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    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.
  3. 3 points
    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
  4. 3 points
    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.
  5. 3 points
    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.
  6. 2 points
    Much better with satin black bumpers. That's how Guigiaro styled the S3 Turbo too.
  7. 2 points
    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.
  8. 2 points
    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
  9. 2 points
    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, .
  10. 2 points
    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
  11. 2 points
    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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    The last Elan to leave Hethel?? TBH not 100% sure but how many have you seen on a P plate? Firstly I would like to thank the many people who helped investigate this odd car being Dave Speck, Andy Graham, Paul Matty, Stuart and David Monument along with Previous owners as including Derek Dean. I bought the car where the investigation had started, although registered in November 1996 on a P plate the car had many early giveaways like side bonnet stay, 1989 labels all over the wiring and pre production labelling, early dash, fuel filler flap area, early suspension and unique Spring set up. Then came the letter from the DVLA stating it was a factory development car. So what is it? Well after much dismantling all the pieces came together when after cleaning the tunnel area the words IB10 phase 2, Press car became evident. IB10 means initial build number 10 so was part of the setting up of the production line in 1989, these 10 cars were then used for testing, press and motor show work. IB10 was the only one not registered and was passed to the emissions development team where a closed loop system was installed and then possibly used for the Detroit motor show ( still to prove). The car was then used by the power train engineering team where it was remapped and tuned with waste gate modifications, no doubt used as a Lotus play thing, it is very rapid compared to normal Elan's. In its latter years it was then held in the Design and styling studios where it was used to develop the speedster model which never hit production. It was not until 1996 when the factory were selling everything off and after the S2 run had completed was this car sold along with other development cars. Although it has S2 seats these were only covers as the original frames are still used and marked 1989 like many other things on the car. Lotus wrote a letter to the DVLA stating it was a development model and newly registered. It still wears the original plate showing the first owners initials. I have loads of information and photos thanks to all the great help digging into IB10's past, I am sure anyone from the factory will remember this odd Elan which stayed with Lotus for 7 years. It still only has 33k on the clock and spent many years in storage, I am just finishing its recommissioning so should be back on the road soon.. One of the many labels, when parked next to another Elan there are so many slight differences, I have photographed many as have a S2 as well. I do believe it was the last Elan to leave the factory and certainly the last SE spec car to be registered. ? Dave ?
  13. 1 point
    17 days until I trade in my 2014 Cayman S for a 400. Nervous but excited.
  14. 1 point
    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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    As you have a private number plate Buddsy, there is very little left to tell the year and even then how many people know the change over in 1985? The small triangle by the mirrors and maybe one or two other small bits but not much. I like originality too but as I bought my pearlescent white '85 turbo with black bumpers they are staying that way as I personally prefer them to body coloured. I'm having the same problem with the graphics though! Mine are the smaller original '85 and no nose graphic but I really like the earlier, larger style. Original or replace to preference but non original? Thinking about it, I dont think I've ever seen a pre '85 turbo in Pearl white so maybe that will give my car away as being non original with early graphics?
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    Stuart, neoprene flexible hoses are easy to obtain, as are reducers etc, but it's compatibility with the std Evora intake I don't know. Give Dave a call at H111, he may be able to offer an opinion. Shame it's not a carbon canister which would help with the heat issue edit to add that, depending on fit, you may also need to fabricate some sort of bracket to hold one in place
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    BBS with Goodyear writing looks nice! ;-) So my 1985 Turbo...bumpers are the same as a pre 1985 car ain't they? I am into originallity but when I get my car respayed if I got the bumpers done black would there be any way to tell from the outside it was not 100% correct? Just think out loud and loving that turbo! Buddsy
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    You could always have a punt at one of the two I have for sale. One has a message on the rear number plate which read's. Elan M100, The Forgotten Lotus.
  19. 1 point
    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
  20. 1 point
    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.
  21. 1 point
    Dan, you only need to declare SORN once now, it doesn't expire unless you tax the vehicle.
  22. 1 point
    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.
  23. 1 point
    Thread title can now be changed to : "Not nearly as cheap as was first thought Evora".
  24. 1 point
    At least you tried Dave, I cant even post links full stop
  25. 1 point
    At least I am consistent mate ..... ?? What a dope! I won't try again as three times will just make me look like a complete numb nuts!!?
  26. 1 point
    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!
  27. 1 point
    I picked up a 350 yesterday. Was surprised to see the handmade plaque by the passenger seat
  28. 1 point
    My that looks absolutely stunning!!!! - totally convinced! What colour red is that? - looks a little darker than the Calypso Red??
  29. 1 point
    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.
  30. 1 point
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/162212246306 Nice looking JPS! ?
  31. 1 point
    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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    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.
  33. 1 point
    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.
  34. 1 point
    See you Saturday James. Rich (from up the road)
  35. 1 point
    There is a wind up going on here or is it just me Basic member for 3 days read back
  36. 1 point
    I'm with @Buddsy as regards the BBS wheels
  37. 1 point
    Good man Dave. If you can get it a bit cheaper Im sure you could make a good car of it. Buddsy
  38. 1 point
    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 ? .
  39. 1 point
    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!
  40. 1 point
    Brown is a traditional colour for +12v for Lucas schemes. http://www.peterrenn.co.uk/archive4.html
  41. 1 point
    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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    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
  43. 1 point
    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 !!!
  44. 1 point
    My name's on Concorde Delta Golf at Brooklands. Doesn't mean I flew it.
  45. 1 point
    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!!!?!
  46. 1 point
    That car looks so crisp on the road. Classic cars always look better when you see them like this rather than lined up at a show.
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    Took an iphone pic of my car and a nice 400 outside Hoffmanns:
  49. 1 point
    My S2 Elan after a good polish and run today in the South West sun! Dave ?
  50. 1 point
    ^^^ I used that music in my resto vid after seeing that advert! Just for old times sake... Buddsy


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