Celebrating 40 Years
The origins of our club started in late 1976. It began when two or three Lotus owners met up at a pub (nothing new there then). One of the founder members was Gary Weston and being an enthusiastic friendly type it was decided that they meet again and this developed into a regular meeting. Soon they decided to form a club and given the location of the meeting place it was called the West Midland Lotus Drivers Club.
It was not until the following year however, that things really started to take off. As the word spread and more people started attending from further afield the “West” was dropped from the title. They published a club magazine and it may surprise you to know that at it was called Slipstream. The magazine continued by this name for around 3 years until a dispute amongst the committee lead to some sweeping changes.
A split occurred and some of those who left started another Lotus club with a magazine called Slipstream! In order to avoid any confusion, it was decided that the title “Midland” should be dropped from the clubs name to become Lotus Drivers Club and the club magazine be re-launched under the name Chicane. These alterations have been retained to the present day. There have been many leading lights along the way notably, Laurie Barton, Paul Robinshaw, (now the famed Lotus author) Jon Dobson and Des (Le Mans winner) Fitzgerald to name but a few.
The club has continued to develop and now has members in all parts of the country as well as many in Europe and as far afield as Germany, America and Japan. The magazine “Chicane” has gone from strength to strength and is widely regarded as one of the best club magazines available and is well respected by leading Lotus luminaries. It has come a long way from a few photocopied pages stapled together or those that were produced on a Gestetner printer (if you don’t know what those were, you’re just too young).