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  2. Hello, First post so apologies in advance if this breaks any rules; I don't own a Lotus but i have just got rid of a Rover 45 due to excessive rust but before doing so i spent a lot of money having a VVC head modified to run on the standard MPI ignition by Roger @ Sabre heads. I didn't get a chance to fit it to the car and obviously its no use to me now but i was wondering if there was anyone in Aberdeenshire area that might be interested in it? (Needs to be an in person deal hence me putting it here and not in any for sale section - i.e. i won't post) Its a 143 head in good condition...Roger has recut the valve seats and enlarged the VVC cam sensor hole to run the MPI sensor. Hes also modified a Newman Ph2 cam to have a cam sensor lobe and supplied his VVC blanking plate kit. To get it on an engine (Non VVC) it just needs the valves putting back in (which i have) and also the cam ladder massaged slightly so the newman cam spins freely. I think from memory all this would give roughly 160hp on a 1.8 MPI and a bit less on a 1.6 Note this is only for MPI cars - it will not go back on a VVC car due to the modifications In addtiion to the above i also have 2x turbo sport verniers and, VVC coils and a stainless VVC exhaust manifold, manual cambelt tensioner. So a fair bit of kit for a k series car. Is there anyone near me that might be interested? Its been sitting in my garage since this time last years and seems a shame not be used. ?
  3. Well it looks like my journey with the 430CUP, my third Lotus has come to an end. I’ve been without my car for 6 months now so don’t really want it back now anyway. I don’t think my back can take it anymore anyway 😂. A few ends to tie up with the deal but it looks like Lamborghini Edinburgh will be taking the car unseen straight from Craig’s lock up now the last bits have arrived. It’s been given a whole raft of new parts, 4 new suspension 3 way dampers direct from Lotus with permission from Hethel for Craig to fix that and everything else at no charge under warranty given Glasgow’s damage they caused. If you are in any way thinking I’ve got it in for Glasgow, I don’t, I’m just not a mug. I love and know my cars and I know when I’m being taken for one so I got an independent assessment with CMC to check their workmanship. Pease do look at the photos I put up with a review on their FB page. Photos are from Craig when the car was delivered by one of the Glasgow dealers employees some 4 months ago. They also filter out any bad Google reviews so if you’ve ever got any issues you want to air to warn others then go to FB or indeed here and let people know. Got a belter of a price for it and it’ll most probably be advertised up for sale in the next few weeks. It really is a phenomenal car and I’ve had no issues with it other than factory faulty springs/dampers now replaced with 4 new ones at £1200/corner and the split in the A/C condenser. It’s got a full history, 12k miles, 4 new cup tyres and just had its annual service and first MOT and some subtle mods with all original parts in a box with the car. I just can’t go on with the Lotus with the motoring group who now look after this marque in Scotland. I even ruled out a McLaren due to the same group running this marque. Please do all use Craig. He’s an absolute star and has a great team and set up. He now has a large foot in the door with Hethel who’s he’s been working with on my behalf and they’ve allowed him to do all the work rather than let Glasgow balls it up again. Its been a blast 💥👍🏼.
  4. Hi George, great to see you coming back to the fold. I am with you on not interested in being a Lotus test driver again so will sit and wait like you. ** I only paid up so I wasn’t too far back when the deposits started going nuts. I also want to experience the AMG before making a decision or at least seeing what EVO and Co think is the sweet spot of all 3 of the options. ** for anybody thinking I’m having a dig at Lotus there it isn’t only them on their inevitable smaller development budget. We had one of the first Evoque’s on the road, the turbo petrol one and it was 8 years of total grief from the day bought to the day sold (with problems) and never happier to see the back of it. It cost JLR a lot under warranty and continued to cause grief (As Bingoking can attest to!)
  5. Coming back to the Lotus fold after replacing the Evora with a Porsche Spyder We placed our deposit with Laura on 22nd July. Obviously this has been refunded and order placed with Lotus direct. Due to us being down relatively late with the deposit I very much suspect that we will be a 2023 order which suits us fine. Ensure any niggles (albeit I suspect less than the Evora LE's) will be ironed out by the time that we get ours. Only concern is whether the V6 will still be available in 2023 as I was looking forward to having it with a manual box.
  6. Hi Allan, Paid a deposit to Laura last week (1K) and had valuation for my Evora 400 but decided not to sell for now. I don't think it is a good idea to be "Lotusless" for another 18 months. As you said, it's difficult to decide on specifications now and we need more colour choices. Roll on September. A
  7. So who has 'gone and done it' and ordered an Emira in LEGS? I know of a couple and I know that Laura has been VERY busy this last week or so....... (Even website deposits come back to local dealers) Having been tempted to go elsewhere recently but thankfully resisted I'll admit I have gone and done it today when I said I wouldn't. 😬 I was reading so much on line about how many deposits have been taken in the UK alone this week, on top of the earlier dealer deposits and with the ROTW just starting to see it now I thought I'd better move on this if I want one even in 2023. I don't want a launch edition for a number of reasons (not least of all being a bit of a meh colour choice IMHO) and I do want to see in the flesh and read some actual reviews before deciding final spec. I remember what happened with the Evora for early adopters This car is the first car to get my juices flowing since I first saw the Evora unexpectedly at the British Motor show in 2008 on my way to the Hungarian GP and it got my juices going then so I ordered one of the Launch Edition cars (& cancelled and AMG order ironically) as soon as I returned and my affair with Lotus has continued since...... Laura was telling me that they hope to have the Goodwood cars touring the UK Dealers in a couple of months so watch this space when we start getting some more info through. Cheers, Al.
  8. I’m very slow in providing some positive feedback for Parks; in particular Laura, the Service Manager and most importantly the senior Lotus technician. During the Recent Absolute Lotus Magazine Scottish Tour I dislodged the rear mini fog light when the rear bumper panel took a knock. The final stop on the tour was a visit to Parks, which gave me the chance to get it looked at before heading to Cairnryan & the boat back to NI. They happily looked at it and the Lotus tech spent a good hour over his lunch break dropping the rear diffuser to get at the light to reseat and then seal the base. This was all done at the drop of a hat so that I didn’t miss my sailing time. They also refused point blank to take any payment from me for the work involved. They said it was good will to a returning customer & they were happy to see the car again. Anyway with that kind of customer approach, plus Laura’s enthusiasm for her job & all things Lotus, I’ll be very happy to make the lengthy round trip to get the car maintained in future.
  9. Hi all yes back to first Sunday of the month. We will be having breakfast in the Royal Burgh of Musselburgh and at S Luca Ice Cream 0930hrs but not only breakfast there will be the launch of a very special ice cream just for Lotus owners too. After ice cream a run down to Duns. Get your names down please. A
  10. Hi all Same for me just caught your post and would like to come along if still space for one more. cheers scott
  11. hi guys, new to the lotus scene, would be quite keen to meet you guys for a drive tomorrow and meet some people if there's space, realise its quite late in the day so no worries if there's not can always make the next one. cheers gordon
  12. Might have to give this a miss unfortunately, as any spare time I have will need to be spent on bringing the Evora back from its current state to something approaching factory-fresh normality, .
  13. Count me in Andrew! Did the route we did last month in reverse last night none stop - not a single car to overtake from Blairgowrie to Ballater, just an empty road. I went straight on at Ballater and followed the river on the south road - again, did not have to wait/pass a single car until I hit Edzel. It was just sublime!
  14. Hi Andrew, Jackie and I will be at Bridge View for breakfast, Clattering Bridge and then Fife Arms. Brian
  15. Our June meeting will be on the 13th. Rolls at the bridge view Dundee 0900hrs then off to Clattering bridge to meet up with our northern group. We have a table booked at the Fife Arms 1200hrs for 12 if you can let us know if you are coming.
  16. CMC becoming an approved service centre would be great news.
  17. Sorry to hear of the trouble you have had and I hope it's resolved quickly I hope Lotus sorts this out with the dealer so this doesn't happen in the future . We all need full confidence in the dealer network and with so few dealers around. I hope Lotus might come round to Craig being a approved service centre
  18. Thanks for the update Andy. As you mentioned you are moving away from the marque but many of us (myself included) have just invested a lot of money into the brand and want to know about all aspects (good and bad) of Parks Lotus. Funny you mention but a lot of lotus owners will take their car straight to the track after visiting a garage, i did it myself this month after i had the running in service done i went straight to a track night at Knockhill
  19. Quick update on my 430CUP as I feel it’s important for all you owners up here in Scotland. CMC is the best £150 I’ve spent after the main dealer dropped my car off directly two weeks ago at his workshop for a check over of warranty work they completed and the annual service and MOT they carried out. Faults found immediately and photographed by Craig of this work from main dealer after they dropped the car off to Craig include; Over-sprayed silver hub paint onto yellow break caliper, which I did not ask them to do. Fractured AC condenser mounts on cars clam from over torqued screws requiring fiberglass repair on both sides of the clam, left and right. Likely use of air gun. These screws had to have come off to replace the condenser. Blowing exhaust seal not fixed leaking hot exhaust gasses into underside of car, reseal needed by Craig. Big oil puddle left after service in rear undertray under engine creating fire risk. Clean up required. Another factured rear spring, rusted through and fractured in two requiring another new spring and damper, I’m now getting all 4 replaced under Craig’s guidance rather than just the 2 the main dealer suggested and completed. Lotus looking into possible fault with these 3 way spring and dampers. Car MOT was passed by main dealer then they drove it to Craig’s like this. A/C only has 2 degrees temp variation after AC condenser changed under warranty. Craig would expect 7 degrees so he’s redoing the gassing and checking this too. Craig sent me pictures of all of this and a picture of what a recent un-corroded new spring fracture looks like in comparison to mine. My concern is that I could have quite easily been going to track the car immediately after pick up and what could have happened with leaking hot exhaust seal + oil puddle in undertray and a fractured spring and a final spring heavily corroded. They also knew the car was going straight to CMC to be looked at carefully and my car was still presented to him at drop off like this. Hethel have been great and are investigating with the aid of the pictures Craig sent me and the report he provided. Thankfully they are taking this very seriously I am due to hear back from them in the next few days after their own investigation. They are now involved in discussions on my behalf with the approved garage as I’m disgusted with them and don’t want anything more to do with them. I’m also vindicated in my previous posts about the concerns I had after they made me feel like I was in the wrong to question them. It has been an awful experience TBH and taken up a lot of my time over the last 5 weeks, not to mention the wait for a new dealership to be opened and the warranty work able to be carried out. Craig has been instructed to complete the work given his level of skill and how much he is trusted so my car will be good as new again.
  20. Hi all. Run is still on for tomorrow, we will be leaving at 0930 sharp from the Bridgeview cafe. I'll be there from around 0845 after filling up with Momentum 99 at the Tesco 0.5 miles away. You will find with a coffee in one hand a link roll with ketchup at the other between 0845 and 0930 at the cafe We then proceed through Dundee then on some beautiful roads through Angus county, skirting Forfar and up to Brechin. Slight change to route near the start as I did a rekkie this morning and the Kellas road is closed. However, found a superb diversion on a new road to me that was lovely. From there, we skirt Brechin and up to Clattering Bridge to pick up the North East contingent who will know doubt have weightened themselves with a full Scottish Breakfast by the time we get there! Then it is over the gorgeous Carin o Mount road (please be careful!) and round the top to Ballater, through Braemar, and wind up to the Ski Centre at Glenshee, then drop down through Blairgowrie aiming to be at the Meiklour Arms for lunch, for 1230! All in all it's a fair trip this and we need to crack on, (safely) to get to the Arms for the 1230 table booking for 8. Me Andrew and pop Archie and Justine Ian and Emma Anyone else wish to join us for lunch, please book (we are in a covered area outside with heaters) - so will be nice and the Meiklour Arms never usually disappoints on the food front! Just a reminder. This is not a race, a time trial etc. It is also not an "official" organised run. It is just a suggested route and start end/time for people who like their plastic cars. Please remember the rules of the road and that normal laws etc do apply at all times (sorry, but I do feel we do need to be clear on these things in these times. If anyone has time in the afternoon (I don't as need to drive down to Cheshire), and are reasonably new to the area, from the Meiklour Arms there is a lovely simple route to Dunkeld. Home of the Cathedral, some nice walks, a couple of great tea shops and some wonderful local made ice-cream. Would be shame not to make a day of it as the weather looks OK and the scenery around this part of Perthshire is stunning.
  21. It’s been quite a few years since I have been on a LEGS run, but given the car is finally running again, and you are coming up my way, I would love to tag along. I will probably meet you at the top of Cairn O’ Mount though, rather than coming down to Dundee. It looks like you are planning to leave at 9.30ish, so I would make sure I am there no later than say 10.20? Google recons 1h15mins from the Cafe to the viewpoint, but I suspect it might take a little less than that… Scott
  22. God this thread is dead these days! Looking to book numbers for lunch at Meiklour Sunday on Friday afternoon. Please confirm. @Alfa2Evora you don't need to be in a Lotus. Andrew will be in his pram !
  23. Now that's a plan see you Sunday the 16th. Andrew
  24. Mine is still nowhere near going back on the road yet. Gutted! Hope you have a great day, those that do manage.
  25. Now that lockdown has eased anyone fancy a "meet up"? Maybe Sunday 16th May? Given the time passed sinced the last meet up was wondering if anyone fancied a wee bacon roll, a coffee, and a nice drive out as per map below. Great roads and scenery and we could combine with a very light lunch outside somehere like say the Meiklour Arms. Was thinking to start at the Bridge Cafe in Dundee from 0900-0930 - loads of space for the meet-up, a roll and coffee from the carry out Carriage and then start for the drive. This is one of my favourite routes, usually in the evening after a stressful day to blow away the cobwebs. Some cracking roads here and largely away from the main drag strips/trunk roads where possible. Happy for any other suggestions re starting place and routes. Would be just good to see some fellow Lotus nutters for once! Anyone from the North East could aim to meet us at Brechin if they wanted but the drive from just outside to Dundee there is on nice roads!
  26. My car is now at CMC. He’s going over everything with a fine Tooth comb. He’s an absolute legend. Lotus really has missed a beat not using him as their approved centre, madness! Most embarrassing for Lotus was that I made them go and drop my car off at his place on Thursday from the Glasgow dealership. I left their Mini parked up with Craig for them to take away back to Glasgow. I’ll DM his findings of their competence when he’s gone over everything if anyone is interested as I’m moving away from the Marque again. (Sore back). Will include 3 year service check, MOT check, suspension spring and three way damper change check and wheel alignment after two spring failures, AC condenser replacement (warranty) Supercharger belt replacement (squeak/warranty).
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