#11, agree entirely. I've been driving Caterham 7's since 1989. Time for an official poll?
It could of course be the "Caterham and Lotus 7 Club".
1985 S3 1700 XFlow. Undergoing full restoration
That seems best option for me Andrew ,,,that should keep all happy ,,nice and simple ,caterham get there name first ,but lotus still there
Or, how about the 'The 7 Club' and then leave the existing strap line as it is?
Loads of options but its worth a discussion and thought. It must be time to properly reflect what the cars actually are and I'm a proper Lotus fan having worked through a decent number of them...!
Reply to #15
I suggest the simplification to "The 7 Club" would indicate that all other "sevenesque" car owners would/could be part of the club.
Of course there are no "enemies" but personally I can't envisage Westfield owners being part of this club - plus I'm pretty sure this would put an end to the good work the MT are doing with CC.
Reply to #2 - sforshaw
As you know I'm a relative newbie to L7C membership, hence I don't intend to be controversial - looks like Derek has taken that mantle LOL :D
But at you able to give us a vision of what "back to normal" means in terms of the Clubs relationship with CC.
I recall in the past seeing at some point L7C membership was included "free of charge" with every new Caterham, this to me would bolster membership numbers overnight.
Assuming that is the aim
Replying to #17
Historically we have had a very strong and productive relationship with Caterham Cars but sadly during 2017 there were some serious issues developing that caused a major rift, ultimately resulting in Caterham stepping back from their relationship with the club. This situation is bad for both sides and during 2020 the new team put a lot of effort into re-establishing a good relationship, yes the club name is an issue but it is not the only factor. Now in 2021 our new chair Richard Nichol is continuing the rebuilding of that relationship, the webinar scheduled for next month being one example of the new positivity that exists.
Regarding the club name, some years ago we had a member vote about changing the name, the result being that it remained the same. The vote at that time was the result of me standing up at an AR’s meeting and making a proposal that we change the name, we put forward the arguments for each option to the membership and my camp lost! As each year passes though it is very obvious that there are many more Caterhams than there ever were Lotus 7 models produced, and there will likely be many more calls to make a change. However, what we call the club is for the members to decide and as much as I might prefer a different name to the current one, it should not be a change made to appease Caterham Cars alone and certainly shouldn’t be rushed into.
On free memberships, this is something we’ve been looking at to create a format that could yield the best results. Remarkably the take up on renewals following free memberships is frustratingly low which does nothing more than burden the club (and ultimately the members) with the cost of each free membership we’ve given out via Caterham and/or the dealers. However we do have a few ideas along the same lines that might result in more long term club members.
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#17 Hi,,,I don't mean to be controversial, just put a point in to get some feed back what others think ,,,yes it does get a bit fruity at times ,, but don't mean to upset folk ,,,it's just a knack I have,,also don't mean to offend ,people ,,,but that's I also have a knack of doing
think most are just upset cos thy cannot spell what like I can ,and downt have my grasp of English
Change the name.
The Caterham and Lotus 7 Club.
We need CC back onside. Had this conversation with Dave Ridley three years ago.
As Stu said, the Club had a vote. We wouldn't have thought much of the MT if they'd ignored the outcome, would we?