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    Thanks guys - I'm not sure how 'back on the road' this'll go but its a start! Still don't look too shabby........
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    Collected yesterday! Think I'm in love. Will get some photos to add to the gallery but here are some tasters . . .
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    Anything to do with Snakes always reminds me of "Military encounters with a snake": Infantry: Tracks snake through jungle with blowpipe (awaiting mods). Snake smells them and leaves area. Airborne: Lands on and kills snake. Tabs to objective. Armour: Runs over snake, laughs and looks for more snakes. Cavalry: Treats snake with haughty disdain as it has no impact on the primary objective - to hold London at all costs. Commando: Plays with snake, they get naked together then eats snake. Combat Engineer: Studies snake. Prepares tactical doctrine for fixing snake using counter-mobility assets and defeat the snake using mobility assets. No one listens. Snake falls in hole dug by Infantry and drowns. Artillery: Kills snake with massive time on target barrage. Mission is a success and all participants are awarded medals for valour. SF: Makes contact with snake, ignores all Foreign Office directives and CJTF ROE by building rapport with snake and winning its heart and mind. Trains it to kill other snakes. Files massive expenses claim. Royal Navy: Fires missiles (various) from ships (various). Kills snake - P(Kill) 0.95. Makes presentation to MoD Select Committee on how Naval forces are the most cost effective means of anti-snake operations. TA: Kills snake by accident during weekend away. RAF: Obtains GPS co-ordinates for snake. Can't find snake. Drops bombs in sea for Royal Navy to sort out. Returns to base for fuel, crew rest and manicure. Joint Helo Command: Unable to locate snake due to poor IR signature. Int Corps: Snake? What snake? Only 4 of the 35 indicators of snake presence are currently active. Assess potential for snake activity as Low. Army Medical Services: Snake dies by mistake on operating table. Dissects snake. Defence Logistic Organisation: Orders 2 year study by Anderson Consultants at cost of £1.5M, generating massive workload at Grade 1 staff level. Report finds that killing snake may contribute to 20% output costing savings by inclusion of snake meat in tri-Service messing. Snake Meat Implementation Team formed, with 2-star tri-Service steering group. Aim to introduce snake meat into all messes and ration packs by 2004. Snake experts from Special Forces and Gurkhas do not know what they are talking about. High profile £2M PR campaign launched featuring celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott and retired 4-star officers keen to supplement their excessive pensions. Snake meat launched in Service messes and restaurants to resounding clamour of apathy. Desperate to recoup lost money, Army demolishes 300 married quarters and sells snake meat holdings to Indian and Canadian Armed Forces. Defence Procurement Agency: Decide they want to buy a Snake. Offer ambiguous contract out for tender. Contract states that an eel will be supplied as Government Furnished Equipment and must be modified to meet the performance characteristics of a snake as laid out in the aforementioned ambiguous contract. 6 years late and 3 billion pounds over budget, the project is scrapped and a COTS snake is bought from the USA for $10 billion. Adjutant General: Determines that snake is not black, female, gay or disabled. Loses interest in snake. Logistician/Support Engineer: Build pub. Gut and stuff snake. Mount over bar. Name pub 'The Snake Pit'.
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    Time to register as well now: 2016 - 400: withe, black alcantara, black forged wheels, black pack, manual shift only since 5 days in my garage now, more than happy with it but waiting for better weather here in Vienna ;-( cheers, hymo
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    Some cracking images there! Nice one Chris - OPW 674W was LHD Essex No.2 and was the first car registered to Thieme's Essex Motorsport organisation
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    That is one I personally think looks terrible. Looks like someones bought a car and had an extension put on by some cowboy builders! Buddsy
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    Hi gents. I have been lurking in the backgrounds for some months now, and I thought it was time to give back what little I can! I had a test drive in the 400 at Bell & Colvill last weekend, and they specifically asked me if I would track the car, as the stock exhaust is too loud. I said yes, so they said they can sell and install the race exhaust system straight out of the 3-11. And yes, the 3-11 was in the showroom. Hope that helps.
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    you have quiete a collection of wedge shaped car's ;-) Here are some pics of mine. I love every bit of this car!
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    To back up Fabians recommendation I used Arek of ARC Car Transport today to get my car up to the GST intensive care unit. He gave me an excellent price and was unbelievably careful it took him 25mins to load it perfectly he is also a throughly nice chap. Details if required Arek: 07584 439539 email: [email protected] he does open and closed transport for cars and has a bike trailer as well. Dan
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    If a car could be a minger, this Fiat mings. !!!
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    Looking good Neil but we could do with a few more photos...
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    thanks for your feedback, Bibs! did just follow your advice now ;-)
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    @Testdriver's images not mine. Quite possibly more to come
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    That looks lovely! A growing number of people with sophisticated (meaning metallic grey) taste! Well done! We should arrange a metallic grey meet where we sit in a cocktail lounge and sip dry martinis whilst complimenting each others' tastes! ?
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    Yeah! And there's more! http://www.lotusespritworld.com/EOtherstuff/BondsCars_FYEO.html
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    Looking lovely - get that back running !!
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    I think they're amazing, if only for the 'wow look at that!' factor. If a normal Esprit turns heads, imagine driving down your local high street in one of those...
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    Would be great to meet up. Please let me know the details and location. Only just joined as only picked up the 400 last weekend. Live in the New Forest and happy to travel to say hello!!
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    See the Elite/Eclat/Excel Picture thread - Page 9
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    Battery now in place and secured
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    @CaterhamPorky will be up for this meet. He's local with a spanking new Evora 400
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    Could be an issue. There are quite a few Big 'Ed's here already..
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    I've heard nothing from them since my last posts. I'd prefer it if you'd ordered direct as this is quite a bit of hassle, buying & paying for them all, collecting payment, packaging each one and working out postage all over the world. Please bear in mind Lotus have offered no margin on these so I'd be doing all this for free during my work time. As per above, I've had no further communication from Lotus regarding this.
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    Well, I have good news: Bruno Schaffner of Schaffner Racing, who is the owner of the photos, allowed me to publish them all, in lower internet resolution as well as in high resolution. I will do so within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, here are some additional information about the photos already posted. Now, it's absolutely incredible what Bruno can recall from 40 years ago, he recognises each and every person and each car on the photos (including who bought the car back then). I could listen to his stories for hours As loose cannon already recognized, it's Lotus' Don MacLaughlin sitting in this Elite here (I believe he was the PR guy?): and she was working for the Tissot PR department And here we have the secretary of Mr Edgar Schwyn, the Importer for Lotus in Switzerland: The Elite with the Tissot paint job was the personal car of the Tissot boss back then, it was a one-of-a-kind. No idea where it is today, but I quiete like it: There is a nice anectdote about Carlos Reutemann. They (Bruno Schaffner, Edgar Schwyn and Carlos Reutemann) went out for Dinner. Carlos: ''yes, some steak would be nice, I love meat'' So the waiter served a rather large steak. Carlos cut the steak into 3 pieces, ate them up within seconds. Carlos to waiter: ''that's delicous, I'll have one''. He had 3 other steaks that evening And one more Story about this particular Elan Coupe (although it's not an Elite/Eclat/Excel): It had not only this rather special rear wing, but also a BRM engine! Unfortunately, the engine blew up in a hillclimb race in the early 70s. The wing was then sold separately, and the car was sold to a private person near Zurich in 1977. Ever since, the car is sitting in a shed, unrestored, untouched... without wing, with the broken BRM engine. And the current owner does not want to sell. It's a shame.
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    Barry, knowing how keen you are on Triumphs, and your restoration case needing a dust pan comment, I thought you'd enjoy this photo I took in La Rochelle over the summer.
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    I drove my Exige Roadster on about 9,000 miles in one year, on various roads, and I can say it is quite comfy and is able to do long distance trips (from Paris to Toulon in one day is not too tiring) ... The main point is that the gearbox is tall enough to stay at 2,300 rpm at 130km/h (GPS), which is a big improvement over Elise when cruising on highways (can't be avoided sometimes), and the full carpeted interior on mine reduces noises as well. seats are surprisingly comfortable, and tank is small enough to remind you that you've to stretch yourself ... whatever is the road type, I do about 400kms with a full tank before the light comes on, so it's about 25 to 28 MPG, which is not bad to me. Evora is still in another league regarding comfort, but it can't beat the Exige wildness ... I was last Week-end in Auvergne, on its twisted roads with almost no traffic, and we had a great time !
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    Valid point there Scott.. On some engines, mainly the early ones, I have found deposits in the water jacket primarily around #4. This has dried within the jacket to a crust. Its make up is like alloy scaling off the block from incorrect or no antifreeze use.. In one case it may have been escalated by excessive use of rad weld.. on final removal of this in the worst case, it had caused the corrosion to eat through the block from the water jacket to the outside.. This is not an area many look at unless changing the liners.. Also on all the pre Zues block and head castings the water ports into the head are very poor quality.. It is standard procedure on all my builds to open these out.. The head cooling is far more efficient when done.. I managed to find a couple of old pics that show before and after..
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    A friend of mine bought one of the 662bhp Shelby Mustangs. Despite being a lifelong V8 fanatic, with a long list of high-powered cars to his name, he sold it shortly afterwards saying it scared him, and he felt he would die in it. He's now settled on a 2014 5-litre V8 version, the chassis of which he feels is better able to handle the torque and power.
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    I joined the 40+mpg club last weekend; an indicated 41mpg on the way back from Oxford. I have to confess, it was somewhat less exciting than the altitude equivalent club!
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    I'm sure George Lucas was looking at that when he came up with the Jar Jar Binks character.
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    Congrats Norbert...sounds good. Maybe i drive the Bilster Berg in two weeks. Now i know to push hard?
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    @Straightbend This is what happens when it is all about displacement and poooooowwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaa! As others have said, it's about the package and how it delivers. Funny thing is, that's what I tell all the girls too. Enjoy - I laughed so hard I wet my pants! Tenor here I come.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1lgJ7G2KaY
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    Any chance you could post a pic of your elite please Daniel.
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    Well yes, if they're spelling it "ESRIT", then I imagine even the most illiterate amongst us would probably notice.
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    Even with the new exhaust parts, I suspect that the car will still dyno at less than the official Lotus figure (276bhp?). In which case, 'no, there isn't a performance advantage'!
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    Did a ton of driving today as I managed to get home two weeks in a row, woohoo! Forgot to take many pictures of the car, but what a day. When we stopped for lunch at loch Earn the sun was splitting the trees it was so nice!
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    So many people both on here and facebook talk about the unsuitability of the Evora as a "flagship" car, but considering it was never designed to be a "Supercar"... it doesn't half look at home in that group
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    From the passenger seat, the Evora 400 was an immensely capable machine round a circuit. It has the required suppleness to suit the Nordschleife very well, and sufficient poke to fire itself up the Kesselchen section and down Dottinger Hohe with ease. Bonus as well that the exhaust can sing without getting the local council's knickers in a twist (like in the UK), and boy does it have some lungs.
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    Stranger fact today - we have a cat coming in that is called Flynn Rider (you'll have to look it up if you don't know the relevance to Kimbers post!)
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    Time to build another garage Fabian, you will have your own 'Q' branch when you get finished! We all look forward to some great posts as progress develops transforming a good car into a show winner! Nice one for finding such an original early car. Dave ?


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