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  1. So after the November lockdown I took a call from Fabrizio Giugiaro the son of Giorgetto and he visited my place to look at the Esprits I had on offer. The car him and his dad was going to buy was heading for there museum in Turin Italy. He chose my fully restored white S1 Great choice !
    27 points
  2. ***** In 1993 when I was 50 years old I bought my 1st sports car, a 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE with 15.000 mls on the odo...... I immediately did fell in love with this Lotus and the love remained all those 28 years..... Today, (I hope to become 78 years old in June), I bought and picked up the last new available Evora in the Netherlands and left my Esprit in good hands with the Lotus importer. It was rather difficult to say goodbye and I felt a little sad to leave her. Keeping was no option as I have in my garage room for only one car (and a 1975 Honda Goldwing GL1000 K1 motorbike)
    18 points
  3. I sold mine so I could purchase this. Quite a contrast...
    13 points
  4. so ignoring the fact barry has ragged ma car and greased its back door i guess the thread is coming to an end as next week is this week !! today tho i drove it to help at dads farm shop, now dad is 92 and his driving days ended late last year when a tree jumped out in front of him coming in the other direction 🥶 hes never been a car nut just as a farmer, fixated with mpg and low road tax so i showed him the car. Dad, who is quite deaf, says "what sorts that then ?" its a lotus dad i shout in return, "oh youd better get me one of them too then" he replies !!! so i finish with a picy of our stun
    13 points
  5. A few pics from the open day at Ketteringham Hall, in 1986. The era of Ayrton Senna and the 1 year of the late Johnny Dumfries.
    13 points
  6. Hi Guys - Sorry for the delay! New job has diverted attention and then had some issues trying to log into accounts etc with new laptop. Anyway seems like the cats out the bag! What can I say... well its been a journey getting into the position to be able to make the step into a 600LT and feel very very lucky. Initial impressions are best described by Sarah's feedback after she took the car out for a drive on her own, to quote "Its like the R35 GTR and the Lotus got together on a Friday night, had too much to drink and got carried away with each other and made this!" For sure t
    13 points
  7. Interior is almost back together, just the binnacle to replace and then final exterior bits to finish off. I have oil pressure but have discovered a leak from one of the heater through chassis pipes so a new pair are on order, I’ll hold off until done before I run it for the first time. Once running and set up I need to fit the new engine bay carpets and fix the engine cover. Hoping to have it running during May ready to use, it will be a shame to lose the Goodyear’s as like new but still old so won’t perform, I may paint the sidewall writing and do some photos first 😁
    12 points
  8. In answer to @drdoom on floor and Arch finish, it is as @Fridge answered Raptor is a great aftermarket product. Just for information purposes I did 2k colour on my own Esprit which has lasted exceptionally well in the main but waring on some of the excess traffic points . In answer to @fjmuurling the answer @sailorbob gave is correct with grade 8.8 or higher . A bit longer is fine as long as you have enough thread length , Always remember to allow for the tracking spacers which will vary car to car .. ( Next up more Guide coat and , yes you guessed it FLATTING ) So here we
    12 points
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  10. Hi guys just a quick hello. I have finaly let my Chrome orange Exige S go, nearly 13 years and "asbo" is off to a new home. I have treated myself to an early 60th birthday treat ..... covid can do one 😊
    12 points
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  12. I picked up my new 20th on the 20th to replace my previous 20th............
    11 points
  13. Had a short run out this morning
    10 points
  14. Today was the big day!!! My solar yellow 240 FE was delivered. Looks fab. Drives fab and it’s put a smile on mine and my daughters faces. Central Lotus in Nottingham were great. Even though it was a stock car they swapped out the fabric seats and door cards for leather with yellow stitching. They also body paint matched the seat inserts and other bits of trim and the brake callipers. A breath of fresh air compared to other car dealers I’ve dealt with over recent years. I would thoroughly recommend them. Family owned. Nice people. Delivered the car in a covered trailer for me too. B
    10 points
  15. We were at Brands yesterday for a family drive event doing three slow laps of the GP circuit. Cant believe the incline changes! Took some snaps on the way out. My favourite:
    10 points
  16. Fantastic to be back out with MLOC for a run in the Peak District this morning.
    10 points
  17. Can’t stop looking back at it every time I park 🥰
    10 points
  18. That's number 82 back from the paintshop today, looks achingly good when it's that shiny.
    10 points
  19. So, I de-badged my 410 Sport. Did not really like the stripes etc. Also on all Evora's, S1 and 400/410, I never did like the Evora badge on the right rear arse cheek. I took the Evora badge off my NA for instance. Also, did not like the matt black of the 410 stickers so thought I would try something new. So here goes, I'm sure not every one will like it but I think the two colours form a classic looking combination.
    10 points
  20. Well, bugger me with a fish fork. Found it. When the owner first spoke with me, I preliminarily diagnosed a collapsed airbox-turbo hose. When it arrived I tested it by compressing it along its length, and observing it with engine throttling (or attempting to) for any constriction. All good. Since then I've gone through pretty much every aspect of this engine and its management, culminating in swapping known good coils and D.I module this morning. Along the way I've found a fuel pump that's leaking back, very poor engine management hosing and connections, a broken engine breather
    10 points
  21. First time out in the garage for a while. Building up the rear suspension.
    10 points
  22. so oh my oh my what a moment !!! having to pinch myself but she's here and shes sooo so beautiful 😍
    10 points
  23. Some random shots of my N.A. X180. I hope they are OK and meet the standard of the many fab shots on this site!
    9 points
  24. It lives, buzzing! Well worth the wait and can't wait to see it in person! Came with red cat scratches though, admittedly wasn't a fan at first but is a nice subtle contrast and is growing on me.
    9 points
  25. First stage of colour flat and polish done .. Panel align and fit done .. A few fiddly bits to finish off before we move onto interior ..
    9 points
  26. He's already accepted my offer as non-Exec Director of Thread Drifting with a min post count target close to 150 per day.
    9 points
  27. I find it curious that people will part with tens of thousands of pounds for a Lotus, but won't stump up pennies for membership of TLF, arguably the best Lotus resource on the planet. I am rather familiar with the amount of time, effort and money Bibs has put into this entity, and I will gladly pay my dues in recognition of this.
    9 points
  28. I agree I always look back when i park her up! The man himself
    9 points
  29. It holds up very well - what it is meant to be.
    9 points
  30. I read as many comparison reviews as I could before buying mine. It's funny that all reviews mention how great the feel and/or handling of the Evora is, yet, it is never the winner due to whatever "practical" measure. Anyway, back on topic
    9 points
  31. For completeness I thought I'd post how I fixed this. First I cut the pipe off using a multitool. Before cutting I pushed a cotton wool ball down to just below the cut. After cleaning the cut I took off the back wheel and liner, disconnected the other end of the return oil pipe and blew my airline down it to fire out the cotton wool and flush the pipe out. Top tip.. the pipes cross over in the sill so check the diagram carefully. I took the cut pipe to a hydraulics place in Watford (http://www.customhose.co.uk/) who put a solution together for me comprised of an 18mm to 1/2" BSP si
    9 points
  32. Looks like our new girl has been accepted into 'the family', .
    9 points
  33. Just got the high Res photos through from Javelin & Xtreme Sports Photography at Blyton last Saturday... Happy with these.
    8 points
  34. Litter mates 😍 Oh and the right hand one passed it's MOT today 😁
    8 points
  35. Lol, I know of one [email protected] who was waxing lyrical about how he would never sell his red NA and then blew £80k on a brand new 410 sport - didn't even have any seats in the back. Bloody numpty. Complete knob.
    8 points
  36. Following a frustrating wait for parts, it's sorted! Turbo hose replaced, and plenty of other stuff found and rectified/replaced during diagnosis. I think the owner will get a pleasant surprise, as this car clearly hasn't reached its full potential for some time. And now, alcohol.
    8 points
  37. Photos of the Lotus stand/cars at the Earls Court motorfair 1983. The front pic of the excel has one of the London Lotus centre directors/owners.
    8 points
  38. so omfg !!!! big beaming smile and cant stop smiling now, but so headed straight for the local bp station and just one slot available for petrol and what was parked in the next bay ?? didnt get a chance to chat as i was queing to pay btu he smiled at julie n put his thumb up but then we bumped into him at the supermarket carpark lol had a lovely chat with him made my day !!!
    8 points
  39. To me its all about enjoying your life. Only you know what you enjoy. Maximise what you enjoy, minimise what you don't. If you're not enjoying more of your time than not then make changes until the balance is positive. Money is the killer for most, but the majority have no handle on how much is "enough". Once you have enough money to enjoy more of your life than you don't enjoy, then paid employment becomes irrelevant. Nearly everyone in the world could enjoy more money, but having money itself seems pointless to me, and the one's I know with the most seem pretty hopeless at spendin
    8 points
  40. The Evora has been out on the public road for the first time- now that the lockdown has been changed to stay local (how far away in not local.??.). Went out for a gentle run this morning. Seemed strange to drive it again though.
    8 points
  41. A little more progress today. Mocking up the new brakes and front wheel.
    8 points
  42. Took a friend's 430 Cup round the block yesterday to try to help diagnose some problems he's been having with the car not letting him heel & toe. I was getting about 8 out of 10 downshifts perfect and only 2 would have slight issues. Considering the brake feel, throttle response and seat position are different to my car, I'd say that's pretty good. And when immediately getting that many heel & toe downchanges bang on, it concluded that the car is fine and it just needs some learning. The car isn't randomly choosing to not allow it, the driver is doing something slightly different with
    8 points
  43. Healthy figure achieved by the JPS at Silverstone Auctions today - guide was £55-60K - sold for £65K inc buyer premium 😊
    8 points
  44. its almost identical to the silverstone le i missed out on but 6k less miles and cheaper !! win win
    8 points
  45. A previously unseen sister to my GT3. First Esprit to overnight at mine for 6 months!
    8 points

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