June 11, 2009

SELOC Does The Surrey Heath Show 2009

Tony Vincent (Flying Banana)

After very successful participation in last year's Frimley Green Carnival, SELOC were asked if we could provide a few cars to take part in the Surrey Heath Show. The show was to be held at Frimley Lodge Park on the 2nd May 2009, and SELOCs involvement was as part of the "Classic Car Show"? element of the event.
Once again, I drew the short straw and inherited cat herding duties in the run up to and during the event.

A lot of paperwork, car problems, polishing and last minute changes were overcome and a total of 16 Lotii of varying vintages made it to the show, coming from as far afield as Kent, the south coast and East London to take part.

Elan and EspritAs well as a good showing of Elise/Exige variants, we were fortunate to have a 1960's Elan, a V8 Esprit, an Excel and a Lotus Carlton take part. As an added bonus, we ran the balloon challenge competition again (thanks to Simon Mercer - GingerS1 - for the loan of his car for this) and raised just over £100 for the Surrey Heath Mayor's Charity. This fund provides charitable donations to smaller local causes, and the money raised by SELOC was as unexpected as it was welcome - we even got a mention over the P.A. system on the day. The winner of the competition was Roy Bewley - a 65 year old activity day newbie who I've spoken with and who assures me that he's really looking forward to joining me on the 31st July SELOC Activity day at North Weald - which was the balloon challenge prize again.

Over 8000 visitors to the show had a chance to "oooh and ahhh" at the very colourful and eyecatching array of Lotii on show, and there were certainly lots of happy faces on the folks who spent the day clambering in and out of my car, the Flying Banana.

Many thanks (in no particular order) to:

Pinkie, GingerS1, Tommo7, Type 104, Sweetcheeks, Batty, Woody72, Cockneydevil, Brody, Maydharm, Silent Hill, Duncan J, Ozzy_UK, Bruce Crowthorne and Chrissmith2097

For primping, preening and polishing their p&j's and giving up a Saturday for a good cause.

Posted by Azlan at 09:48 AM

November 17, 2008

Frimley Green Carnival Balloon Challenge Update

Tony Vincent (Flying Banana)

Sam and dad ChrisOn Friday November 14th, Sam Duddridge (aged 12) and his Dad Cris (LaserBlueExige) joined Tony Vincent (flying banana) at North Wield Airfield to participate in a Walshy Activity day. Sam won the inaugural Balloon Elise Challenge competition at the Frimley Green Carnival earlier in the year, with a guess of 150 balloons, just one shy of the actual total of 151.

It was Sam's first experience of an activity day and although he was a bit nervous at first, he soon settled into the passenger seat to enjoy the delights of the High Speed Bend, the top and bottom circuits and also the full sprint circuit during the course of a day that started with a damp surface and much spinning, but which was blessed with sun for much of the day.

Sam sent the following note: "Thank you Tony for taking me to the track day yesterday. I really enjoyed it, it was the first time I have ever been on anything like that. I was a bit frightened at first about being sick but I was okay and I didn't feel sick at all. The best bit was doing the doughnuts on the circuit and also doing the hand break turn at that corner, it was great."

Although the doughnuts were not necessarily intentional, a great day was had by all. The Balloon Elise Challenge raised over £150 for local charities as part of the Frimley Green Carnival. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Posted by Azlan at 10:09 PM

August 19, 2008

SELOC Invasion of the Frimley Green Village Carnival

Tony Vincent (Flying Banana)

On July 13th 2008, over 20 SELOC members and their cars converged on the Village of Frimley Green to take part in the annual Village Carnival parade and fair. Second only the the Fire Engine and marching band that traditionally leads the parade down the Frimley Green Road, the cavalcade of multicoloured Lotii wowed the crowds with much light flashing, horn tooting and engine revving along the mile long parade route.

It all started in 2007 when a member of the Carnival Committee spotted SELOC member Tony Vincent (Flying Banana) washing his S1 111s one Sunday afternoon and casually asked if he'd be interested in "Getting a couple of cars" together for the 2008 parade. A few months later, the call came and SELOC responded magnificently, with cars coming from as far afield as Kings Lynn to take part. Almost every variant of S1 and S2 Elise/Exige was represented, along with an Elise Trophy Race car and two 2-11s. Around 12 of the drivers provided chauffeur services to former Carnival Princesses and Princesses-in-waiting from past years in the parade.

As well as the parade, the cars were parked up in a micro car show around the green, which allowed the locals to have a chance to sit in the cars, take photos and make "brum-brum" noises to their hearts content.

SELOC also ran a competition on the day to win a passenger experience at a Carlimits Activity day, in which entrants had to guess how many balloons were crammed into Dave Skegg's ET Race Elise, which was parked in pride of place in the middle of the green for the duration of the event.

With bucket collections en-route, and the takings from the competition, SELOC raised a very worthwhile £300 for local charities. Feedback from carnival attendees was very positive, including one or two "Best bit of the Carnival" comments.

Many thanks to everyone who took part and brought their cars to the event, the SELOC directors for supplying T-Shirts and other merchandise for the event competition, Dave Skeggs for allowing his car to be crammed with Balloons and for loaning us his race marquee, and Azlan Cuttilan (Azlan) and Delwynne Ranner (Spacefrog) for helping set up, blow up/pop balloons, and tear down the SELOC marquee (and especially for the balloon animals).

Posted by Azlan at 06:32 PM