Really? There were three Esprits there yesterday (including one new member) and the cars and members seemed perfectly accepted. I'm not contradicting you; I'm just expressing surprise at your post which I assume is based on your personal experience.
If there is negativity directed at particular models, etc, that is the point at which car clubs lose me.
The new one most likely will stop being active after a couple of meetings. The white S3 is the ex-pres, so he'll always be there.
What I'll say below, is accepted and agreed by most modern Esprit owners in the club.
The average age of club members is 60+ Most of them have saved up most of their life to buy some old rust bucket, which they restored over 10 years+. They seem to have disdain towards modern Esprit owners for affording the more expensive cars while being so much younger (20s, 30s and 40's).
At the annual meeting next month, you will see how all the Esprits will be squeezed together in the driveway under the carport, while all the other Loti (even $10k bucket Eclats) will be displayed proudly on the lawns of the estate.
I have won the concours. Yet there was no mention or pic of me/my car in the club magazine. Every other car did though.
Every single modern Esprit owner that I know that is in the club will tell you that they don't attend the meetings/gatherings/drives because they are being felt unwelcome. Why do you think that we organise drives/meetings through www.lotusesprit.com.au
Same thing happened to me in WA too. Modern Esprits get together on their own, due to the animosity towards them by the other Lotus club members.
You are in an Elise though, so the club will be great for you to provide you with tons of oportunities to drive and race your car. But if you would have turned up in a modern Esprit, especially since you are so young, it would have been different.
The exception to all the above is Peter Murray and his wife (the owner of that yellow elite). always very friendly and smiles.
You make something idiotproof, they'll make a better idiot.