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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.
    4 points
  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 tourin
    3 points
  3. Browsing through, just found some more piccys from the time we had the photoshoot that I should have posted earlier.
    3 points
  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
    3 points
  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
    3 points
  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. ?
    3 points
  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 -
    3 points
  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 ea
    2 points
  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!
    2 points
  13. A purist would have said "fantastic looking Esprit, Calypso red wasn't it", assuming it was painted more than 12m ago.
    2 points
  14. Takes that long to get a plumber to come around
    2 points
  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
    2 points
  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!
    2 points
  17. Your best course of action would be to message @sailorbob on here, I reckon he will be able to help.
    2 points
  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.
    2 points
  19. OK everyone. Lotus are selling off evora calipers and pads at a bargain price. £475 inc. VAT for the set of 4. I just snagged a set which I will keep as spares. Only 30 left so get in. https://www.motorsportauctions.com/index.php?a=2&b=39430
    1 point
  20. All one needs is a Highwing. Done and dusted.
    1 point
  21. Just use a pair of these
    1 point
  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
    1 point
  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
    1 point
  24. That's in poor taste @andydclements.....I've seen It - he rubs it really hard to keep it shining red ?
    1 point
  25. 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
    1 point
  26. Hello SilverFrost. My GT3 is silk red... but that picture I posted of my wing mirror in wanted section does look orange !
    1 point
  27. Esprits have had many different wing designs and positions, same with the Elise Exige range. Only poor aero design need wings ! None of Chapman's road cars had wings. possibly explains the popularity of S1 and S2 Esprit. Simplicate and remove the wing. Neil
    1 point
  28. fitted new seat diaphrams ...these are for a classic mini so they needed longer metal clips. I had to do extensive welding and reinforcement on the seat frames both sides, they had snapped at the bottom of the seat backs, someone had already had a go at welding the cracks with the covers still in place... so while they were stripped i inserted tubes and re-welded the joints. you can see the welds just behind the cross beam. door panels used new rubber inserts in the glassfibre (where the metal pins go in) which i got online, they are the same as used on a land rover rear seats
    1 point
  29. That would certainly be the very long, scenic route home Jonny......I live 200 miles South of the Highlands between Glasgow & Edinburgh - did I mention each have airports!
    1 point
  30. 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!)
    1 point
  31. So. What is Donald frump going to do now. Send in mass troops, push the big Red button or scurry off to the golf course and leave his generals to make he decision so he can then say it wasnt me. Had the same thing on my Discovery the other week, right through the side wall. Bloody new Goodrich tyre at 200 quid a pop.
    1 point
  32. It is seen as sacrilege today, But we have to remember way back then it was the norm, as like any cars today you try and make your car look like the modern model that has just left the factory ! They even went to the trouble of fitting side repeaters on your old car Dave ! You can also tell its the ebay one is an s2 as the fuel caps have no key hole ! I purchased a race car rear end for my project years ago, and that has the duck tail inc, it was moulded that way, but sits just after the tailgate and has no gap like the normal turbo does so the rear end looks shorter than t
    1 point
  33. 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
    1 point
  34. 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?!
    1 point
  35. 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.
    1 point
  36. 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
    1 point
  37. 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...
    1 point
  38. 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?
    1 point
  39. 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 rou
    1 point
  40. 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....
    1 point
  41. The price of green Lotus cars is probably already going up fast, with the this latest 'celebrity' connection. Congrats!
    1 point
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  43. 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 ri
    1 point
  44. Back from service and successful MOT but also had some additional work done. Springs, suspension and wishbones dismantled then sand blasted and wax oiled, put back together. A great job done by Maidstone Sports Cars and it all looks very tidy underneath now.
    1 point
  45. Excellent . aimee has done a few 400s recently. as for black wheels, DON'T do it.
    1 point


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