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Our monthly meetings are open to all, whether you are a Lotus enthusiast, member of the club or just like going out and meeting friends. As well as regular monthly meetings, there are also other local events organised throughout the year by the Wessex group.

  1. What's new in this club
  2. Annual Treasure Hunt – Sunday 1st October 2017 Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham, Hants, PO17 6AN Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s as part of a chain of fortifications on Portsdown Hill to guard against a feared French invasion that never happened. Today, restored to its original Victorian glory, Fort Nelson is home to the artillery collection of the Royal Armouries, part of the national museum of arms and armour. The museum area is large and houses some interesting displays, both inside and outside; don’t worry, there is something for everyone, not just for those interested in guns and warfare! There are amazing views across Portsmouth Harbour and beyond to the Isle of Wight. The drive along the Portsdown Hill road eastwards is spectacular with more views over Portsmouth Harbour and some good parking spots along the way. Arrive for coffee at about 11:00 and maybe a wander round before lunch. An area will be reserved for us in the 1871 café for the lunch time period. The menu includes jacket potatoes, paninis, sandwiches, soup and ploughmans, lots of cakes, hot and cold drinks. Gluten-free rolls, sandwiches and cakes. Please pay for anything that you order in the café. At 1:00 there is a firing of a Second World War 25-pounder Howitzer gun and after that you could start the Treasure Hunt. Clues will lead you through the various galleries (under cover) and it should take about 11⁄2-2 hours, depending on whether you get side-tracked by all the displays! You can always come back another day to explore the rest of the Fort. Bring something warm to wear for part of the hunt which is under canvas cover so could be a bit chilly. A cream scone and tea or coffee has been arranged for 3:15 in a private space set aside for us in the Museum, for which there will be a £5.00 charge. Please send a cheque made payable to Wessex Area Club Lotus by 24th September 2017 to James deMain, 3 Gilbert Close, Alderholt, Nr Fordingbridge, Hants, SP6 3LU in order that we can make one payment on the day and we can supply numbers. As there is no entrance charge to the museum and special arrangements have been made for our visit, people may feel that they would like to make a donation on the day. For more information contact Ian Rymer:
  3. Sculpture By The Lakes - Sunday 3 September 2017 Pallington Lakes, Dorchester DT2 8QU We will start the run from The Crown Hotel, West St, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ from 9.30am for coffee with a view to leaving at 10.30am for a scenic run across the Purbecks (down to the seaside). Nestled in 26 acres of Dorset’s glorious countryside lies Sculpture by the Lakes, an oasis for art lovers and collectors alike created by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon. Simon’s vision was to create an environment for enthusiasts that blends nature’s beauty with inspiring works of art free from the constraints of enclosed spaces of a traditional gallery. The sculpture park has been carefully landscaped and curated to ensure each piece is positioned to enhance its aesthetic qualities as well as the visual surroundings. Working closely with Simon, Monique has created a modern garden using inspirations from many different sources both in this country and around the globe. Wherever sculptures have been placed, the planting palette has been kept simple but dramatic so that the work remains the star of the show. Generous planting in every aspect means different areas of the garden are given specific shape and definition and of course there must be evergreens for winter interest. Since the first gale-lashed, rain-sodden winter, over 3,500 trees and shrubs have been planted as well as a great deal more smaller herbaceous plants, bulbs and grasses. Many are natives and what would have been growing here years before the lakes were dug and the aim is to try and restore the original flora as much as possible. Well advised by Dorset Wildlife Trust, Simon and Monique have allowed nature back in to reclaim her wild bits and set seed. “It is our greatest wish to leave the place in a better state than we found it both for flora and fauna and to make as small an impact on the environment as possible…I hope above all that visitors enjoy the garden as much as I enjoy creating and improving it. I have stolen ideas from every garden I have ever visited and probably every garden book I’ve looked at. My thanks to all those unwitting contributors”. Monique Gudgeon. There is a tea rooms, selling a selection of sandwiches, rolls, cakes, soup, panini’s and salads etc as well as an extensive range of tea’s and coffees. Look at the website link below for selection. Hopefully the weather will be (not hopefully, it will be) brilliant and we can take picnics. The management have asked that for us not to eat picnics on the restaurant seating area, but there is plenty of seating area around the lakes. We have arranged a group rate of £8 per person, if we get a group of over 20 people. Ian will be collecting the money, on the day as the owners would like one payment made and we have had to pay an upfront deposit. Payment will then be subject to numbers on the day. Please try to have the correct money, as otherwise I will have to weigh the Lotus down with loads of change. And Finally, I have secured Lotus only parking. For more information contact Ian Rymer:
  4. A display of over 100 Lotus Cars, representing three different Lotus Car clubs. Club Lotus, Lotus Drivers Club and Lotus Forums. We arrived on site at Beaulieu Motor Museum early on the Sunday morning and were met by Stuart and Vicky Mason who were organising the Lotus Drivers Club members. We soon came up with a plan to park the cars by model order, forming two chevron columns going down towards the LDC club marquee. As the Lotus cars began to arrive we directed them between us, to their respective line ups, with everyone working hard to make this achievable. The Lotus drivers and crews had access to the drivers hospitality tent, where they could get free tea, coffee, cakes and buns (always welcome by any Lotus member). To one side of our stand we had the Porsche club and on the other side we had Lamborghini and TVR clubs. There were supercars as far as the eye could see. Throughout the day, the cars demonstrated their power on the course, laid out by Beaulieu on the estate road. Some of the notable cars which attended, besides the Lotus’s were the LaFerrari, which literally means The Ferrari, which as you all know is the first Ferrari Hybrid car, one has just sold at auction for £5,743,500.00. Another Hybrid car displayed was the new Honda NSX. There were a large number of McLarens on display, one of my favourite cars (after my Lotus’s) is the McLaren 720S which was also displayed coincidently next to a Lotus. This really is a fantastic event, with the ability to watch supercars navigate the slalom, view loads of fantastic cars up close, visit all the attractions of the Beaulieu Museum and Palace House, where there was even a falconry display. I have already booked us in for next year with the organisers. Watch this space for more details. Enjoy a few of our favourite moments from the Supercar Weekend at Beaulieu: click here
  5. Snows Lotus meeting Southampton

    Ok, date wise when would you like to go?
  6. Snows Lotus meeting Southampton

    I see there's a central/southern area monthly meet up, does this take place?   Any members turn up?   Maybe they could change the meet to Snows for one Saturday morning.
  7. Snows Lotus meeting Southampton

      That's the idea
  8. Snows Lotus meeting Southampton

    There are some lovely Loti roads in the Cranbourne Chase area, especially near Win Green hill the highest point in Dorset. Sort of on the way.
  9. Snows Lotus meeting Southampton

    Might be interested.  Early morning blat down, breakfast meet up, a stop off or two at places of interest/food on the return journey.   Any idea's?   Got the makings of a good road trip.   Andy.
  10. Snows Lotus meeting Southampton

    Great place for a meet up with new and classics lotus for sale. Eddie.
  11. Snows Lotus meeting Southampton

    I'd be up for this one, a perfect opportunity to visit another region with the club and to see the Snows Lotus dealership. Anybody else fancy a roadtrip to the South?
  12. putting together a Lotus meet up later in the year Have we got any members down that way . Breakfast meet up . 1. Eddie and Sue Lotus Evora .
  13. Area Meeting

      Hi Ian. I'm certain this isn't the case, it's just that particular areas are more active on here than others. The Midlands area is well represented and supported by several active local meetings. The person you need to contact for this meeting is Ian Rymer: (07968299415). If you are interested in helping the club represent these areas in a more active online role, drop me a PM.
  14. Area Meeting

    Just trying to find out if there are actually any members in the south or home counties????????????
  15. Classics at the Castle

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  16. Classics at the Castle

    Had a great day out at this event on Sunday. Our first meeting point was at Cheddar Gorge, where we then travelled down to Sherborne from. We arrived in convoy with 30 supercars, hypercars and sportscars of all types. We were led up the private road to the front of Sherborne Castle where it was lined by hundreds of spectators and then introduced by the announcer one by one. Ian Rymer was also there (LDC Central and Southern Area Coordinator) displaying a great selection of Elans to celebrate it's 50th. Maybe we should try and join in with them next year? Meeting at Cheddar Gorge, under some very high rock faces! [img][/img] These two sounded great! [img][/img] [img][/img] [img][/img]
  17. Classics at the Castle

    [b][url=""]'Classics at the Castle' Classic Car & Supercar Show[/url][/b] This looks like it's going to be a good show on Sunday for any one down South. I will be attending with some local Pistonheads from the South West and arriving at lunch time in convoy, to be introduced by the event organiser in front of the crowds! Also, it sounds like they have an Elan 50th display so I'll take plenty of flyers with me. [b][b]Sherborne Castle[/b][/b], New Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5NR
  18. New Forest Drive

    Chris, I haven't been to any meetings down south or central as I haven't seen anything posted. I have been to Eddie's a couple of times in the Midlands. I agree with you about meeting up with other groups, it would be great. The New Forest is a great place to go if the sun is out, its worth staying over if the weather is good as the sun normally brings the traffic out, but there are a few good roads to give the cars a run. If the sun shines ever again, then I am good for it Pete
  19. New Forest Drive

    I'd be up for this. Don't often go Southwards so it would make a nice change. I wonder if Ian Rymer has anything planned for club runs over the summer. Have you been along to one of their meetings at all as it would be interesting to know. We need to link up more with other areas, there's not enough of it going on in my view.
  20. New Forest Drive

    Anyone fancy a drive out to the new forest once the rain stops?? May be have a drive out on a sunday morning, have a bite to eat and then do your own thing. It may just start a club outing.... Cheers Pete
  21. Area Meeting

    All I am relatively new to the Lotus Drivers Club, have recently moved to Hampshire. I am looking to "join" or "begin" area meetings and drives out. There are some excellent country roads and areas to drive within our region, so my aim is to build a friendly group within the South or Central region so we can enjoy our cars, enjoy the company of like minded people and enjoy drives out to potentially join other Club members in other parts of our Glorious British countryside. Recently I have driven up to the Midlands from Hampshire for a regional meeting and the national AGM, the route is awesome driving and would much prefer to drive up in convey for the next one!!! Please drop me a line if you are remotely interested. thanks Pete