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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.
    3 points
  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.
    3 points
  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.
    3 points
  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.
    2 points
  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
    2 points
  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, .
    2 points
  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. 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 ?
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  12. 17 days until I trade in my 2014 Cayman S for a 400. Nervous but excited.
    1 point
  13. 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
    1 point
  14. https://www.autoscout24.com/offers/lotus-esprit-turbo-se-gasoline-blue-3e233134-94f9-b02a-e053-e350040a6eaf
    1 point
  15. 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 ?
    1 point
  16. @Gm77 I love the color and I love the car. I think that I get less attention in terms of teenagers shouting at me in the street than I did in the orange demonstratori borrowed, but that's only a good thing. The interest I get tends to be from car enthusiasts rather than magpies attracted to something shiny and loud. A few more middle aged women chatting me up in petrol stations wouldn't go amiss though....
    1 point
  17. 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
    1 point
  18. 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.
    1 point
  19. 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
    1 point
  20. 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.
    1 point
  21. Dan, you only need to declare SORN once now, it doesn't expire unless you tax the vehicle.
    1 point
  22. Thread title can now be changed to : "Not nearly as cheap as was first thought Evora".
    1 point
  23. At least you tried Dave, I cant even post links full stop
    1 point
  24. 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!!?
    1 point
  25. 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!
    1 point
  26. You've done it again Dave!! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/classic-car-/162212246306?hash=item25c49a7322:g:YXkAAOSwmfhX4uFD
    1 point
  27. 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.
    1 point
  28. https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/162212246306 Nice looking JPS! ?
    1 point
  29. 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.
    1 point
  30. Its easy to demonstrate this in my own garage because I have the Esprit and another car which has a near zero scrub radius. If I turn the wheel on the latter its very stiff to turn and the tyres squeak as they twist on the contact point on the floor. On the Esprit its easy to turn and no squeak as the wheels rotate and roll around an arc on the floor when the steering is being turned.
    1 point
  31. 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.
    1 point
  32. See you Saturday James. Rich (from up the road)
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  33. There is a wind up going on here or is it just me Basic member for 3 days read back
    1 point
  34. I'm with @Buddsy as regards the BBS wheels
    1 point
  35. 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!
    1 point
  36. 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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  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. Brown is a traditional colour for +12v for Lucas schemes. http://www.peterrenn.co.uk/archive4.html
    1 point
  41. Nothing to do with weight distribution it's simply because it's a Lotus. The real ultimate driving machine.
    1 point
  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
    1 point
  44. 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!!!?!
    1 point
  45. 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.
    1 point
  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 ?
    1 point
  48. ^^^ I used that music in my resto vid after seeing that advert! Just for old times sake... Buddsy
    1 point

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