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HLR AGM via Zoom - TBA Jan 2022. Don Hands has announced his wish to retire as HLR's Hon Secretary at the next AGM after three years service. Regrettably Don will not be agree a further term nomination, though is very keen to encourage, advise and initially support his successor taking on this key Officer role for HLR Ltd. Please do look at the Hon Sec’s role description and what it involves - it’s not just hard work, there are some fun things that happen too!

The AGM date itself has yet to be confirmed by the Directors. Its Calling Notice will reflect the notice necessary to secure prior nominations for the Hon Secretary and other vacant Officer posts. I look forward to seeing many of you at our next Zoom based AGM, which will be timed to maximise world wide member participation.

Best regards,

Erling Lindoe, Chairman, Historic Lotus Register Ltd

HLR Honorary Secretary Job Description

The post of Honorary Secretary is one of the Offices set down in the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Historic Lotus Register Ltd., a private limited company. The Company is managed by the Directors who are drawn from the membership by election at the AGM, normally held towards the end of each year. The Secretary, on appointment, is normally made one of the Directors. As an honorary position, the post is not remunerated, but expenses can be reimbursed at the discretion of the Directors for costs incurred in fulfillment of the role.

The duties of the Honorary Secretary are to support the work of the Directors in the administration of the company, these specific duties can include: -

Negotiation of terms for insurance of the company and its activities.

The calling and minuting of meetings of the Directors, Registrars, and the Annual General meeting and circulating such minutes.

Liaison with the contracted Membership Secretaries who deal with membership renewals and reminders, mailing of the magazine and bulk e-mails to the general Membership.

Dealing, as appropriate, with correspondence and phone calls from the general Membership, responding to queries, and re-directing correspondence to other Officers and Registrars as necessary.

Keeping records of the Officers and Registrars contact details.

Arranging venues and attending face-to-face meetings of Officers, Registrars and Members’ meetings if requested.

The majority of these tasks are generally carried out by telephone, e-mail and Zoom, so familiarity with these digital processes, digital filing, Word and Excel are necessary, as is a published telephone number and e-mail address. Records are generally kept digitally by the Secretary, with some contracts and legal documents kept in hard copy. The amount of time devoted to these tasks varies depending on the time of year, being busier towards the summer months and the end of the year but generally averages 8-16 hours per month. During Covid restrictions face-to-face meetings have been replaced with Zoom conferencing, but it is hoped that face-to-face meetings will resume at some time which may require travel to some venues.

An interest in the Historic car community, Lotus cars and events would be an advantage together with an engaging telephone manner! If you would like to discuss this opportunity, send a CV, or get more information by calling or e-mailing the current Honorary Secretary, Don Hands: Landline: 01803 297638 Mobile: 07831 525634 E-mail: don.hands@btinternet.com

Introduction of E10 Petrol

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) has issued a Press Release, which members might find useful to read, regarding the introduction of E10 petrol and its use in classic cars.

The full article is available on the FBHVC website here, or can be downloaded here. Parts of it are reproduced below.

After an extensive consultation process, the Department for Transport has introduced legislation to mandate E10 petrol as the standard 95-octane petrol grade in Great Britain from 1 September 2021 (in Northern Ireland, this will happen in early 2022). They will also require the higher-octane 97+ 'Super' grades to remain E5 to provide protection for owners of older vehicles. This product will be designated as the 'Protection' grade. The change in fuel applies to petrol only. Diesel fuel will not be changing. Petrol pumps now show new labels designating the grade, the maximum ethanol content and an advisory cautionary notice. Other information regarding the introduction of E10 petrol may also be provided by fuel retailers such as the 'Know your Fuel' sticker. The Federation recommends that all vehicles produced before 2000 and some vehicles from the early 2000s that are considered non-compatible with E10 - should use the Super E5 Protection grade where the Ethanol content is limited to a maximum of 5%.

Fuel Systems

Some historic vehicles use materials in the fuel systems that are damaged by ethanol. These include some cork, shellac, epoxy resins, nylon, polyurethane and glass-fibre reinforced polyesters. In later cars these have largely been replaced with paper gaskets, Teflon, polyethylene and polypropylene which are all unaffected by ethanol. Very old leather gaskets and seals are also resistant to ethanol.

As the ethanol molecule is smaller and more polar than conventional petrol components, there is a lower energy barrier for ethanol to diffuse into elastomer materials. When exposed to petrol/ethanol blends these materials will swell and soften, resulting in a weakening of the elastomer structure. On drying out they can shrink and crack resulting in fuel leaks.

If your fuel system has old hoses or any degradation of components, then ethanol may appear to advance these problems very quickly. You may experience leaks or fuel 'sweating' from fuel lines. Some fuel tank repair coatings have been found to breakdown and clog fuel systems, although there are plenty of ethanol resistant products on the market.

Engine tuning.

Ethanol contains approximately 35% oxygen by weight and will therefore result in fuel mixture enleanment when blended into petrol. Petrol containing 10% ethanol for example, would result in a mixture-leaning effect equivalent to approximately 2.6%, which may be felt as a power loss, driveability issues (hesitations, flat spots, stalling), but also could contribute to slightly hotter running. Adjusting mixture strength (enrichment) to counter this problem is advised to maintain performance, driveability and protect the engine from overheating and knock at high loads.

Additives and vehicle storage.

Ethanol has increased acidity, conductivity and inorganic chloride content when compared to conventional petrol which is typically pH neutral. Ethanol can cause corrosion and tarnishing of metal components under certain conditions. These characteristics are controlled in the ethanol used to blend E5 and E10 European and UK petrol by the ethanol fuel specification BS EN15376 in order to help limit corrosion.

Some aftermarket ethanol compatibility additives claim complete protection for operating historic and classic vehicles on E10 petrol. The FBHVC is not aware of, or has tested any additives that claim complete fuel system protection with respect to elastomer and gasket materials for use with E10 petrol. The FBHVC therefore recommends that elastomer and gasket materials are replaced with ethanol compatible materials before operation on E10 petrol.

However, corrosion inhibitor additives can be very effective in controlling ethanol derived corrosion and are recommended to be added to ethanol in the BS EN15376 standard. It is not clear if corrosion inhibitors are universally added to ethanol for E5 and E10 blending so as an additional precaution it is recommended that aftermarket corrosion inhibitor additives are added to E5 and E10 petrol.

These aftermarket ethanol corrosion inhibitor additives often called ethanol compatibility additives are usually combined with a metallic valve recession additive (VSR) and sometimes an octane booster and have been found to provide good protection against metal corrosion in historic and classic vehicle fuel systems.


The Consultation document will be available to download once it has been emailed to members.