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  1. Well last weekend we had some friends over to stay for a couple of day's. It was maybe because one owned an Evora, older one (2012) but nice all the same. I had the chance to take it for a run on the Saturday evening and well, what can I say. First couple of miles just getting used to her, tight gearbox, quick steering etc., then a stop to properly adjust the driving position etc. Now I say to my friend, can I give her some bean's. Oh yes and did I not half. Almost red lined a few times, 2nd 3rd and 4th. Nice long straight with a few dips, unclassified quiet road mind you so you can guess it was quiet and as it was a very long straight I could see well ahead. Further on we had a few miles of nice tight bends and switchback's, Wow. I have always loved the shape and sound of the Evora, and once a wee while back I almost bought one. But this was too me, far better than the GT3Rs or the Vanquish I was in a few weeks ago. Maybe because I was driving this time it felt better, but man was it good. Oh, and the owner, well we got back to the house and he went for a shower. He had never had is car out in the countryside with a bit of bean's before. Yep, I loved it. Thank's Tim for the opportunity, you are both more than welcome back anytime. If I can borrow the car again.
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  2. So seeing as i bought my car only earlier this year, today was the first time I have come to work with a temperature bouncing around 6 deg C and boy does she pull well had yet again more smiles and reactions from people as i drive and whilst picking up a costa from the garage one of the attendants walks round the car oooing and ahhhhing, all these things being a daily occurrence now. And since sorting all the little "rattles" in the cabin the car is just an absolute joy to drive on a daily basis, it feels so solid, so quality, love having the stereo blasting my favorite tunes, love hearing the sports exhaust, actually makes me smile every time i get in it Just thought I'd share my happiness this fine morning lol
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  3. I'd be doing the same as Barry. I know the MOT is not proof it's a safe/roadworthy car but having an MOT pass does give some defense if necessary such as an accident where somebody claims it's because the car was defective or no maintained to safe standard. As I say, it doesn't prove it's safe but it moves the onus to the other party to prove that it's unsafe. What's the betting that even if it comes into law, some insurers still demand it via Terms and Conditions? I believe some might already demand it but mine for example is that more-encompassing requirement that the car is roadworthy.
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  4. It's the thin end of the wedge. Once they make this law they will be able to control how often you can use your car on the road. If its MOT exempt it will be classed as a historic vehicle and be limited to the number of miles it can be driven per year.
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  5. Much better with satin black bumpers. That's how Guigiaro styled the S3 Turbo too.
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  6. No just a copy of a copy of an old photo. Here's another one which shows why gold stripes need gold wheels: The only other red early Turbo I've seen with Compomotives is this one that's for sale currently with black decals, also black and silver comps: Both need Goodyear letters as a matter of urgency! I would definitely get the window frames and bumpers changed back to black then you might well have the only red with gold decals on gold Comps dry sump left.
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  7. 45 mins seems a fair while. Leaving it on the drive with the boot open is a pain as you have to sit there with it Anyway - a couple of solutions Move House Build a Garage Someone else who covers their car should be able to give you some more useful insight than I can
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  8. I keep looking for excuses to go out for a run in mine, and if I can't come up with a reason to drive it I just go out in it anyway and dream up some justification later, - that's probably at least partly responsible for me having put over 21k miles on her in 18 months, .
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  9. Morning Bibs, I'll have one of the grey "Lotus Graphic" T-shirts size XL and one Lotus leather keyring if you have them please? Cheers, Rich
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  10. I've been meaning to take some more scenic ones. I've had a couple of great opportunities but haven't been able to make myself pull over and wipe the smile off my face better pics will follow.
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  11. 17 days until I trade in my 2014 Cayman S for a 400. Nervous but excited.
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  12. Nice to see so many serial Lotus owners with so many cars over the years -- feels like a club where I belong! In chronological order of acquisition: Esprit S1 260H 1998-2008 Esprit S1 155H 2005-2015 Esprit S1 454H 2007-current Esprit S1 134H 2008-2008 Esprit S1 217H 2008-2010? Esprit S1 437H 2009-2013 Esprit S1 306H 2011-2011 Esprit S1 508H 2011-2011, and again 2014-2014 Esprit S1 355H 2012-current Esprit Turbo 1988 US model, 60024 2015-2016 Esprit SE 1991 US model, 60055 2016-current On the lookout for another S1!!!
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  13. https://www.autoscout24.com/offers/lotus-esprit-turbo-se-gasoline-blue-3e233134-94f9-b02a-e053-e350040a6eaf
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  14. Buddsy Go for it champ your car would look superb and no different, I think the Satin Black bumpers look that bit extra special and how Chapman intended. Dave ?
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  15. Don't worry about it. It looks like a pretty good car and I'm now gutted that I missed one 4 years ago that was up for £5k on Auto Trader I like the JPS as it reminds me of the Scalextric car I had when I was a kid. I raced it so much it caught fire in the end. If you notice in the picture below the car has broken down and the mechanic has got the spanner out - bit like my Esprit hahaha
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  16. Much as I am in favour of Brexit, in the interests of accuracy there has always been a big problem with these figures. The issue is that our figure is for the UK but their figure is a total for all countries. So if each country acts in its national interest, as they do, then the trade is unbalanced the other way, not in our favour. Despite that though, I still believe its the best way forward if we assume for now that we exit the single market and work on that basis. We will be in the same position as all other non-EU countries and any negotiation of tariff-free access would be a bonus.
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  17. Dan, you only need to declare SORN once now, it doesn't expire unless you tax the vehicle.
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  18. I quite like this "idiotic Brexit nonsense" as I truly believe it will get us back to our creative best - through innovation, invention, inspiration and perspiration we'll get back to finding solutions to tough problems which will give us the confidence to do more things. Remember, if we're not handing over hard earned taxes to Brussels then we can use that cash in other ways. As said before, we hand the Brussels Bully £10, he gives his us £5 back, then kicks the shot out of us for not being grateful enough for his generosity. Anyway, let's keep politics out of it and hope this project does not get killed off.
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  19. Thread title can now be changed to : "Not nearly as cheap as was first thought Evora".
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  20. Mine's currently at Bell & Colvill having a few bits attended to, and I'm missing it already! I even miss just seeing it in the garage, let alone driving it!
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  21. My that looks absolutely stunning!!!! - totally convinced! What colour red is that? - looks a little darker than the Calypso Red??
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  22. If you search on the forum for a thread entitled "Esprit 'Timeline' Display at Brands Hatch 2013" there will be lots of photos and videos of the line up featuring one each of every variant for you to look over. I know it's not quite as good as actually standing next to them all but it's probably the next best thing.
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  23. https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/162212246306 Nice looking JPS! ?
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  24. If this was in response to my comment of not being able to get it on the road legally, that would be because of the engine. Unless Lotus wants to write a CoC for a V8 Excel. Otherwise it would require me to jump through all the hoops to prove the engine and car comply with all safety and emission regulations... The fact that it was already registered in UK (still part of the EU at the moment) should make a difference, but only in theory. Unless I find an MOT-guy that can't tell the difference between a 4-pot and a V8. While I'm sure many of those do exist, I can't be sure he will be the one inspecting the car.
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  25. Bloody hell ! Like buses, just looked on fleabay and they also have a S2 jps 25 k number 33, Really pleased this one came up as it shows that other seller that wanted 20k for a s2 jps rolling shell and boxes of bits how far off the line he was. Cant do links just search lotus esprit in classic cars on ebay.
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  26. Looking at the link and reading some of the suggestions put forward on that site for they are looking into, I find it hard to believe that they are going to be doing anyone any favours. I think as with most goverment things they will have an underline motive imo. I still do not agree with the current legislation that cars less than 3yrs old do not require mots. Yes back in the dark ages when we used to do probably less than 10,000 miles per year it was ok, but now quite a lot of cars do 100,000 miles per year. Some of the cars up for their first mot are some of the worst deathtraps i have layed my eyes on, Slick tyres,no brakes,suspension falling off etc.
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  27. New look - old look, wouldn't worry me at all.
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  28. Pretty ambitious time frame. Seem to have the right talent in place. Best of luck to them all in their venture.
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  29. Not so much made me happy. But certainly got me panting with excitement! http://boomsupersonic.com Never got the chance to fly Concorde and regret it. Not gonna miss this though.
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  30. See you Saturday James. Rich (from up the road)
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  31. There is a wind up going on here or is it just me Basic member for 3 days read back
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  32. I'm with @Buddsy as regards the BBS wheels
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  33. Normally I'd be sad to hear such news.........but I'm guessing the kids on the street have given your beauty the thumbs up!
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  34. Tried to make the most of the sunset this evening. The pictures don't really do the car and surroundings justice though...
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  35. Sorry about the multiple posts , but i have finally worked out how to upload pics from my phone , I saw this yellow elite between northampton and wellingborough a few weeks ago , Lovely car , anyone recognise it , does it belong to a forum member ? .
    1 point
  36. Don't listen to Tim they are shite. I got some lovely BBS's you can have along with whatever kidney you choose. I am here to help.Them Comps are not meant for your car (ahem) they just don't work with red and I suspect you may get mistaken for Graham Norton!
    1 point
  37. My car didn't. Here is a before shot... And an after shot... OK you may have noticed they are opposite sides so not quite a before and after! It was pretty easy to fit, just got one of those cone drill bits to enlarge the hole sufficiently keeping the centre in the same place, offered up the bracket and drilled the four small rivet holes. An easy, cheap worthwhile upgrade.
    1 point
  38. Nothing to do with weight distribution it's simply because it's a Lotus. The real ultimate driving machine.
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  39. 50/50 weight distribution isn't the optimal set up for performance cars, you want the weight bias towards the rear in most cases for a good number of reasons. http://automotivethinker.com/chassis/stop-and-weight-a-5050-weight-distribution-is-not-optimal/
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  40. Are 4 studs good? - I didn't realise. The chap who sold it to me was rather pleased of his 'washer modification' - not so sure myself I think it will be going back to standard including the colour coded bumpers and window frames (which I don't mind :)) - I am a bit of an original spec man, but not obsessive
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  41. I mentioned this in a previous post , looks way too cheap , but someone did say that the location would put some off . I suppose its a long way just to go have a look . I have just bought another narrow body excel ( from Glasgow ) , I was the only bidder , again , was this a location thing ? , or have I got a screw loose , and a sucker for anything cheap with Lotus badge . Think my wife will break my fingers soon , to keep me off ebay !!!
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  42. I fully agree, but a car is not usually classified as a commercial vehicle hence the different VAT treatment. VAT cannot be reclaimed on cars bought by a business which attract any form of private use. Anyhow, the situation has been clarified and I would suggest that any such advert placed on PHeads is aimed directly at Joe Public and that said advert is misleading.
    1 point
  43. This is the perfect charger design to have it repalced by a 1900 version
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  44. My name's on Concorde Delta Golf at Brooklands. Doesn't mean I flew it.
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  45. April 14th 1981 ZURICH, Switzerland -- Police arrested American oil financier David Thieme on allegations of fraud and impounded his $7.6 million Mystere executive jet, a Zurich police spokesman said today. The American financier, owner of the Monaco-based Essex Overseas Petroleum Co., was arrested Friday when he arrived at Kloten airport in Zurich, the spokesman said. The Zurich district attorney issed the arrest warrant for Thieme, 41, at the request of the Swiss Credit Bank, he said. Thieme, who is being held in investigative custody pending any formal charges, was arrested on the basis of alleged 'economic crimes,' police said. The spokesman said this usually signifies alleged fraud activities. The district attorney's office refused all comment, saying only that a statement on the affair would be made either Wednesday or Thursday. Thieme's Essex Overseas Petroleum is principal sponsor of the British Lotus auto racing team which Thieme backed to the tune of $4 million a year. Lotus, so far unable to race in Grand Prix events this season because of a controversial double chassis system, may now be out altogether because of Thieme's apparent financial troubles, racing experts said. Besides impounding the financier's plane, police also impounded a double-decker Lotus racing team bus worth $761,000, the police spokesman confirmed. The bus was confiscated in the northern Swiss frontier town of Basel as it entered Switzerland on its way to Imola, Italy, for the next Grand Prix race. Thieme, born in Minneapolis and raised in New York, said in a newspaper interview last week he can make or lose a million dollars in a single supertanker shipment on the spot oil market. 'It was about 1968 when I first saw how money could be made in oil,' he told the International Herald Tribune. He said his method was to buy from the producer at the lowest rate and then either move the crude oil to a refiner or to have it refined and then sell. I also never realised that Thieme was the son of renowed artist Anthony Thieme.................. Apparently this is one of his works - Anyone else see the Essex colours!!!?!
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  46. Took an iphone pic of my car and a nice 400 outside Hoffmanns:
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  47. My S2 Elan after a good polish and run today in the South West sun! Dave ?
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