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Member’s Cars

OWNER: Howard, Swanley, Kent
Model: Geneva Sport
Year: 2002
Colour: Green
Owned since: 2002

A Unique Car built from the body of the Original Lotus Motorsport Elise Geneva Show Car, The car was built by NTC Cars for Howard and has been displayed in the Design Centre at Hethel.
Geneva 190 Sport (Sport Elise) was re-bourn when Lotus had finished with her services at the end of the Challenge series in the year 2001/2.
She was the first of three pre-production prototypes and was shown at the Geneva motor show.
At the time she was proclaimed as the best thing since sliced bread. I commissioned her for road use after she had completed a tour of the UK main dealer showrooms and special events. She has had a treasured life since with some light track day use.

OWNER: Howard, Swanley, Kent
Model: Exige S
Year: 2015
Colour: Grey
Owned since: 2015

The first incarnation of the Exige was the Sport Elise shown at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show which evolved into the Exige we know today. We have had many variants of the Exige as it has found its way into the would of motor sport and has supported the true values of which Lotus stands for. This latest ‘S’ version certainly continues all that Colin Chapman wanted from his cars. A race car for the road. In many ways it is today’s Lotus Elite. If this ‘S’ version should become the last variant of the line then it would be a fitting end  to a chapter of Lotus history. With new models being talked about,and maybe along the lines of the Evora we will have to wait and see.

Owner: Vaughn
Location: Sevenoaks, Kent
Models: Europa Twin Cam & Elise S2 111S

I had always wanted a Lotus Europa after sitting in the “works” racing version (Lotus type 47) driven by John Miles just after the 1967 Brands Hatch B.O.A.C 500km endurance race finished.

Eventually I managed to buy a road version (type 74) with a TC engine converted to “sprint plus” specification which included a Weslake gas flowed big valve cylinder head from a well-respected racing mechanic in March 2000. His young daughter had previously named it “Kermit” due to the colour and shape.

The photo shows it trying to be a type 47 at Brands Hatch after I rebuilt the engine and suspension etc. but was sold to make way for my current Norfolk 2002 registered Elise S2 111S which is fitted with the 156bhp MG/Rover “K” series Variable Valve camshaft (VVC) engine and a Lotus sports exhaust, purchased from Paul Matty Sports Cars in 2007.

Its first registered owner was Mrs Francis Clarkson the wife of “Top Gear” presenter Jeremy!!!

Owner: Ron
Location: Bromley, Kent
Models: 1968 Elan +2 and 1992 Elan M100 SE

I’ve owned the Elan +2 for over 30 years. It’s currently being restored (very slowly) to it’s former glory after being hit by an uninsured driver.

After retiring I wanted to know if I still had the urge to carry on with the +2 restoration, so in 2017 I bought the M100 to tinker with.

It’s 2020 now and I’m still tinkering…..

              Owner:  Neil Webb
              Location:  Kent
              Model: Mk1 Lotus Cortina
              Year: 1966
              Colour: White & green
              Interior: Rally spec
              Owned Since: July 1999
              Previous Lotus’: S7 series 3,  Elan Sprint

Owner: Richard
Location: Sevenoaks
Model: Lotus Elan S3 S/E DHC
Year: March 1968
Colour: Yellow
Owned Since: September 1975
Status: “Nuts & Bolts” restoration

              Owner:  John U
              Model: Elan M100 SE
              Colour: Calypso Red
              Owned Since:
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Owner: Neil C
Location: Folkestone
Model: Lotus Elise S2 Sport 135
Year: March 2002
Colour: Laser Blue Metallic
Owned Since: 2013

I bought the car in January 2013 and still own it today, so I’ve now owned it for 8 years and it’s only done 20,000 miles. I’m still running it in!! When I first purchased the car I had a full check over and service carried out at the Lotus factory at Hethel (its birth place) so I would have a full Lotus report stamped in the service book. That year I took it to the Brands Hatch Lotus Festival where it won the Best Car and Best Car in Show much to my delight. Since then I’ve joined the North Kent Lotus group, a great bunch of enthusiastic Lotus owners who are good company, and know more about Lotuses than I do, even if they are quite a distance from me!