So, last weekend we arranged Lotus Festival Sweden 2019. Starting at Friday evening with BBQ at Bilhallen I Mjölby. This is one of two authorized Lotus dealers in Sweden. 50 persons had signed up for the event and the parking area outside quickly filled up. Mainly with newer models, but a couple of Esprit showed up as well.
IMG_1559 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
IMG_1546 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
IMG_1526 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
The star of the show this evening was a stunning type 30. Restored by Magnus Ahlqvist, owner of Motorima in Rydaholm. Do check out his web site, he is very skilled when it comes to turning aluminium sheets into car body panels. http://motorima.com/nytt/. This car has been in Sweden since 1967 and is now fully restored.
During the weekend we stayed at the newly built Quality Hotel The Box in Linköping. Since there was a bit of a shortage of parking spaces, we took the liberty to spice up the front yard with some colorful Lotus cars.
IMG_1514 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
IMG_1642 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
We spent most of the Saturday at Mantorp Classic, a historic racing event that takes place every year. This year was a bit special though, Mantorp Park (the race track) celebrated it 50th anniversary. As a result of this and some intense advertazing to the club members we managed to gather no less than 65 Lotus at the club area. Then there were some more at other clubs plus those cars that were competing. So, in all, we were just shy of 80 cars. This is an all-time high for the Swedish club. Among the cars were a type 6, a type 12, two type 23 (one replica and one reproduction), one type 30, a type 51 etc. The majority of cars were Elise and Exige, but we also had quite a few Esprit.
IMG_1609 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
IMG_1582 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
IMG_1630 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
IMG_1595 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
In the evening we had the annual meeting with the club to conclude last year and elect a new board. I resigned as secretary for the club and was given a bottle of Evora wine.
IMG_4752 2 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
On Sunday we drove a "rally" along some Lotus friendly roads and finished off with lunch in Söderköping.
IMG_1652 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
IMG_1649 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
IMG_1650 by Stefan Axelsson, on Flickr
More photos from the weekend can be found at Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGya7xg