On the 7th August I made a visit to the workshops of Classic Team Lotus www.classicteamlotus.co.uk (GPS: N52.559877 E1.181736) at Hethel in Norfolk.
Google Maps still show them occupying the buildings next door, but they moved a few years ago. This visit was vastly superior to the one I made back in2010. The new building has terrific workshop facilities downstairs with individual bays for each vehicle
being worked on and a display of historic Lotus racing cars upstairs. Our guide, Richard Parramint, has been associated with ‘Team Lotus’, and later, ‘Classic Team Lotus’ for many years and was very entertaining and knowledgeable. The
visits are every few weeks and cost around fifty-five pounds. I’m sure it would be a treat for anybody interested in motorsport. I have put photographs of the visit at the bottom of the page for those interested.
Right now, America’s favourite senile geriatric, President Joe Biden, has completely screwed up in his rush to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan. This left the UK with no alternative but to get out ourselves, as we stood no chance of
doing the job without their military support. What kind of military expert with a chest full of medal ribbons plans a withdrawal whereby the military leave FIRST, resulting in the humiliating and dangerous task of having to return to evacuate the civilians?
It was so annoying to see just how fast the Afghan Army’s well equipped 300,000 soldiers could drop their weapons and run from the hairy-faced tea-cosy-wearing invading Taliban army of some 60,000 fighters. On reflection perhaps the US and British army’s
should have given the guns and training to the Afghan women who are left to pay a far greater price than the men.
During the evacuation and after twenty years of training and rehearsals the world witnessed the first
public performance of ‘The Flying Yella-Bellys’ display team. Unfortunately for them things didn’t go quite to plan. Perhaps grieving family members are already considering suing the USAF for failing to provide outside seating on its planes.
I think it’s right we should take some of the refugees from Afghanistan, especially the interpreters and their families who supported our troops on the ground, at great risk to themselves. The trouble is they’ll
be on top of the boatloads of illegal migrants landing on our shores every day, a situation which Boris the Clown seems utterly incapable of resolving.
Speaking of boats, we’ve now arrived at Portsmoth harbour
and are due to sail from to Santander at 09:00 tomorrow morning. I just hope we’ve got the necessary covid-19 paperwork in order. Some may question why we are making this trip. The simple answer is that when you’re young, losing a couple of years
out of your life due to covid restrictions isn’t so hurtful, you have lots more years ahead of you to make up for what you missed out on. But at our age every year is precious, too precious to spend it hiding away from the world. We have done everything
required of us during this pandemic, and now it’s time for us to get back out and live our lives again, taking, of course, all the necessary precautions along the way.
Do please join us.