After a summer of fun with the Lotus, I decided to organise an autumn event for local Lotus owners. An early Sunday morning with some breakfast at the fabulous 57 Bridgestreet in USK.
West Wales driving adventure
Being completely new to Lotus, I wanted to meet other enthusiastic owners. A great way to meet lots of owners is to join a club and Lotus has several from which to choose, with some active online forums. On recommendation, I joined the Lotus Drivers Club, which organises several driving adventures across the UK each year. This offered a great option and would help run in my car.
The West Wales Driving Adventure organised by Lotus Drivers Club West Wales representative David Bonham in May 2019 over the bank holiday weekend looked perfect. We signed up a long with a large group of 25+ cars and around 50 people, We opted to stay for two nights rather than three nights for the whole weekend, at the Gower Hotel in Tenby, along with most of the club members.
Friday night, everyone arrived and met up at in the bar, a simple way for ice breaker! Dinner was served in the hotel and we sat together in groups, giving us a chance to meet some new people. During dinner, a comprehensive briefing was provided for the weekend’s activities, together with route maps and itinerary, building up our excitement nicely! For those interested, the briefing did include H&S and insurance matters to put your mind at ease.
Saturday morning, all met up at the harbour car park. Some cars, including mine, were left there overnight, thanks to the overnight secure parking David had organised for us. Many more Lotus turned up in preparation for the start of the drive. It was great to see so many Lotus models together and we all had more chance to chat with others , getting real pumped up for the days driving.
David’s driving route gave an opportunity for drivers to explore Preseli Hills, over to Fishguard, along the coast to St David’s, through Newgale and Haverfordwest to Milford Haven and back to Tenby.
The Preseli hills were stunning on a beautifully clear and crisp day, with superb views for miles around. Our stop at St David’s for a little lunch was ideal and the cathedral is always an amazing place to visit and enjoy. Newgale is famously windy and didn’t disappoint, but with the sun on our faces it felt warm enough and the beach is one of the most idyllic in West Wales. Finally, Milford Haven and the harbour area were a great location for some photos before heading back to the hotel.
Having organised national car club events myself, I know how much time and effort goes into the organisation. There is a lot of expectation on the organiser, who is after all a volunteer, not necessary a travel industry professional. However, the West Wales Driving Adventure was superb and David and all volunteers from the Club deserve a huge amount of praise for such superbly organised event. Thank you David and all those that helped!
We made some great memories on our first Lotus adventure. I managed to run in 400+ miles on the car and got to meet with some lovely people who we now enjoy meeting at other events. I would strongly recommend joining the Lotus Drivers Club for all new owners looking for ways to enjoy their Lotus.
External link to: join the Lotus Drivers Club.