Lotus Cars 70th Anniversary at Hethel

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  1. Cooper Site Manager

    Cooper
    Location:
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    Definitely a brand that has got underneath my skin, our local Lotus dealer was in touch with me about this event.

    Lotus 70th Anniversary Party

    Celebrating 70 years of Lotus, should be a spectacular event and I'm hoping to get a run over to it. Lotus owners that come to mind @svensktoppen @PhilGT_2008
     
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  2. svensktoppen RMS Regular

    svensktoppen
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    S3, Elise
    Definitely up for a run Andy! Even if this event is full we could go on an RMS exclusive factory visit :cool: May actually be a better option anyway.

    There's been a lot of talk on Lotus forums about the lack of celebration from the factory - a marketing event at Goodwood and that's pretty much it, nothing for the fans/owners. Great to see they are finally doing something for the owners as well.

    Hethel is obviously the natural choice but it's a small site with limited space. It's already "sold out" according to the web site.

    Some local clubs have had anniversary runs, but unfortunately the biggest annual Lotus get-together, the Lotus Festival at Brands, is having a hiatus this year of all years, lol.
     
  3. Cartunes RMS Regular

    Cartunes
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    Most of us at Hethel aren't even allowed to park on site for the event, unless we own a Lotus. We get a decent discount though so who knows. We underlings have a park and ride service. Look me up Andrew.
     
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  4. PhilGT_2008 RMS Regular

    PhilGT_2008
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    Would love to go to this. Damn it reminds me how much i miss my Evora, and having a Lotus in general!
     
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  5. svensktoppen RMS Regular

    svensktoppen
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    Just get it done :cool:
     
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  6. svensktoppen RMS Regular

    svensktoppen
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    Actually that Lotus 70th at Hethel IS the Lotus Festival this year (y)
     
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  7. Cooper Site Manager

    Cooper
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    It is. If you want tickets, Simon Duckett at Ballyrobert Lotus (Bangor) is the man to speak to.

    Unlikely I can take the exige which is a real shame but personal commitments prevent it. Hoping to fly over for the day.

    Ryanair is reasonable to Stansted. Heading over with @Robert
     
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  8. Derekm RMS Regular

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    Ballyrobert also offered me two tickets but cant go unfortunately. Nice of them to offer though.
     
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  9. svensktoppen RMS Regular

    svensktoppen
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    I'll have one of them if you don't need them :innocent:
     
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  10. Derekm RMS Regular

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    Best speak to Ballyrobert.
     
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  11. svensktoppen RMS Regular

    svensktoppen
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    Seems to be plenty of tickets available from dealers if anyone is still interested. They are "guest tickets" for parking off-site with plenty of space and shuttle bus to Hethel.

    The tickets for parking at the factory are long gone.
     
  12. Sharkey RMS Regular

    Sharkey
    I got a phone call from Ballyrobert as well. Gutted I cant go for im away on Holidays. I asked them if I went could I drive round the test track to which the guy said he would ask them lol I don't think he did.
     
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  13. svensktoppen RMS Regular

    svensktoppen
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    The answer to that is a no, lol :innocent:

    I believe they do have days where you can test drive the current range for a small fee, but they would be more for marketing than actual track days.
     
  14. Cooper Site Manager

    Cooper
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    Just booked to fly over for the event. If anyone else is heading and wants to meet up for a yarn at the airport etc drop me a PM.
     
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  15. svensktoppen RMS Regular

    svensktoppen
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    Won't be able to make it on that day :sob:

    But will make that factory visit this year!
     
  16. Derekm RMS Regular

    Derekm
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    Be interested to hear your thoughts on it when you get back.
    I can't go this time. I have been round the factory before and its worth a visit.
     
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  17. svensktoppen RMS Regular

    svensktoppen
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    Just got booked in for a factory and heritage tour on Monday for me and wee Princess :cool:
     
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  18. Cartunes RMS Regular

    Cartunes
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    Look me up chum. I'll come say
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  19. Cartunes RMS Regular

    Cartunes
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    Received my ticket today, with parking pass and I can't attend! Gutted.
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  20. Cartunes RMS Regular

    Cartunes
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    Looks like it will be a fun day for a petrolhead.......
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    and.......SUN!
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  21. Cooper Site Manager

    Cooper
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    Can’t wait Del!
     
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  22. Cartunes RMS Regular

    Cartunes
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    I'm gutted I have to come home this weekend :worried:
    Sorry about the parking pass - we were promised a white on-site pass, but I think the organizers realised they would be abused and sold on the black market.
     
  23. Cartunes RMS Regular

    Cartunes
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    They're pulling out the classics from all over Hethel today and some strangely-coloured modern stuff has come off the line too. @pablo , swap for your iPhone X?
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    Oops, I just passed a sign at security that states " no photography on site"

    I retract my recent photographic evidence.
     
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  24. svensktoppen RMS Regular

    svensktoppen
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    Lol, I tried to take a picture of the old main entrance that's not even used any more (just a shop), at the back of the building where Princess was born, and got a right old telling off :joy:

    That looks like a fantastic track programme!

    It was like a summer day yesterday, hope you all get a great time :cool:
     
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  25. Cooper Site Manager

    Cooper
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    An incredible day here at Hethel. Report to follow...

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