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  1. Regarding help to Lotus clubs, over the last 16 years I’ve been involved quite heavily with Lotus Ltd of North America.  Initially running tours for members in 2003/4 and virtually every year until this one (virus).  
    For the last 10 years they have been based around both Goodwood events, we visit the two old factories in London, Hethel, CTL, ECM, ACBC grave, Kett Hall, Malcolm Ricketts, Brooklands and other places of interest....including North Norfolk.

    In the Bahar period ‘we’ went some way down the road to having some club information put in the car along with the service/instruction books before it was sent to the U.S. We got as far as designing a leaflet, but if memory serves me correctly........Dany left the building.....

    I thought it was a great idea, with little cost to Lotus.


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  2. Hi Ken

    This is so disturbing, I have been a ‘Lotus fan’ for 56 years, started at Hethel in 68 building Elan, Europa’s and +2’s.  From 2000-2014 I worked on the Driver Training Academy and ran the factory tours.  The Bahar period was ‘interesting’ for sure, the Gales period.....I have nothing positive to say but I’m hoping once Geely get a hold of things, things will improve.  It doesn’t excuse the way you have been treated and hopefully someone at Hethel will pick up on this and get back to you.

    Its a shame we couldn’t have contacted each other when you were time, or might see you at the Lotus Owners Gathering in August.


    Good Luck


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  3. Hi Dylan,

    So sorry to read of your loss, although your dad had great taste in cars.  The Elite has been a favourite of mine for a lot of  years.

    May I make a suggestion that you join Lotus Ltd, North America’s largest Lotus Owners Club.  Quite a few Elite owners in the club and would be more than helpful to offer any advice or help you might need in the future.

    Kind Regards





  4. Gales told Autocar that he was leaving for "personal reasons" and that it was "time to move on". He departs his job today and described it as "a very emotional day", adding: "Lotus has been in my heart for 50 years."


    ’in my heart for 50 years’....what a joke, it’s been in his heart for 4 years, every time the cheque hit his account.  Thank goodness someone has closed his toy box, as told to me by a Lotus engineer a few months ago.


    Lotus was in my heart for over 55 years and he ripped it out after five minutes......

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  5. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Barber on many occasions and can’t speak highly enough of the venue.  Last year it opened an extension and has a glass bridge going over the track.  Also look out for Mr.Barber, a really lovely unassuming gentleman who loves to have a chat....and a keen Lotus man.  He has a wonderful home that overlooks the city of Birmingham with a real Ferrari F1 hanging on the wall.........

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