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Lotus drops another special edition with its Exige 350.

Lotus seems to have reached the point where much of its time is spent releasing special edition models of its existing lineup (rather than adding anything new). Before this Exige 350 came the Elise 250 and the Evora 400 Hethel, to celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary.

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2016 TLR Year End Funtion


Yes, the year is coming to an end all too quickly … and that also means that we can look forward to an evening of fun, festivity and recognition within the TLR and the racing leg, Lotus Challenge.  This will take place at the Piston Ring Club on Saturday 26 November 2016 from 18h00.

Our creative masters of turning the venue into a magic wonderland will be at it again.  A huge “Thank You” in anticipation, to Lauren and Colleen for offering their precious time once again.  They would appreciate help and suggestions from members and/or their spouses.  Also remember, CHILDREN ARE A PART OF THE CLUB AND ARE MOST WELCOME.

Anyone able to assist can contact me and I will pass it on to the ladies, or you have their details on the invite.

We will be turning the Piston Ring Club into a glitzy venue of BLACK & WHITE, with a touch of colour.  Anyone that has not seen what they conjure up will be in for a surprise!!

We have also managed to keep prices down, despite the inflationary momentum that has engulfed the country.

We look forward to a positive response from our members, spouses and their friends to join us for a memorable and fun occasion which draws the curtain on a great 2016 TLR year.  This is the one occasion the girls can dress up!!

Please RSVP to Lauren & Colleen As soon as possible to allow suitable arrangements and planning.

Price per person is same as 2015 –  R250 per Adult and R125 per child under 16.

EFT to Lotus Register bank account – USE YOUR SURNAME and YEF as reference.

Lotus reveal Elise 250 Special Edition


In a celebration of style and lightweight performance, and helping mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s famous Hethel site, Lotus has revealed the latest addition to its collection: the exclusive Elise 250 Special Edition.

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TLR Driver Training Day 2016

Hi to all TLR members and friends


Within a couple of weeks we will be holding our annual and very successful Lotus Driver Training Day at Red Star Raceway.  I know it is an event that many look forward to participating in and the fact that we have moved it to a new venue,  Red Star Raceway, this year, will excite a lot of regulars that have become “used” to Zwartkops and equally it will be an adventure not to be missed by anyone that has not yet attended a Driver Training Day.


As usual, our regular racers will act as instructors and assist newcomers and any other  participants with getting to grips with how to negotiate the various aspects of track driving, cornering, etc.


It promises to be exciting and very educational to all, even the old hands at driving.  To the not so experienced drivers, it will be greatly beneficial to you to learn how to control your car in unfamiliar circumstances.


As usual, a number of people are making their cars available for “HOT LAPS” and again, you will experience the thrills of a race track with many of our talented race drivers.


Below are the details made available by Derek van der Merwe, this is the umpteenth DTD that he has organised.  A massive THANK YOU to Derek, once again.


Details of the Driver training day for circulation to all the club members please.

Join us for the annual Lotus Register Driver Training Day on the 27th of August.

DATE: Aug 27,2016

TIME:  7:00 am – 12:45 pm

Registration from 7h00.

Theory session 8h00.

Track opens 9h00  track closes  12 h45. 

VENUE: Red Star Raceway, N12, Delmas,

Physical Address: Groenfontein/Dryden Turn Off, N12 …  Zonderfout Farm, Portion 5, Delmas

GPS Co-ordinates:


S 26 04’ 30.9”
E 28 45’ 20.0”

COST: R100 per member. R200 per guest. R50 Hotlaps. Max 3 guests per member..

Entries online:


Payment to be done via EFT to:


The Lotus Register

Nedbank Isando

Acc No 1961277530

Br Code 196142


Ref: Your name & DTD

Refreshments, Toasted sandwiches, Burgers, etc are available at Red Star Café, for the duration of the morning.

Lunch for own account at Red Star cafe. Refreshments


We would appreciate any help that can be offered on the day … anyone that can assist, please contact Derek at 082 495 6114 or email

Volunteers are needed to help with:

Registration and documentation


Hot lap controllers

Hot lap cars

Track Cones placement

Venue preparation

Dear TLR members and enthusiasts

We are very pleased to inform you all of the planned Concours d’Elegance that is being held on 26 June 2016 at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens.

Before we go any further, THIS IS A FUN LOTUS EVENT, not the normal severe Concours’Etat that some car clubs participate in.  No heavy technical requirements and meticulously prepared cars … just normal everyday Lotus cars, replicas and derivatives of Lotus cars.  We will also try to celebrate the 50th year of existence of the Elan. (Entries permitted).  Dr Wayne, you can even bring that dodgy black Evora  jobbie to the day!!!

The judging will be done by some with a lot of Lotus knowledge, some with an eye for beauty, some with an eye for colour and style (eg a number a judges from the fairer sex will also help).

The Concours will also act as the June Breakfast Run … yes, it is a week later than normal but this was done because of 16 June being a holiday and could influence people to use that weekend to go away.  The Gardens have 2 breakfast venues to pick from and both come highly recommended.

We can start arriving from around 08.00 onwards, those entered will be directed to a spot in the Gardens, others will park in the car park and entry fee to the Gardens is R30 per adult.  Feel free to bring your own picnic hamper and ensure you bring chairs along.

Please take the time to read the attached newsletter regarding the event … it will explain the various classes and sequence of events.

We look forward to TLR filling up the Gardens on the day … and by latest 13.00 you can be on your way again to enjoy the remainder of your Sunday.

See you there!!

You can enter with:

Jaco Geyser        – Email address

Joop de Later     – Email address

Please email your name, class entered and car details please.

More Info: TLR 2016 Concours d’Elegance

Faster Than A Porsche 918: Lotus 3-Eleven Sets Hockenheimring Lap Record

Faster Than A Porsche 918: Lotus 3-Eleven Sets Hockenheimring Lap Record

The Lotus 3-Eleven has become the fastest car ever to be recorded by Sport Auto around the German circuit.

Driven by Sport Auto’s Christian Gebhardt, the fastest series production Lotus lapped the Hockenheimring short circuit in 1.06,2 min, besting the Porsche 918’s performance by 0.1 seconds around the famous track.

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Introducing the Lotus Elise Cup 250


Proving that less is more, Lotus’ high performance Cup version of the famous Elise has shed 21 kg and gained 26 hp. Weighing in at 931 kg, and capable of 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds, the Elise Cup 250 is the fastest road-going Lotus Elise ever. Continue reading

2016 Point Standings

KRUGER Jeffrey 192
Du TOIT Juan 178
SMIT Gerdus 176
POWELL Johan 170
GABLE Jeff 164
MAXWELL Wesley 87
JERMY Dave 88
HEWITT Sean 82
JONES Connor 79
ROBINSON Barry-John 61
FINDLAY Grant 61
DEAN Ashley 56
FORBES James 52
ADDICOTT Philip 52
LOCHMAN Willy 47
NEL Johan 47
GUSE Anton 38
DHIRAJ Maharaj 33
FALKINER Thomas 33
SPIES Allan 27
SCHAAP Carel 27
CLARK Glen 26
VIVIERS Johan 22
STRYDOM Ettienne 22
van JAARSVELDT Garry 22
de LATER Neil 20
CLOUD Ken 18
COETZEE David 12
GARDEN James 11
du PLESSIS Andre 8
OLIVER Byron 8
MARAIS Johan 5
COHEN Nolan 2
MULLER Lauren 1
DAFEL Andre 0
LETNIK Andreas 0
WOOLEY Chris 0



Ron Slyper Trophy – Class B Scratch Champion
Jeff Gable

Dave Hastie Trophy – Class C Champion
Sean Allen

Locost Trophy – Class L Champion
Andre du Plessis

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