Text: Jacky FAVRE - Photos: Christelle SOMMEREISEN - Jacky FAVRE
Unique event in August, the Lotus Jura Tour is not the least exceptional. This 14th edition was held on August 22. Surprisingly, only 54 cars were involved on the 70 possible. Too bad because this year we had a very nice weather. And this could only showcase the stunning landscapes crossed. The points of departure and destination remain the same: from La Chaux-de-Fonds to Bure. But some 250km between are different every year, with regular crossing point The Rangiers. Here the route 2015:
For the 3rd consecutive year, the report will be "in board". We found ourselves between "Frenchies" to rally La Chaux-de-Fonds, five cars already make turn glances.
But the time to recover and refuel for some, we're not first, far from it. We will do photos on the parking and over the arrivals. It's nice to see some familiar, are all there for the same passion: the light is right!
The tray is globally oriented modern, only one Elan +2 attempt to recall the heritage, but it will not end the path...
Nothing would be possible without the hard work of the brothers Didier and Manu Guélat and of course their team!
This display of toys makes us all like kids at Christmas. No need to try to distinguish all these versions of Elise, it suffices to mention the S1, S2 and S3! Ditto for the Exige S1 or S2 because no V6 is coming this year.
Inevitably, it is the rarest models that attract attention but also the Elan granny, the Europa S is rare because of a never achieved commercial success. It did not find especially its customers at the time but I do not doubt one second of his ability.
The matte is a finish to fashion and going pretty well at the S3.
Exige S1 vs Exige S2.
That other Exige with JPS colors is a regular. A Elise R Orange, it's just a killer. At the point of sickening green who preferred not to run, probably out of jealousy ...
Off we went for about 120 km before the stage. Photos may not be of high quality because of the movements, but I especially wanted to show you these Swiss landscapes on top.
Do not think that this is as straight lines, we are in the Jura, it goes up, it goes down but mostly it turns!
The roads are clean and very little traffic (except fifty Lotus herein)
We found that the pace was rather quiet this year and therefore, the convoy remained fairly tight.
A force participation, we pass through places already borrowed in previous years, but the sequence is never the same, just like the weather. We really appreciate the ride.
And we have come to the stage. A small lock at customs (for no reason and without consequence) brought us to the back of convoys, so this is the cross and the banner to park.
While we drink a little refreshment, a funny cuckoo Swiss passes over our heads.
The first already want to leave, so we should take group photos quickly and especially enjoy this exceptional view.
And we leave! Repeat a series of shots would not have great interest, except perhaps make you want to come and visit the area
Turning directly to the finish to take photos.
A nice plate of Elise S1
The parking was empty when we arrived which allowed all cars to be together and make beautiful panels.
But conversely, difficult to isolate!
Philippe Guélat, historical partner of the event took the opportunity to present the 20th anniversary Elise. I do not know if it has already been sold.
One finds the Exige
The sun becomes shaving, I still enjoy a little while everyone is at the table.
And I end with the purists!
The evening took place in a good mood, like the rest of the day. The traditional meal ended a very good edition. Next year is already the 15th, and no doubt we will be at the rendezvous!