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  1. The Hunts is over. Healthcheck complete and only the usual advisories came up to was happy to proceed. (Slight front ARB play and boot struts weak) Just need to sort out picking it up or getting it collected. Still haven’t seen it in the flesh but current and previous owners seem excellent. Previous owner was on here before and gave me some great history and ownership details so a big thanks to him. looking forward to wrapping it up in the garage and polishing it on weekends till the summer (don’t judge me )
    19 points
  2. Hi Everyone Well, been thinking for a couple of months now about selling my lovely Esprit SE and Elan M100 SE and getting an Evora. After trawling through Evora ads for a couple of months i saw an Evora which made me say, in the immortal words of Will Smith, "i gotta get me one of these!". So after putting my cars out there to a couple of Specialist Lotus traders i agreed a price and sold my Esprit and Elan and to my joy that same Evora was still for sale. I put a call into the dealer, studied the pics carefully, got a video walk around from the dealer and decided that its the one fo
    17 points
  3. I popped the image into photoshop and upped some levels so you don't have to
    11 points
  4. Well, picked the car up today and i love it! Not ideal driving conditions but i found the car was great to drive, effortless power, the IPS gearbox changes nice and smoothly. The cockpit is a lovely place to be and the drive is excellent, so smooth and comfortable for a sports car! Well pleased! I haven't had much time today but i took a couple of quick pictures even though it got a bit dirty on the way home due to weather. I think the red pin strip and small union jack graphics were added to this car (as there is an invoice in the history) but they are exactly like the "Wh
    10 points
  5. Right, I'm planning on doing a shoot out review of headlamp bulb options. I think I have managed to accrue a good cross section of options and to my knowledge nobody has done this before for the Exige V6 so it'd be helpful for those wanting to upgrade their lights. In the test will be the following; Dip beam. HB3A standard Halogen OEM bulbs made by Sylvania Automotive. HB3A white output 130% bulbs made by Au-lite from Hidsdirect in the UK. HB3A white output 150% bulbs made by Sylvania Automotive and imported from the US via eBay. HB3 LED headlights made by Twenty2
    10 points
  6. Well she’s arrived home after being collected by the transport company yesterday. The Mrs just sent me this image (I’ve still not seen it ) can’t wait to have a day off to take it for a little spin.
    9 points
  7. Not very impressed with the fitted car covers. Sure TLF could do better...
    9 points
  8. I don't understand why this is even a conversation. It is plainly obvious that wearing a mask is to protect others, not yourself. Any kind of face covering reduces the amount of vapour you expel and how far it goes therefore reducing the amount put out. Surgical masks have both the effect of reducing your intake and what you put out. It doesn't matter how effective it is overall, it's part of a raft of measures including distancing, washing your hands regularly, using alcohol hand wash and many other things we do to REDUCE the chance of infection. Make no mistake here. This thing is
    9 points
  9. Hi all, Late 2015 I received my first company car, which gave me the opportunity to look for a nice project car which I didn't need as a daily driver. I've considered lot's of cars (Clio RS197, Megane RS225, 350Z, Z4, Cooper S) but at that stage I was attracted by the Opel Speedster (Vauxhall VX220) because of it's low weight, enough power and simple technique. Never have I thought of a Lotus, as they were above my budget. After driving several Speedsters I wasn't convinced as I didn't find them aggressive enough. In my opinion the 2.2 engine is not the right engine for this car. Unfortun
    8 points
  10. I had a new Evora Sport 410 on a 50/50 deal. It took some extreme man maths to make the case and I justified it as ‘you only live once‘! I had a great time in the car and loved every minute but had to sell it when the other 50% needed repaying. Given the whole COVID thing I am having another ‘you only live once’ bout of man maths and after considering getting a Porsche Boxster GTS or an Exige 350 I have gone for another Evora Sport 410. In fact it’s the same Evora as I owned before. So, 4 owners but my twice. Should be getting delivery on Friday from Lotus Silverstone. Can’t wait to get
    7 points
  11. I am getting my jab tomorrow AstraZeneca and even got my booster date on April 1 ( April fools day Lol)
    7 points
  12. As a Moderator I must point out that we are a friendly community and everyone is entitled to their opinions. @Barrykearley you are a valued member as is @BuddsyInfact Buddsy I go as far to say we have been friends for a long while. However I cannot subscribe to your views and infact consider them dangerous and selfish. I have seen first hand how that ignorance is both dangerous and life threatening having been in Hospital several times recently for my job. I cannot even begin to tell you how scared I was just being there and how brave and amazing our Nurses and Doctors are. Seeing s
    6 points
  13. Three new models replacing three as good as they are but rather old models can see nothing to complain about. Been a long time coming so let’s hope they are game changes not only for the company but also the sports car market. I have a feeling they are going to be very special.
    6 points
  14. There's been a lot of debate about anti-Vaxxers on social media lately. I am now coming forward to stand up and say I'm firmly in the anti-Vax camp. There, I've said it! I have my reasons, like many anti-Vaxxers, but it's important that everyone approaches this sensitive topic armed with the information THEY know to be true. I know my truth and I have first hand experience that backs up my stance. I had a Vax once and it was the noisiest shittiest vacuum cleaner ever. I will never buy one again. All these armchair experts have clearly never experienced the disappointment of having to go ov
    6 points
  15. digging in some old pictures I found one of how it all began.... (many moons ago LOL) Richard from Banks Europa Service advised me not to go faster than 50mph but found out 80mph was a nice speed. I traveled at night to avoid heavy traffic, channel tunnel was quiet 5 in the morning and I arived around sunrise in French. still remember that look in the eyes of a ferrari owner hitting full on the brakes just to have a look what that was on top of my little astra. best trip ever!
    6 points
  16. You might be as crazy as I'm. UK to Germany. A trip I will always remember.
    6 points
  17. Some good news from DC for a change. The adults are now officially in charge. Biden took the oath 21 minutes ago. Goodbye Donald. May your next government funded housing include three meals a day, chipped beef or turkey all king on toast followed by a one hour exercise period in the yard. America can now resume its place alongside the world's other democracies, a position abandoned for the last four years. Biden may be just the man for the job. And how about Lady Gaga? Not an easy song to do well, but she crushed it.
    6 points
  18. Buying blind is not ideal i agree however "click and collect" which is what is happening in this lockdown for covid means you can buy the car via pics and video etc but should you get there and the car is not what you thought or something really is up you can change your mind and receive a refund. That is why not ALL dealers are offering click and collect as for some it is too much risk/hassle etc For me, the car i have bought really hit a note with me. I absolutely loved the way it looks and i did not want to risk losing the opportunity as its not like buying a black Vauxhall Corsa
    6 points
  19. A few snaps of the Essex Esprit gala evening launch party brochure pack:
    6 points
  20. so, it snowed in Berks... as close as I can get to the Alps for now...
    5 points
  21. Made some good progress on the car today. I've replaced the three rivnuts that secure the bottom edge of the left hand side engine bay panel because a previous owner/mechanic had resorted to cutting the bolt heads off because they were spinning in the body. I then set about trying to get the drivers side oil cooler properly plumbed in once and for all. I sought some chemistry advice from a friend and ended up using a solution of Sodium Hydroxide to disolve the remains of the alloy threads left by the scrap oil cooler from the steel oil hose fitting. I used about 150
    5 points
  22. My two extremes, one is more suited to current conditions
    5 points
  23. Right a bit of an update, I thought I'd be caught up with the present time by now but I'm still in catch up just writing this up due to work and other stuff Got to be honest, I was gutted I let someone else to do it. Nothing wrong with the quality of work, just wished I was the one doing it Right the work getting finished: Rear (forgive ratty disc, they will be replaced later in the project) Front (forgive even ratttier disk, and the brake lines were changed after this pic) Sump: So the total of
    5 points
  24. Well it's a start to getting one.
    5 points
  25. And ham sandwiches being confiscated. The good news is that the 3 kilo's of heroin we are smuggling out in the lorries to help our balance of payments is getting through fine. The customs guards are too busy eating the ham sandwiches!
    5 points
  26. I have a liking for red calipers.
    5 points
  27. My little girl of 19 years (yes 19) passed away just before Christmas, peacefully and in my arms where she deserved to be after so many years of joy that she had given us. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. I have never seen my son with Aspergers cry and he was unconsolable especially as she slept in his room and she was his dog. Even to the last day after her stroke she would try and get to the front door to greet him when he got home from work, despite being unsteady on her feet, half blind and deaf.# Anyway, my wife painted her for me and she sits in my study with that naughty
    4 points
  28. Not a massive amount of progress yesterday and today as it's too cold in my garage! I stripped both the seats yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to find that the seat foams are all good. That's a relief as the foams would be difficult to source... https://i.ibb.co/q5kjsWB/100-1482.jpg Then I had a look at the brake servo and master cylinder. They're both in a bad way but the master cylinder is the worst of the two. It's very rusty and seized solid... https://i.ibb.co/ykJw5qd/100-1485.jpg https://i.ibb.co/HCF8CDH/100-1486.jpg https://i.ibb.co/VNWysdc/100-1487.jpg The ser
    4 points
  29. I bought the correct brown leather steering wheel yesterday including the original crash pad and boss. A black steering wheel/pad/boss is hard enough to find but the brown ones are even harder. My car had brown marcasite so would probably have had a brown wheel. I'm using Jon Roberts's car as a reference as his is the car after mine in terms of chassis numbers (I know the build dates are really what counts but it's as close as I've got). I thought last night how ironic it would be if the wheel I've just bought actually came from this car to start with! I have also hopefully found the corr
    4 points
  30. Here are a couple of pics. She is a minter and an ultra rare ID2 model which came with full nappa leather interior trimmed buy a french coach trimming company. I am after £25k for here which is super cheap as it’s only done 60k but is cat D accident damage. (The one side of panels needed replacing) I have had a full Re paint two years ago, all belts done and new clutch and diff (common issue) car is show worthy and does go to many. really gunna mis it!
    4 points
  31. There are some pretty odd ones in here, plus the obligatory Lotuses.
    4 points
  32. Cue: "I'd replace that red hose and timing belt..." comments. I can see this thread battling @Lotusfab's epic tome. Perhaps @Bibs could arrange some sort of annual award for the highest page count?...
    4 points
  33. Going through some of the boxes today and tried to put things together if they belonged to something... https://i.ibb.co/gvqpBN0/100-1411.jpg https://i.ibb.co/fYzw5vh/100-1412.jpg I managed to find all the bits for the tailgate release and put them back together as a unit (you have to be grateful for small victories!)... https://i.ibb.co/4Zq699k/100-1419.jpg I did a stock take of the interior and it's all there apart from the binnacle but I had one already that I have been able to donate... https://i.ibb.co/gvLR6Mr/100-1452.jpg The engine is not seized and looks pretty c
    4 points
  34. Sorry Buddys it’s about time you moved into the real world. Obviously you are a popular forum member but you need to be called out for your relentless anti lockdown and disinformation on the true facts. I do not know or dare to know what it would convince you change your mind.
    4 points
  35. Well, since you ask...... Elise, Exige, Evora finished this year with some very tasty final editions due shortly and made in limited numbers (of course). Be quick if you want one, end of an era for sure New car (details released this summer as mentioned) on an 'Evora-ish' tub, styling cues from the Evija, sized mid way betwen the Exige and Evora, 2 seats, easy ingress, much more on-board tech etc, more in line with a certain German manufacturers offerings. No idea if it's a soft top, assume not? Engines, AMG turbo charged 4-pot with 400+bhp with DC box (currently fitted to the
    4 points
  36. 4 points
  37. By most metrics, the US economy increased at Obama era rates into the Trump period, with no real inflection points pointing up. He claimed a lot of credit for just keeping the pace. Tax rates were cut, although by how much and for how long seemed to be determined by your net worth. Of course we have no idea now what economic price we will have paid by ignoring Covid for as long as we have.
    4 points
  38. Some folks (me included) spec'd some of the 'black pack' before the SR was announced. I collected mine in Sept '12 around the time the SR became available.
    4 points
  39. 4 points
  40. Ran the scraper over the deposits on the exhaust port for number two and it's actually not turned out as bad as it might have been . Long term it could probably do with machining but it will be absolutely fine for now. I'll give it a tickle with the wet and dry before the Alunox goes on.
    4 points
  41. Put your mind at rest regarding the 'poisoning your daughter's mind against you', the ex might try but it won't happen. Kids are amazingly perceptive and they have unconditional love for their parents. Keep calm with your ex, don't be negative about her in front of your daughter, give your daughter as much time & attention as you can and she will see the truth - I'm certain of it
    4 points
  42. Private schools can be terrible places. I boarded from age 6 to 17, it was hell. Facilities are good, as you'd expect, but your kid will be bought up with a whole bunch of rich kids. Doesn't make for a wholesome environment. My kids go to the local comp. One went on to Oxford and got a 1st. Another went to Bath, got a 1st and is now doing a PhD. Academic achievement is as much about the child's attitude as it is about the teaching context and no amount of money can help the former, often the opposite.
    4 points
  43. So after chatting with Wayne ref the Vacuum upgrade I decided to rebuild my old units with the Yellow Stuff pads. On stripping down as expected I did find some corrosion on the front of the pistons. In hindsight I should have changed the brake fluid a few times over the last 8 years but heyho. I did try to source some stainless steel pistons but was unable to find the correct one so I machined my own pair up. With a bit of fun with my old Eesi Bleed with a blocked hole I have them back on the car. Cant wait for spring! budd
    4 points
  44. I got the 360 ceramic coated today. Was done by Tom’s Detailing, [email protected] . He did a great job and it only cost £350. Very please.
    4 points


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