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  1. TLF was born! Over a third of my life ago now, I'd just turned 30 when I pressed the big green 'go' button! Wow! Did anyone bring cake?
    20 points
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  3. Got it home but hard to drive it back in the dark and heavy rain just have to wait for the rain to stop so I can find out what’s it like to drive
    12 points
  4. Just add paint! received_265752407935596.mp4
    12 points
  5. Posted this on another forum but it's worth posting here in these troubled times. I'd must like to report that I drove the Evora yesterday and loved it. Dark thoughts with Covid an' all have stopped me using the Evora as intended and it has sat in the barn for the best part of 2 years, and I've been thinking of selling it. The BMW had to go in for some work and yesterday I took Mrs Bruss 20 miles to drop her off and pick it up. On the way back I properly drove the Evora. Summary is Local town with the worst road surface I've encountered outside of Belgium, makes the
    11 points
  6. Thanks folks. It's really been a joy. Many downsides to running a busy website like this but the upsides make up for that and then some! All being well, we should click through 20,000 registered members this week. We did look on target for hitting 1,000,000 annual visits too but that may have to wait until next summer now - either way lots of people are getting a lot from TLF and that's what counts
    11 points
  7. Some recent shots from this week. Photos by @brian_automotive
    11 points
  8. Club Lotus Italia last meeting in Calabria (Italy), a glamour night in Rossano Calabro with over 25 Lotuses
    11 points
  9. On the news that Trump has today been tested positive for COVID 19 - my thoughts today are with the virus at this difficult time.
    10 points
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  11. Sunny day so a bit of wash n wax for Matilda before hibernation.
    10 points
  12. A bit of garage wall art fun, bought for 99p on you can guess auction site Original 80’s sign, not immaculate so suits my car and garage well Dave
    10 points
  13. Been good to spend a bit of time on the car over the last few weeks and start a few new projects. Main thing has been to remove the front PPF as it was really quite tired and had quite a few stone chip marks in it. I'm pleased to report that the paint looks great now the PPF is off with only two stone chips which made it through. I'll run it with no PPF for a while, until the respray eventually (hopefully) one day happens. I had to remove the front splitter to properly remove the PPF then clean, which then led to me removing the front side grills, cleaning the insides out, giving the rad
    10 points
  14. Hi all, Having posted an initial post to ask for some buying advice on Lotus Esprit, I missed the V8 advertised on eBay (not sure of seller was/is a forum member), before I started looking at S4s and GT3. Long story short, I was going to give the S4s a miss because it was advertised at UK Sports Cars and I was concerned about the feedback posted in this forum. Fortunately, I then found out from your reply to my post that it was Nick's car @fflyingdog and decided to buy it after I had a chat with him. After all, the car must have been treasured and cared for if it was part of the fa
    9 points
  15. Evora S goes and a GT430 arrives. The GT430 is my 10th lotus.
    9 points
  16. Well it had to be done! I stumbled across a number plate with the same font with the exact number 8. I contacted them in Ireland and they had plates in stock from the 1980s. They kindly went above and beyond helping me to complete this project. Anyone who wants an accurate period plate can’t recommend them highly enough. Very reasonable pricing and came to the UK the next day, thanks Michael! Heres their website and a picture of their work, should anyone else be crazy enough to build a Bond car! https://www.fancyplates.com
    9 points
  17. I’ve just very recently completed the 3 day Lotus licence package. Fortunately the weather was perfect throughout & LDA have managed to introduce a very effective COVID prevention system with the cars, helmets & equipment that did not take anything away from the training. There were a great bunch of people on the course, with plenty of banter and everyone was keen to learn. I was in the highly capable hands of Rob Barff throughout which provided good continuity and built up a solid instructor/student rapport. The comprehensive back to basics guidance Rob provided was a complete ‘r
    9 points
  18. Moving forward, the next stage was to lay up the GRP on the inner faces . This will secure the section solid in place and enable the Cleco and bridge plates to be removed . Where the bridge plates were in the way we needed to work around them first and then do a second stage of lay up .. This second pic shows how neatly the rear panel lined up and with one layer of woven with two layer of mat, fixed very firm .. The outside need addressing now .. First the big grind .. This is tough because this panel being part of the crash structure is thicker than other sections.
    9 points
  19. As the number of electric vehicles rise, the number of ICE cars fall thereby reducing emissions on our roads. You will then get a "tipping point" where emissions cannot increase to breach any "environmental limits" as there will be too few ICE cars on the road to create the emissions. At that point the "noise" will die down and I am sure the much, much smaller volume of ICE cars will continue to run and petrol will be sold as it is now. Whereas now the EV charger is at the back of the garage, in future that will be where the petrol pump will be. Petrol will be much dearer (you need volume to
    8 points
  20. Yesterday I finally picked up the car and drove it home, 500 km What can I say... great car, amazing sound, fun to drive. A good friend of mine drove the second half of the trip and it was outstanding to see and hear the car from outside! On the way home we took the first pictures at the German race track, Hockenheimring. By the way, I will start some kind of a blog (https://evorablog.com) for technical documentations & details about the car and may write some How-To's. First thing to do: getting a new radio that is capable of Apple Car Play
    8 points
  21. Wow. great job. You tipped the room 90 deg and emptied the crap out the windows?
    8 points
  22. https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/10807752?cId=10758509&cId=10680223&cId=10806533&cId=10517597&cId=10189611&cId=10615053&cId=10673264&cId=10827125&cId=10807752&cId=10714528&cId=10545063&cId=10100388&cId=10680217&cId=10123244&cId=10720546 this is now going to be my 3rd lotus ownership
    8 points
  23. My name is Brent and I have a serial Lotus buying habit! I bought my first in 1969 and have been doing so ever since. This is a self help group session isn’t it?
    8 points
  24. So I finally had a response from my local Dealer, and I'm pretty stoked, he says that hes going to check with his rep to see what or if any incentives are available. On or about November he suspects theyll have something in stock, when he gets back to me Monday, I'll be trying to take a day of leave to head down and see if we can come to an agreement on securing it in my name. I know it's not a big deal for most of you where Lotus is in abundance, but I'm pretty stoked and wanted to share.
    7 points
  25. https://www.pistonheads.com/news/ph-features/the-best-sports-cars-to-buy-in-2020/43222
    7 points
  26. Man that is one sexy car.
    7 points
  27. This is the car..
    7 points
  28. Been a busy couple weekends building the engine and refurbishing all the parts, cleaning and painting where required. I’ve just about gone as far as I can now until the distributor arrives so I can prime the oil pump then fit the new timing belt. I have filled the gearbox with redline and put around 3.5 litres in the engine just to prime the pump then final fill once back in the chassis. The engine has had all the gaskets replaced and valve shimming is all nicely in spec, a new 3 piece clutch should solve the drive issue which by hand selecting is all fine now. Engine bay i
    7 points
  29. Couldn’t resist this one today. A boot full of new parts - it’s had a new interior - hoods lovely - clutch master and slave and all pipework replaced. Brake master needs to be replaced. It’s sat on 4 new tyres and just needs to be prepared for mot
    7 points
  30. From - https://www.lotuscars.com/en-GB/100-hours-behind-the-wheel-of-evija/
    7 points
  31. Just a few of mine over the past 30 years..... love em or hate em they are like magnets dragging you back every time you break free then see one on the road My current fix , long live lotus madness with no current cure! Dave
    7 points
  32. I reckon Lotus really nailed it with the Exige S3 shape. Here’s a side by side - earliest vs latest. Both look awesome, although would have been better to compare in the same colour.... Still love the original V6 wheels. I know, I’m in the minority...!
    7 points
  33. Eldest child, Daisy, is now installed at Exeter uni and starting her studies tomorrow. I’m feeling immensely proud of her and just a little bit tearful if I’m honest.
    7 points
  34. Yes bare chassis when I did my last set of fronts Dave
    6 points
  35. I had a 12c for 2 years and 22k miles and really enjoyed it. They have steel brakes so much cheaper to run on brakes. My 570 is a track pack car which has been to MSO for some more track biased mods. Blindingly fast and great on the limit but after nearly 2 years I am ready for a change. My local track is Brands and I think the Evora will be well suited. I only need this to be a toy and I have been contemplating buying a 3 Eleven and having a custom screen made so I don't need to use a crash helmet. For a toy and the odd track day I think
    6 points
  36. Congratulations. Hell of a first Lotus, you've hit peak Esprit first off and Nick has taken amazing care of it over the years! Great work TLF - "Should I" to "Deposit Paid" in 18 hours, a new record!
    6 points
  37. Thanks all. I just paid a deposit on Nick's S4S. Nick was kind enough to speak to me last night (I owe him a few pints when normality returns). Interesting, I would never have thought that I would buy a lotus esprit without 1. Seeing the car in person and 2. Without a PPI!! However, having spoken to Nick about his S4S and how he has looked after his car (probably most of forum members have the same OCD syndrome) over the past 17 years... What better way to buy a car that has been properly looked after by the same owner for 17 years! Thanks again for the prompt response and advice
    6 points
  38. Its been used ,and looked after much to the detriment of my wallet, last year full suspension replacement not a refresh but replaced ! Everything has always been addressed when its needed,i had her for 17 and a half years and i know every single nut and bolt , so if anyone wants to ask any questions fire away . Mileage is not that high, as we all know these engines are bullet proof obviously with the appropriate service and care. this car has never in over 17 years left me stranded on the side of the road. Shes a 25 year old lady but still very bright and sharp , everything works everything
    6 points
  39. I've only just discovered this (so apologies if it has been posted before): http://www.lotusdriversguide.com/Downloads/
    6 points


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