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Malcolm Ricketts' Open meets: 6 Aug2014 + Sat 12th Sept 2015

PostPost by: billwill » Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:29 pm

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From the Club Lotus Newsletter:

Malcolm Ricketts' annual workshop open evening is on 6th August (this year 2014) at his race Workshop in Lamer Lane Wheathampstead Herts UK. AL4 8RG.
Historic Lotus Race cars on display..

... BBQ & drinks in exchange for donations to their local Isobel Hospice ...


Everyone welcome, including guests. just come along from 5pm .


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THAT WEDNESDAY AFTER NEXT.
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PostPost by: billwill » Thu Jul 31, 2014 6:55 pm

I emailed Malcolm Ricketts:
Hello Malcolm and Jill,

In view of the tragic death of Denis Welch, I thought it best to check with you on whether or not you are still having your open evening next Wednesday.

Regards
Bill Williams
Current Owner of OGU108E Elan.


And Malcolm says the Open Evening will still go on:

Hi Bill -
after much discussion, Jill and I decided that the Workshop evening would go ahead. We are sure it would be what Denis wanted, and also it would have been difficult to let all know if we cancelled. Look forward to seeing you.
Malcolm



I will almost certainly go, is anyone else coming?
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PostPost by: elj221c » Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:18 pm

Sad to hear about Denis.

Had rather too many but good beers post race in various paddocks with him and the family.

Lovely guy....

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PostPost by: billwill » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:10 am

The open evening is TOMORROW.
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PostPost by: billwill » Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:45 pm

TODAY!


If anyone else is coming, this is what I look like: :)
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:51 am

An enjoyable evening and nice to see faces old and new.

The turn out was surprisingly lower than last year, but lot's of interesting cars there as well as interesting people.

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PostPost by: Keith Scarfe » Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:58 am

Thanks for the update Bill. I was very tempted to come along but it is a bit of a trek for me (almost do'able) but I couldn't make it I am afraid. What happens at these meets? Just chatting and looking or do they put on anything?

(oops sorry just realised it was Alan who did the update. Thanks)
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PostPost by: billwill » Thu Aug 07, 2014 12:33 pm

Aye, mainly chatting & looking and this time Malcolm had a few words to say about the tragic fatal race accident of Denis Welch and he also auctioned a few catalogues and Motorsport magazines with proceeds to the local hospice.

Drinks were provided by Malcolm's family with informal payment by donations to the hospice and this year there was a hamburger-type cooking truck selling food instead of the former BBQ with informal donations.
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:46 pm

More photos from the Open Evening 2014
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Malcolm Ricketts doing a speech.

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Back from the Future (a Delorean)

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Malcolm's White Fuel-Injected Elan
And two twin cam engines


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Trophies

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Race cars

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Racing Elans

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Racing Elans

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Totally rebuilt Seven

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The unique streamlined Lotus 6 next to my Elan S3 coupe. Totally rebuilt Seven in foreground.
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:12 pm

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Ferrari (tucked out of sight)

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Red Elan

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Deep Blue Elite with two ENLARGED Europa in the background.

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Spyder Fan's Blue Plus 2 and a Bahama Yellow Elan S4

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Shiny Aluminium Lotus 6, Unique factory-built Streamlined Lotus 6, My Elan S3 Coupe.

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Lotus Seven (Malcolm's ?)

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Lovely Europa in JPS colour scheme

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Elite in original Lotus Yellow

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Mauve (purple) Europa

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Inboard Disk Brakes of the rebuilt Seven
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:24 pm

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Engine of the rebuilt Seven

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Cockpit of the rebuilt Seven

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The mundanes in the paddock

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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:35 pm

Some nice variaties. I believe the enlarged europas are William Towns's GS versions.
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PostPost by: Coupe » Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:03 pm

Anyone know if Malcolm's 'Open Evening' is taking place this year ?
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PostPost by: billwill » Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:22 pm

I've not had any news of one.

Usually announced in Club Lotus newsletter.
I wonder if any mention on Club Lotus website.
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Sun Jul 19, 2015 1:13 pm

billwill wrote:I've not had any news of one.

Usually announced in Club Lotus newsletter.
I wonder if any mention on Club Lotus website.


I spoke to Malcolm at Tim Wilkes Sprint drive out day earlier this year and again at Castle Combe, I asked if he was intending to hold the BBQ this year and he was a little non committal due to the pressure of time he was being put under for organising the Cholmondley Pageant and various other items such as unveiling the plaque recently at the old factory.

The BBQ event has become really popular in recent years and he was saying that perhaps the workshop and paddock was becoming too small a venue and what started out as a small local gathering has started to attract people from all over the country and further afield.

No doubt the event will continue but maybe not this year. I will be sure to enquire when I speak to him next and will also mention it to Don Hands to see if he can casually ask the question of his old race buddy.

Here's hoping for a BBQ this year.

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