Some would say that we would not be driving the Lotus cars of today had it not been for the special combination of F1 Champion Jim Clark, and Lotus founder Colin Chapman.
The relationship started in 1958, Clark went on to win 2 F1 World Championships, and Indianapolis for Lotus, but sadly died in a F2 accident at Hockenheim just 10 years later.
50 Years on, a special commemorative historic race meeting at Hockenheim was a fitting venue for 8 Nyloc crews to show their appreciation.
After an overnight sea crossing from Hull, a mammoth 380 mile drive, and a baking hot day, the only solution was copious beer on arrival at the hotel near Heidelberg. A rest day followed when several went to do the tourist thing in Heidelberg, whilst others took the opportunity of a rapid drive through the local countryside, the smooth, quiet, twisty roads being an ideal playground for a Lotus.
Saturday and Sunday were long blisteringly hot days at the Hockenheim circuit where each day along with the historic racing there was also a round of the Lotus Cup Europe championship. There was a special Jim Clark exhibition, and rarely have we seen so many Lotus cars together in one place.
The return journey on day 5 started wet but soon dried out and as a respite from the autobahns, we took the scenic route past Nurburgring, which seemed to be a fitting end to an amazing long weekend.
Some pictures of the event…
Some of our members went to the popular Silverstone Classic event. A worthwhile trip to see a variety of Lotus cars, as well as some other very good classics!
For many the club has become a vital part of Lotus ownership with many of the members regularly taking part in club events, runs and discussions on the NYLOC forum.
The club would like to thank everyone for their support over last 20 years, which was celebrated at the Buckles meet held on the 26th June 2018.
On the night there was:
– A Lotus car concours held in the car park where we often use the right hand side of Buckles Inn (this area was reserved exclusively for Lotus cars in order to help with photographs and judging). Spaces were made available to the front of Buckles for non-lotus cars.
– A hot and cold buffet was provided for all NYLOC members to enjoy.
– Car concours judging and prizes were awarded.
– New demonstrator cars were on show for closer inspection.
– Cake cutting ceremony was held with the Founders.
– A talk from the founding members wrapped up the evening.
Date: June 2017
Event: Prom night, NYLOC style
Location: Grand hotel, Bradford
Forget the stretched Limo, arrive in style in a convoy of 10 Lotus cars. The city centre resonated with the sound of sports exhausts and shoppers looked on as the guys pulled up outside the hotel.
Luckily there was enough space on the road before the Limo's and coaches arrived.
Date: March 2017
Event: NYLOC'ers Go-Karting Challenge
Location: GYG Karting near Corwen, Wales
It doesn’t have to be dry weather to have some fun as we proved on this event. Go Karting hones those driving skills in preparation for Track Days, as well as being great fun!
The usual suspects line up, trying not to look too competitive.
Date: May 2017
Event: Birthday weekend celebrations
Location: North Wales
Celebrating a major birthday in Wales involves fine dining, beer, games and of course engines!
After the Karting, we headed for the EVO triangle route in North Wales to really appreciate why the Lotus is such a joy to drive.
All parked up and ready for the Karting to begin.
Date: May 2017
Event: Go-karting racing
Location: F1 Karting, Leeds
Forget about Lotus driving skills, this is driving at it’s best.
The plinth heights need to be adjusted, so break out the catalogue pose.
Date: August 2017
Event: Chatsworth House visit
Location: Chatsworth House, near Derby
A run over the Peaks then coffee and cake at the House.
Date: July 2012
Event: Lake District Weekend break
Location: Lake district, Windermere and Bowness
Over 20 cars attended a summer weekend outing near the Lake District