James Stronach, Business Director at Holt’s famous Gresham School has a history with lightweight sports cars built in Norfolk, he was the Financial Director of Group Lotus for 8 years! James thought it would be a good idea for the students at Gresham’s to get up close to one of Norfolk’s most famous exports (after turkeys – Bernard Matthews famous farms are just 12 miles from the school!) so a display of cars was arranged for the students and staff to see up close on Friday the 20th May 2011 over the schools lunchtime. The children already have a keen eye on the automotive world as each year they get to learn what makes a car work and how it’s held together with a build of a brand new Caterham so to see the more polished product straight off the line from Hethel and some of the cars which made the company great was a real treat.
Members of TLF travelled from the midlands, the south coast and south-east and were treated on arrival with a lunch in the school canteen and we can confirm that they’ve never had it so good! A great choice of healthy meals and delicious too, topped off with a fantastic lemon crumble and custard, the custard was somehow devoid of lumps too! Cars in attendance were included the new Evora and Elise Club Racer on loan from Lotus for the event, an Exige Cup 260, Elise Sport 160, S2 Elise, Esprit GT3 and Esprit Dry Dump Turbo, the latter which peaked the interest of the headmaster, Phillip John who tried the car out for size!
Thanks to Gresham’s for the invite and for being such hospitable hosts and to everyone who gave up their time and put in the effort to travel not inconsiderable distances to give another generation an interest in the sports and supercars of their counties famous car maker.