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  1. DOOOO IIIIIIIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know what you're getting, you won't be disappointed! And you'll be able to flog it in no time for that money. Think about it. Money sitting in a bank account, or placed in a car - it's a bit like gold bars under the floorboards. It won't make a dent on your net worth, although your net happiness will shoot through the roof.
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  2. Well, it's what I bought the car for and, as a long distance tourer, it doesn't disappoint. This time 1950 miles through France firstly to Poligny taking in the local Jura region vineyards and sampling their wines, then on to the French Alps for a few days before joining the Lotus on Track French Frolic group in Orange for the Ledenon track day (although didn't track it this time). Lastly on to Evian les Bains to sample their local speciality (nice town) before heading home. The Evora has now done a little over 12,000 miles in the past 2 years, 8,100 of which have been whilst touring overseas. The car has performed excellently but oh that transmission chatter in hot climates, it really does get worse when travelling and getting stuck in traffic in 35deg heat. Maybe next year I should join the tour of Scotland to see how it sounds in the cold climates
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  3. Browsing through, just found some more piccys from the time we had the photoshoot that I should have posted earlier.
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  4. Just for the fun of it....... Not the best pic as it makes the orange look different on each gauge but I can assure it's constant throughout. They also look redder in reality
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  5. Parked my Esprit in Tescos today and someone came running up and said "fantastic looking Esprit, Calypso red isn't it." Made my day
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  6. So the Red Devil is finished and on the road. See you at Brands. The car will be sitting on the AIB insurance stand. I'm assuming the 2 young ladies from last year will likely be near by. ?✌️ Just figured it out.... 10 months from start to finish... not bad. ?
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  7. Just in time for the Lotus Festival on Saturday, I picked up my Lotus Sport 110 after it's restoration to 1994 World Time Trial Championships specification and thought I'd get a quick snap of it on the car. I still want to try and find a decent background that shows off both the car and the bike - I couldn't get down low enough to get the trees out of the picture! And if you think an Evora turns heads on the road, this combination is in a different league Funniest moment was on a dual carriageway with a 911 hammering past in the outside lane (think he was trying to prove a point - bit silly in a 50 limit with cameras) then almost standing it on it's nose as he braked hard just alongside as his passenger spotted the bike. They maintained position alongside while he took pictures then blasted off again!
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  8. Oh hi !!! First of all this topic is only to discuss about the experience I had ,this week end, that some of you had in the past, maybe will in the future, or more interesting, would not be cause of a couple of reasons. Of course here the point is to explain why the doubt is legit, but most of all why you have to override it. So last wenesday, I decided to go with my friend to the green hell, I went back home for lunch, passed the expired MOT, booked the train for the evening, packed up and left. The drive is certainly long, but if you are not alone, it is not insurmountable. Arriving early in the morning, after a night of driving, the feeling when you get to the big Nurburgring illuminated sign is awesome. What followed was a light night in term of sleep, only because of stress created by the track apprehension, the financial investment you have in the car, others people on the track... Finaly came the time to swap the card at the gate, the stress was at its best ... This is the part that all of us, having no idea how this really is, are going throw, that gut feeling which makes you stop thinking about going there. Now I have to say in the background, I use to play some sim racing, when the first lap started, I was amazed after a couple corners, that I felt confident about knowing the place, Assetto Corsa is unbelievably accurate, car and track wise .. And from this point, the all thing was bloody awazing. First I have to precise that the car just had the nitron 2 ways and Dan at HPE did the geometry. The car stability is just awasing, and it finaly made sense for me to own a V6. That car with the suspension, the strong braking system, the balance now, it was such a pleasure, and the feeling of achieving something at the finish line, is so much higher than in any other Gt I think. I had the time to manage 5 laps in the 2 planed evenings, every laps the car push you to give more and more, on the opposite of the feeling of the road, the v6 can be intimidating some times. Now here is the feeling, the apprehension of the place, the value of the car, the break down fear, this all should not incite you to not try and go to the most famous track in the world, specialy for us, compare to most countries in the world, this a close place. The car there with the set up was just at home, so nice to drive, so communictive ... Now this was the first time for me on track, the car had its small faults, gearbox when hot is not always the most convenient, never missed a gear, sometime you have to look for the 2nd ..the blip on heel and toe sometime was eratic as ou will see.. But this all pushes me to improve myself and the car, and is this not what we all look for ? So here it is, I just felt like I had to write something down, just for the guys who rather to not even ask themself about the possible trip, and live with the infinite doubt about the possible outcomes ... (yes it was bloody hot ^^)
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  9. Scroll down to Sat 26th. http://www.drivingandlife.com/2017/
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  10. @The Pits, I believe this is what Porsche speculators call "free money". Hesitating over it is akin to looking a gift horse in the mouth. Just think about those rims. I recently had the opportunity to buy an S4s with something like 27 000 miles on the clock for a cool 40 thousand quid, but some dumbo had put AWI Monoblocs on it. No deal. Futuras or nothing.
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  12. I thought my fetish for orange instruments was well known. I was hoping the answer would be green! Heck I only sold the Exige on Friday! It would appear that I really do have an incurable Lotus problem!
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  13. A purist would have said "fantastic looking Esprit, Calypso red wasn't it", assuming it was painted more than 12m ago.
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  14. Takes that long to get a plumber to come around
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  15. OEM pads are £200 + VAT, same price front and rear. It's actually cheaper to buy these than the pads alone, man maths win
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  16. What would you possibly sell it for? Anything else will just be a disappointment. Like the cavernous interior of some kind of Evora 400 variant? Think of the cozy confines of the low slung S4s is with its giant boomerang instrument cluster, soft leather everywhere and all those dials and gauges!!!! And that wing!
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  17. Your best course of action would be to message @sailorbob on here, I reckon he will be able to help.
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  18. I didn't know that Porsche had consulted on those rocket engines? Oh well, suppose they need a new market after Brexit! Hope you and the misses had a nice cup of tea once you realised all was good.
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  19. Hey mike. Haven't yet no. Really need to sell the Red car as I'm a little pushed for space. Going to drop the lump and rebuild with forged pistons and lightweight rods and flywheel. Gas flow the head, maybe S4s valves, with steel followers and wind up that boost. Maybe water/meth injection to cool the charge. So it will look pretty standard under the tailgate. 300 is do able I reckon. Hi spec anchors should stop the bugger. Lots of work ahead. ✌️
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  20. All one needs is a Highwing. Done and dusted.
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  21. Just use a pair of these
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  22. Has just as much presence if not more than an Evora Jonny ! Looks stunning and think about the extra money you can keep in the bank by not buying the Evora
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  23. There's always the Destination Nurburgring track days if you're worried about lack of insurance on Tourist Days. It costs a lot more of course, but you can buy track insurance if you don't already have it as part of your policy. I've done both and will stick with DN days in future. Another benefit is you don't have to come in after one lap so can fully utilize the main straight on a DN day
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  24. I have been through three switches. I think that the earlier cars which have all four lights on on both dipped and high beam put too much current through the switch. On mine the black plastic internals which press the copper strips down to close the connections, melted. But the aftermarket plastic ones are also not as well made - the plastic bits which press the copper switches are thinner and break more easily. I managed to find a genuine new switch recently which is much better quality than the cheap repro I had before. all in all, I would add additional relays to reduce the current (or get an auto electrician to do it?)? and keep an eye on ebay for an original switch.
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  25. Hello SilverFrost. My GT3 is silk red... but that picture I posted of my wing mirror in wanted section does look orange !
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  26. Roll up, roll up, buy your GOT merchandise here: https://www.hbostore.co.uk/ Shameless plug for website/fulfilment system we just finished!
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  27. I had a look around as I need to try doing the final bleed again and this seems to be a good description of the bench bleeding procedure I eventually did, and the potential problems with this type of dual-piston master cylinder: http://www.classicperform.com/TechBook/BrakeBleed.htm
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  28. Actually...my Firestorm was red....as is the SP1 that followed it...and the VFR 750 that preceded it...(saved having to keep buying new leathers!)
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  29. C8RKH Cup of coffee actually But should of gone with the tea as the typical British stiff upper lip and its all alright i have tea in my hand lol John, they are doing nothing ! The Japanese president will send a complaint to North Korea regarding the incident, it happened a few years ago but the rockets had not been ballistic back then apparently, But this time think they are ballistic, So they want to know what it was carrying. Other than that they do not seem to bothered. As you say Trump will kick up a fuss, Which i would of thought was the norm, i am suprized by the Japanese goverment taking it so well, if it was me i would be launching a counter strike by now, but then maybe that is why i am not a member of the goverment lol.
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  30. I remember going down the M6 in my daily driver and carrying something in the boot, probably a large lotus bit knowing me, but had the boot tied down, Due to the wind noise i had the music turned up pretty loud, Traveling in the slow lane and noticed the car would not speed up for some reason, just would not budge past 65, Then noticed the lorry behind flashing its lights. Car still would not go any faster, at which point i noticed in my tailgate had fully opened and it was acting as a large air brake ! Pulled into the next service station tied it back down, thankfully the car now made decent speed again
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  31. You could always buy then sell for the January Evora delivery.......some might say it's tight but I say they've no adventure - these things always just work don't they?!
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  32. Massive thank you to two absolute gentlemen @Kevin Wheeler and @eeyoreish for giving up their Saturday morning to get my best man and I to the registry office. We turned quite a few heads, and made some grown men very happy as we arrived! Big "cheers" from Liz and I, currently in Limone sur Garda.
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  33. new stub axle due to melted bearing... central locking fitted... while i was there i needed to remove driver side window mech as it was not working... and had ripped itself out of the door.. so reglassed mounts, tested and refitted... rebuilt door trims with new hardboard and redyed the door carpets... a tip from a trimmer to save me having to retrim them... rebuilt wiper motor to fix auto park.... which turned out to be a simple corroded spade connector. rear end built up..notice koni adjustable shocks..since replaced with avo adjustables and shortened springs...a saga initself... new disks and pads all round btw... notice spyder twin wishbones at the rear ! did you spot my body in the background with cracks circled ?
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  34. blasted all arms and chassis painted new disks, rebuilt calipers and braided hoses, new bearings, trunnions and since picture, new balljoints, brakepipes and all joints rebuilt rack, new boots nyloc front stub nuts btw maybe you can spot the chassis notch i needed to make in the front cross tube...
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  35. re veneered dash usin envirotex from USA after removing all old varnish using hot airgun and spatula. reglassed bonnet, blasted all metalwork and painted...
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  36. A quick 'search' didn't reveal anything, so apologies if this has appeared here and I've just overlooked it. A guy over in the Alfa forum that I also frequent has just posted up these photos of a fully road legal tandem 2 seater drawing on the Type 49 for its design inspiration - in fact the nosecone is apparently an actual Type 49 item obtained from ACBC himself. It's badged "S2 Engineering" as one of the conditions of being able to use the nosecone was that it wasn't badged "Lotus" and is owned by a guy down in Blisland in Cornwall. Anybody know anything more about it?
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  37. Drove to a friends in Brede this weekend and stopped for an impromptu photoshoot at Bodiam Castle... Realised i'd left my Sony A7 in my black grip in the house - the iPhone 7 Plus is actually pretty good considering! Bodiam Castle (iPhone 7 Plus) by Simon Cox, on Flickr And a quick snapshot of what's left for this part of the year (front tyres and pads subjective as today i noticed they are in far better condition than initially assumed when this table was drawn up) - not bad considering it's a 2011 coach built car. I've had far worse mass built cars. Most of the items left are routine maintenance or 'wants' for the next trackday. 2017 Worksheet by Simon Cox, on Flickr
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  38. Just shown it to the wife. wife: And where is the child going to sit Me: in the front? her: and the wife? me. home?.... her: ....
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  39. Eye watering? A replacement engine for a V8 costs roughly 12,000 GBP....expensive yes, but not when you consider it's a bespoke engine fitted to a car of which a little over 1000 examples were produced. How many out there are driving that POS M96 engine that Porsche put out and are asking 14,000 GBP for when it fails due to IMS issues? Other than that, I'm right with you. 4-pot 4 life. But none of that power assisted steering stuff all ya'll S4 people have....
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  41. Thanks all. So the quote came in at £7-10k. Seems a lot to fix a bit of rust but then from the 10 minutes I spent underneath it there is a lot of rust to fix! Nothing chassis related but fuel pipes, oil pipes, coolant pipes, oil coolers (not the coolers themselves, the fittings but apparently tricky to remove without damaging the cooler), one of the wishbones, probably a load more that I've forgotten.... All to be expected on a car of that age I guess but odd given I had work done on the turbo pipes not too long ago and none of the other stuff had been flagged. George - perhaps you're right. Anyway, pretty much made my decision on the drive home as I delayed gear changes and enjoyed the pops & crackles on the overrun. Where else am I going to get a car that looks, feels and sounds as cool as this for £7k (OK, maybe £10k plus whatever I could get selling a car that needs potentially £10k of work doing on it!) Man maths aside this is a car I've wanted since I was about 10 years old and whilst I could consider that I've ticked the box it's still my dream car and nothing else comes close. And then reverting to the man maths, anything spent is effectively an investment, right?! Dan, Daniel, Vanya - I hear you on the do the work yourself point but I dont have the tools or the time to do it myself. And even more importantly I'm a complete mechanical novice and dont have the skill! Now I know everybody has to start somewhere, but then see my point about the tools and the time. Anyway, I'll provide some brief updates, not least if any useful information pops up while the work is being done. The garage is busy until October so I'll be off the roads for a while. Cheers Tim
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  42. So it started with a few symptoms: First was a slight hesitancy at 2400rpm, barely noticeable, but enough to warrant some investigation. Secondly the popping noise on the bank 1 exhaust, which has been attributed in several posts to various things ranging from bad exhaust valves to leaky secondary injectors (as above) to ‘they all do that sir’. The V8 works on the wasted spark principal, so I did a continuity check from the corresponding HT leads: (thanks CaptainBigleux) Cyl 1-4 was 36MOHms, and increasing (similar to charging a capacitor…not good) Cyl 2-3 was 33KOhms…OK Cyl 5-8 and 6-7 were not able to be tested as the electrode detached when I took the HT leads off. Obviously…not good. Suspect some water had got in there at some point…as CaptainBigleux mentioned. So, at this stage I ordered a new set of HT leads from JAE, sulked a bit, and started to look into how to remove the plenum chamber. Then I called my local mechanic, then I sulked a bit more then whipped the trunk out decided to have a go at it myself. Fortunately, there was a fairly well illustrated post on LEW (http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f164/plenum-removal-injector-upgrade-178353/) that helped back-up the brief description of the plenum removal procedure in the service manual. I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it came off eventually with the help of a Jedi mind trick to detach the Idle Air Control connector. I tried mirrors, headlights, flashlights but nothing worked. Your hands always get in the way, and you have to think backwards….better just to do it blind. I eventually removed it using 8” long nose curved pliers. It was a case of feeling the connector and then locating the pliers on the wire loops. Fun. I replaced the HT leads one at a time and labelled them with those clip-on numbers. When I got to #8 the coil connection felt more loose than the others. Closer inspection revealed a rusty terminal that obviously was not going to heal itself. Back on the phone to JAE for new coil packs. Decided to change both as I did not want to go through this joy again. The new coils measured about 11KOhm on the secondary side (15KOhm via the HT leads), and 0.8Ohms on the primaries. Satisfied with the electrical side of things I set about installing the new coil packs, only to discover that the 6mm hole patterns didn’t line up. I opened the holes up to 8mm and they went in OK. The coils sit inside the ‘V’ and there is very little room for all the wires. It took a bit of trial and error to get them neat and tidy. I would recommend replacing the M8 bolts with allen screws to make installation easier. I managed the re-installation with a short section of ¼” stock to drive an M8 socket. During this process I noticed that the spiral wrap that protects the HT leads had disintegrated. I verified the melting point by testing it in the oven. The existing stuff meted at around 250°F. Tried the cheap crap from the local auto parts store (“oh this can withstand any temperature…”), melted it at 200°F in the oven, then sourced some Teflon (450°F) spiral wrap from Brown Aircraft Supply. I ordered 8ft, which is plenty for the HT leads and enough left over to do the O2 sensors (different topic). “Re-assembly is the reverse of the above…” or so they say. I had good notes on everything, but after spending two weekends trying to get the plenum back on I gave up and had it trailered it to my local mechanic, which I what I probably should have done in the first place. So, back on the road. Ran it through the OBD drive cycle today and it is running as sweet as a nut. The hesitancy (suspect this was coil connection #8) and the popping (unburnt fuel in the cat) have gone away. This has definitely been a learning process and hopefully there’s some info here that others may find useful. As always, YMMV and as with everything Lotus your best friends are patience, a magnetic retrieval tool and ibuprofen. Cheers, Graham.
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  43. First chance I have had to give the L'il Fecker a good wash, polish and wax.
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  44. Driven the 410 enough now to compare to the V6 Cup….. Good bits; Covers the ground incredibly quickly - and now I've had a few dry runs on a 'known' road - it's noticeably quicker than the Cup. It flows more from corner to corner joining them up fluidly with a quieter sense of urgency, whereas the Cup tended to be in attack mode with a flurry of elbows and change up lights. The rear follows the front whereas the Exige always felt rear pushing the front. In fact you can take liberties with the rear that the Exige wouldn't allow and so sliding the rear , while not C63esque , is controllable but all a bit pistonheads. Already mentioned the steering on the test drive earlier but it's still yummy and despite the best of EPS you can’t beat a nice hydraulic set up. The engine is turbine like compared to either of the previous V6s , smoother with less mechanical noise, and delivers a lovely rush at the top end . Still not hugely torquey but enough that you can make better 'progress' in it than the lighter car with less gear changing going on. An Exige needs this engine. Its noisy. I like it ( but then I had a 2bular on the Cup) , didn’t think it was too bad at first but with the mileage its definitely noisy. From the outside. Inside its quite muted. Gearbox is precise, no missed changes etc but a bit notchy , and slower than the Cup. I miss the snick snick - yes I had a good one , adjusted with Russell's Lotus Motorsport special sauce. Low speed ride is more brittle than the Cup, but once over 30ish much better - I never touched the adjusters on the Cup as I just never got around to it in hindsight I should of really.One for you Mickey. Once motoring along the absorption is better even though I'm sure on track it'll be reversed roles. But for the road its really good and I’m told good enough for me on track. The brakes are brilliantly unnoticeable. The carbon really is very very good. It'll bimble along happily with the driver cocooned in relative comfort and quiet whereas the Exige was always more urgent and on a long drive tbh was a bit tiresome (I'm over 50 ok). Other things, so much easier getting in/out (see above) , people are convinced it's a Ferrari or Mclaren…...well ok they're not after the second look but I'm getting as many thumbs up and chats at the pump as I did with the other 2. Tho chap at the local BP took a look and said 'finally acting your age now'…. Controversially it seems I find the seats comfy, not achy or stabby , maybe I've a fat back and snake hips? Not sure about comments on them being 'lost' in the interior either....just means I can easily find all the change that pours out of my pocket onto the carpet . Mmmmmm carpet that's another plus. It has lights. Unless you've driven an Exige, at night, faster than walking pace , you'll not understand. Bad bits: Speedo is useless to read quickly but thankfully there is a digital one. No water temp or oil temp gauge - have a word with yourself lotus …. , there is nowhere to rest the filler cap, turn a key and push a button to start...how quaint. Electric folding mirrors…why?, ditch them for better looking manual ones and save the weight. But these are Evora issues really not +10 ones. Its too noisy for track. Solutions pending. It needs more torque. Whilst its lovely to have the chassis out performing the powertrain you’ll be left wanting for more. Not a huge amount just a smidge, I think the 430 will be spot on with its better weight ratio. There are 4 different yellows on the car , badge/wheel centres , stitching , yellow interior pack(which is nigh on an orange shade) and brake callipers, if only there was a colour reference chart they could use to match them…. The steering wheel should be totally alcantara. I have a squeak. It's very annoying but Phil at B n C just nodded sagely and said he'll sort it out. Lotus could save weight by deleting the 'rear view mirror' and replacing it with a 'mirror' that you keep in the glovebox as there is no view, out the rear, to be mirrored. That colour, Motorsport black, is a total utter pain in the arse to keep clean but when it is ...it looks fab, especially since Rob at Supercar Detailing worked his magic on it. Another oddity, the 'boot' is a) smaller than the Exige b) a lot hotter. Finally area behind the seats is just that . An area, like that bit of ground you have in the garden that's just....there. So overall happy with the move away from the Exige.The bits I’m not fond of are really relatively inconsequential and a bit Lotus ‘character’. As a driving machine its excellent and the chassis is sublime, especially steering weight and feel, and I really do just jump into it in the evenings for a 30min blast. Sometimes I miss that rawness and drama of the Cup but as I'll probably only do 3 track days, but 5000 miles abroad on fast roads, it's the right move for me. More track days and I'd have kept the Exige. True test of liking a car….it passes the keep looking back at it when parked. Next up is 2500miles around Spain and a Silverstone track day. And squeak removal.
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  45. Excellent . aimee has done a few 400s recently. as for black wheels, DON'T do it.
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  46. Wow some beautiful cars there, this should be renamed the "jammy git" thread.
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