About the Event - 2010

The eighth annual running of this event took place in Norfolk over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend. The first time I had attempted a ‘double header’ and maybe the last ! Two days makes more than double the work.

 

The weekend was stuffed with the great and good from past motorsport, most of the VIPs with Lotus connections.

On the Saturday night we decamped back at the same Hotel as 2008 to give us ample space for 170 guests/cars and Bed, breakfast and dinner.

I had arranged a ‘name’ as head on each of the 17 tables this worked well. Our after dinner speaker was The original Stig, Perry McCarthy, from the popular TV series Top Gear.

A veteran of Le Mans and a wannabe F1 team (Andrea Moda) he managed to keep us all laughing in his cheeky chappie comedy routine. He is a professional after dinner speaker and he kindly waived his fee for our charity dinner.

His book ‘Flat out, Flat broke’ is a wonderful tale of his attempt to break into F1. He was a good choice and a very affable chap.

Before the auction we had a fantastic 8 minute computerised pyrotechnic display courtesy of Flashpoint Fireworks.

Our auctioneer for the charity auction was Lotus Elan M100 owner Richard Noble OBE who  held the World Landspeed Record 1983-97 and the driving force behind the 1997 record with Thrust SSC. He continues with an upcoming attempt to raise the bar to 1000mph. Richard raised £20,000 for Little Havens in 90 minutes. Top price (£4000) was for a wonderful painting by Andrew Kitson of Jimmy Clark winning at Indy in 1965. The buyer owns an ex Clark Lotus 25.

 One of our star guests Jackie Oliver (1969 Le Mans winner,1974 CanAm champ and, onetime Lotus F1 driver) who auctioned a wonderful photograph of his ‘flying’ F2 car at the German GP in 1967 - it made £1500. To me he was the revelation of the night ! He drove up from the Brands Hatch Masters, stayed with us and raced at Brands again the next day.

Thanks to the following for their support at the dinner:

Jackie Oliver

Martin Donnelly Lotus F1

John Miles Lotus F1

David Piper Lotus F1/Ferrari & Porsche privateer

Cedric Selzer  TeamLotus F1 mechanic to Jimmy Clark

Bob Dance Team Lotus Mechanic to all !

Len Terry Designer Lotus 38 Indy car/Dan Gurney’s F1 car

Andrew Kitson Motorsport artist extraordinaire

Terry Hoyle The worlds’s foremost Ferrari restorer

Peter Darley Author/photographer ‘Jim Clark:Life at Team Lotus’

Brian Lister Sports car manufacturer

Russell Carr.Lotus design head

Robert Edwards Author/Stirling Moss biographer

Johnny Tipler Author/Lotus historian

Jack Sears Team Lotus Cortina driver/ two time British Touring Car Champion.

On SUNDAY we were back at Hethel with the same format as May 2009. We sold out all the 54 track places at £200 including food for two. 

This gave each driver 6 x 15 minutes track time during the day, All proceeds from the day went to Quidenham Children’s Hospice at the request of Lotus Cars who loaned us their facility FOC.

 When combined with an online auction on SELOC.org £30,000 was added to the fundraising total.