On a sunny Sunday 29th April 2001, all lotus owners, friends and family
were invited to go and see the production lines at the Lotus factory by
Lotus Life, the official Lotus club. This was just after the
announcement of the redundancies at the factory, so some Lotus owners
decided to use the opportunity to turn up early and give a letter to the
company outlining the fears of the owners.
However, given that I'm
not known for getting out of bed early, we didn't leave Croydon until
about 11:00am, and so weren't likely to get to the factory much before
Getting to the factory is
not the easiest of journey's to decide which way to go. Shell GeoStar (www.shellgeostar.co.uk)
tells you to go around the M25 if you tell it you live in South Croydon,
and go straight through London if you say you live in Croydon.
There isn't much in it
either way, so we decided to go around the M25 because it's an easier
journey to do.
After driving for around
an hour and half, we came off the M11 and started to go down the A11. We
then started to see the first of the other Lotus cars coming the other
way, obviously the early birds that had got there at 11:00am for
|We decided to stop
off at the war memorial that is on the A11 for a spot of lunch. We
have yet to find a cool box that fits into the boot, so the
sandwiches were getting a little warm by the time we got around to
|Once we arrived at
the factory, there were rather a lot of Lotus cars around!
|There aren't any
pictures from inside the factory, we weren't allowed to take
any... However, there was the obligatory picture outside the
We thoroughly enjoyed the
day, thanks to all the people at Lotus who made it possible.