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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 !
    26 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)
    17 points
  3. I sold mine so I could purchase this. Quite a contrast...
    12 points
  4. 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 😁
    11 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Had a short run out this morning
    8 points
  11. Been to look at it, body work, wheels and interior are in excellent condition. Engine sounds fine, underside has corrosion but not terrible to be expected with the age, slight leak from the oil cooler. Test drive was pointless as it was snowing and rear end was snaking!!! But Iv taking the gamble It’s on my trailer now taking it home, will let you know what it’s really like once it’s up on the ramp. Iv finally got a esprit!!!!!!!!
    7 points
  12. https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/lotus-approved-to-launch-on-april-12th-in-the-uk/
    7 points
  13. Thousands of young people got a head start and a chance thanks to his programmes. Not just in the UK but globally . He championed the UK as a leader in tech and innovation to drive growth and prosperity for the nation and he served this country with diligence and honour for over 70 years. In response to the news of his death Corbyn could only think of Bolivia. Senior Labour officials whinged on their Whatsapp Group at Parliament being recalled for a "circle jerk". Once a proud Labour voter. Not now. Don't think ever again. They have no respect nor decency they are just a party of act
    7 points
  14. I was in the petrol station last week filling up- bloke came up admiring it and said ‘you just need a good woman now’.... got one I said.....bastard said he and walked off!
    7 points
  15. After posting in the 'Introductions' section, I thought I'd keep a diary of my car and any upgrades I do in this section. It's a 2019 Exige 410 Sport. Cyan Blue, with the interior colour coded pieces in yellow. It's got the Carbon Fibre seats, Carbon Roof and Lithium Battery. Collection day was long but exciting. When I arrived here, I'd never even seen a 410 sport in real life before, never mind seen or driven the car I'd actually just bought... The sales woman went to grab the car from where it was tucked away, and when she brought it round for me, even my m
    6 points
  16. WOW JUST WOW! What a difference a day can make! I just took it out for a test drive and no stumble at all. The engine in driving amazingly at all rpms. I took it up to 5000 rpm and it really flew! The solution was the choke. The 35 mm has transformed the car. I still plan on the rolling road, just to see what everything is doing an to ensure all is correct. The steering is perfect as is the balance. Its a different car!
    6 points
  17. I've actually changed my mind on selling the 400 and ended the advert early. Bought a Megane 275 earlier in the week and wife has agreed she won't leave me even though I will have that, the 400 and a 7!
    6 points
  18. Meant to add to this thread a few months ago. Signature SV104 in brushed aluminium, 18x10 and 17x8.
    6 points
  19. I own the Excel above from the 1983 motorfair, currently running on 14” speed lines (I have the Toyota wheels) otherwise all original. Keith - When I spoke to Andy G he sent me the pictures above! Here is the car now, I wasn’t a fan of the red interior when I purchased it, luckily has grown on me since then!
    6 points
  20. 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.
    5 points
  21. Got my 2nd jab on Saturday. Got my first pint in 2 hours
    5 points
  22. There's some back story and pics on an old thread but it's not wonderful to see. I'll post a link if you like but if you'd rather enjoy the car as is and remember that history is just that and it was a long time ago, no problems
    5 points
  23. Hopefully us skint middle aged slightly balding midlife crisis ones whom have a spare kidney 🤪
    5 points
  24. Said it as he saw it. Got to admire that.
    5 points
  25. Well that’s a relief. The Elite has moved a metre under its own power for the first time, well I’ve had it just over a year, not a clue if previous owners ever had it running and moving. After reading Williamtherebel post of seized clutch after a couple of months I expected a major problem. But definitely now spurred on to get glass and doors on , lights , seats , dash etc etc etc.
    5 points
  26. My recent foray to Starbucks created some interest with a young woman wanting to test her photographic skills. Not a bad effort from her ! And I still find the Lotus creates as much interest as my Mac. Still quite unusual to see a Lotus on the road and not common to get a bad reaction
    5 points
  27. Just chucking some more pics into the thread. Finally got the harnesses done a few weeks ago. Made such a difference on track. Also, managed to survive the Bedford noise lottery last weekend. Jim’s 2Bular QP system did its job pretty well.
    5 points
  28. British Weather 👍😊
    5 points
  29. Lol - I'm the king of topic drift so don't worry about going off topic on one of my threads as it likely end up on topic anyway! So apologies, been away from this topic and largely TLF for the past few days (you all probably enjoyed that ) as I was off for the Easter Break - Friday to a week today). Good time to have a break as I was knackered and actually it has given me the time to think further about retirement. On Friday, I took the Evora in for the DRL's to be fixed under warranty. It was a superb day, so I drove the 80 miles to Hamilton and dropped the car off as promised
    5 points
  30. No idea of difference with leather or carbon fibre but after many years of S1 ownership the FE is easy to slide into - the aim dash is simple and effective- no idea of lights on change yet as need to do 1000 miles before can stretch its legs - but so far all good very happy
    5 points
  31. Fantastic to be back out with MLOC for a run in the Peak District this morning.
    5 points
  32. A couple of years ago I was given a "Porsche Experience" at Work. Met Tim Harvey and drove every Porker they had round silverstone. I can honestly say they were nice cars. Fast and well built. But I didn't get the feedback or sheer driving pleasure I get from a Lotus (or even the Old Mustang I owned). The closest I got to Charisma and "Lotus DNA" was the Cayman S. I have always been totally anti Porsche (And Ferrari) mainly because I was brain washed by Colin, Tony Rudd and my dad. Even today when Dad see's a 911 he mutters something about it being a bloody Beetle with the engine in a st
    4 points
  33. One final photo after the first weekend... I may have to hide the keys from myself or I’ll never keep the mileage down 😁
    4 points
  34. Just finished off a little cosmetic change that I'd been thinking about before I'd even got the car. I was never quite sure that the silver stainless fastenings on the wing and door cards looked right. This is obviously a personal opinion thing, but I prefer fasteners to blend in. £15 worth of black stainless fixings were ordered. Wing Before: Wing After: Door Before: Door After: I'm really pleased with the result. Plus it's my favourite type of modification: Cheap, Quick, Easy, and reversible in min
    4 points
  35. Bought an early road registered SR3 just before Xmas. Finely got it out last weekend Much more hardcore than the 2-11 for road use. Yet to take it on track
    4 points
  36. I have given him your number Gary because he wants to drive it to Italy I said you are on 24hr call out 👍
    4 points
  37. Well it finally arrived from Greece this morning - the long awaited carbon steering cowl.
    4 points
  38. Not very difficult to install. Front clam off, minor adjustments of holes (rats tail file) to get them to line up and to bolt in. I bought the cf so they did not require additional body work/paint.
    4 points
  39. They have over-engineered suspensions/brakes, an indestructible chassis and a 'Yota engine which will probably last a bazillion miles without having the oil changed. It's always perplexed me why they seem so sensitive to mileage on the prices, perhaps just as there are a few which aren't used much and that brings a perception that they are delicate, which they most certainly aren't.
    4 points
  40. @Mark Blanchard they couldn’t resist this one though “Normally Aspirated ( more reliable than turbo ) ” which does make me chuckle as it’s a carb unit and far more hassle than fuel injected 😎
    4 points
  41. All good points. First thing to note is when the refrigerant charge becomes low the compressor suffers in two ways 1st loss of cooling it's only the cool vapour returning from the evaporator that cools the compressor. 2nd the oil in the system is entrained in the refrigerant and returns to the compressor via a mist as the compressors have no sump. So low refrigerant level equals lack of cooling and lubrication. The systems have low pressure cut outs but they are usually fairly cheep items and are factory set and are not usually that accurate. The problem with a s
    4 points
  42. Now you see I'd put that is the N/As positive column
    4 points
  43. I can no longer upload photos, but there may be some more on my restoration thread, where these came from. Otherwise on Instagram, if you can zoom in: https//www.instagram.com/p/B4po8zphzN8/?igshid=1g3dyzd3p7eh9
    4 points
  44. What an odd comment. I pay to be member of Club Lotus and I have contributed articles to the magazine for free over the years. Writing a printed article is considerably more work than posting numerous comments to threads on a forum. I would not expect to be paid for either, I do it for the love of the marque and wishing to share my experiences with like-minded people. I do expect to contribute to the cost of running a club. It is tedious work doing the day to day admin and tasks; the organisers should be compensated for that work. You are not being asked to pay for 'making content'.
    4 points

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