Photos by Chris Burton
All the news from our South Australian friends as we head into November, 2019.
SA Lotus Torque
An occasional contribution from our SA correspondent featuring photos by Chris Burton
October Monthly Run to Strathalbyn on the Fleurieu Peninsula
Early morning drizzle obviously dampened enthusiasm for a run in the hills, but that just meant that the roads were relatively clear of Lycra-clad loonies and weekend tourists and the small band of Lotus aficionados felt like they’d been gifted the hill roads as theirs for the day. Therefore, a lengthy run was chosen to make the most of the opportunity.
The drive to Strathalbyn on the Fleurieu Peninsula, with minimal distractions, made for a most enjoyable morning, with coffee, cake and conversation on arrival. The photographs show the variety of cars formed up at the start. Special prize for anyone who can identify the ring-in on the second row.
We’ll be doing the same on the first Sunday in November, hopefully without the drizzle. We meet up at the Sikh Centre carpark (bottom end of the SE Freeway) by 9:00am.
MSCASA Come ’n Try Supersprint
Our friends at the MSCASA ran a multi-club Come ’n Try Supersprint at Mallala recently, and were very pleased with the interest shown by the Lotus community. They ended up being oversubscribed, and at least one Lotus owner missed out.
The day is low key and very much about learning, with instructors on hand to help first timers get confident in exploiting the performance of their cars. It bodes well for a Lotus contingent in next year’s MSCASA series, which covers both Mallala and The Bend. Murray Stephenson from MSCASA tells me that they’re planning more Come ’n Try events in 2020.
For those who are a little more developed in their motorsport pursuits, October has the SA Hillclimb Championship at Collingrove, and the Bend running the latest of their Track Days.
The Hillclimb Championship will be held over 3 days from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October, just outside Angaston in the wonderful Barossa Valley. The Sunday includes a Top 10 shootout to determine the overall winner.
On the same day (Sunday 20th), a bunch of Lotus diehards will be at The Bend getting their regular dose of one of the best circuits in the country. It’s not as hard on brakes as Mallala which suits the V6 owners, but the 4 cylinder set are determined to give them some curry. We’ll have a detailed report on how Chris, Scott and Co fare in next month’s magazine.