Ashton’s President’s Prattle for July, 2021

Ashton at the June 2021 Sydney Classic

Happy new financial year, and apologies for the delay getting this to you – thank the Chancellor of the Exchequer (or whatever his title is) for creating a storm in a teacup in the middle of the year. If it was a carding occasion, you could be forgiven for blaming Hallmark.

Anyway, June was predictably busy. And, here in NSW anyway, cold. And lately locked-down, which is a bit boring.

Before lockdown there was a fair bit going on, much of it quite exciting (and some of it a bit too exciting.) Lots of social stuff (including the Battle of Waterloo in Canberra – strange goings-on), a fair bit of motorsport, and (probably driven by the recent rush of blood to the head around historic, classic and collectable motor cars and their corresponding pricing), lots of sales activity.

So, if you haven’t had a look at the website recently, now’s a good time. We’ve recently helped members and friends sell several project cars, and currently (at time of writing) have a very unusual and tidy Esprit up there and a project Europa.

Tonight (6th July – yes, I am THAT late writing this) is the official unveiling of the Emira, Lotus’ final ICE model before they go hybrid/fully electric. If you haven’t got your name on the waiting list for the last of the Elise and Exige production, I suspect you may be too late. If you have, well done. And if you’ve got one already, hold on to it!

In the hope that this latest flurry of lockdowns is a blip to solve the Delta issue, we are still planning on having our run around NSW in early September. However if this goes on much longer, we may have to reschedule. Please keep an eye on the website and your emails for updates.

Unfortunately, the change of situation has led to the cancellation or delay of a number of events so please check the calendar regularly for the latest, and we will do our best to keep it updated.

  • The next LOTD, which was slated for this weekend (10th July) has been pushed out to Tuesday 20th
  • At time of writing, the MG Car Club of Newcastle are still planning on running their CSCA event at Pheasant’s Nest and we’ll keep you informed if that has to change
  • And the Perth to Sydney rally I was looking forward to competing in this October/November has been pushed out a year. Oh well, at least it gives me time to get Gidget prepared and shaken down!

So, in summary, if you are in NSW don’t plan to go anywhere for the immediate future. Elsewhere normal proceedings can continue, and we’ll carry on planning for as much as we can get away with.

Stay warm, safe, and mostly on the blackstuff (I could learn from that)

Pip pip,

One Comment on “Ashton’s President’s Prattle for July, 2021”

  1. Hi Ashton and Club Lotus !
    Hope the early girl red Lotus is going well . Just to note its Pheasant Wood (not Nest) at Marulan.
    Some of the Lotus Club members may be interested in Round 6 Zestino Supersprint run by NSWRRC on the SMSP North Circuit. At this stage still on Sunday 19th September. Entry via MEECAMS (Motorsport Aus website).
    All the best
    Alex Tickle

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