Ashton’s President’s Prattle for December, 2021

Lotus Eleven

Well, happy Christmas everyone! I very much hope you and yours enjoy a restful break after another difficult year.

Caroline and I have decided to take three weeks off over the end of the year, and go and be hermits somewhere other than Sydney. So, if you are trying to get hold of us, don’t be surprised if there is no answer – it’s one of the few places within two hours of Sydney with no phone signal! Glorious.

But before that, next weekend (Sunday 13th) we have the AGM and CLA Christmas Party. We are still very much expecting to have it in person in Tunk’s Park in Lane Cove National Park. We will kick off the AGM at 11am (and will have a Zoom line open too for those who would like to join remotely), followed by the BYO picnic in the park from about 12 onwards.

The agenda for the AGM is largely as in prior years (sign-off of the financials, appointment of the committee, review of the year that was, plan for the year to come) with the notable exception that we will be asking for your endorsement or otherwise of the revised CLA constitution.

The revised version was sent out earlier this year for consultation, and the final version is on the members area of the website (in the Member Jungle site, under CLA Documents). We need 75% approval of all those attending the AGM for this to be ratified and would value your presence and vote on the day.

Additionally, if anyone would like to nominate for any of the roles on the committee, or simply to join as a general member, we are always on the hunt for willing volunteers.

In particular this year we need some help with:

  • Motorsport, where the team is going to need some additional support following David Mackie’s move to Queensland; and
  • A replacement (as if that were possible!) for Anne in the role of Vice President, following her well-deserved retirement this year following many years of wonderful service to the club.

In other news, the new ominously-named Omicron variant of the COVID virus is causing the press (with nothing better to do) to drum up a crisis. Very sadly, this week we lost another great name in motorsport with the passing of Sir Frank Williams, and just so you don’t think I’ve completely lost my British roots, a mention of the weather, which continues to dampen spirits (at least in Sydney, I can’t really speak for anywhere else as I haven’t been there in such a long time).

Lotus Eleven

On a brighter note, I got some encouraging photos of the Eleven (top), which continues to come back together looking rather dashing. The Elite repairs (above) have made the next step towards a coat of paint, although the rain is slowing that process down as the abnormal moisture in the air apparently upsets the quality of the paint – I do wonder how they ever manage to paint cars in, for example, the UK?

On that note I will wish all of you and your families a restful, joyful and above all safe summer holidays, and given that we will next speak in 2022, a very Happy New Year too, and may it be a bit easier than the last two.

Pip pip,

‘The Preserve’ December 2021 Available for Download

‘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!

December’s edition of the newsletter celebrates the arrival of the new home of the Australian Motor Heritage Foundation, catches up on everything going on in the CMC, honours the life of Andrew Mark Chechlacz, recounts news from around the community and much more.

You can grab the December 2021 edition of ‘The Preserve’ from the following link, and we’ll archive it on the members page here.

The Preserve, December 2021 [PDF]

‘The Preserve’ is provided by the Council of Motor Clubs.

Lotus Photos: Lost Fraternity’s November 2022 Run to Rafferty’s

LOST Fraternity November 2022 Breakfast Run

Images: Jack McLaughlin

This past Sunday, the 28th of November, 2021, the LOST Fraternity and friends took a coffee and breakfast run to Rafferty’s Resort in Lake Macquarie. Jack McLaughlin has kindly sent through a few photos from the day, which you can enjoy below.

Meeting in Belmont on the Pacific Highway, the group took a half-hour spin to Rafferty’s Resort in Lake Macquarie, catching up for a chat in the car park before heading inside for a bite and some coffee.

Thanks to Jack McLaughlin for sharing the shots. If you’re interested in meeting up with the group, who get together most months for a run, send Seth an email and he’ll put you in touch with Jack.

Lotus Photos: LOST Fraternity’s November Breakfast Run to Awaba

LOST Fraternity Awabe Run November 2021

Images thanks to Jack McLaughlin

On Sunday, the 14th of November 2021, our friends in the LOST Fraternity crew took a run to Awaba for coffee, breakfast and a catch-up. Scroll along and enjoy a few photos from the day thanks to Jack McLaughlin.

The LOST Fratenity (Lotus or Similar Thoroughbreds) catch up once or twice a month for a run and a social get together around the Central Coast. This month they went to Three Bears Cafe in the Museum of Art and Culture Lake Macquarie. If you’re interested in getting involved, send Seth an email and he’ll put you in touch.

Lotus Photos: Sandy Bay Tasmania, November 2021

Sandy Bay November 2011

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 November’s catch-up, held on Sunday the 7th, and very kindly reached out with a few photos that you can enjoy below.

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For Sale: Three Lotus Elites

Club member Peter is having a garage sale and would like to sell a lot of three Lotus Elites, along with some accoutrements.

Selling the following:

  • 1974 White Lotus Elite has had a complete rebuild has club plates
  • 1976 Red Lotus Elite California has side clearance lights, pollution equipment, soft rubber impact bumper bars
  • 1976 Red Lotus Elite
  • 1 Lotus Elite workshop manual
  • 1 Lotus Elite service parts manual

All have been garaged and some spare parts. All cars have original Lotus mag wheels.

To be sold as 1 lot $35,000 or ONO

Reach out to Seth at [email protected] and he’ll put you in touch with Peter for photos and additional information.

Lotus Photos: October 2021’s Return to Tyre Kicking

October 2021 CLA Tyre Kick & Coffee

On Sunday the 17th of October, 2021, with vaccinations in place and Sydney slowly returning to life, we ventured out, bleary eyed, into the outside world, meeting in the car park above By the Bay Cafe in Carss Park to kick tyres, caffeinate and catch up after many months of COVID-19 lockdown.

With our usual third Sunday of the month location yet to be roused, we took the trip south to By the Bay Cafe in Carss Park. A friendly crew braved the post-apocalyptic unknowns to spend a relaxed Sunday morning chatting in pleasant spring sunshine surrounded by a comprehensive collection of Lotus cars.

Next month, with more vaccination targets hit and freedoms opened up, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled programme. On Sunday the 14th of November we’ll meet at Carss Park from 8:30am, and all being well we’ll head to Kokoda Cafe in Rhodes Park on Sunday the 21st from 9:30am. Come along and say ‘Hi!’