By Russell Carter
The morning of the 25th August saw a gathering of Lotus at the BP Servo, Yatala all ready to head off on a mid week run organised by Mal Kelson.
11 Lotus – 3 Exige – 4 Elise – 2 Esprit – 2 Caterham together with a beautifully restored VW Fastback of Giles & Janet Cooper from the Gold Coast.
A nice surprise was meeting Terry Bosworth from the Gold Coast. Terry owns a one-owner yellow Series 1 Esprit. His father purchased this car in the USA in 1977 from new. The car is LHD with a very low mileage and is in original condition.
On leaving the servo we all headed on a direct route to Tamborine Mountain, on the way stopping at the Bearded Dragon to meet up with some Gold Coast members. We then had an exhilarating drive up the mountain and down the other side to Canungra where we stopped for morning tea at the Metz Cafe. After a lot of talking and eating we then made our own way home.
Unfortunately on the drive home Mark Mathieson had an engine fire in his Series 3 Esprit (a split oil pressure sender pipe sprayed oil over the hot exhaust). Fortunately Mark had, the night before the run, installed a ‘Blazecut’ fire suppression system which did its job, and not a lot of damage was caused. He was helped by some construction workers working on the road, who seeing the black smoke arrived with fire extinguishers to help. Thanks to these guys.
All in all a nice day was had by all. It was nice meeting up with some new faces from the Gold Coast area. Thanks to Mal for organising the day.
Giles & Janet Cooper, Winno Piddington, Terry Bosworth, Ngaire & Paul Bolton, Des Hill & Evan.
Daryl & Moira Wilson, Mark Mathieson, Pip & Kent Andres, Dave, Chris & Mal Kelson, Leigh & Russell Carter.
Apologies if I missed anyone out!