The Lo­tus Po­si­tion

New Zealand Classic Car - - Editorial Allan Walton -

As a gen­eral rule, most of our photo shoots in­volve an ed­i­tor or two, a pho­tog­ra­pher and, of course, a clas­sic car owner. How­ever, some­times the num­ber of per­son­nel in­volved goes well be­yond that — per­haps we might in­clude an in­tern pho­tog­ra­pher: the magazine’s art di­rec­tor might turn up to of­fer his de­sign as­sis­tance, or one of the sales team might fancy es­cap­ing from the of­fice for an hour or three.

That’s sort of what hap­pened when we ar­ranged for a stu­dio photo shoot with How­den Gan­ley and his Lo­tus Eleven.

With How­den not res­i­dent in New Zealand, clas­sic car en­thu­si­ast, Neil Tolich, has been ‘mind­ing’ the Lo­tus, the car be­ing stored along­side Neil’s Renault Alpine A110, Porsche Speed­ster, Lam­borgh­ini Es­pada and Fer­rari Testa Rossa … oh, and not to for­get his prized Trekka!

And, as the Lo­tus hasn’t been run un­der its own steam for many a year, Neil was first choice to trailer the car out to Park­side Tow­ers. Rex Oddy — who has re­cently re­vived the Club Lo­tus NZ magazine — also gave up his Sun­day to give Neil a hand with tow­ing du­ties.

With all that in place, we were lucky enough to have ev­ery­thing timed to a week­end dur­ing How­den’s most re­cent trip back to New Zealand — and that meant we would be able to snap him along­side his fa­mous old racer. Just for good mea­sure, Jim Bar­clay — one of the chief or­ga­niz­ers of the up­com­ing Gulf Oil How­den Gan­ley F5000 Fes­ti­val — also dropped by to lend his ex­pert hand to the pro­ceed­ings.

The first or­der of the day was to give the Lo­tus a bit of a dust-off, and as you’d ex­pect of a real hands-on racer, How­den buck­led down to the task along­side Rex, Neil and Jim. They soon had the Lo­tus gleam­ing, and ready to be rolled into our stu­dio — you can see the re­sults if you flip over a few pages. I sup­pose you could say that many hands make light work, a cliché that’s very ap­po­site when re­fer­ring to a car which only weighs in at slightly more than 400 kilo­grams!

Any­way, many thanks to How­den, Neil, Rex and Jim for all their help, and for turn­ing a sim­ple photo shoot into some­thing of a spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

We hope this month’s spe­cial fea­tures set the scene for the Gulf Oil How­den Gan­ley F5000 Fes­ti­val — we’re cer­tainly look­ing for­ward to the event in or­der to blow away our post-xmas blues and set us up for yet an­other clas­sic year.

Fi­nally, ev­ery­one at NZ Clas­sic Car would like to wish all our read­ers a very Merry Christ­mas and a pros­per­ous New Year — we hope to see you all in 2015.

P.S Please feel free to check out our new web­site - the­mo­tor­ This new site is es­sen­tially a com­bi­na­tion of Park­side Me­dia’s three motoring ti­tles – Newzealand­clas­sic CAR,NZV8 and Nzper­for­mance­car – and prom­ises to bring you up to date with all the lat­est motoring news, re­views, in­ter­views and what’s go­ing on be­hind the scenes as well as what’s com­ing up in fu­ture edi­tions of all three magazine; and its all ex­clu­sive to this site. At present, the site is still pretty much a work in progress, for the few months at least as we be­gin to post more con­tent on a daily ba­sis and mon­i­tor feed­back in or­der to en­sure its suc­cess.

The Lo­tus ar­rives at Park­side — at the right is our ‘towie’ for the day, Neil Tolich, with Rex Oddy look­ing on

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