The John Stephenson trophy for Mechanical Excellence
This spectacular carbon fibre, stainless steel and perspex trophy was initiated in 2015 in honour of long time SA Lotus stalwart John Stephenson, who had owned a succession of Lotus in his 27 years of active involvement in the SA Lotus community from its first meeting in 1976.
John was a fine engineer, forging a career at Chrysler/Mitsubishi, and always presenting his cars in immaculate condition. He designed, documented and constructed his own sports car, which with the help of friends he managed to test successfully at Tailem Bend prior to his untimely death.
The Trophy is awarded in recognition of automotive restoration or engineering excellence at the bi-annual Lotus National meeting.
The Relay Trophy
We finally found the Lotus Clubs Interstate Relay Trophy and are resurrecting the Interstate Competition.
The trophy was donated to Club Lotus Australia from Lotus sources in the UK for Lotus 85. It is a framed photograph of Colin Chapman at Ketteringham Hall, Hethel, Chapman’s headquarters and factory. Lotus F1 cars were developed in the former stables behind the hall.
The Interstate Relay competition is a lot of fun and will be run across the weekend for the following criteria:
• Average of fastest sprint time of top 3 drivers from your State Team.
• Relay race held at lunch time – with a special twist. NSW, VIC, QLD teams may combine with others as necessary due to numbers.
• Points for a mystery activity.
• Concours: Top Placed Car.
• Saturday Night: Dance Off and Best Dressed.
The Interstate Trophy has many colourful stories behind the winner’s plaques so check them out. Your name could be next.