Save the date for the Seven’s Diamond Jubilee

7th – 9th July 2017

2017 will mark the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Seven, and the Lotus 7 Club are planning celebrate in style.. There can be no excuse for forgetting the date - the event will start on 7/7/17! 

The main 60th celebrations will be based at Donington Park Circuit in Leicestershire over the weekend of 7th/8th/9th July 2017. For those who want to make it into a longer break, we are also planning a variety of other events in the days running up to, and straight after the weekend. We especially want to make attendance attractive to overseas visitors and their cars, by arranging a week-long series of Sevens-themed visits and activities.

The 60th celebrations will be organized in association with Caterham Cars who are hiring the entire Donington Park facility for the duration. Track action over the weekend will include a wide variety of Caterham races, hopefully also involving visiting competitors from some of the overseas race series. Together, our aim is to assemble at least 1,000 Lotus 7’s and Caterhams at Donington – what a sight that will be...

Against the racing backdrop, the Club will have the exclusive use of a number of tarmac areas within the Donington complex. These will be set up for members to be able to enjoy a range of driving activities. We also intend to organise blats out around the local area, and will have access to the legendary Donington circuit during breaks between racing. How many Lotus 7’s and Caterhams could we fit on a parade lap?

But the weekend is going to be at least as much about socialising as it is about driving. We will start with the Club’s welcome party on Friday evening, potentially in Donington’s F1 museum which houses the largest showcase of Grand Prix racing cars in the world. The weekend will provide ample opportunity for members from all around the world to mingle both onsite and during organised blats out. We will have displays, concours competitions and many other activities currently being worked on.

Saturday evening will be the main gala party, with entertainment, on-site catering and of course, a bar!

Various forms of accommodation will be offered. Camping will be available on a site immediately adjacent to the circuit, and for those who prefer to stay in a hotel, block bookings are being made in a number of nearby venues and we hope to have shuttle busses to transport visitors to and from the site.

A number of events are already in the process of being arranged either side of the main weekend. These include a “heritage trail” which will take in a number of key locations and businesses associated with Lotus and Caterham history and for those in the north or arriving on the Rotterdam ferries interesting tour down to Donington taking in the best of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.  A visit to Portmeirion  (of The Prisioner fame) and the Anglesey Circuit in Wales is being arranged after the weekend. 

Programme:

Friday

18:00                 F1 Museum open for registration and Welcome Buffet

                           Static display of historic Lotus 7 cars at entrance to museum

17:45 – 23:00  Continuous shuttle bus service between airport hotels, campsite and F1 Museum

22:00                 F1 Museum closes

Saturday

9:00                    Gates open for the Club Area at Donington

8:30-9:30           Shuttle service from airport hotels

9:00                    Activities commence on Tarmac Lake and Heritage Loop

9:00                   Scalextric racing and inter area challenges

                           Morning Blats

                           Morning Seminar in Launch Pad

8:00                   First Lancaster Blat leaves

12:00-13:00     Lunch Break on Tarmac Lake and Heritage Loop

                           Afternoon Blats

                           Afternoon Seminar in Launch Pad

16:00                 Activities end on Tarmac Lake, commence marshalling for Parade Lap

17:00                 Activities end on Heritage Loop, Scalextric racing, etc.

17:00                 Parade Lap of Donington Circuit

18:00                 Bar opens for 60th Party

18:00- 21:00     Food service

                           Band

                           Charity Raffle Grand Draw

22:30-00:30     Shuttle service back to airport hotels

24:00                 Bar closes

Sunday

9:00                  Gates open for the Club Area at Donington

8:30-10:00       Shuttle service from airport hotels

9:00                   Activities commence on Tarmac Lake and Heritage Loop

9:00                   Scalextric racing and inter area challenges

                           Morning Blats

                           Morning Seminar in Launch Pad

12:00-13:00     Lunch Break on Tarmac Lake and Heritage Loop

                           Afternoon Blats

                           Afternoon Seminar in Launch Pad

17:30-18:30     Shuttle service back to airport hotels

18:00                 Party’s Over - The End

The deadline for purchasing tickets is strictly 18th June 2017, so please book in advance to avoid any disappointment. 

Purchase event tickets

Hotel Booking Information

Campsite Booking form and on-line payment

Donington Park Trackday booking instructions

Programme in pdf format

First email - choose your preferences

Site map

Second email - arriving at the event

Garmin and TomTom route files can be found in the BlatMaps section of the site.