By George Row. Photos by Gloria Wade.
From pretty little Elans and Clubmans to the grown up Evoras, there were twenty Lotus and a couple of ring-ins that enjoyed perfect spring weather for top-down touring.
The Scenic Rim is sparsely populated prime agricultural and grazing country, undulating with a back drop of rugged mountains of The Great Divide. Roads have really improved over the last few years but traffic is still light and it is easy to keep to the upper end of the speed limit.
First stop was at Mt. Alford General Store built in the 1880s and recently renovated to a wonderful brewery with a choice of five beers as well as coffee and fine food. The view from the large veranda was typical Australian landscape, little changed over the centuries. Some thought a mid-strength beer for morning tea was acceptable on Fathers’ Day.
The mid-day stop was at The Bearded Dragon, a very popular indoor/outdoor restaurant at Tamborine. This gave us an opportunity to expose our marque to the masses and a chance to socialise while waiting for lunch.
Lotus, old and new proved 100% reliable over the 170k tour and our thanks go to John and Penny Barram for organising a perfect route on beautiful, quiet touring roads.