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About This Club

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 Avon group.


The Bull Inn, Hinton, Chippenham, SN14 8HG

  1. What's new in this club
  2. October Guest Speaker Steve Soper

    Please note that the next meeting will be held on Monday 9 October 2017 at the BAWA centre in Filton in Bristol. October’s guest speaker is racer Steve Soper “Soperman” on his racing career and beyond. Starting at 8:00pm, there is ample parking at BAWA. The address is as follows, for sat nav please use the post code BS34 7RF. BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG. Tel: 0117 9768064. Website for BAWA: click here All Lotus Drivers Club members are welcome. For more information contact Rob Ford:
  3. Williams Lotus open day May 20th

    Don't wash it Chris the mud and cow muck will form a solid barrier soon to protect the underlying paintwork. We hope to see you there.
  4. Williams Lotus open day May 20th

    If the weather is on side I will pop over, although the Exige still hasn't been cleaned since Saundersfoot
  5. Just had an email re this as the Exige is being serviced there the day before we will have the opportunity to attend. Is anyone else thinking of popping there?
  6. Thanks Rob for a great meeting and special thanks to the very inspiring guest speaker, Richard Noble.
  7. 2017 Guest Speakers At The Bull Inn

  8. Going in the Elise may increase your chances of getting home again...... :-) However, you are welcome to ride shotgun if you're hard enough. C
  9. Hi Colin - yes, all being well may go in the Elise or bags a lift? BTW you need a new photo I reckon
  10. Under the banner of encouraging cross-fertilisation between LDC national areas, I am driving down from Banbury, across the Cotswolds, leaving at 5pm on Tuesday evening (4th April) to attend the LDC Avon Area pub meeting in Chippenham. The meeting features a talk from Richard noble about the Bloodhound project and this starts at 8pm. Anyone fancy joining me on the drive or meeting me down there? Rob Ford (the LDC Avon Area Organiser) has organised the talk and it will be the first time we have met. I'll be going in my Esprit Turbo and the drive is approx. 2 hours each way. The venue is: THE BULL INN, HINTON, CHIPPENHAM, SN14 8HG - 8pm start. Let me know if you are interested in joining me. Regards, Colin Smith 07468 321009
  11. The Bull Inn, Hinton, Chippenham, SN14 8HG April 4th Richard Noble O.B.E. May 2nd Christabel Carlisle On her motor racing career. June 6th Malcolm “The Gin” Ginsberg On LOTUS Formula One in the 1960s and 1970s. July 4th Warwick Banks On TYRRELL F1 racing team and on his European and British saloon car racing career. August 1st Simon Taylor Motorsport journalist. September 5th #1 Ian Phillips On his involvement in many F1 teams. September 19th #2 Brian Angus Recently retired Senior Engineer at Lotus on engineering at LOTUS. October 3rd Martin Birrane Of LOLA on Lola racing cars and his involvement in motorsport. November 7th Herbie Blash Deputy Director of Racing for Formula One’s FIA organization. December 5th Rosemary Smith On her rallying and racing career. All meetings are subject to last minute changes beyond our control. Members are advised to check before travelling long distances. For more information contact Rob Ford:
  12. The Howards Motor Group will be exhibiting at the Howards Motor Show on the Grand Pier 18/19 March. Everybody's working hard behind the scenes to get everything ready. The Howards Motor Group will be displaying their demonstrator Elise Sport 220, a New Exige Sport 350 and their demonstrator Evora 400. We look forward to seeing you there!
  13. Monday 13 March 2017 at B.A.W.A. in Bristol. Guest speaker Stuart Turner “Mr RALLY” for BMC motorsport and FORD motorsport the working title is “A Misspent Life in Motorsport”. Venue is the B.A.W.A. centre in Bristol. Meeting starts at 8pm and will finish at about 10pm. Directions to BAWA. Do please mention this meeting to your friends it should be a cracking evening. Any queries contact Rob Ford: (07812 353 976). Stuart co-drove in factory cars for Austin Healey, Auto Union, Alfa Romeo, MG , Mercedes, Saab and Triumph and competed on major events like the Mille Miglia and the Monte Carlo, Alpine, Liege and Tulip rallies. He was champion navigator for the first two years of the British Rally Championship and won the 1960 RAC Rally with Erik Carlsson in a Saab. He became Sports Editor of ‘Motoring News’, where he created the MN Rally Championship, then Competitions Manager at BMC during the glory days of the Mini Coopers on Monte Carlo Rallies. He spent two years as Publicity Manager at Castrol where he began the motor club support programme of quizzes etc. and was on the organising committee member and a travelling marshal on the London to Sydney Marathon. He then became Competitions Manager at Ford of Britain when the Escort was supreme and he also ran the Advanced Vehicle Operations factory making Escort Mexicos and RS2000s. After a spell as Director of Public Affairs at Ford of Britain, he moved back into the sport as Director of Motorsport for Ford of Europe where he initiated the Sierra Cosworth, RS200 and Escort Cosworth before retiring. Stuart was awarded an Autosport Award in 1990 and the Prince Michael Award of Merit in 2009, both for services to motorsport. He is the author of over 20 books on motorsport, business and public speaking, including a biography of Pat Moss Carlsson, Harnessing Horsepower . He has also written a Haynes Manual. No, not on Minis or Escorts but on retirement, although he shows little signs of doing so himself as he is heavily involved with the Motorsport Safety Fund, a charity producing films and publications to help keep the sport safe. He is the winner of a Benedictine After Dinner Speaker of the Year Award Stuart does not charge a fee or expenses so any proceeds can all go to charity.
  14. Williams Automobiles Breakfast Club - 5 Nov 2016

    That's brilliant, I'll keep an eye out for their breakfast meeting next year, otherwise I'll get in touch with them and organise something.
  15. Williams Automobiles Breakfast Club - 5 Nov 2016

    I'd be up for this one next year @OrangeExige. The Esprit isundergoing some serious maintenance this winter, so hopefully will be up and running in time. regards Steve
  16. A few photos from this mornings Breakfast Club Event hosted by Williams Automobiles. Does anyone fancy a trip to Williams next year? If you haven't been they are well worth a visit!
  17. Avon Area Meeting

    Some details about the Avon area meeting: The Bull Inn, Hinton, Chippenham First Tuesday of the month 8:00pm, except where noted otherwise. For more information contact the Avon area coordinator, Rob Ford: (01761453351) All Lotus enthusiasts are welcome. [url=""][/url]