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I go to club meets for a good laugh and good banter etc.Im also a member of the SAAB owners club that meet in Bury st Edmunds on the first Thursday of the month. Everyone donates 2 Pounds into club funds for run outs in the summer to help with costs. there are normally about ten members who attend each month and some are not local. Not bad for a car thats no longer made. Its the people that make the club no mater what make. I hope this makes sense it's been a long day.

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Well it was a good meeting last night with 6 of us enjoying a pint. I think a regular meet at the same place works better than moving it around as some people just turn up with out checking onlin

So why don't we just keep it simple. Let's personal message everyone  in the area a week before the event and encourage some attendance. I will organise a summer drive to? 

Hello all As the 'new kid on the block', I've been following this thread with some interest, as this is a subject that rears it's ugly head quite often in other clubs/groups that I'm involved wit

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One of the most active clubs seems to be the TVR club. Possibly because they've managed to not splinter their membership into a million sub-clubs.

In any case, I look forward to February's meet. If I'm here for it. Think I am.

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I thought we only had one main club?

We have TLF for the people who love to socialise with their Lotus  cars and other Lotus owners whilst they drive them and fettle them.

Club Lotus for Lotus owners with flat caps and a metal lathe in the garden shed and who are a certain age.

And S E L O C for people who like to talk about and buy Porsche, Audi and BMW cars.

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15 hours ago, OwenGT3 said:

EALC have never done the Holt show, someone may have given that name, but most event that have take place at Holt I or Garry Smith have organised and gone under the name Anglian Lotus Group, which is the Facebook page I've got for events in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge. The Holt event was just a turn up and park event, you organised your own ticket, so that's why you would have been asked to park near the other Lotus cars, just to put on a better display of the brand.

Oops, :blush::blush: but on arrival, we were told that "The East Anglian Lotus Club has a display & have asked us if we could direct all Lotus cars to them, do you mind?" When we got to the display area, there were several Loti arranged in two rows back to back, a gazebo, quite a few people wearing EALC sweat shirts &/or baseball caps, some of whom I recognised from our visit to the club night, they introduced themselves as EALC, & I was given a little laminated card advertising the EALC, (which I actually still have as I thought it was a brilliant idea & had thoughts of pinching the idea for our classic bike club) so please forgive my mistake/confusion :blush:, but I assumed that it WAS an EALC organised display. & Yes, I know assume makes an ass of u & me :lol:. Later on, friends with an Elan were given the same request at the gate, & duly arrived on your display. I have been to the same event at Holt before & since, & yes, arranged our own entry ticket as always, but that was the only time we've been asked to join other Lotus cars, & none of the other general entry cars were grouped together by make or model, so don't think it came from the show organisers.

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2 hours ago, Orsom Weels said:

Oops, :blush::blush: but on arrival, we were told that "The East Anglian Lotus Club has a display & have asked us if we could direct all Lotus cars to them, do you mind?" When we got to the display area, there were several Loti arranged in two rows back to back, a gazebo, quite a few people wearing EALC sweat shirts &/or baseball caps, some of whom I recognised from our visit to the club night, they introduced themselves as EALC, & I was given a little laminated card advertising the EALC, (which I actually still have as I thought it was a brilliant idea & had thoughts of pinching the idea for our classic bike club) so please forgive my mistake/confusion :blush:, but I assumed that it WAS an EALC organised display. & Yes, I know assume makes an ass of u & me :lol:. Later on, friends with an Elan were given the same request at the gate, & duly arrived on your display. I have been to the same event at Holt before & since, & yes, arranged our own entry ticket as always, but that was the only time we've been asked to join other Lotus cars, & none of the other general entry cars were grouped together by make or model, so don't think it came from the show organisers.

Tim

I've had a look, but can't find any photo's from Holt in my EALC folder, and I usually take photos of every event I've attended. I looked up in my photos and can only see 2014 and 2015. If EALC did go it was before then, 2013 maybe? I can't find any photo's from that event or remember going as EALC. If we did go as EALC it was only the once, becuase they haven't been recently.

This was 2014, rained all the time, didn't stay the whole day.
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2015 event
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The complete line up with additional cars tagged on the ends
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Wow thats my Elite. Bloody vac lights now sorted MX5 motors. Elite will be back on the road i hope this year as i miss driving it. The Elan is ok but it does not have the character.

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3 hours ago, OwenGT3 said:

I've had a look, but can't find any photo's from Holt in my EALC folder, and I usually take photos of every event I've attended. I looked up in my photos and can only see 2014 and 2015. If EALC did go it was before then, 2013 maybe? I can't find any photo's from that event or remember going as EALC. If we did go as EALC it was only the once, becuase they haven't been recently.

My how time flies, I think you are probably right with 2013. I would have guessed a bit later, but I'm pretty sure it was the year before the one that it rained all day, one to remember for the wrong reasons, we went home early also.

When I posted my initial reply, I was trying to point out that in my experience, the EALC were actually a friendly bunch, & if we had caused "raised eyebrows" by tacking on to one of their displays, it was simply because we had been asked to do so. It seems, & I accepted, that I may have made a genuine mistake as to who's display we had actually been asked to join, for which I apologised & explained why I may have made that mistake in my last post, I really don't want this to become an argument about who is right or wrong, I concede :wacko:

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Well we have now spent 2 weeks talking about it with no decisions.

I propose in the Month of February we move the meeting to February 9th and join Owen and friends.  We can then discuss face to face and maybe come away with a resolution for the the short term at least.

Everyone who agrees give a :thumbsup:

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Sorry not been commenting much in this thread as first week back at work. :help:

 

I will happily do either. I was going to make a list of people on here and drop them a line for our normal meet , not sure if that's the right things to do if we are going to meet up with another group incase there is a weird vibe. No reason there should be I suppose. This is turning into gang of New York. 

 

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3 hours ago, PhilW said:

I propose in the Month of February we move the meeting to February 9th and join Owen and friends.

I think we should stay with the meetings as they for the time being. Bibs sorted us out with the owners of the BIH our "slot" so for one thing just stopping turning up might be a bit rude. Also from the conversations I had with other regulars they seem happy to come along to the BIH.

In the past when this has come up it took months of wrangling trying to find a day which suited everyone.

That said many of the people who cried as as they couldn't make a certain day so meant we shifted thing around to suit them are the same people who never turn up for the meetings anyway...

Maybe see if we can arrange a tie up with club Lotus at some point but until then lets keep with the 3rd monday at the BIH.

What do you lot thing to that?

 

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That's , that then. Let's keep the day as it is. People do show up but we just need to get numbers up. I will send a message to people in the area as a reminder. If we could get a consistent 10 or so I would say that's pretty good. I am sure numbers will increase in summer and decrease it winter. We have had 8-10 before and there seems to be more Norfolk people popping up all the time. 

If we add in a couple of summer drives, a BBQ and maybe a classic team lotus tour then surely this will cement relationships and build a community. I think they key to this is no pressure but fun and interest when we meet. 

 

So for those who have not attended the meet is at the Bird In Hand 3rd Monday of every month. The food and beer is decent. Plenty of parking so we can have our own Lotus area. Nice twisty roads and also just a mile or so from the Lotus factory. What other region can say that. 

 

We normally meet in the car park 7-7.30. A bit of grub and a beer. If you don't want to eat a beer is fine . We have a nice mix of cars from the 1970-2000's. 

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1 hour ago, Stuart Monument said:

I am sure numbers will increase in summer and decrease it winter. 

If we add in a couple of summer drives, a BBQ and maybe a classic team lotus tour then surely this will cement relationships and build a community. I think they key to this is no pressure but fun and interest when we meet. 

This ^^^^

I've not commented thus far since i've never managed to make a meet, save for the one that was cancelled just in time back in the summer.

For some midweek meets can be difficult, particularly in the winter for those who live a fair few miles away, and for others weekend meets are just as difficult, so there is no formula that's going to work for everyone.

Still hoping to make it one day :thumbup:

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Maybe being a Monday that's a problem? I vary rarely attend the EALC meetings each month as they are a Monday, with it being first day back at work, usually just get home and want to stay in. The CL meeting on the Thursday ain't too bad a day as you're starting to wind down for the weekend, knowing you only have Friday to go, so don't mind going out.

This may be why I don't attend TLF meetings much, plus I never remember the date.

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Fine for me. One or two events would be great. Looking forward to 20th Feb. I will be there even if I come in a non Lotus, unless I am away with work but at the moment that is unlikely.

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