Club Lotus Avon


  LEADFOOTS Christmas card  Posted December 22nd, 2010
LEADFOOTS Christmas card from Brian Caldersmith.

Lotus Elite

  WWW links  Posted December 9th, 2010
Petrol prices

Petrol prices 2

Jim Clark Lotus Ford back at Indy

  Peter Warr memorial service  Posted November 3rd, 2010
From Andrew Warr:

The memorial service for Peter will take place on Tuesday 30th November at 11AM at St. Mary's Church, Church Way, Whittlebury, Northants, NN12 8XH. No flowers please, but there will be a retiring collection for The Grand Prix Mechanics Charitable Trust and Help For Heroes.

  Club meeting pictures  Posted October 27th, 2010
Pictures from the July (#1), August, and September meetings, respectively:

Guest speaker Bill Colson at the April 6th 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Bill Colson

Guest speaker Tony Shute with his wife at the August 3rd 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Tony Shute & wife
The new Lotus Elise The new Lotus Elise The new Lotus Elise The new Lotus Elise


Guest speaker Brian Angus (left) talks to a member at the September 7th 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Brian Angus (left) talks to a member
Brian's Lotus Esprit V8 Brian's Lotus Esprit V8 Brian's Lotus Esprit V8 Brian's Lotus Esprit V8
Member's Lotus Esprit Turbo Member's Lotus Esprit Turbo Member's Lotus Esprit Turbo Member's Lotus Esprit Turbo

  Peter Warr & Trevor Taylor obituaries  Posted October 21st, 2010
Another two Lotuseers have passed away.

Peter Warr:

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12433_6430884,00.html

And Trevor Taylor:

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/obituaries/Trevor-Taylor.6561584.jp

  Closure of Whitemans, Bath  Posted October 21st, 2010
Sorry, this is late notice - Whitemans, the specialist transport bookshop in The Orange Grove, Bath, will close by the end of this month (October 2010). Members may wish to purchase any transport/automotive books from Whitemans before the shop finally closes.

"Whitemans have been in their present location for as long as I can remember. The end of another era."  Rob

  Cancellation of Club Lotus Parts Fair at Malvern  Posted September 23rd, 2010
Dear member,

It is with great regret that I must inform you that we've been forced to cancel the Club Lotus Parts Fair at Malvern on October 9th.

We've not taken this decision lightly, but feel we cannot run the event following a very poor response from the expected stand holders. To date we have only 10 autojumble stands booked and no Lotus traders at all - it would be embarrassing to call that a show.

I'm very sorry if you were looking forward to coming along but I'd prefer to take a tough decision now rather than have to explain to you when you arrived why there were so few stands to visit.

This doesn't mean there will never be another Parts Fair in the future and we'll keep you up to date with our show plans for 2011.

It also doesn't mean there's nothing happening at Malvern over the weekend of 9/10 October. Andrew Greenwood's long established and very big Great Malvern Autojumble will still be running on Saturday 9th together with his Classic Car Show and Autumn Spares day on Sunday 10th. Furthermore, we know that at least five of the autojumblers who had booked with us have simply moved into the main autojumble, so there will still be a Lotus element there.

If you have already bought advance tickets from us, they are still valid for the 9th, or you can apply for a full refund.

Best regards,

Alan Morgan
Chairman, Club Lotus

  Lotus F1 visits update  Posted September 23rd, 2010
Alan Morgan, our chairman, asked Tom Webb about a block booking at a special price for Club members way back in April. This is OK in principle but there's a difficulty in that they've been swamped with bookings from the general public. They cannot accommodate all of these bookings just now. Alan Morgan is in touch with them on a regular basis. Hopefully, things will quieten down at the end of the season. We hope to be kept up to date with developments and inform members accordingly.

  All British Field Meet - Brief Report from Portland  Posted September 17th, 2010
6th September, 2010

Hello Elite enthusiasts,

This weekend, I went to the All British Field Meet in Portland. There were several hundred British cars. I brought #1146. Yep, it's running again. Below is a photo of it with me and my oldest friend, Paul Hoeschen, who I've known for 50 years.

As you can see, I've gotten a little pot belly since I stopped going to the gym this summer. My back & chest have been a little sore for months, but I can see that my mouth & appetite must have been just fine. Otherwise, I walked 3 miles or so and had a great time.

Mike O usually comes to this event, but this year, due to the circumstances, I asked him to delay his visit. Mike was invaluable this week though, as #1146 needed an adjustable perch Koni and Mike overnighted it to me. Thanks so much Mike.

Lotus Elite at the All British Field Meet, Portland #1146 is parked under Chip Starr's tent. I parked it in with other Lotus cars in the morning, and at Chip's booth in the afternoon. Chip did a great job getting the Elite repaired for the event, stopping the oil leaks and making other pieces operational again.

#1146 was not the only Elite at the event this year. Brian Wertheimer drove #1281 down from Seattle (about 3 hours).

Lotus Elite at the All British Field Meet, Portland Lotus Elite at the All British Field Meet, Portland The car is stunning and in fact was voted Best of Show!!

My camera's white balance was acting up this weekend, so the great Periwinkle paint is not shown as it really is. I guess I could have been disappointed that #1146 didn't win an award, as it drew lots of attention all day and lots of votes, but Brian's Elite was definitely a better car and I was glad he brought it.

Saw Rick O'Hara sans #1406. The car has a nagging fuel pump problem. Also saw Bob Bentler & his wife Idona. Bob brought photos of his 2 Bearcat engines.

At the end of the day, I brought #1146 home and my other 2 Elites seemed happier.

All the best,

Greg

(ewrgreg2_AT_msn_DOT_com)

  Peter Cambridge obituary by Rob Ford  Posted August 18th, 2010
Here is a more comprehensive obituary from Rob, plus a picture of Peter:

Peter Cambridge.doc

Peter Cambridge
Peter Cambridge, 1929-2010

  New products from Vintage Tyres  Posted August 9th, 2010
220/65VR390 Avon Turbospeed - Popular fitment for Daimler and Jaguar cars
165HR14 Vredestein Classic - Popular fitment for MGB, BMW, Rover P6, and Alfa Romeo
165HR13 Dunlop Aquajet - Popular fitment on many Lotus and Ford cars

http://www.vintagetyres.com

  Club meeting pictures  Posted July 20th, 2010
Pictures from the first and second June meetings, respectively:

Guest speaker Dennis Roberts at the June 1st 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Dennis Roberts
Guest speaker David Lockspeiser at the June 15th 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting
David Lockspeiser

  Lotus terminates European dealer network  Posted July 20th, 2010
http://pistonheads.com/lotus/default.asp?storyId=22187

  Lotuseer Peter Cambridge passes away  Posted June 23rd, 2010
"An Englishman called Cambridge who lived in Wales."

One of the boys from Ford.

Peter Cambridge, a long time friend and supporter of Club Lotus Avon, passed away over the weekend of 12th & 13th June 2010.

Peter was involved in designing icons of styling, namely the Lotus Elite Type 14, Lotus Europa and Lotus Elan Plus 2, and also the Bell Jet Ranger helicopter - the world's most successful helicopter.

Peter attended as many of our meetings as he could and only ill health prevented him from attending recent meetings. Peter will be missed by us all, but never forgotten.

Rob Ford,
Club Lotus Avon,
June 2010

Peter Cambridge with Mike Costin of Cosworth on the left, and Mike Marsden nearest to the camera.

  Moving Motor Show invitation from Lotus Cars  Posted June 23rd, 2010

Goodwood Festival of Speed - Moving Motor Show invitation from Lotus Cars


Dear Club Lotus member,

Lotus Cars is pleased to confirm their attendance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2010, and to be involved in the Moving Motor Show in its inaugural year.

As a Lotus enthusiast, we would like to invite you to participate by offering you the chance to attend the Moving Motor Show day on Thursday, 1st July as official guests of Lotus.

You'll get to see an outstanding assortment of fabulous cars from Lotus's past, present, and future. Highlights among these will be the freshly restored Lotus Type 49 that was raced by Jim Clark in 1967, the award winning Evora, including the Carbon and Hybrid Concept versions unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, and the new 2011 Model Year Elise which has the lowest CO2 for its performance level for any petrol sports car in the world.

To register, simply go to http://www.lotusevora.com/en-gb/goodwood and complete the online form. Tickets are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, and will be sent out shortly before the event.

More information on the Moving Motor Show can be found on the Goodwood website at http://www.goodwood.com

We hope you can attend.

Kind regards,

The Lotus Events Team, Lotus Cars Ltd.
Hethel, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 8EZ, England.
Tel.:  +44 (0)1953 608000
Web:  http://www.grouplotus.com

  LEADFOOTS Luncheon  Posted June 22nd, 2010
Here are details from Brian Caldersmith of the next LEADFOOTS Luncheon, which will take place on Wednesday, 14th July 2010:

LEADFOOTS lunch July 2010.doc

E-Mail:  briantc_AT_bigpond_DOT_com

  Club meeting pictures  Posted June 3rd, 2010
Pictures from the 20th April, 11th May, and 18th May meetings, respectively:

Patrick Peal gave a superb talk on the Lotus Evora.
Guest speaker Patrick Peal (right) and Brian Buckland at the April 20th 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Patrick Peal (right) and Brian Buckland


Graham Warner gave his first talk to Club Lotus Avon on racing the following vehicles:

Lotus Elite reg. no. LOV 1
Lotus Elan & Lotus Elan 26R

Other topics included rallying the Lancia Stratos, and repeated restorations of the Bristol Blenheim bomber.
Guest speaker Graham Warner (left) and Jim Glennie at the May 11th 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Graham Warner (left) and Jim Glennie
John Dorsett, Brian Buckland, Graham Warner, & Jim Glennie at the May 11th 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting
John Dorsett, Brian Buckland, Graham Warner, & Jim Glennie


Dr. Alex Moulton gave an excellent talk on his family history, his life in engineering, and work with suspension systems for cars and bicycles. He also autographed copies of his book entitled 'Alex Moulton From Bristol To Bradford-on-Avon: A Lifetime In Engineering'. Dr. Alex was ably assisted by Seamus Nicolson.
Guest speaker Dr. Alex Moulton at the May 18th 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Dr. Alex Moulton
Seamus Nicolson at the May 18th 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Seamus Nicolson

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the meetings.

  March club meeting  Posted April 21st, 2010
Guest speaker Russell Hayes gave an excellent talk about Lotus & TVR, and briefly touched on his new book on the Ford Cortina.

Guest speaker Russell Hayes (left) and Roger Fowler at the March 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Russell Hayes (left) and Roger Fowler of GS cars discuss the GS Europa

  Club meeting photos  Posted February 19th, 2010
Brian Utton gave a superb in-depth talk on oil technology to the members on Tuesday 2nd February 2010. We all enjoyed it immensely.

Brian Utton at the first February 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting

Guest speaker Tom Falconer gave an informative talk on his experiences supplying Lotus, with behind-the-scenes stories about the Corvette ZR1 and Elan M100:

Tom Falconer at the second February 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting Tom Falconer at the second February 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting Tom Falconer at the second February 2010 Club Lotus Avon meeting

  Fuel prices  Posted December 30th, 2009
Here in the land of rip-off and eye-watering taxes, people don't need reminding how completely absurd and out of all proportion fuel prices are. So, at a time when so many people are in debt and struggling to survive, the following will not make welcome reading:

http://www.motoring.co.uk/car-news/
fuel-prices-go-up-for-xmas-then-extra-vat-for-the-new-year-_15877

  LEADFOOTS Christmas card  Posted December 14th, 2009
2009 has been a quiet year for LEADFOOTS for various reasons, but be assured there will be more activity in 2010.

Have a great season, and I hope next year is one of the really good ones for you,

Brian

Lotus Elite

  Second November club meeting  Posted December 14th, 2009
Rodney Gooch, one of the directors of Castle Combe Race Circuit, gave a very interesting talk about his personal experiences entitled "Both Sides of the Track". The talk was followed by a very in-depth question and answer session. A good evening was had by all.

Rodney Gooch at the second November 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Rodney Gooch at the second November 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Rodney Gooch at the second November 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Rodney Gooch at the second November 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting

  First November club meeting  Posted November 17th, 2009
Stephen and Joyce Hall gave a superb talk complete with wonderful slides of their epic trip; over 11,300 miles, from Panama to Alaska in their Lotus Elan Plus 2.

Stephen & Joyce Hall at the first November 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Stephen & Joyce Hall at the first November 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Stephen & Joyce Hall at the first November 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting
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  Second October club meeting  Posted November 17th, 2009
Jem Marsh gave an excellent talk celebrating 50 years of Marcos. Members were able to buy signed copies of Jem's book "Making My Marque".

Jem Marsh at the second October 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Jem Marsh at the second October 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Jem Marsh at the second October 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Jem Marsh at the second October 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Marcos at the second October 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Marcos at the second October 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting

  First October club meeting  Posted November 1st, 2009
Robin Read was the guest speaker at Club Lotus Avon on Tuesday October 6th 2009. Robin's chosen topic was Lotus at first hand 1959-1962. Robin was joined by special guest Warren King. Robin provided us with an insight into the workings of Lotus at the time they were introducing their first GT Coupe, the Lotus Elite Type 14. Robin gave a complete breakdown of all of the problems associated with bringing the Elite to the US market. This insider's view provided a lot of information still not generally known even today, some fifty years after the event. Warren King, being Fred Bushell's right hand man, was able to advise us about the financial events also taking place at that time. Those of you who have seen the detailed lists of the Lotus Elite CBU records will know that these were all hand written by Warren.

Everyone attending enjoyed the evening immensely, and a big vote of thanks go to Robin & Warren for a splendid evening.

Robin Read & Warren King at the first October 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Robin Read & Warren King at the first October 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Robin Read & Warren King at the first October 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Robin Read & Warren King at the first October 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting

  Club meeting photos  Posted October 28th, 2009
Guest speakers Ansar Ali, Bob, and Andy Noble chat about Sevens at the second September meeting:

Ansar Ali, Bob, and Andy Noble at the second September 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Left to right - Ansar Ali, Bob, Andy Noble
Caterham Sevens at the second September 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Caterham Sevens at the second September 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Caterham Sevens at the second September 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Caterham Sevens at the second September 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Caterham Sevens at the second September 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Caterham Sevens at the second September 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting

  Mopar Muscle in the West Country  Posted August 23rd, 2009
It is not every day that you come across a Sixties muscle car, especially in the West Country.

The '68 Dodge Charger R/T in the photos has been the subject of a full rebuild and looks stock in appearance except for the wheels. The original 440 engine has gone to make way for a 528 HEMI; 8,653cc producing around 600 horsepower and 1,000 foot pounds of torque. Fuel economy is about 14 mpg when cruising and 7 (yes, 7) mpg when being used in anger.

The owner has just completed a few runs on the drag strip and is now considering the purchase of some rear slicks for increased performance on the strip. The car carries the UK registration 'HEM 528F' - very appropriate for a 1968 528 HEMI Dodge Charger.

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1968 Dodge Charger R/T 528 HEMI 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 528 HEMI 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 528 HEMI 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 528 HEMI
1968 Dodge Charger R/T 528 HEMI 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 528 HEMI 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 528 HEMI 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 528 HEMI

  Club meeting photos  Posted August 15th, 2009
Guest speakers Barrie "Whizzo" Williams and Nick Fulcher at the July and August meetings, respectively:

Barrie Williams at the July 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Barrie Williams at the July 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Nick Fulcher at the August 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Nick Fulcher at the August 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting

  New 6 speed all aluminium gearbox conversion  Posted August 6th, 2009
From Club Lotus HQ:

For Elan and Elan +2 owners - replacement and enhancement for the original '60s Elan.

New 6 speed all aluminium gearbox straight forward conversion using the majority of the original parts. No modifications to your car chassis, engine bay, etc. This will keep the car with an original appearance. Now could be the opportunity to enjoy your Lotus for modern-day conditions with the 6 speeder.

Neil Myers and his team of engineers, at the request of some loyal customers, have solved the conundrum of using these cars in today's day-to-day conditions. Neil looked at the 5 speed options including the obvious choice of the 5 speed Ford variations and decided that a more light weight unit with correct ratios (in true Lotus tradition) in the form of a modern 6 speed is the way forward. After looking at many options he has now found a suitable gearbox.

Bookings are now being taken for the installation; this normally takes two days, but we request that you speak to Neil as each customer's requirements and car condition will vary.

Very shortly we will hopefully have a demonstration vehicle for your perusal, i.e. to see the installation and to try out the vehicle.

Please call Neil Myers / Vincent Haydon partnership for further details:

Neil:  01604 644 982
Vincent:  01590 682 508 / 07860 391 320
E-mail:  vincenthaydon_AT_live_DOT_co_DOT_uk

Please note of course it is possible to have this installation fitted to other vehicles such as the Lotus 7, Lotus Cortina Mk1, Mk2, and Caterham Super 7; basically anything fitted with a twin cam or a 1600/1700 cross flow engine.

  Club meeting photos  Posted June 22nd, 2009
Club Lotus Avon area were very pleased to welcome Tony Shute and the brand new Lotus Evora to the Bull Inn at Hinton on Tuesday, June 2nd 2009.

The members arrived in various Lotus models to check out the Evora that had only been registered and taxed that morning. The meeting in the car park was followed by an in-depth talk on the design and development of the Evora, fully illustrated by an animated PowerPoint presentation.

Many thanks go to Tony Shute, Head of Lotus Products, from all at Club Lotus Avon for an enjoyable evening.

Lotus Evora at the June 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting Lotus Evora at the June 2009 Club Lotus Avon meeting

  Club meeting photos  Posted May 26th, 2009
An audience with Mike & Rhoda Costin at the May club meeting.

Mike & Rhoda Costin were the guests of Club Lotus Avon on Tuesday 5th May 2009. The format for the evening was a meal with friends, followed by Mike's informal chat with the members of Club Lotus Avon.

The noted guests attending included:

Alan Morgan, chairman of Club Lotus
Ben & Gerald Rood
Ernie Unger
Bill Allen
Warren King
Keith & Ann Hall
John & Simon Campbell-Jones
Andy Bradshaw
Charles Helps
Mike & Alyson Marsden
Richard Ashmead
Paul Betambeau
Graham Capel
Barry Sheraton
Malcolm & Martin Ricketts
Brian Buckland

As usual, Mike regaled the audience with many in-depth tales of life at Lotus and Cosworth, answering many questions from the floor. See photos below of the evening's events.

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  Club meeting photo  Posted April 23rd, 2009
Guest speaker Terry Sanger at the April club meeting:

Club Lotus Avon guest speaker, Terry Sanger
Guest speaker Terry Sanger

  National speed limit reduction  Posted April 23rd, 2009
Here we go again; more lunacy from the ship of fools otherwise known as the government.

Cars are, of course, faster, safer, more efficient, and less polluting than they used to be. Despite this, the British government now wants to reduce the national speed limit from 60 MPH to 50. But then, these people haven't allowed common sense or wisdom to get in the way of their decision-making in the past, so why now?

If you have any remaining faith in this country's 'democracy', I suggest you sign the following petition if you DON'T want the limit reduced (only brought to my attention by Rob):

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/noNSLreduction/

  Roy Macgregor articles  Posted April 17th, 2009
Here is an interesting article titled 'The Lotus Years', written by Roy Macgregor on his time at Lotus:

The Lotus Years

Also, a period article on the M20 Elan +2, titled 'A Car Is Born':


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  Second March speaker, Tim Hain  Posted March 12th, 2009
At the March 17th meeting, Tim Hain will be be discussing, among other things, his Stirling Moss project:

"I've spent 8 years photographing Stirling, and have spent a good deal of time in his company, with a wealth of insightful, hitherto unpublished, and often highly humorous stories!"

  Club meeting photos  Posted January 26th, 2009
Guest speaker Sir John Whitmore, and Chris Barber at the January club meeting:

Club Lotus Avon guest speaker, Sir John Whitmore
Guest speaker Sir John Whitmore
Club Lotus Avon guest speaker, Chris Barber
Chris Barber

  LEADFOOTS Christmas card  Posted December 22nd, 2008
LEADFOOTS Christmas card from Brian Caldersmith.

Lotus Elite

  Club meeting photo  Posted December 22nd, 2008
Guest speaker John Miles at the December club meeting:

Club Lotus Avon guest speaker, John Miles
Guest speaker John Miles

  Lotus Sunbeam article photographs  Posted December 18th, 2008
Here are some additional pictures pertaining to the article below.


  Lotus Sunbeam article  Posted Novmeber 19th, 2008
Here is Rob's article on the Lotus Sunbeam from the Autumn '92 issue of 'Lotus elite' magazine:


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  Club meeting photo  Posted October 29th, 2008
Gordon Murray gave a thoroughly enjoyable talk at the October meeting. Gordon's lecture covered his history and current project, and was followed by a Q&A session.

Club Lotus Avon guest speaker, Gordon Murray
Guest speaker Gordon Murray

  Roger Nathan  Posted August 11th, 2008
Some details on second August speaker, Roger Nathan:

http://www.brdc.co.uk/brdcarchive.cfm/flag/2/member_id/76
http://www.imps4ever.info/racing/races/nathan.html

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventurous-Life-Costin-Nathan-Story/dp/095539340X

  Lotus Evora  Posted August 11th, 2008
Car & Driver: Lotus Evora

  October speaker, Gordon Murray  Posted July 11th, 2008
http://www.gordonmurraydesign.com/index.html

  Obituary  Posted July 11th, 2008
Lotuseer Ian Walker has passed away this week. Ian Walker Racing was the unofficial 'Team Lotus' for Colin Chapman. Ian also ran Blue Flash Automotive and FAI Automotive.

  UK fuel tax calculator  Posted July 11th, 2008
http://www.abd.org.uk/fuel_tax_calculator.htm

  Jim Clark Memorial  Posted June 15th, 2008
Here is an article from Warren King marking the unveiling of a new Jim Clark memorial:

Jim Clark Memorial

  Elite race  Posted June 15th, 2008
Brian Caldersmith races his Elite at the Bathurst Mount Panorama circuit:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQgD7YTtBY4
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNxyuypmOKo

  LEADFOOTS Christmas card  Posted December 13th, 2007
LEADFOOTS Christmas card from Brian Caldersmith.

  Member article  Posted December 2nd, 2007
Follow the link below to read a club member's article on Elise ownership.

8 Years with a Lotus Elise (A life sentence?)

  Graham Capel book reviews  Posted November 15th, 2007
Click below for some reviews of Graham Capel's latest book.

'Lotus History - The Lotus Twenty-Three 1962-1966'

The book is available from:

Historic Lotus Books
P.O. Box 7,
Horley,
Surrey,
RH6 7AA,
UK

Price: 25 + 2.50 postage & packing. 10% discount for club members = 22.50 + 2.50.

  LEADFOOTS events - Latest update  Posted October 2nd, 2007
Here are the latest notes for the events to be held on the 9th & 10th of October:

50th Anniversary message.pdf

  Ernie Unger Unipower GT  Posted September 8th, 2007
Following Ernie Unger's visit last month, here is a magazine article on the Unipower GT:


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  LEADFOOTS Golden Jubilee of the Lotus Elite  Posted March 12th, 2007
Here are details of the LEADFOOTS 50th anniversay Elite events:

LEADFOOTS Lotus Elite 50th events.pdf

  LEADFOOTS Luncheon  Posted January 27th, 2007
Here are details from Brian Caldersmith of the LEADFOOTS Luncheon, which will take place on Wednesday, 7th of February:

LEADFOOTS lunch Feb 2007.pdf

  October club meeting photos  Posted November 21st, 2006
Guy Munday brought along the new Lotus Europa for club members to view.


  Speed limit review hides sinister purpose  Posted August 24th, 2006
More craziness; you may have first heard about this one some time ago.

Although a shadow of times gone by, driving is still an expression of freedom and independence. Here is an article revealing further government plans to abandon any remaining common sense and create Hell on Earth, where complete control and monitoring of the population is the ultimate aim, getting there through gradualism.

http://www.pistonheads.com/speed/default.asp?storyId=14750

  Richard Brunstrom & North Wales Police  Posted August 24th, 2006
Widely acknowledged as a fanatical 'nut case', chief constable of north Wales, Richard Brunstrom, is best known for his obsession with speed and irrational persecution of the ordinary motorist.

http://www.abd.org.uk/brunstrom.htm

  Lotus Elan book  Posted June 13th, 2006
'The Rebuilding of a Lotus Elan' - 642 pages, 800 colour photos, price 72. Covers all models.

"The definitive description of how to restore, rebuild, and maintain a legend amongst classic cars."

Available from Brian Buckland: brian@elanman26.freeserve.co.uk

Lotus Elan book

  Club meeting photos - Lotus Reunion  Posted April 18th, 2006
Mike Costin was the guest speaker at the 4th of April Club Lotus Avon meeting, and his pals from the early Lotus days joined him for a reunion. A grand time was had by all!


  Speed Cameras  Posted March 30th, 2006
Click here to read an article from Motor Cycle News on speed cameras and UK law.

"Nearly all speed camera prosecutions are based on inadmissible evidence and can therefore be thrown out, according to Motor Cycle News..."

  Club meeting photo  Posted March 14th, 2006
John Wagstaff on the left talks to Malcolm Ricketts about Lotus Elites, at the Club Lotus Avon March meeting.


Guest speaker John Wagstaff & Malcolm Ricketts

  Club meeting photo  Posted February 21st, 2006
Lotus Six Registrar, Charles Helps, on the left talking to February guest speaker, Paul Robinshaw.


Charles Helps & guest speaker, Paul Robinshaw

  Club meeting photo  Posted January 11th, 2006
Guest speaker Peter Lumsden at the 3rd of January Club Lotus meeting. Peter talked about racing lightweight low-drag E-Type Jaguars.


Guest speaker Peter Lumsden

  Obituary  
Yet another obituary unfortunately. This time founder of Cosworth, Keith Duckworth.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,60-1957210,00.html

  Another Lotuseer lost  
Lotuseer Jabby Crombac has died. We are losing a lot of Lotuseers in 2005.

http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns15940.html

  Return of the Europa  
http://www.autocarmag.com/news_article.asp?na_id=217887

  Speed camera article  Posted December 1st, 2005
Click here to read Rob's article on speed cameras, 'Flash the Cash'.

  Obituary  Posted April 18th, 2005
Cliff Allison, Lotus and Ferrari Formula 1 driver, died of a heart attack Thursday 7th April 2005, aged 73.

http://www.writestuffautographs.com/shop/images/products/f117.jpg

  Caterham 7 Road Test  Posted December 8th, 2004
Click here for Rob's latest road test of the Caterham 7.

  Club meeting photo  Posted November 29th, 2003
Picture from the November meeting:


Guest speaker Ernie Unger, with special guest Peter Cambridge on the right

  Club meeting photos  Posted October 27th, 2003
Pictures from the August, September, and October meetings:


Left: Ernie Unger, right: Tom Barnard at the August meeting

Derek Bernard at the September meeting

Left to right: Ernie Unger, John Lawry, and Mike Costin at the October meeting

  Search request - Jim Clark's second Lotus Elan CRO 291B  Posted September 6th, 2003
A series 2 car, Cirrus White, with a Radford red upholstery conversion.

Can anybody help me?


This car was for sale in Bristol during the spring of 1967 at the then main Lotus dealer Andrew Parkes at the top of Coldharbour Road, Redland. Has anybody any idea what happened to the car? I would be very grateful for any information, which is required for a book. Andrew Parkes is no longer with us so I cannot ask him directly. We might even manage some kind of reward.

Brian Buckland

Tel. 0117 9049549 or e-mail: brian@elanman26.freeserve.co.uk

  Coterie Press books  Posted September 6th, 2003
Two new Lotus books from Coterie Press:

Lotus Type 72 - The History of an F1 Icon, by Michael Oliver
Ronnie Peterson - Formula 1 Super Swede, by Johnny Tipler (also in Swedish)

http://www.lotusbook.com
http://www.coteriepress.com

  Farley Mount Country Park meet  Posted July 31st, 2003
All Elite and Eclat owners are invited to bring their cars to an informal get together and picnic. The venue is to be Farley Mount Country Park, which is close to the village of Sparsholt, about 2 miles west of the city of Winchester, from 2PM on the afternoon of Saturday, 16th August; the Forest Rangers have promised to mow a special area for our cars, and all we need to do is come along with our cars, and whatever we like to eat and drink in the sunshine! There are woodland walks, good views, places for kite flying, etc.

If interested, please contact Leigh Greenham on 01491 613005 or e-mail:
greenhams@aol.com

  Leadfoots Luncheon  Posted July 31st, 2003
Details of the second 2003 Leadfoots Luncheon, which will take place on Tuesday, September 23rd:

MS Word:  LEADFOOTS September 2003.doc
ASCII:  leadfoots_september_2003.txt

  July club meeting  Posted July 31st, 2003
Picture from the July 1st meeting:


Guest speaker Alan Mann on the left talking to some of the members at the July meeting

  Club member discount on Millers Oils products  Posted July 28th, 2003
Good news! Club Lotus Avon members can get a 15%, yes 15% discount when ordering Millers Oils products from:

Woodcote Automotive Ltd.
1 The Old Shippon,
Holly House Estate,
Middlewich Road,
Cranage,
Cheshire,
CW10 9LT

Telephone:  01606 836637
Fax:  01606 837558

  Castle Combe 2003  Posted July 28th, 2003
Members can obtain copies of cars on the track at Castle Combe 2003 by calling John Gaisford on 01225 743400 and giving their registration number.

  Lotus Open Day at Ricketts Racing Workshop  Posted July 2nd, 2003
Malcolm Ricketts is organizing another Open Day at his workshop in Lamer Lane, Wheathampstead. The event will take place on Sunday, 20th July 2003, and people are welcome from 4:00PM onwards.

Telephone Ricketts Racing on 01727 821367.

  Fight back against an oppressive government!  Posted March 21st, 2003
Tired of the government picking on the easy target; the motorist?

Here is a link to a site with information about speed cameras in the UK:

http://www.speedcamerasuk.com

  Leadfoots Luncheon  Posted March 10, 2003
Details of the first 2003 Leadfoots Luncheon, which will take place on Tuesday, April 1st:

MS Word:  LEADFOOTS April 2003.doc
ASCII:  leadfoots_april_2003.txt

  Leadfoots Luncheon  Posted February, 2003
Click here for a picture from the Leadfoots Luncheon, which took place on December 16th, 2002.

  Lotus Elite 'CBU 1023' re-appears after 32 years in the garage  Posted January 22nd, 2003

  Christmas Gifts - Elite Prints  Posted November 28th, 2002

What do you want for Christmas?

In 1956 Ian Jones drew a Lines drawing from the 1/5 scale model of the Elite. From this John Frayling produced the full scale model from which the original moulds were taken.

Ian and Clive Chapman have granted Club Elite permission to re-print this Lines drawing and we have had 50 copies printed. These A2 copies have been produced to be as near as possible true copies of the original Dyeline print. Each copy will be numbered and signed by Ian Jones and Peter Cambridge, who has been instrumental in the production of these prints.

With each print will be an explanatory note from Ian giving full details of the production of the draft.

Copies are available for the price of 48.50, which includes postage and package within the UK. (50.00 ex UK).

These are available now and I will dispatch ordered copies immediately so that you can have the Christmas present that you really wanted.

To order, please send a cheque or money order made out to Club Elite, to John Mead. Yew Tree Farm, Toby's Hill, Draycott in the Clay, Derbys, DE6 5BT. (Tel: 01283 820377). Due to the limited number of the print run, orders will be restricted to one per person.

John Mead

  Christmas Gifts - Interview CDs  Posted November 28th, 2002

New CD releases from Yesterday's Racers

Earlier in the year I successfully released my first interview CD; a talk with former Team Lotus Chief Mechanic Bob Dance. Bob took us through his career from the very start, finishing with the 1969 Formula 1 season.

I now have my next CD ready for release, and by coincidence, it's with another Team Lotus man, Cedric Selzer. South African Selzer was mechanic to the great Jim Clark during his first World Championship year, and like the Bob Dance disc, he traces with us his career from a chance meeting with Stirling Moss at the South African Grand Prix in 1961 through his experiences with Team and finally his restoration of the ex-Clark Lotus 25 Formula 1 car.

Both discs are available exclusively from me, Gary Critcher, at 199 Green Lane, Shepperton, Middlesex, TW17 8DY, priced at 8.50 including P&P.

Please feel free to visit the website at http://www.yesterdaysracers.com, I'm sure you'll find something of interest there!

  October 16th, 2002
Picture from the October 1st meeting:


Left to right: Charles Helps and Mr. & Mrs. Mike Marsden

  September 12th, 2002
Picture from the September 3rd meeting:


Malcolm Ricketts on the left, with special guest Peter Cambridge

  August 7th, 2002
Picture from the August 6th meeting:


Guest speaker Patrick Peal

  July 5th, 2002
Pictures from the July 2nd meeting:


On the left Graham Capel, and on the right Ernie Unger
 
Lotus on trailer is Graham Capel's

  June 12th, 2002
Pictures from the June 4th meeting:


Sir John Whitmore and special guests
 
From left to right: Brian Caldersmith, Ken Roberts, Sir John Whitmore, Peter Cambridge, Warren King at the June meeting

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