OrangeExige

Administrator
  • Content count

    2,266
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by OrangeExige

  1. The Lotus Drivers Club is pleased to announce a new area meeting in the Lancashire and Cumbria areas. Represented by Andy Smith, in his recently purchased Lotus Elise S2 Sport 135, this area meeting has been setup to bring together owners and enthusiasts from across the very large geographical areas of Lancashire and Cumbria. Details of the areas first meeting will soon be available. All of the clubs 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 each area. We aim to keep members within the area updated through our email newsletters as well as provide regular updates on our dedicated Forum and Facebook pages. You can also keep up to date by following the Lotus Drivers Club on Twitter. For more information contact Andy Smith: a.smith@lotusdriversclub.org.uk
  2. Monday 21 May – Saturday 2 June 2018 Join us on our next and most adventurous driving adventure yet. Departing on the overnight sailing from Portsmouth to Caen on the 21 May 2018 and returning on the overnight sailing from Caen to Portsmouth on the 2 June 2018. Visiting Poitiers en route to 4 nights in Pau, close to the French / Spanish border before driving to Andorra. Enjoy the thrilling mountain roads of the Pyrenees before travelling to Montauban and then Amboise before returning home. The approximate cost based on two people sharing is £1,900. This includes 2 nights accommodation in a 2 berth inside cabin and 11 nights accommodation in a double room with facilities in good class hotels. All breakfasts, excluding on board ship, are included as well as 6 evening meals. The accommodation is limited and booking for the tour will close on the 15 December 2017. For more information please contact Jennie Wilson, Tour Manager: j.wilson@lotusdriversclub.org.uk
  3. Looking forward to another memorable adventure in sunny France. 7 months and counting Chris and Tash
  4. Join us on our Autumn Drive Out to the Black Mountains on Friday 6 - Sunday 8 October. Meeting in Shrewsbury, the birth place of Charles Darwin, the town centre is packed with timber-framed black and white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways. In fact it boasts over 600 listed buildings including the Castle, now a regimental museum and the world-famous Shrewsbury Abbey, home of the fictional Brother Cadfael. 6th October – Holiday Inn, Kew Green, Shrewsbury. Meet at the hotel for dinner arranged at a local restaurant. 7th October – Drive from Shrewsbury to Swansea via the Black Mountains – approx 116 miles. One of the finest driving roads in Wales the drive will pass through Clun, Llandrindod Wells and Landovery to name a few. Holiday Inn East, Swansea. Meet at the hotel for dinner. 8th October – Depart for home or spend some time in Swansea. Known as the city by the Sea and birthplace of Dylan Thomas, Swansea is the second largest city in Wales. Visit the maritime quarter and new SA1 development for a distinct waterfront feel whilst enjoying the restaurants, cafes & bars there. Take a guided cruise aboard the Copperjack boat on the River Tawe. Learn about the history and development of Wales at the National Waterfront Museum, or see the Egyptian Mummy at Swansea Museum. The nearby Dylan Thomas Centre has a permanent exhibition about the famous Swansea poet. The cost per couple is £154 based on a double room with facilities and breakfast. Tour route will be provided. Please email driving@lotusdriversclub.org.uk if you are interested in joining the drive out or for any further information. Our Driving Adventures are not a race, time trial or guided tour. They are a navigational road trip where you will be given a start and finish point for each day, along with a suggested route. You will be expected to find your own way there with your own map, sat nav and/or carrier pigeon.
  5. Not sure I'll be able to make this one. I'll look forward to your Facebook Live Eddie
  6. Christmas Lunch - Sunday 17 December 2017

    Sunday 17 December 2017 Following on from the success of last years Christmas Lunch we will be returning to Ansty Hall on Sunday 17 December 2017 at 12:00pm. McDonald Ansty Hall, Ansty, Coventry CV7 9HZ. Lunch is £29.00 per person and a £10.00 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Book Online You can book online by Credit, Debit Card or using a PayPal account. Pay Deposit (£10) – click here Pay Full Amount (£29) – click here Menu Please send your completed menu choices to i.francis@lotusdriversclub.org.uk. The total amount and menu choices will be required by 12 November. Download the menu Booking Only reservations directly to the organisers via the email address above (or post) and acknowledged are accepted as valid bookings. Rooms Ansty Hall have agreed a special B&B rate, fully refundable (up to 2.00pm on the day of arrival), for Saturday and/or Sunday, which equals or beats the online B&B flexible rate – call 02476 612222 and reference the Lotus Drivers Club to find out more. Booking options available online include refundable and non refundable rates and include a £10 voucher to spend on extras (drinks etc). Click here to book online IMPORTANT There's been a few instances where members have listed their names on this forum in the belief that in itself secures a place on organised events. For informal meet-ups (Hilltop etc) that's absolutely fine, but for organised events where we need to have numbers and or tickets (Fast Car Festival etc) you should book as detailed on the website, with the organiser of that event.
  7. Friday 15 December 2017 Masquerade Party Night at the Houston House Macdonald Hotel, Uphall. Party like an A-lister. Showcase cocktails and fabulous food await you. Hit the dance floor and party into the wee hours. From £45.00 per person. £85 per person – party night and an overnight stay with breakfast. Book into the Spa for beauty treatments to ensure you’re party prepped! We have reserved 20 places for dinner and 20 rooms (just in case). Please contact Kate or Amy on 01506 853831 to reserve please quoting the Lotus Drivers Club & Club Lotus. Deposits of £10 per person for meal only option or £20 per person for meal and overnight stay. Menu: Chicken and wild mushroom terrine, celeriac remoulade, chutney. Turkey breast rapped in prosciutto, filled with sage and onion stuffing, with all the trimmings and natural turkey gravy. Chocolate and cherry delice, black cherry and vanilla cream sauce. Vegetarian options available.
  8. We will be meeting you all at Clun on Saturday morning. There's a public car park for Clun Castle which is a short walk from a few good looking cafe's, The Maltings Cafe and the Bridge Coffee Shop. We're planing to be there for 10am, as we'll be needing breakfast. Hopefully the weather will clear up for the afternoon's drive over the A4069. Depending on what time we arrive in Swansea, we might head to the Grape & Olive for a drink/coffee. This place has probably one of the best views over the Swansea marina and has good parking.
  9. 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: r.ford@lotusdriversclub.org.uk
  10. We’re very pleased to announce that our next film show event will be on Saturday 4th November 2017 at the Albury Hall, East Hertfordshire, SG1 12JL, between Ware & Bishops Storford 5 miles west of Stansted Airport just off main A120. The theme for the day is John Watson and the Hexagon Formula 1 team of the early 1970s. Our guest speakers will be 5 times Grand Prix winner John Watson, founder and still proprietor and owner of Hexagon Of Highgate car company, Paul Michaels and asking the questions and attempting to keep order – broadcaster of Grand Prix from Radio 5, author, motoring journalist and writer Maurice Hamilton. Paul’s driver of historic sports cars Nick Faure will also be on hand to talk about early days. Hexagon of Highgate north London, now located in Hampstead, are a high performance Sports car dealer and restorer of top end cars specialising these days in Porsche, Ferrari and all the most prestigious brands of sports, luxury and supercars. Started by Paul in the 1960s famous for their floodlight glass fronted first floor showroom in the sky on North hill Highgate full of the most exotic and desirable marques you could imagine at the time. After some late 60s historic racing in sports racing cars and F5000 in a Trojan Paul got the opportunity to go Grand Prix racing with a March 721 and then on to F1 Brabhams with John Watson. John scoring Hexagon’s first world championship points with a 6th place finish in Monaco in 1974 in Brabham BT42/2 also famous for building the Lotus Elan shooting brake and the plus 2 convertible that they pioneered ,a former BMW dealer still a Lotus dealer – as well as historic racing with a Birdcage Maserati , a Lister and D Type with Nick Faure Willie Green and others John & Paul will no doubt tell us about all the behind the scenes activity of the period a whole lot more and any questions you wish to put to them. As well as guiding the Hexagon story and John’s entry in to F1 racing going on to win 5 Grand Prix. – In the afternoon I hope Maurice Hamilton will talk to us about how he got involved in F1 and his career broadcasting and writing about F1 which he continues to do today in his own most entertaining way. When John kindly visited us 5 years ago you may remember he was hugely entertaining and popular with those attending – be prompt this is likely to fill up fast and spaces are limited. All the days usual features morning coffee, a 2 course lunch, the quiz, afternoon tea and cakes and 3 hours of lovely old archive films illustrating today’s theme and more – £30 each fully inclusive food, everything all day. If you would like to be there please email me as soon as you can to book your place. £30 each whole day everything included. See Christine as soon you arrive at reception, pay cash, collect your name badge just inside the door – then get a tea or coffee and biscuits. Be in your seat for 9.50am first film. Only 95 places available so please let me know as soon as you can, space is limited. Do please come in a sports, classic, or interesting car if you can, of any age park it in the display line up on the lawn. We will be raising money on the day with a charity auction of car and racing memorabilia, paintings, books, parts etc. Please do donate items for the sale and bring them along on the day or send them if you cannot attend. I will send around a catalogue with pictures of what will be on offer a week before the event, you can leave commission bids in advance and I hope you will attend and bid very generously for funds for a very good cause – every single penny raised will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital for sick Children – it is dear to the heart of several of our guest speakers so let us really do them proud so we can present a big cheque Please let your friends know we will also very happily accept donations in advance and on the day – it is such a good cause that so needs your help to keep going. We really need your help with this. We look forward to seeing you. For more information email richardhinton50@gmail.com or phone 01279771667
  11. Hi from the North East

    Welcome Karl
  12. Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 September 2017 Join us for the fourth outing of the Footman James Sywell Classic: Pistons and Props motoring festival, held at Northamptonshire’s Sywell Aerodrome on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017. The event continues to go from strength to strength with last year’s event attracting 14,378 visitors who enjoyed historic racers, hot rods and motorbikes, classic planes, vintage music and more than 300 club cars and bikes displayed by more than 80 clubs during a fantastic two day event, held under clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine. Space is limited for this event so book early! TICKET INFORMATION If you are a Lotus Drivers Club member and would like to take part in the Sywell Classic Piston & Props please book your tickets before 27 August 2017 and we’ll be in touch with further details. 1 weekend package includes 2 x adult event tickets and 1 x vehicle display pass. Tickets for this years Sywell Classic have now sold out. For more information please email s.mason@lotusdriversclub.org.uk
  13. Christmas Lunch - Sunday 17 December 2017

    Sunday 17 December 2017 Following on from the success of last years Christmas Lunch we will be returning to Ansty Hall on Sunday 17 December 2017 at 12:00pm. McDonald Ansty Hall, Ansty, Coventry CV7 9HZ. Lunch is £29.00 per person and a £10.00 per person deposit is required to secure your booking. Book Online You can book online by Credit, Debit Card or using a PayPal account. Pay Deposit (£10) – click here Pay Full Amount (£29) – click here Menu Please send your completed menu choices to i.francis@lotusdriversclub.org.uk. The total amount and menu choices will be required by 12 November. Download the menu Booking Only reservations directly to the organisers via the email address above (or post) and acknowledged are accepted as valid bookings. Rooms Ansty Hall have agreed a special B&B rate, fully refundable (up to 2.00pm on the day of arrival), for Saturday and/or Sunday, which equals or beats the online B&B flexible rate – call 02476 612222 and reference the Lotus Drivers Club to find out more. Booking options available online include refundable and non refundable rates and include a £10 voucher to spend on extras (drinks etc). Click here to book online IMPORTANT There's been a few instances where members have listed their names on this forum in the belief that in itself secures a place on organised events. For informal meet-ups (Hilltop etc) that's absolutely fine, but for organised events where we need to have numbers and or tickets (Fast Car Festival etc) you should book as detailed on the website, with the organiser of that event.
  14. Afternoon

    Welcome and glad to hear you enjoyed the breakfast meet. Unfortunately, we couldn't join you all this morning as we opted for a dog walk on a windy beach in South Wales.
  15. Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery 10 - 12 November 2017, The NEC Birmingham Come along & visit the Lotus Drivers Club on stand number 440 (Hall 2) Call 0871 230 1088 or book online www.necclassicmotorshow.com For our Members there is an exclusive advance ticket offer. Please email admin@lotusdriversclub.org.uk for details and discount codes or click here. NEC Classic Motor Show 2017 - Discount Tickets If you are a club member and cannot access the link above please let me know
  16. Learning about the M100

    I would recommend giving James at the South West Lotus Centre an email or call as they have some great experience with Elan M100's. His email address is webb@thelotuscentre.com
  17. 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: i.rymer@lotusdriversclub.org.uk
  18. 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: i.rymer@lotusdriversclub.org.uk
  19. 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
  20. Cool thanks Eddie, what time?
  21. Brilliant, have you included Tash and myself?
  22. Looking forward to it! I think we're going to take a coastal route down over Exmoor seeing as the forecast looks promising. We're staying at an Airbnb property about 4 miles from Lifton Hall but will see some of you Friday evening for a pint.