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Forthcoming Events
Event Date Venue
Classic Team Lotus Garden Party 15th and 16th June, 2024 East Carleton Manor, Norwich - see below.
Mk 14 Elite lunch meeting 20th June 2024 The Trout at Tadpole Bridge, Farringdon, SN7 8RF
Tickets from John Mead
'Wild About Racing' Book Launch 29th June, 2024 Jim Clark Museum, Duns - see below.
Lotus Summer Gathering and Picnic 30th June, 2024 East Hertfordshire - see below
Historic Specials Day 11th August, 2024 Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford. Report on the 2022 event here
Staffordshire Clubs for Young People Curborough Charity Day 26th August, 2024 Curborough Sprint Course, Netherstowe Ln, Lichfield WS13 8EJ
- see below
Ricketts Racing Open Day 14th September, 2024 Old Dairy Barn Workshop, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8RG.
LOG 43 27th to 29th September, 2024 Austin, Texas
HLR Film Show Autumn 2024 Details to follow
HLR AGM and Dinner 16th November, 2024 Chippenham, Wiltshire

Classic Team Lotus Garden Party - 15th & 16th June 2024


One example of each of the first 12 Lotus car designs will be gathered together for the first time ever, at the Classic Team Lotus Garden Party at East Carleton Manor, Norwich on 15th and 16th June, 2024.

This historic variety of innovative car designs took Colin and Hazel Chapman on their extraordinary journey from the humble lock-up in North London to the glamour of the Monaco Grand Prix – and beyond - in just 10 years.

In another first, the unprecedented presentation of the early years of Lotus will be accompanied by the recent discovery of Stan Chapman’s personal film archive which provides never seen footage of the very earliest days, from the Mk II onwards. Garden Party guests will enjoy the first public viewing of this ‘buried treasure’.

The Chapman Family is looking forward to welcoming Garden Party guests to East Carleton Manor again, for this second celebration of Hazel & Colin Heritage. Many other Lotus racing and road cars will be exhibited throughout the grounds and gardens. The marquee on the Horseshoe Lawn will provide guests with seated hospitality and act as the focus for an entertaining programme of presentations, including appearances by invited guests. A variety of displays and activities throughout the beautiful venue will add to the occasion. Guests in their Lotus cars will benefit from preferred parking and a photo opportunity in the forecourt.

The Garden Party 2024 will be another splendid event at East Carleton Manor on the 15th & 16th June (the content will be the same on each of the two days).

Tickets are available from the Classic Team Lotus Garden Party web page.

The Elite Summer Lunch - 20th June 2024

Aerial view of the Trout at Tadpole Bridge hotel

The Elite summer lunch will take place at 'The Trout at Tadpole Bridge' on Thursday 20th June.

The aim is to have a convivial lunch for like-minded folk who are interested in the Elite (Type 14) and classic Lotus - it's not essential that you have an Elite.

Details of the menu and tickets are available from John Mead (telephone 07881 864549), and full details of The Trout may be seen on their web page.

'Wild About Racing' Book Launch - 29th June 2024

Front cover of 'Wild about racing - my Lotus years with Clark and Chapman

BHP's next book will be released on 29th June, with the official launch taking place at the award winning Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in the Scottish Borders. It is a wonderful account by Derek Wild of his time working at Lotus, including winning the 1963 F1 title with Clark, and is illustrated throughout with many images taken by Derek himself, behind the scenes. The Foreword is provided by Jackie Oliver, who Derek also worked with.

Derek will be at the launch in Duns on 29th/30th June. For those unable to make it to Scotland, signed copies will be available to pre-order on the BHP website from 24th May. The book itself is a 230x230mm hardback, published on high quality paper and priced at £30.

Lotus Summer Gathering and Picnic - 30th June, 2024

Historic Lotus Register Summer Gathering car display/outdoor field picnic. A big open air Lotus owners Summer gathering, here in East Hertfordshire - large field, open countryside - sit in the sunshine by the lake. Free to attend designed for the true enthusiast, just bring your own deck chairs/picnic lunch or get something on sale here - Jane will be in charge of catering so you know it will be nice from midday to 5.00pm. Plenty of parking - trailer if you wish hopefully lots to look at and like minded folk to chat to. Come in a Lotus or something interesting. A voluntary donation to club funds on the day towards expenses would be gratefully received. We expect to have a small marquee and there will be toilets.

No doubt most of you are familiar with Stansted airport as a landmark so think 6 miles due West of that along the A120.

You may set up gazebos as sun/rain shades or as bring and buy tables for Lotus parts, books memorabilia etc to sell.

Please volunteer now if you would like to arrive early and act as marshals welcoming owners and shepherding them into chronological display order and model groupings - please let me know. Richard Hinton

Staffordshire Clubs for Young People Curborough Charity Day - 26th August 2024

Staffordshire Clubs for Young People are holding a charity day at Curborough Sprint Course on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Curborough Charity Day Poster, featuring the 'Spider' hillclimb special

Among the 100 cars and motorcycles entered, they hope to welcome back favorites, including the 5700cc orange “Catering Meats Special” 1970s Jersey hill climber Ford Capri, James Ibbotson’s super quick Hillman Imp, and David Hands’ magnificent 1925 Type 39 GP Bugatti. And of course “Spider”, featured on this year’s flyer, arguably the most famous Shelsley hill climb special, built by Basil Davenport in 1923.

Further details may be seen at the Staffordshire Clubs for Young People Curborough Charity Day website.