Thursday 16th June
Le Mans Lotus Run - The meeting point for any Lotus wishing to go down in run with fellow owners will be the (La) Baie de Somme service station on the A16 E402 south bound after junction 24 and the last service station before Abbeville.
Cars joining the run need to meet at the service station between 1400 and 1500 which gives you time to fill-up and have a bite to eat before the off.
Autocar and Classic & Sports Car journalists will also be joining the run on the way down to feature a number of Lotus cars in an up and coming feature. Click here for detials: http://forums.seloc.org/showevent.php?eid=600
Friday 17th June
The Classic British Welcome (CBW) features the Lotus marque in 2005 in commeration of the Lotus 50th Anniversary at Le Mans. SELOC are the organising club for the CBW this year so make sure that you visit CBW sometime on the Friday to view the exhibition cars - see www.classicbw.org further details.
CBW Lotus Schedule
0800 - 0845 FREE BREAKFAST! 90 free breakfasts available on a first come first serve basis to card holding members of SELOC, Club Lotus and Lotus Club International. Early birds will be able to view the unique display of Lotus cars, many with a Le Mans history, in the exhibition hall at the Classic British Welcome before it opens to the public at 0900.
0900 - 1000 First cars away on the Poisson et Frite Run - ROUTE & GUIDE NOTES: http://www.seloc.org/lm05/poisson_et_frites_2005.pdf
MAKE SURE YOU PRINT THE ROUTE BEFORE YOU GO AND BRING IT WITH YOU!
1100 - Johnny Herbert + one other special guest, both have strong connections to Lotus, both have driven F1 for Lotus and both have won at Le Mans. Mr Herbert will be signing autographs and generally having a good look around at all the Lotus and other cars on display.
1400 - onwards SELOC Drivers Parade cars start to line up, the marque is represented by 50 years of the marque from a Lotus 6 to the lastest Elise, with rare Lotus cars in the form of the type 23 and the Esprit GT1 - see the http://www.seloc.org/lm05.php for a list of the cars taking part in the exhibition at CBW, the Drivers Parade, the Clubs Parade, Classic Cavalcade and the Legends Race.
The Lotus cars taking part in the 2005 Drivers Parade are sponsored by Adrian Flux Insurance www.adrianflux.co.uk - see the membership page http://www.seloc.org/membership.php and the latest edition of the SELOC magazine for Adrian Flux member and paid-up member discounts.
1600 - Drivers Parade cars including the Lotus cars depart for Le Mans City Centre.
1800 - Grande Parade des Pilotes, Le Mans City centre support the 12 Lotus cars taking part.
CBW also features food and drink, live music, car washing facilties, an air conditioned cinema showing Lotus films, ACO ticket office, motorsport art exhibitions and more, as well as been the meeting point for a number of the super cars taking part in this years drivers parade, from the Aston Martin DB9, the Mosler through to the new Tuscan Convertible.
SELOC will have a stand with membership packs, including the latest magazine, for sale.
Lotus through Lotus Club International will also have a stand selling a whole range of merchandise from t-shirts to sunglasses.
Saturday 18th June
0700 - 0830 Clubs Parade features a dozen historic Lotus cars including a number of Lotus XI's.
0930 - Classic Cavalcade cars leave CBW for the Le Mans circuit, includes the Lotus 9 that Colin Chapman drove at Le Mans in 1955, the first time the car has been back on the track since 1955 and the Elise GT1, driven by Ed Morris, who will be the youngest ever driver to compete at Le Mans in 2006.
1000 - Motor Racing Legends Race - features 3 Lotus 9 cars for this one hour race, which will be pitting themselves against Le Mans cars from 1935- 1955, including Jaguar C and D type's.
1200 - Classic Cavalcade, the Elise GT1 will be leading the Cavalcade given that it will be the fastest car there, with Lotus also represented by the Lotus 9 of Colin Chapman, a 1956 Lotus XI and a Lotus Elite.
1600 - main race kicks off and for this year at least, no Lotus cars!
Enjoy Le Mans and hope to meet a lot of you down there over the week!
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