In a stark contrast to last years apocalyptic rain, TLF members enjoyed a beautiful day of sunshine at this years TLF International Lotus Day on Sunday 10th May. Held in the grounds of Mercedes-Benz World and Brooklands Museum in Weybridge, well over 200 Lotus cars attended with over 500 visitors on the day. The main attractions included a huge car park full of Lotus cars dominating the old airstrip, a Concours with close to 30 entrants and 4 of the 5 Evora GTE’s in the UK. Visitors were also able to pre-book a photo with their car parked under the Brooklands Concorde and at the end of the day close to 50 of our members cars drove onto the iconic Brooklands Banking for a group photo. This photo will be available for wallpaper download as our Picture of the Month for May and prints will be available shortly.
Well known and prolific Lotus author William Taylor was also in attendance with the Worldwide exclusive launch of his new book ‘Lotus, The Marque‘ and brought along a Lotus 22 Formula Junior which took pride of place in the Concours area. The entrants of the Concours were also lead out onto the MBW track for a series of parade laps lasting 20 minutes then with group pictures being taken at lunchtime.
2015 Concours winners:
- Best pre-1986 – Barries Cornes | Essex Esprit
- Best post-1985 – Chris Cole | Esprit Turbo
- Best post-2000 – James Watson | Lotus Evora
- ‘William Taylor’ Award – Phil Pigrim| Excel SE
- Overall Winner – Jon Roberts | Esprit S1
Feedback from the event has been excellent which you can read here and more of the visitors pictures can be seen here. We’re very encouraged by the turnout and are already planning for 2016! Thanks to MBW and Brooklands Museum for their assistance with the day and use of their facilities, and it’s great that we helped with fundraising for the Museum and Concorde funds. Thanks also to nineteen80one.com for the pictures and a huge thank you to all the people who travelled from far and wide to make this event such a success!
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