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  2. Don't worry, it will be a Lotus only day both this year and into the future. I will not allow anyone else to interfere with our day again. The only reason the Mazda's were allowed on track two years ago was because of a request from their race organiser and also Castle Combe Circuit itself. Apparently their practice session had been curtailed because so many MX5's had been falling off (!). As they had a large number of novices entered they wanted them to get at least some experience of Combe before Monday's race. We said 'yes' on the basis that our exclusive Lotus track time would be extended by 30 minutes to 17.30 - which it was - and that the second MX5 session took place after this had finished. As our last four ‘Lotus only’ sessions were only around half full I don’t think anyone could reasonably say they were deprived of track time. Nevertheless the point was taken and it’ll not happen again. We also complained about the paddock being taken over by race cars and Castle Combe promised this would not happen again. Last year we had the paddock to ourselves so they kept their word and I’m sure it’ll be the same this year. For information and to book your place this year just call the Club Lotus office on 01362 694459 or 691144. Alan
  3. Just to let everyone know that Brian Angus will be giving technical talks on Saturday and Sunday on the 900 series engines and Espriit. He'll also be around both days on the Club Lotus stand as will Brian Buckland who'll be hosting tech talks on the Elan and the twin cam engine. This is in addition to the wide range of technical advice available on the stands from the likes of Steve Fulcher, Option I Sportscars, Spyder Engineering, Hangar 111, Chris Neil, PNM, Nitron, and CTM Enginering to mention a few. Don't worry too much about possible traffic problems. We've had our show running alongside big race meetings in previous years without problems and Donington have a tried and tested traffic management plan that can handle many more vehicles than those expected for the BTCC. The traffic plan is designed to keep things moving and get traffic off the approach roads and parked smoothly and quickly. All Club Lotus Show visitors will come in via the (usual) main entrance and race spectators will be directed in via the Melbourne Loop entrance and parked in fields adjacent to the paddock - well away from the exhibition centre. We will in fact have more parking than in previous years as one of the car auction companies has moved out from the site thus freeing-up another big tarmac area. There's also plenty of flat grass parking available. Whilst Sunday will be the busier day for BTCC traffic, the majority of race spectators will arrive during the morning from 11.00 onwards by which time if previous years are anything to go by most of our visitors will be in and parked.
  4. Thanks to everybody who made the trip down to Combe yesterday despite the very average weather. Great to see you all as usual. I can only apologise for all the race transporters/motorhomes that were everywhere in the paddock and ruined our intended display areas. The really annoying thing was that I’d complained last year to the Combe management about how the competitors were increasingly encroaching on our agreed areas. They promised it would be better this year but it was about 200% worse! I can tell you I was not a happy bunny when I arrived on Friday afternoon to set up only to discover we had no space. By then of course there was nothing that could be done about it although we did move the circuit access to outside the Strawford Centre to free-up the road and area up to the Avon Bridge and behind the Tavern for Lotus parking. Combe know how I feel and I’ll be calling them on Tuesday. I don’t want to drop the day as it’s a traditional part of our events and is usually great fun but things have to improve. One thought is to change the date away from the Bank Holiday weekend – maybe later in the year – but not on a race weekend. That way the problem will disappear. Any thoughts? How big a stand do you want at Doni…….?
  5. Hi All, JUst to remind you that we're running a Parts Fair again this year but not at Stoneleigh. The new venue is the 3 Counties Showground at Malvern and the date is Saturday Oct 10th. Opening hours are from 10.00 to 15.00. Ful info is on the Club Lotus website We also have a small amount of undercover parking space available at Malvern in the main hall. Although there is much less than we used to have at Stoneleigh, I'd like to invite LEF members to take advantage of what is available. We'll be filling it up on a first come / first served basis from around 08.00. As this is our first time in this hall it's difficult to predict exactly how many cars we'll be able to accommodate but we'll do our best to get as many cars as possible in. Please bear in mind there will be many other Lotus' also competing for space and unfortunately not everybody is going to fit inside. Therefore I'd be very grateful if you'd please listen to the marshals, follow their instructions, be patient and stay calm if you're one of the unlucky ones. See you there! Alan Club Lotus
  6. You'll all hopefully already have seen this on our website but just a reminder that Club Lotus has registered with the organisers and Club members can buy tickets through us (same price 42 Euros) plus you'll receive a free pass to our infield parking area. This year the organisers are only sending out these passes direct to Clubs and only on a one-for-one basis for tickets ordered through Clubs. I've reserved spaces for 60 cars but I know we can increase this if there is the demand. However, we need to get our initial order in by the end of Jan although we can still order tickets up until early March. To book call Annemarie on 01362 691144 or email her [email protected] If you'd like any more info email me [email protected] Alan
  7. Brilliant idea Troy and the very best of luck with it. If you need any business help/advice let me know (I'm probably nowhere near as accomplished as Kimbers tho....... but I am a lot less pink........) When you've found some premises email me - [email protected] - and I'll put something into Club Lotus News.
  8. AlanM

    Castle Combe

    It was genuinely spine-tingling driving past at the start of the presentation laps and seeing everybody alongside the track. Still is in fact But..... watching the video and seeing Bib's photo of Si with an arm around him..... brings tears to the eyes. Very special people and friends indeed.
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    Castle Combe

    Just putting together the last few things for Saturday - now all I've got to do is organise the weather....... We still have few track passes left but please be quick if you definitely want one. Call Jane on 01362 694459/691144. If you're still not sure we sometimes get a few cancellations on the day so come over to signing-on (in the Strawford Centre from 08.00) and ask us. You get 2 guaranteed 15 minute sessions and we usually get through all these by 15.00 after which you can have as many extra goes as you like. The hot lap pasenger rides (
  10. I've been reading the comments linking Club Lotus with UK Sportscars and would like to clarify a few points. I have received complaints about this company and have successfully helped arbitrate satisfactory conclusions in several cases over the past two years. This is a service the Club provides and one which I personally take very seriously. However, in neither case was the evidence sufficient to warrant me taking wider action. I'm well aware of the responsibilities of Club Lotus, how we may be viewed by enthusiasts and also our duty to give good advice and guidance. When we receive a complaint about a company I always investigate but ultimately our response can only be linked to hard evidence. I hear various derogatory comments about UKS but few are capable of being backed up with firm evidence. If any LEF member can supply me - in strictest confidence - with either first hand soild evidence or contact details of someone they know who has something to say about UK Sportscars I will investigate and take appropriate action. That action will include refusing future advertising if the evidence is sufficient. I've asked for this on many occasions in the past but have received very little of any substance. For potential legal reasons I cannot go into more details about this company on a public website but I am more than happy to reply individually to LEF members. Alan
  11. Spoke to Brian Angus yesterday - helpful as ever and he's been checking his factory records but no luck so far. Brian said he hadn't heard of the car for a long time. I've also had replies from William Taylor: Alan I am afraid I have no idea where this car is. I was very keen to find it when we were working on our Esprit book, but had no luck. I always beleived it was owned by Giugiaro Design Studios and that they had it in storage somewhere, but despite several letters, e-mails and phone calls to Giugiaro we never had any response from them. Not even an acknowledgement that they had received anything at all from us. This was despite the fact that I met with Fabrizio Giugiaro at Goodwood, when I gave him a book and he promised to keep in touch! Good luck with the search. do let me know if you find anything out, or I can be of help if you come across any leads in the USA. See you at Donington. William and from Olav: Hi Alan, A very good chance that Giugiaro still owns it, normally they don
  12. Caught up with all this a few hours ago. Just to summarise, and from what I know, I think the known facts are that it was built in aluminium on a stretched /widened Europa chassis and that it included three details that made it through to initial production - tartan seat inserts, two-spoke steering wheel and Wolfrace wheels. I'm not in the office now until Wednesday and will have a look through our archives then. In the meantime I'll email William Taylor of Coterie Press, Jeremy Walton and Olav Glasius in Holland to see if they can shed any light. I'll talk to Lotus as well - has anyone asked Brian Angus if he knows anything? If not I will. Kimbers, have you asked your Dad?
  13. Looking forward to seeing you all at Donington on 17/18 March and having a LEW stand in the hall for the first time. I'll no doubt sort the outside car parking arrangements with Bibs/PaulC over the next few weeks. This year also for the first time we have track action on Saturday 17th with a Lotus trackday organised by Lotus-on-track. Contact them direct if you want to book a place. If you just want to see what Donington looks like from the cockpit there will be rides available in exchange for a small charity donation. See the Club Lotus website for more info. The other good news is that the car auction company (who have progressively hoovered up most of the public tarmac parking over the past couple of years) have stopped trading and I'm told are no longer on site. I'm waiting for Donington to confirm how much extra parking will be available but it should be better than last year. Hopefully most (all?) of you will have seen the colour feature on the Hethel trip in our latest Club mag. Great memories. I'm off to Lipscomb Lotus - the new main dealers for Kent - tomorrow to take part in their attempted world record at Brands Hatch. It's all about getting 300+ Lotus' on the track. Forecast is sunny and if anybody's interested best to call them direct on 0845 338 9909.
  14. AlanM


    I spoke to Neil Lovelock (good man) at Lotus Cars yesterday and he's going to be bringing a good selection of Esprit parts along. It'll also be an opportunity to find out just how much the factory can do (a lot!) for Esprit and all other classic Lotus. Free undercover parking as usual in a reserved area for Esprits - my thanks to Paul C and Bibs for helping out here. Advance tickets saving
  15. Club Lotus has been asked by the organisers if we can source a 70's Esprit to take part in their 'Designs of the Decade' feature at the Show (which runs from Oct 27-29). Iconic cars have been voted for by the public and members of the press. The feature will be hosted by MIke Brewer and Mark Evans who have various TV credits to their names. Each car will drive up onto a stage followed by a 5 minute presentation/chat. There will be a secure holding area behind the stage between appearances. I've said it's a lot to ask one person to do so they'll take different cars on each of the days if necessary. Some petrol expenses and free passes are also on offer plus I'll be there to buy you a beer It's a great opportunity to show off our greatest supercar in a nice environment...... But... it will inevitably involve some hanging around and you need to be prepared to get your car there whatever the weather etc. If you're interested please contact Andy Rouse, who's the Show Manager and also a Lotus enthusiast, on 0121 767 2772. Apart from this, we've got a stand in Hall 4 so come over and say hello if you're going. Alan
  16. I heard about your accident from Kimbers on Monday night. So sorry to hear that a beautiful car is damaged but relieved to hear you're in one piece. It could have been much, much worse. Hope the Silver Bullet will rise again. If there's anything the Club can do - backing up your insurance valuation/claim for instance - just let me know. Alan
  17. I'd like to donate for the auction 2 trackday passes for our 2007 Castle Combe Club Lotus day (on the last Saturday in May). These are worth around
  18. 182 Hi Bibs, Yes, I'll be there but can only make Monday. 1. Alan Morgan 2. No - but will have a Lotus. 3. None 4. No 5.Def no! 6. No 7. No 8. Kenley, Surrey Look forward to seeing you all. Cheers, Alan
  19. I've been contacted by Classic Cars magazine who are looking for an early S1/S2 car in preferably red or yellow to photograph for a major Esprit feature they are planning in their September issue. They'd like to photograph the car in the Silverstone area sometime towards the end of next week and will pay expenses etc. If you're interested contact me at Club Lotus - email [email protected] or tel 01362 694459. Cheers, Alan
  20. I'm not quite sure what I've done to warrant such a vicious and highly personal attack from Nick Whiting on both myself and the club. No doubt I'll be enlightened. I'm also not going to attempt a full reply to his original post as another long detailed misive is probably not what you all want to read. If I'm mistaken tell me and I'll go through it line by line. Just a couple of points though. 'where are the owners of the earlier cars?' - actually they were with their cars inside the hall or perhaps NW missed the four classic F1 cars, the HLR display, the Essex and JPS Esprits and the two unique concept cars. And, for the record, I'm not an accountant looking to rip Lotus enthusiasts off. I've watched Jim Clark and Graham Hill three-wheel Cortina's around Brands and Crystal Palace; I've driven, owned, cursed, raced, fixed, loved and got various scars from many Lotus over the past 30 years; I spent most of my career publishing car magazines such as CCC, Miniworld, Custom Car, Off Road and Racecar Engineering so I think I know a little about the subject. I accept Donington is not perfect - no show has ever been perfect - but from the feedback I get it's better than it was a few years ago. Yes, it can be better and with co-operation rather than destructive and inaccurate asides it will be. Over the past 18 months I've extended the warmest of invitations to all Lotus groups to help me improve things and LEW has joined in wholeheartedly - witness the Stoneleigh and Doninton displays. I'm certainly not above criticism and the website is crap (it's being professionally re-designed after several people have let me down) so let's work together rather than otherwise.
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