Updated 17 March 2020
Like many responsible organisations that organise and attend events, we are in the process of reviewing our event calendar for 2020 and making contingency plans around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Lotus Drivers Club remains committed to following the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings. Current government and public health advice states that all, non-essential social contact with other people should be avoided for the foreseeable future. We are also being advised to avoid pubs, which of course is a popular venue for many of our local club group meetings. Those at risk or with underlying health issues are being advised to self-isolate for a period of 12 weeks.
Therefore, we are advising all local area groups and organisers to cancel or postpone their monthly meetings and local club events for the foreseeable future, in line with government advice. We urge you to watch the Lotus Drivers Club website and the advice links below for up to date information.
We have a number of elderly members amongst us. If you know of any in your local LDC area, why not drop them an email or give them a call to chat Lotus for a while and make sure they have all they need. For those with underlying health issues, the next 12 weeks is likely to be a long and potentially lonely time. Also, don’t forget that members can keep in touch via our club forum and social media pages.
- For more information on COVID-19 visit www.who.int
- To view UK Government advice visit: www.gov.uk
- For NHS information visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
As our volunteer organisers announce their move to postpone or cancel certain events, we please ask that members support them in the decision. We will continue to monitor and follow the latest public health and government advice and encourage all members to maintain good levels of hygiene. We all have a part to play in minimising the spread of any kind of illness and we hope that none of this stops you driving your Lotus in 2020.
Practical Classics Restoration Show
With the rapid development of the Covid-19 pandemic and after extensive discussions with all the show’s partners, Clarion Events Ltd has taken the difficult decision to postpone the forthcoming Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery.
Clarion Events Ltd is working with the NEC to find suitable options to reschedule the event.
Tickets already purchased will be valid for the rescheduled date. Further updates will be issued once the organisers have more information to share. Ticket holders are advised to check the website and social media channels as well as monitor their inbox for newsletters.
Lee Masters, Show Director, said: “The wellbeing of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is paramount. Therefore, we have taken the decision to postpone the event. This is an unprecedented situation and we ask for patience as we transition to the new date.”
Sunday Scramble – Bicester Heritage
Bicester Heritage has the made decision to postpone the next Scramble, due to be held on the 26 April, to a new date on the 21 June 2020.
It was our intention to hold the second edition of our Super Scramble at Bicester Heritage on the 21 June, however this event will now be postponed until 20th June 2021, allowing us to hold the rescheduled April Scramble in its place.
The nature of our Scramble and Super Scramble events, attracting more than 6,500 enthusiasts of all ages from across the UK and abroad, means that the postponement of these ever-popular events is the most appropriate decision to take at this time.
Bicester Heritage is disappointed not to be able to go ahead with the original dates as planned, and we know that the rescheduling of both events will be sad news for the many event supporters who had made plans to attend, both enthusiasts and exhibitors alike. However, we feel that this is the best course of action at this juncture and we look forward to welcoming you to Bicester Heritage on the new event dates.
At this time, our offices in The Station Armoury remain open and for the foreseeable future we will endeavour to continue with ‘business as usual’. We wish it to be known that the safety of our event attendees, specialists, exhibitors and traders is of paramount importance to Bicester Heritage and we will continue to closely monitor this unprecedented situation closely.
Bicester Heritage wishes to reassure all Scramble Pass holders (purchased for the 26 April) that their current Passes will allow entry to the Scramble on the new date of 21 June 2020. If you would like to login to your Eventbrite account to check your Passes, please click here.
If you are unable to attend the new Scramble date then you are entitled to a full refund. Refunds can be requested up until Saturday 13 June 2020. Should you wish your Pass to be refunded, please follow the steps set out by Eventbrite by clicking here.
Wye Valley / Cumbrian / Pembrokeshire Driving Adventures
The Wye Valley, Cumbrian and Pembrokeshire Driving Adventures, which were due to take place during the months of April and May, have unfortunately been postponed. Members who have booked for these weekends will be contacted individually.