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  1. I bought my baby in September 1997 and just realised I have now been her custodian for 18 years! This is my favourite pic of her not long after I got her and before the rejuvenation of a neglected and bodged beauty. And it was taken way before digital cameras were on the radar. Here's to many more years together!
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  2. I've always wanted to do a European road trip in the Evora. I think it comes from sitting in the back of my parents Vauxhall Viva as a car-mad small boy going on holiday in France and seeing 911s, XJSs or Citroen SMs in the fast lane of the Autoroute looking impossibly glamorous. Fast forward 30 years and I agreed with dad we would tick off a few things from our motoring bucket list with a big loop taking in the Circuit des Remparts in Angouleme, the Schlumpf museum in Mulhouse and finally the Nurburgring. It got off to a bad start as dad was struck down just before we were to go, too late to find a replacement so we decided I would go it alone and scout out the events for a return trip in a future year. First up Angouleme. For those that haven't been its a wonderful, relaxed event set in a picturesque French walled town which one weekend a year turns itself over to classic cars. There is a concours d'elegance on the Friday night, a tour round the local countryside on the Saturday and a fantastic day of racing round a tight street circuit on the Sunday. What is it like? In a word It's fab, like being in classic car world for a weekend. There are classics everywhere, unsilenced racing bugattis will be driving down the street behind the local bus on the way to the paddock, Racing Porsches parked up on the side of the road and vintage Amilcars and MGs being worked on in the town hall car park. If you don't do the Saturday tour, you can have a chilled day in the town enjoying great food and drink, wandering round the paddock and checking out the shops, it's a good place to take your significant other for these reasons. Sunday race day is like going back in time, seeing 13 vintage bugattis race through the narrow streets, so close you can almost touch them and they inches from the houses they flash past. There were 9 sets of practice and 10 races, each 30 mins long which is 9 1/2 hours of action, plus of course a healthy lunch break. It's an intense day! Definitely worth booking a seat in one of the small grandstands. Lotus? There was a beautiful Élan and a few 7's and a new Exige roadster as the course car, getting a lot of airtime and appreciative comments. A long day driving (about 550 miles and 3 fuel stops!) in the Evora across France took me to Mulhouse. The Schlumpf museum is now called the Cite De l'Automobile. It's the result of the two Schlumpf brothers obsessive car collecting, an obsession which ended in them being charged for fraud, fleeing the country and the textile business they ran going bankrupt. The legacy though is the finest collection of bugattis in the world and a breathtaking display of cars from the earliest 1880's Benz to a Veyron. With a nice little cafe, cinema showing period documentaries and shop it's a very relaxing place where you are free to wander round and get close to the 400 or so cars on display. Favourites for me , the Esders Bugatti Royale and an incredible thing called an Arzens "la baleine " which looked the cross between lady Penelope's car and a 1930's Cord. From Mulhouse, it was a relatively short drive up to the Nurburgring. I am sure lots of people have been so I won't go into any detail, other than to say it was very wet, misty in places and such an amazing buzz! The Evora in sport mode was fab, it's abilities far superior to this driver's skill. A few laps gives you great respect for those that have and still do race on the circuit. I will go back when it's dry and on fresher tyres... Home was via Brussels to see some relatives and after 1750 miles and 9 days I was home. A final word on the Evora. It was wonderful, it handled the big Autoroute days as well as the Nurburgring .Didn't use a drop of oil, never missed a beat and got a lot of love, what more could you want! I hope ole this has been useful, if anyone would like more info on Angouleme or Mulhouse do let me know. Cheers Richard
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  4. Confirmed. He now works for somebody else I'm told. Anyway back to Craig. I had left my car with him for 4 weeks while offshore for a number of things to be done from some body parts being replaced at rear, changing A pillar trims to Carbon, adding the front splitter, arranging wheels to be refurbished, upgrading the ICE to DAB radio and identifying a myriad of squeaks and rattles. Not only that I was run to the airport at crack of dawn and picked up late although I had fully planned on taxi's. OUTSTANDING service and the car was even washed which you would not expect from an independent in his circumstances. The workshops you could eat your dinner off the floor and after a visit back yesterday with more wheels for refurbishing SWMBO thinks the "rest room" is at 5* hotel standard so no worry about rolling up with SWMBO in tow. One of the squeaks from the engine area turned out to be a slipping auxiliary drive belt which has stretched possibly with overcooking on a track day so self inflicted which is a fairly big job and Lotus would have you believe engine out, but Craig and the boys have found a way to avoid this so BIG thanks there. Throughout the whole process I was kept fully appraised of the various steps and likely costs and despite fearing the worse for a total and having everything itemised I am sure I have had a particularly fair estimate of man-hours involved. Can't say fairer than that and I'll be back with other family cars for sure. His workshop looked very healthily busy with a wide range of 'cars' from LR defender and a Dodge Ram pick up down to Elises and a DB5. He deserves to succeed if he continues as he has started. His Facebook page is now up and running and so is his website ( http://craigmoncrieff.com ) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/craigmoncrieffcars/ )as off 2 days ago. Good luck Craig.
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  5. Obama says it all... http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-02/gun-laws-chart-barack-obama/6822342
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  7. Great write-up Al? Ive been in with my Esprit too and thought similarly - Craig has got off to a great start and I'm already booked in with my next Esprit project (the '82 Turbo I've been working on buying and finally bought for the last 3.5 years!) which should be up here in Scotland before the end of the month? Anyway I wrote this on Craig Moncrieff Cars Facebook page : Stephen Whyte – 5 starHad my Esprit S4s into Craig's place to fix a few issues I discoveredafter purchasing the car earlier in the month. From start to finish the experience was a very positive one. Craig goes to great lengths to always keep you involved and tell you how things are progressing. He sorted all the problems on my Lotus very quickly and efficiently and at a very reasonable cost too. I would definitely recommend Craig to a Lotus or any other car owner for that matter. I will be using again and telling anyone I can that Craig Moncrieff Cars is a safe pair of hands to put your car to when it comes to maintaining and repairing your pride and joy - thanks Craig! 21 September 2015 · 1 Review · Like · Comment3
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  8. http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1100293_watch-what-a-koenigsegg-one1-does-to-an-audi-r8-video
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  9. Looks like he's a complete muppet that's now regretting his actions if you google him. what and absolute knuckle dragging plank. Who are ya???
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  10. My new ride in the workshop! Not in the first shot...... though it is green & yellow..
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  11. Simply said... curiosity, and information seeking. It is a very innovate project therefore it is worth an attention. "Smart man learns from his mistakes, BUT WISE MAN learns from mistakes of others"
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  12. Miss Double D with Pesky's S1 Exige at Anglesey this year
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  13. My favourite Esprit too, the S2 just looks devoid of flab,sharp, poised and ready for action. It seems to have the best "stance" of any Esprit too. For once I prefer the washed out original photograph as it gives it some patina.
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  14. See, that could be good OR bad... A car that has never been redlined, for example, might have never been stressed, so you could argue that the first time it's stressed it breaks. I'm not saying it definitely would, but as with everything... Your Milage May Vary Same arguement for cars that have been tracked... some people say "OMG, it's been tracked, I want a one owner car that has been road use only" where actually it might have been used for short journeys only, never getting warm, never getting oil changes regularly done etc. A tracked car is IMHO more likely to have money spent on it when it's needed.
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  15. Analogue car - analogue camera. Great Picture. Cheers, Jacques.
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  16. Maybe we should have a big push to have the cars covered when they are transported to stop all the naysayers? At least with a being a brand new model and the dealers running into it as well, it should get corrected post haste. Probably occurs from a sequence of events that the company didn't run into when they built them?
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  17. I also looked into replacement sensors when I did my cf diffuser finisher and I believe I used Cobra Park Master model 0158 sensors.
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  18. Awesome pic Pete! That's my fav Esprit, an S2 in red :). I've tidied it up for you:
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  19. And at least the engine hasn't caught fire like some other brands!
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  21. So, bought one of the new gear knobs from Elise-Shop for my Evora. As promised, pictures attached and fitment took 5 minutes.
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  22. Didn't realise there were discounts and manuals for joining, just done that! Malcolm it would be great to get some pointers from you, if you are happy to give up a little time that would be really helpful, whenever is good for you. I'm in East Malling so around 20 minutes from where you are you i think. And Sparky thanks for the offer too, if I end up buying from this side of town i'll give you a shout!
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