantly assess what we need to do to attract and retain members.

Your committee is meeting later this month, so please do drop any of us a line if you have any thoughts that you’d like to be raised and addressed. Ideas around events or activities are, in particular, always welcome.

Lee and his team at Simply Sports Cars continue to support us in every aspect – including the upcoming Elite Diamond Anniversary celebrations, which will be a spectacular gathering of Lotuses from all over the country. The fact that it coincides with the AHOC sprint on the Saturday and the LOTD at Wakefield on Monday just makes it even better.

Personally, I am focused currently on getting our Peking to Paris Austin Healey 100/4 prepared so that we can start shakedown as soon as possible. If ready in time, she may even have an outing at Targa High Country.

Finally, I would like to reiterate my ask from a few months ago for volunteers willing to pick up the role of Competition Secretary when Mike retires in September. The role lends itself to being segmented into several parts, so if you are willing to work as part of a small group, that could well be realised. Please call Mike if you’d like to discuss the role in more detail.

Meantime, I look forward to seeing you out and about. As ever, keep safe, upright and on the black stuff!

Pip pip,

Jeff Morton & Dennis Neagle’s Targa Tasmania Country Club GT Sports Trophy Journey

Jeff Morton Dennis Neagle 2017 Targa Tasmania

Images thanks to Angryman Photography

Targa Tasmania 2017 wrapped up late last month, running over the 24th to the 29th of April, and saw two Club Lotus Australia members crack the podium of the Country Club GT Sports Trophy competition.

Jeff Morton won the competition with co-driver Dennis Neagle in a 2017 Lotus Exige Sport 350, jumping ahead of seasoned competitors Jeff and Nerida Beable and their 2000 Nissan Skyline GTR N1. Martin Duursma and Richard Wodhams repeated their 2016 success, claiming third in a 2013 Lotus Exige S V6.

We sat down with Jeff to chat about his journey to that top step Targa Tas performance, uncover a little of his story and get a blow-by-blow run through the Australian epic.

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