|Lotus 7 Club of Great Britain - the new logo which I designed for the Club|
We joined the Lotus 7 Club when we bought our car from Caterham and it is a huge part of our Caterham ownership experience. The monthly club magazine 'Low Flying', brilliantly put together and edited by Tony Pashley, has content on owners experiences, Caterham racing, Club trips, track days, technical tips, relevant advertising and a 'For Sale' section.
| Low Flying cover I designed and produced for April 2004 issue.|
| Advert I made for my cartoons, which appeared in the same issue.|
Through club events and member donations the club raises a huge amount of money for the Leukaemia Research Fund through its Nuke The Leuk (NTL) sections. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
However perhaps the biggest affect the club has on us is the club website and more specifically the forum section - Blatchat. Here you can find general chat, technical discussions, for sale and wanted sections, jokes and other club information.
The amount of help and information we have received through the Tech section has been huge, and the number of people we have met or know through Blatchat is huge. Its the friendliest club in the world! A massive thanks to Barry Sweeney who runs the website - its a hugely important resource to all who use it!
The Club also organizes various events throughout the year, either centrally or through the Area organizers, who hold regular monthly meetings - usually in pubs! These are the best way to meet people, and introduce yourself to the Caterham Experience, even if you don't have the car. Lists of the Area Meetings can be found on the Lotus7 Club site.
We have attended a few of these events, as detailed below. Without exception these have been well run, value for money events - and most importantly FUN!
Novice Day Tessa lapping during the Novice Day in March. She enjoyed this a great deal - including the 360° spin at the end of the pit straight in VERY slippery conditions.
I filled a space in the afternoon session, and so was able to take Tessa's parents for a ride in the car on track. Surprisingly they did not say 'Never see our daughter again' and had a great time! They mentioned how friendly everyone was, & how much fun people were having in mutual enjoyment of the cars - much like the 'horsey' world they are more familiar with.
We can highly recommend Club events like these, as well as the Club Track Days. Tessa really enjoyed the relaxed, un-competitive nature of both the Ladies day and the Novices day. Hopefully the success of these days will encourage more to be organized.