South Australia’s Lotus Torque for February, 2024

2023 All British Day

Last year’s All British Day at Echunga: Courtesy Andrew Stevens

Well, 2023 is fast receding in our rear view mirrors and the fun and games of 2024 are well advanced. This year’s F1 cars are being released ahead of testing, we’re already through two Sunday get togethers, the number of Lotus owners in SA continues to grow, the annual All British Day is only weeks away, and the rollup of cars at our new meeting spot at Beaumont Rd in the East Parklands continues to grow. Our latest initiative is to commence offering historic registration capability to SA members later this year. The early Elises are now eligible, but more of that as the steps are put in place.

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Wanted: 1978 to 1986 Lotus Esprit

Thomas is a recent arrival in Sydney from the USA and is seeking a 1978 to 1986 Esprit. Read on for the details, and reach out via if you’re able to help.

I have owned several Lotus cars over the years and currently own a Stevens Esprit with GM electronics. I’m looking to purchase a 1978 to 1986 Esprit (2, 2.2, Turbo models and would consider a S1 as well). I would rather pay more for one in good shape rather than a project but I am a retired mechanic (I owned a chain of Automotive repair shops in New Orleans). $100k ish budget.

Wanted: Renault 5-Speed Transaxle Gearbox

John is restoring a Series 2 Lotus Europa and is seeking a Renault 5-speed transaxle gearbox for the build. If you have an appropriate unit, please reach out via and we’ll put you in touch.

The car is fit with a Ford Zetec engine, which features the same bellhousing pattern as a Ford twincam.

Lotus Photos: Sandy Bay Tasmania, January 2024

Images thanks to Robert Verhey

Our friends in Tasmania get together most months at Sandy Bay to kick tyres and chat about life, Lotus and everything. Robert Verhey made it to the first meeting of 2024, and very kindly reached out with a few photos that you can enjoy below.

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