Quokka Talk: October 2018

Images thanks to Steve Pretzel and Wayne Proud

Catch up with our friends in Western Australia and recap everything on the go on the west coast in Steve Pretzel’s latest edition of Quokka Talk, covering October, 2018.

Quokka Talk: October, 2018

by: Steve Pretzel

photos: Steve Pretzel and Wayne Proud

Exige 430 Launch

West Australian Lotus dealer Autostrada held a grand reveal of the brand new Lotus Exige 430 Cup on Wednesday the 17th of October, and a strong contingent of Lotus Club WA members turned up for the event.

Lotus Australia CEO Lee Knappett provided an update on the Geely company and what it meant for Lotus, before ceremoniously pulling the cover to reveal the gleaming blue 430.

Apparently this is the last unsold vehicle of the ten that were imported into Australia, so interest was high. Paul and the Autostrada team kept everyone well fed with wood fired pizzas and beer, so the night was both informative and social.

The Hamilton Hills

Mike and Ellie Hamilton led this month’s Early Morning Run on an uncharacteristically cool and wet day for late October in Perth.

We had a great turnout of thirteen cars. Steve Metlitzky rocked up in ‘Fur Elise’ for his first ever EMR and Victor brought his ultra-rare 340R to play.

With the threat of rain it was roofs on (except for Victor!) as we headed out in convoy. Mike had set an intricate route to make a nearly three hour drive of what was, as the crow flies, a destination only 20km away.

The planning effort paid off, utilising just about every road with a bend as we wound our way across the top of the Darling Scarp. About midway into the run the heavens opened and Victor had to bail – literally and figuratively as I’m sure his ‘bathtub on wheels’ would have been filling with water as he drove.

The run concluded at the historic Masonmill Restaurant, where we enjoyed an early lunch before heading off to conclude our wintery weekend.

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