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  1. Unfortunately those that put the effort into making these videos, and it really is an effort, find themselves in the spotlight for criticism. If you know Jonny or for that matter anyone that posts on YT etc, then I'm certain they are in the main different from how they come accross, ususally. In my personal experience, Jonny is a very modest fella and sooo enthusiastic about Lotus. I've yet to see him big himself up on a video, instead he focuses on the cars totally, with his impressions of the car only and the impact it has on him. No, he's not that animated as a character in his videos and that leaves himself open to criticism for being a bit dull perhaps. take the vids for what they are, a bit of fun and informative. Trevor.
    6 points
  2. 5 points
  3. You must have had a lot of crap in that garage as it still looks full and the skip in front is over flowing.
    3 points
  4. I finally got the engine block back after Nikasil'ing the bores and silver powder coating of the block.
    3 points
  5. Lol. I’ve had worse autocorrects. Best one I sent out via text last year was - “I’ll call you later I’m on a lesson” and what I sent out was “I’ll call you later I’m on a lesbian” Glad I knew them 😊
    3 points
  6. The first V8 Esprit being assemembled - posted by Morris Dowton (right in pic) retired Head of Lotus Car Manufacturing on LinkedIn tonight
    3 points
  7. And just like that I have new front discs and no more grabbing or judder. The left was out of true by 0.15mm against a maximum tolerance of 0.06mm. The front right to compare was at 0.015mm. Both were replaced.
    2 points
  8. As far as we know - so far - we will be bringing two cars, both with a spare seat each! It’ll be a combination of either the S3 turbo, the Elise and - fingers, legs and eyes crossed - the V8. So if a couple of people fancy a seat, there’s most likely seats going.
    2 points
  9. Worked at getting hammered.
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  10. Not at all, just a general observation as sadly it seems Jonny isn't posting any longer possibly due to the constant picking at him. My words not his. Trevor.
    2 points
  11. not very good pics but i lost my camera in the crash
    2 points
  12. Why does anyone want lap times? Unless you are a race driver, or are a Lotus PR man lap times are useless in this type of report. I find it much more interesting to see how a 'normal' driver ( not meaning to diss Mr Pitts driving ability) finds the car differences. It is subjective but I think this vid shows more than any lap times, the difference in 'feel' and atmosphere that the two cars generate.
    2 points
  13. It’s had a quick polish this evening - still some left to do - but what a marked improvement. The line down the middle is a reflection of a suspended air line and power cable going to the shed opposite before anyone asks !!
    2 points
  14. big shout out for Hanger 111 in woodbridge who serviced and mot'd my Evora again today.. http://www.hangar111.com just love taking my car there.. crisp clean workshop, always lovely cars being worked on, like an aladins cave! with amazing knowledge of all things lotus and oily bits.. these guys really are the business.. just know that my car will be pampered, carefully treated and treasured whilst in their care, would thoroughly recommend them to look after your pride and joy..
    1 point
  15. No photos but just an update on the carb tuning.... Everything reassembled and balanced, also took the liberty of fitting a brand new distributor and changed the oil and filter. Engine bay is also looking much fresher with the repainted plenum stuff. Car now goes like a scalded cat - In fact I can't believe how quick it is It's not quite finished yet as there is now a flat spot off idle until approx 2200 rpm. We think it's the idle jets (58) so I've order up a set of 60s and 62s to have a play with and see if we can iron it out. It seems to lean out during progression for some reason which points towards the idle jets. Any tips on this issue appreciated, the car runs absolutely beautifully other than that. I'm pretty sure it's not an air leak and all fuel/spark delivery is brand new.
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  16. @mayesprit Ian, I'm at Dunston Hall Friday so I'll have one free seat in the Esprit if you or your daughter want a ride. Martyn 🙂
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  17. @Hangar 111 were frankly amazing when I had issues sourcing an ECU a couple of years ago. Massive thanks 👍
    1 point
  18. I hope Johnny will come back to posting soon, I'll miss his insight and I know I won't be the only one. Johnny being afk means more Johnny behind the wheel of his 🚙 so more GT430 pleasure ... Johnny please come back 😢
    1 point
  19. To anybody who is visiting Hangar111, who doesn’t have the benefit of being as close as me, if you want to spend a couple of hours relieving the boredom of hanging around give me a bit of notice & I may be able to meet you for a chat and a drink etc (non alcoholic of course!)
    1 point
  20. Very sorry to hear this. Jonny @The Pits is a massive performance car (& Lotus in particular) enthusiast plus a valuable source of real world advice and knowledge about the marque. Especially the everyday driving experience and motorsport ability of the current crop of cars. With Jonny it is not all about his ego, but all about explaining the cars and expressing his thoughts in an objective and helpful way. Also lets not forget he has actually put his money & time commitment where his mouth is. Fingers crossed that he studiously ignores the nitpicking and resumes posting. I have always appreciated the advice received from him (both directly on here and indirectly through his videos). This is invariably given in a thoughtful, unassuming, considerate and very erudite way. Let's hope he returns to sharing his passion by contributing here again very soon.
    1 point
  21. Five hour round trip for me, but more than happy to do it.
    1 point
  22. Yep, @Hangar111 are pretty good , and are Lotus approved service and warranty agents. A major plus point for me is that they are just 15mins drive away , nice to have someone so good right on your doorstep.
    1 point
  23. Yep, these guys are the best!!!! I have Westover Lotus in Poole just 3.8 miles up the road from me and they're terriable. (They tried to get me to part with £1300 to replace something that wasn't even broken). I've tried Williams Lotus near Bristol (that was an absolutely rediculous experience and i'd never go near them again). In the past couple of years I've been taking my Evora to Hanger 111. It's a 400 mile round trip, but I'd rather do that because i have total confidence in them, their abilities and their integrity!
    1 point
  24. No. Just a sad one.
    1 point
  25. I think the weight of driver offsets that 😂, let alone driving skill. Be good fun though 😎
    1 point
  26. @Dan E - left Shan cleaning the car when I went to work this morning. Came home to a list of things that needs doing on it.
    1 point
  27. Well at least theres something for those London types to Nick that you won't care about! I assume this is part of your retirement plan? Hairdressing?
    1 point
  28. Bugger, I better take some tips from this fella on how to keep you behind
    1 point
  29. Thanks - sorry to hear Jonny isn't posting.
    1 point
  30. Dependant on weather ... ill be doing the 29th evening event! Hope @DJW @Crouchy @Turbo911 @Llewelyn82 you guys can make it.
    1 point
  31. Doing all the club admin on Monday mate
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  32. 🤢 PS the engine is at the other end!
    1 point
  33. We all noted the time it took you to correct the....ahem..... 'mistake'..........
    1 point
  34. ...and baldy tyre. Must be running slave wheels during assembly. The staff are showing complete faith in that body hoist!
    1 point
  35. I come across this and thought it would be good to share...... POV of flying a P-51C Mustang. This is part#1 of multiples....
    1 point
  36. It was rather good. At one point we had 3 Voyager’s and 5 F-35’s flying along together. Bonkers.
    1 point
  37. Heresy!!!! ( I may have had a torsen in my S1)
    1 point
  38. Finally sorted it! Popped to Halfords to get some Allen keys, took the seat out, when it was out, just tilting the seat I could hear the object moving from one side to another. Here is the culprit! a little washer. Undoing one of the Allen bolts holding the base to the seat, and it popped out of the attached image! It must have come off the left bolt... On taking it for a drive after, no more noise
    1 point
  39. I think it will work, when everyone knows if they definitely have tickets after Bibs is back. For me I think it best if members who have tickets and spare seats put it on here and Members who want lifts like @Turbo, then message that person to arrange. Then a post can be put on here saying the spot is filled.
    1 point
  40. Bikes have two wheels. The guys wearing the helmets race them. The winner is the guy who crosses the line first. If they pull over in the pits or anywhere else during the race, the bike is generally broken. Glad to help.
    1 point
  41. Update in case anyone was wondering. Lotus wanted data off the car, I assume to check that it hadn't been an excessively abusive 3k miles, so popped to the dealer and they pulled all of that. I received a call today to say all was well and they'll swap the discs, much to my relief!
    1 point
  42. On track....always..... 🏎️🏎️ 😁
    1 point
  43. PARTY!!!!!! Of course, like Bibs, I won't be drinking at all.
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  44. https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/lotus/europa/new-in--lotus-europa-s-225--silver--full-history--fantastic-condition--very-rare/8321327
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  45. It's taken rather longer than I had intended...an interesting learning experience. I now know my little lathe will NOT turn 3" diameter stainless steel...also that you can easily obtain laser cut stainless steel, large washers and spacers in my case. I found the idea of accurately calibrating the wastegate to be impossible; trying to define "open" was a matter of opinion...and the idea of making the wastegate adjustable had to be dispensed with as I couldn't turn the adjusting plate!! So I did some sums, and had a stab at working out how thick a spacer i would need to uprate MY wastegate from it's original boost level to around the 8 psi that the 910 LC uses. That's when I got the stainless washers... What with having to fit a new diaphragm to the wastegate (diaphragms crop up later on, too!) and re seal the exhaust cam tower and helicoil the thread that stripped and all the rest....I finally got the lump back into the car. All was going smoothly, a nice gentle enjoyable plod...fired her up last Sunday and all was well. Or so I thought.... On Monday evening, I thought I had got the Lotus sorted...the electrics were charging properly and she was ticking over nicely, all looked good. Then I saw a small puddle of clear liquid on the top of the engine...swabbed it with some kitchen towel.. sniffed...PETROL!!! A bloody Leak, look you Bach...out with the endoscope and Lo! I could SEE petrol dribbling out of the front carburetter... thinks: probably the accelerator pump diaphragm.... so I set to and took it apart and yes, the diaphragm had a crack in it and needed a new one. Nothing to be done on Monday evening....Tuesday I ordered new ones from the French Dell'Orto carburetter distributors, for delivery the next day, Wednesday. Hugey sum of money for both the parts and delivery... Wednesday came, no parts, sent off email to firm...got one back saying "out of stock".. even though their website had shown they had 4....USELESS BUGGERS. Much emailing and phoning and so forth...found a pair in Eurocarbs in Pangbourne on the Thames...they could do them with next day delivery to me for about one half what the robbing French buggers wanted. Sounded good...so that's what I did. Only problem was I would have to stay in to receive them, rather than go for our regular Thursday lunch with my chum Rex...still, sacrifices must be made. I was booked on the 1235 ferry on the following Sunday, so time was of the essence...off to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Performance Car Park and all.....and the beast was devoid of carburettion. Thursday, then...for all the good it did; I might just as well have made lunch with Rex....nothing arrived. I looked online...no emails from Eurocarbs...so I phoned them up. Very helpful, gave me a lengthy tracking number...So I was going to get onto the UPS website and track it. Then the computer froze....wouldnt do anything at all....so I shut it down. Wouldn't even do THAT...just said it was loading an XP update....you know, the same XP they weren't going to update....and not to turn it off or unplug it... 45 minutes later, it switched itself off. So I turned it back ON again...and got on to the UPS France website...stuck the number in and lo! it said "Exception"....and my delivery might be delayed. No mention of WHY... so I emailed in all directions...useless...then I found out where the stuff WAS. In Orleans...aha... within range!! So I phoned UPS Orleans. Cursed automatic multichoice sodding telephone system...in French....!! Fought my way through five layers of "dribbledribbledribbletappez UN.....dribbledribbledribbletappez DEUX" etc.etc; In the end I got a REAL PERSON!! I never found out just HOW...My French isn't up to telephone conversations about missing parcels, so I asked for an English speaker....."I connect you" said the young lady...followed by two minutes of Beethoven...then the engaged tone....then silence. SHITE!! No way back....so I started again, ring ring tappez UN tappez DEUX, so forth...then back to the same girl. This time, after the mandatory Beethoven, an English speaking one arrived. So I explained that I needed the parcel TODAY and I was prepared to come and collect it...she said she would speak to someone and they'd phone me back in an hour. O-kay....this was about midday. I waited. And waited...and waited...and tried to find a Dell'Orto agent somewhere close....useless....not wanting to do battle with their poxy ansafone again....but, in the end, the nettle had to be grasped. And grasped firmly, it now being 1415...so I subjected myself to another nine minutes of tappez and bellowing down the phone...and the same girl reappeared! "Oh, someone tried to phone you at 2 o'clock but you were engaged..." Lie. Phone had been on hook ever since my last call to them. So I said "Can I come and collect it??" and she said "Oh yes...that's the only way you will get it today..." After I explained that this was exactly what I had asked for 2 hours ago and I could have collected it by now.....I told her I would be there within an hour and a half....set the GPS controls for the heart of the sun and set off. It's about 90 odd miles to their depot....had torrential thunderstorm en route....found the road....no sign of UPS. Ended up driving through a gate and enquiring of the receptionist in this wine exporters "Exactly where is UPS, No.17?? Please??" "Oh," says she, "we're no. 3..." Seems it was back down the road, a little drive in between two buildings. Third attempt, I got it!!!! Parked car, got out, asked minion, he pointed way to office, in I went... There followed the expected conversation....and the four girls in the office stopped doing their hair and makeup routine and found the number on the computer. Then two of them donned yellow tabards and went out to find it. Half an hour later, they came back...had another squint at the screen and buggered off again!! 20 minutes later, back they came...success!!!! they had found it.... So I opened it up....and they looked OK to me, looked like they ought to fit.... So I asked them why, with a shed full of vehicles and odd bods hanging about doing nothing, they couldn't have delivered it?? Seems the aeroplane from Berlin to Paris broke down.....finally arrived late in Paris...and by the time the thing got to Orleans, the Express Delivery van had gone. What WITH, I didn't enquire.....!! Seems the thing went around half of Europe en route...via BERLIN?? Hardly a direct route from Pangbourne to Orleans... I left the place in a thunderous downpour, got back to the car...dripping gently.. and found my way back to Mole End...where I have reassembled the carburetters with their nice new diaphragms...and tomorrow I shall bolt them onto the car and fit all the other bits and pieces and, hopefully, we shall be back on track.....what a day....what a week.....what a (non-existent) lunch.... Life with a Lotus...never a dull moment... AND here we are, Saturday.....got the beastie bolted back together on Friday; even managed to fit the big louvred engine cover on my own, by main force. What with the two dislocated shoulders I've suffered in the past decade, and the concomitant lack of upper body strength, I had thought I'd need to rig the crane...but a bit of thought and ingenuity sufficed, and the final piece was duly bolted on, and I gave up for the night. Came the dawn....needed to check the levels of coolant and oil and transfer all the ECM gear and satnav etc. from Viv-the-Volvo... clear the way through the workshop door, move the crane I didn't need...and then it was road test and refuel time. Started first turn of the key, as usual....and I backed her out of the garage; first time she'd moved under her own power since last year. I noticed she was vastly more responsive to the throttle...the diaphragms had obviously been dying for a while... and we drove off to get fuel. Watched the instruments as she warmed up, saw the thermostat open and the temperature stabilise...the voltmeter showed the new alternator was doing it's job well, too. Once she was fully warmed up, I gave her the beans...one eye on the road, one eye looking for stray Gendarmes, one eye glued to the boost gauge....er.......well, as best I could. The gauge went up...throttle open wide.....and it stabilised at somewhere between 7.5 and 8 psi! That'll do for me..... 8psi is the specified boost pressure for 910 LC engines. So that part of the effort had worked well. Also no nasty rattly sounds...they had been the exhaust manifold leaking from the gaskets to the head on No. 4 cylinder. I'm always surprised, every year, by how this vehicle GOES.... and the sheer joy of driving it. The gears slot in smoothly and rapidly, the engine is now as responsive as one could wish, the brakes are good....I'm a happy bunny. Tomorrow we head north to Calais and the ferry!! Goodwood next Sunday and this year's MOT....
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