Ashton’s President’s Prattle for November, 2020

Ashton at the 2020 HSRCA Spring Festival

Well here we are in November! Who would have thunk it – I’m not exactly sure where this year has gone, but it does seem to have flashed by a bit faster even than the last few.

I’ll blame Covid. And that’s the last mention, I promise.

This is late as I was away all weekend at the delayed HSRCA Spring Festival at Wakefield. What a great turnout of varied and unusual cars – I am constantly surprised that there are so many hidden gems, and better yet that they are brought out to play. I’ll try to scribble some notes elsewhere to go with Seth’s awesome photography.

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Round Wrap: CSCA 2020 Round 6, The Grand Finale All Too Soon

Club Lotus at CSCA 2020 R6

It feels like it’s only just begun in earnest, but 2020’s CSCA super sprint series signed off on Sunday afternoon, settling in for a Summer vacation following a spectacular day of sprinting around Sydney Motorsport Park.

The final CSCA round of 2020 was held on Sunday the 18th of October on Sydney Motorsport Park’s North circuit, hosted by the Jaguar Drivers Club of Australia. It was round six of a season somewhat paradoxically only four rounds long, and our first visit to Sydney Motorsport Park since we were on the same layout for round six of the 2019 series back in September of last year.

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‘The Preserve’ October 2020 Available for Download

The Preserve, October 2020

‘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!

This month’s magazine remembers Chris Mede and Jim Kerr, and features a very comprehensive article from the RMS about what can and can’t be done to a vehicle on HVS registration, along with plenty more. The RMS article is very much worth a look if you take advantage of HVS registration, or would like to at some point.

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

The Preserve, October 2020 [PDF]

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

Lotus Photos: The Inaugural By the Bay Tyre Kick & Coffee

October 2020 Tyre Kick & Coffee at By the Bay Cafe by Syd Reinhardt

Images thanks to Syd Reinhardt

This past weekend, on Sunday the 11th of October, we kicked off a second Tyre Kick & Coffee event – this time held to the south of Sydney at By the Bay Cafe in Carss Park. Syd Reinhardt and Peter Walker have kindly passed on some photos for you to enjoy.

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Your October Edition of Chunky’s Chatter is Available for Download

Chunky's Chatter October 2020

The October 2020 edition of Chunky’s Chatter is complete and ready for your enjoyment, with thanks to our tireless editor Tom Devitt. Download the magazine from the members’ page.

The October 2020 edition of Chunky’s Chatter features:

  • A new Tyre Kick & Coffee venue – Carss Park – for Sunday the 11th of October
  • Lots of South Australian news
  • New book ‘Chasing Elites’ reviewed

Enjoy Chunky’s lighthearted and sometimes irreverent monthly look at the world of Lotus. If you’re not a member already, have a browse around the site and hit up our membership page here to find out why you should become one!

Wanted: Manual Lotus Excel

Simon in Perth is looking for a Lotus Excel in manual, and will consider everything available.

Wanted: Manual Lotus Excel

I previously owned a Lotus Excel, which I ended up selling. I miss the car and regret the sale, and am so looking for another one. I’m looking for a manual car and will consider anything available, although I am adverse to sunroofs.

If you know of an Excel for sale, or are selling one yourself, send Seth an email at [email protected] and he’ll put you in touch with Simon.

Ashton’s Presidents Prattle for October, 2020

CSCA 2020 Round 5 Wakefield Park Gino Valdes

Image thanks to Gino Valdes

Hello everyone,

Spring is certainly here and with fine weather starting to encourage more thoughts for trips slightly further afield, I hope everyone has at least one car that is fully functional!

Thank you to everyone who braved the technology challenges for our first ever virtual AGM on September 15th. And thank you once again to your wonderful committee, all of whom have agreed to continue on in either existing or slightly altered capacity.

Our fearless VP Anne has taken on the daunting task of updating our Constitution (last updated probably sometime in the 1980s!) In order to confirm the updates and alterations, we need 75% of the current membership to affirm their acceptance, so we will be in contact once it is in as close to final draft as we can manage for your thoughts and feedback. Once that process is complete, we will be back in touch for your vote of acceptance.

We have started work on the possibility of a trip around regional NSW to replace the L2021 trip to Tassie. At this point, the trip is planned for late April or early May next year. Thinking is to be three nights, four days, over a weekend (so for those still working it’ll mean taking a Friday and Monday as leave most probably).

We also had an excellent suggestion from the ever-resourceful Ed Holly to try an additional Tyre Kick and Coffee location. THIS SUNDAY (11th) we will meet at the By the Bay Cafe in Blakehurst (see calendar invite for full details) kicking off a bit earlier than the Rhodes meeting, as this location becomes fairly busy by 9.30, so we are trying an 8.30 start.

We hope this may attract more of the southern contingent. If it works, we can work on a similar approach for the Northerners. Just to be clear, this is an experiment, and is not replacing the existing location at Kokoda Cafe in Rhodes.

In other news, I’m truly delighted to see that the motorsport calendar is starting to regain some momentum. We had the Triumph round of the CSCA a couple of weeks back, which I am very pleased to report was oversubscribed, such that yours truly only got in by dint of someone having to pull out at the last minute. Good times, with lots of familiar faces out having fun. Not a particularly fast day for some reason, but apart from an early and spectacularly generous oil spill, generally the day ran smoothly.

Simply Sports Cars has instituted a series of SMSP-based track days which have been well received by those able to get time off during the week.

The HSRCA has announced that not only is the Spring Festival now going ahead at the end of October (31st Oct – 1st Nov) but also the Summer Festival (planned to be at the end of November) is to be held in honour of the late and great Ron Taurenac at SMSP. Planning is underway for the largest possible gathering of Brabham and RALT cars in the great man’s honour. So if you have, or know someone with either marque, please get in touch with Wayne Wilson through the HSRCA. Most likely the number of supporters will still be limited to one per participant, so if you’d like to be there (as pit crew), let me or any of the regular participants know and we’ll see if we can make it work.

We are still contemplating the possibility of a Christmas Party on Sunday 6th December. Under current regs, the maximum number at a corporate event is 300, which we are unlikely to challenge, and provided we have 4 square metres of space per participant, and have completed an approved Covid Safety Plan, we should (I think) be OK. Then just have to find a location that’ll have us!

This will be a self-catered event (i.e. you bring your own food and drink) as there is simply too much complexity involved in getting a caterer involved. And of course you have to want it to go ahead, so please let us know if you would like to come and would like us to continue planning this by dropping an email to [email protected] – if there is not enough interest, we will pull the pin!

So, as we rush headlong towards the Christmas period, I hope you and your families are well and starting to see the light at the end of the Covid tunnel, and I hope you all have started planning for a good break over the Christmas period.

Meanwhile, keep safe, upright and mostly on the blackstuff,

Pip pip

Twice The Tyre Kicks & Coffee: Join Us at By the Bay Cafe for a Tyre Kick Down South

January 2019 Tyre Kick & Coffee

Calling all Southerners! This Sunday, the 11th of October, we will run a second Tyre Kick & Coffee at By the Bay Cafe in Carss Park from 8:30am. Come along and say ‘Hi!’

To provide a more convenient meeting place for members across our sprawling city, we are experimenting with the idea of Tyre Kick and Coffee taking place at other locations in addition to our regularly-scheduled catch-up at Rhodes. So for October (and if it is well received, beyond that) we are going to meet on the second Sunday of the month (11th October) at By the Bay Cafe in Carss Park, on Carwar Avenue in Blakehurst.

As the name suggests, the cafe has scenic views over the water. It’s easy to access from the south, being a couple of km north of Tom Uglys Bridge, and a parking area is available for us to decorate. We look forward to seeing you there from 8.30am on.

Our regularly-scheduled Tyre Kick & Coffee at Kokoda Cafe remains as such, and will continue to be held on the third Sunday of the month (in this case, the 18th of October.)