|Kyle & Ashton (and others) at Tut Towers, Aberdeen 2002|
Ashton Roskill and Giles Cooper first met through ownership of their Lotus Elises when attending a big Elise gathering at a track day at Knockhill in Scotland that was a part of an event call Tut Towers in 2002.
We both returned to Australia at about the same time in 2003, bringing our cars back with us, but we found no real social organisation for Elises in Australia, such as we had become accustomed to in Europe. Having seen the social benefits of groups like Scottish Elises, with the internet skill of Ashton and Kyle and a couple of others, it wasn't long before Aussie Elises was created, and this provided not just an informal on-line forum, but also an Australia-wide opportunity for owners of Elises, and eventually all other things Lotus, to get together and enjoy a mutual friendship through their cars, as well as sharing technical information.
Ashton has been involved in motorsport since 1983, when he did dirt-track racing in a Mini in Devon. He later went forest rallying in an Escort RS2000, and even did motorcycle racing at Knockhill in the 1990's (I always knew he had a screw loose !!).
|The Roskill Sylva Striker|
In 2012 he competed in the GOME (Guild of Motor Endurance) London to Athens rally in a Sylva Striker, and in 2014 he competed in the Madrid-Vila Real - Madrid rally in the same car, again partnering his brother.
|Lotus XI first outing at Winton|
Since then, back in Australia, he has taken part in many club runs and CSCA competitive sprints in his little blue S1 Elise, and is known for getting it around the track a lot quicker than many supposedly faster cars ! Very recently (the end of 2016, in fact), he completed the build of a very special 1956 Lotus XI which, despite being some 60 years old, had in fact never been put together before, having always stayed in kit form with all its previous owners.
|Ashton & David on Targa High Country|
He debuted this beautiful car at a Lotus track day at Winton in October, and the following weekend took part in the Targa High Country in Victoria, which put a big grin on both his and his co-driver's (David Buntin) faces !
|Crossing the Gobi Desert, 2016|
Now we just have to get our act together, prepare a 1954 car to a standard that will enable it to be driven across the Gobi Desert where there are no roads, and rivers to cross, as well as raise enough money to enable us to do it. It promises to be a true Adventure of a Lifetime. This blog is to document our adventure from start to finish, to post photographs, and to share our adventure with all our friends and family worldwide. Enjoy.