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  1. Can we change the name of this thread from 'prices soaring' to 'asking prices slightly higher for esprits, but most of these never actually sell - where have all the good cars gone?'
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  2. I'm relatively new here, did my 'bio' in the Introductions. Requests came for more pics, so here we go. I took my Esprit around town for some pics. Location is around Charleston, SC, USA.
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  3. Geert, my heart goes out to you and your family. In an attempt at cheering you up and lightening the mood, I'll share our two: Yes, I admit I had a dog biscuit on my head.
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  4. Had to help my 80+ year old next door neighbours carry their black labrador to the vet yesterday. She's been limping for a couple of months with vet warnings of arthritis etc even though she was only 9 years old. She collapsed during a walk the day before. X ray under anesthetic revealed an aggressive tumour on her thighbone which had caused it to snap. She had her life ended whilst she was asleep. She was a lovely dog they rescued from a despicable farmer/breeder who just wanted rid of her after she had given him a few litters of puppies. She was 7 by then and very thin. She was such a gentle, friendly dog who never snapped or became aggressive or grumpy even though she must have been in agony recently. Felt quite emotional even though she wasn't mine. So if you love your dog...give them an extra pat or a biscuit tonight, they are here only briefly and they live to make you happy
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  5. I replaced the tyres on my 84 Turbo Esprit last week - thanks for the advice, Buddsy! I bought the car in October 2013 and have driven about 10,000 miles since. It was sitting on a set of Bridgestone Eagle NCTs - 235s on the back and 195s on the front. Tuesday 19th May, I had my new Vredestein Sportrac 5s fitted all round - 225s on the back and 195s on the front. Saturday 23rd May some of you may have seen me driving (badly) round Castle Combe - mine was the blue one with the extra bit on the exhaust because they seem to think I am a bit loud without it.If you look at that thread you can see some pictures (pwd95 has a good one on his link - thanks Wyn) So, what do I think? If your tyres are 13 years old, as mine were, then change them! I did not realise how bad they were. The Vredesteins look and feel fine. Driving on the road to Castle Combe (about an hour for me) they handled well and seemed to be quieter than my old tyres. On the track they were brilliant. A little bit of squeal into the Esses but at no point did I feel less than confident in them The difference in size does not seem to create problems. I was comparing the speedo to a Sat Nav on the way to the circuit and it was as inaccurate as it was before I fitted the new tyres. I bought them off the internet and had them fitted locally. The procedure was fine - no hassle. Possibly the best part - apart from the Giugiaro written on the side wall - was that the whole set was under £300 fitted! Kevin
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  6. Yea I read that article. It says how good the S3 N/A is. Buddsy
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  7. Remember the back seat or +0 area if no brats (sorry - Mummy's little darlings) or dwarfs being transported . Or if no passenger, the footwell area. Both are cooler than the boot which wouldn't be difficult to be honest. You can fit a large powered coolbox on the back seat as well and the rear most charging point is very handy for it. Been there, done that.
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  8. Were they too embarrassed to paint it in the colours of the 2013 Caterham F1 team?
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  9. No probs, will check the details tomorrow morning.
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  10. Same. It looks like a hell of a lot of fun, and I love the idea of 620bhp/tonne in a darty revvy package, but I can't get past the thought that with the pace on offer, I'd much rather be sat in the Elise/Exige tub if something went wrong than in the Seven platform. Sombre but worth a thought.
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  11. Get a cool bag. Squishy, as it were. Not as efficient, but that's what the extra pace of the car is for, right?
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  12. Very sad. We have a JRT which we got as a puppy. She's 6 now. We also have a JRT cross Border Terrier we took in after his owner died, he'd been stuck with her body alone for over a week. It took him over a year to fully settle. He had surgery on his left back leg three weeks ago - his leg is now know as "my new Lotus" as that's where the funds came from to pay the vets fee. Started hydrotherapy this week - he's had better care than at most hospitals.
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  13. I was hoping to attend... Not a Lotus owner yet but warming to the idea... I am the new sales exec at Stratton Motor Company so wanted to meet all you passionate Lotus owners. What time does everyone expect to arrive ?
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  14. Hi Viper, Lovely car. We have it's twin sister in with us at the moment, number 73
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  15. Dear All, Round 2 of the Lotus Cup Europe 2015 season (Dijon Prenois) is due to air on Motors TV (Freeview channel 71 for the UK) on:- Thursday 28 May - 18:55 (UK), 19:05 (Europe) Friday 29 May - 01:45 & 13:10 (UK), 01:30 & 10:00 & 23:50 (Europe) Sunday 31 May - 07:00 (Europe) Monday 01 June - 04:10 & 06:00 (UK), 03:15 & 16:05 (Europe) The first broadcast is TODAY!!! Cheers, Clive.
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  16. Congratulations Alan
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  17. Happy to help if I can as we're based just down the road from you in Romford.
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  18. Custom manifold + straight through center section + aftermarket backbox = My bov is an HKS SSQV. I'm of two minds about the sound but it can be changed with different inserts.
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  19. Love it. I commute from the New Forest to Barking once a week, and regularly deviate my journey on the way home... Just because... The journey in is a mixture of A roads and motorway and has everything from choke points to contraflows to a crawl as the A13 hits Dagenham. The Evora takes all of it in its stride, with aplomb. The only tricky bit is avoiding license losing speeds when the roads open up...
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  20. As Bibs said, I'm in the UK (in Winchester), but more than willing to travel to ensure I get the best person to do the work. Distance isn't really too much of a concern, more the quality of the service and work. The dash is the only thing that I would really like to change at the moment on the LF1, but I am aware of the dangers of 'upgradeitis'...
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  21. support........ 'kin SUPPORT!!!!!!?????? why the sweet baby Jesus and the orphans, would we; the members of a well regarded and respected Lotus forum, be complicit in the support of someone trying to rip some poor sucker off???!!! You got a free advert, be thankful for that and fuck the fuck off!!!! Never darken our doorway again, you shameless fool. I'm sure I can hear baby Jesus crying.........
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  22. Have contacted a few of the usual suspects in order to try and get the double engine cover hooks. If anyone has a brand new box of them sitting on the shelf I'm your man? If I can't get them I will make a set. I have one original hook, but I'm having trouble locating it! Took the dash over to Steve Fulcher to work his magic. Also took the seats over to him to cast his expert eye. The raised Tartn bits had been glued and not stitched. He has an S1 there that he has done a superb retrim on. He noticed the Tartn I have, although Menzies Hunting Tartn, is slightly different to the original! Had no alternative but to get them redone. Then of course the other Tatrn in the doors and rear panel wouldn't match - so have to have those bits redone as well. Could have left as was but the seats would not have lasted. No more holidays for a few years and havn't told the wife yet! Still the interior has to be right as it would let down the rest of the car, which to be fair, I have replaced, refurbished or rebuilt everything including all the woodwork! Got the service manual for the radio. In order to diagnose the problem with it I would need an oscilloscope and signal generator. I would then have to locate a detailed circuit diagram. It's all to difficult and I don't have the time so have located a radio enthusiast who is busy fixing it for me between servicing WW2 radio sets - hope he doesn't put any valves in it! Will bond the wooden trim rail in over the next few days and hope to finish the fuel vent system and retrim the boot. Still have to make some Verticle boot boards. The srews that hold the trim rail in are in place but the screen is bonded in. So will drill holes in the wood to fit over the screws and bond them with resin. Will prop the rail from inside till the resin sets. Will add fibres to the resin to thicken it so don't get runs when bonding the rail to the roof. If anyone is interested will post the process on here? Hopefully this is the last surprise and I can now get on will finishing it!
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  23. Rhod! Rhod Gilbert. Funny bloke. He's done one or two more serious travel type documentaries too, but with his own take on things. Always worth watching. Have a rant about Hoovers:
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  24. Without looking it up, not entirely certain, but I believe about 18mm. I'm guessing you don't have a workshop manual. That needs to be your top priority. Also, stump up the cash for forum membership and avail yourself of the parts manual.
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  25. Taken during a quick blast round the EVO Triangle. Credit to this guy who jumped out of the bushes while I was stopped for a comfort break. He was also at the LoT Day on Sunday at Angelsey taking photos, some of which are on his twitter feed.
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  26. Latest: It looks like the Lotus factory tour will probably be a date in July during the working week. Lotus have promised to get back with a range of dates so we can find the most suitable. I have asked for if it would be okay to look at the production line from start to finish, so we can see each step that Lotus take. I have also said that it would be good if we could see the Lotus cars being put through their paces on the Lotus test track. Lotus have said that would be fine and have suggested a photo shoot of the LF1's that are brought by the owners to the factory visit. If you can think of anything else you would like to get out of the factory tour, please post on this thread and I can see if Lotus will accomodate our wishes. In the meantime, with Lotus wanting to know the exact numbers of LF1 owners who will be turning up, can I ask for you to quickly add your name to the list if you wish to attend. Also for those already on the list, is July okay for you? Obviously you will need to know the exact dates in July, but if July is a complete no, then please let me know. Thanks.
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  27. I live near warrington, so i headed down the A55 then turned off at Junc 27. There is a few small villages to get through first on this route then it opens up into a very scenic route with lowish speed challenges, you have to be careful at some points as there is lots of sheep at the road side but you don't need to go above 60mph on this section to test yourself and the car. Exige by Thomas Cunningham, on Flickr Thomas Cunningham.jpg by Thomas Cunningham, on Flickr This road goes past the above reservoir and leads to Bala where i then take the road around Bala lake and onto Porthmadog. This is one of my favourite roads when it is quiet. A good 15 to 20 miles of challenging high speed road. I then often go to Criccieth castle for some fish and chips at the chippy right next to the castle, just past the famous ice cream place. I would challenge you to find better fish and chips anywhere in the UK. I then normally would do a quick blast down to Barmouth but this depends on the day of the week as it can be high speed and touristy which isn't the greatest mix.
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  28. I did 380 miles today around some amazing roads in Wales. almost run-in now, just a hundred to go. Up to now i have felt slightly underwhelmed if i am honest. It has felt heavy and uncommunicative in comparison to my previous exige but doing some proper driving toady and really leaning on the tyres seemed to wake the car and me up. I am amazed how good and enjoyable this car is on the roads. I did about 6 hours today all told and it was a breeze. Six hours in my last one would have been torture. V6 Exige.. by Thomas Cunningham, on Flickr
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  29. Also try Rapid Mechanical Services https://www.facebook.com/rapidmechanicalservicesltd
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  30. An excuse for a blast in the Esprit to celebrate. https://www.facebook.com/LotusCars In the closing lines of one of my favourite Lotus videos - Thanks Colin.....
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  31. Simonf said he went. Any pics? Sorry I couldnt make it maybe next year. Buddsy
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  32. Glad to see you got your car Dave ...will look forward to seeing your restoration take place over the comming weeks / months. I guess you will be making / getting a hold of the original mirrors for the car? If you are making them give me a shout because i need a couple Cheers Gordon
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