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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.
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  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.
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  4. I finally got the engine block back after Nikasil'ing the bores and silver powder coating of the block.
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  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 😊
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  6. The first V8 Esprit being assemembled - posted by Morris Dowton (right in pic) retired Head of Lotus Car Manufacturing on LinkedIn tonight
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  11. not very good pics but i lost my camera in the crash
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  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.
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  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 !!
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  15. @Hangar 111 were frankly amazing when I had issues sourcing an ECU a couple of years ago. Massive thanks 👍
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  16. 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 😢
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  17. 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!)
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  18. @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.
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  19. I'll just say that there are full trumpets on the inside. The injectors point straight to the back of the valves. The volume of the plenum is 2.5x the working volume of the engine. Those ribs on the outside are for structural rigidity. Under full vacuum, the plenum only deflects 0.15mm! The plenum weighs 1.5kg.
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  20. 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?
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  21. Bugger, I better take some tips from this fella on how to keep you behind
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  22. You'd think. It's his 80th Birthday next weekend and they won't have access to his memories and experiences at some point (hopefully a long way off). His knowledge of company history is second to none!
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  23. I can’t believe Lotus haven’t allocated MJK a ticket (a golden one at that!) Apart from Hazel and Clive, he should’ve been next up.
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  24. Thanks - sorry to hear Jonny isn't posting.
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  25. Dependant on weather ... ill be doing the 29th evening event! Hope @DJW @Crouchy @Turbo911 @Llewelyn82 you guys can make it.
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  26. Not many will have finished sorting as yet mate! I'm sure some will come up soon! Spoken to MJK today and he is hoping to get in via other means so I may have a space if he can get in elsewhere.
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  27. Doing all the club admin on Monday mate
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  28. @Stubox, that is such a ridiculous comment that I’m not going to dignify it with a response. Oh, hang on. 🤦‍♂️
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  29. 🤢 PS the engine is at the other end!
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  30. We all noted the time it took you to correct the....ahem..... 'mistake'..........
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  31. 1-2s on 1.1x lap from tyre pressures and slightly warmer tyres? A bit dramatic to me, maybe I'm just too bad of a driver. The matter of fact is that it is fairly shocking to see much relatively underpowered manual Carrera T be so much faster, as well as massively heavy overpowered barges being also faster. Would be interesting to see the logs or any other stats from those laps to understand where is the difference coming from (e.g., staright line, entries, exits, everywhere).
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  32. ...and baldy tyre. Must be running slave wheels during assembly. The staff are showing complete faith in that body hoist!
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  33. 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....
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  34. Probably as many opinions on that as people you ask. Yes dominated by Spanish and Italians. The Spanish in particular nurture their youngsters through domestic series into the feeder classes of Moto3 and Moto2. Young Brits tend to get more involved in British series which are more road bike inspired and lead on to British and then World Superbikes - where we do very well. But not many of any nationality have made any kind of real success in moving from Superbike to MotoGP. I'm not sure why. (Indeed not many do that well going from MotoGP to WSB unless they were good there first).
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  35. It’s possible to change a liner leaving the engine in but really not recommended. You’d be much, much better off removing the engine, crank out, liners out and re seat them all along with the replacement - liner heights are absolutely crucial to make sure the K series runs properly and you get the longevity from it. An improperly fitted liner will blow another head gasket very quickly leaving a tell tale detonation ring on the cylinder head face. It’s always best to replace the oil pump and pressure regulator. Without seeing the car, it’s hard to give the best advice - but if you’re changing a liner, you’re probably best off rebuilding from scratch as much as you can. That way you’ll get the best out of the engine, and once it’s done, it should be pretty trouble free.
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  36. It was rather good. At one point we had 3 Voyager’s and 5 F-35’s flying along together. Bonkers.
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  37. Heresy!!!! ( I may have had a torsen in my S1)
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  38. 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.
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  39. It won’t let me upload any videos - too big I assume - but here’s a couple of pictures as promised Another
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  40. Thanks Ramjet. I refer the honorable gentleman to line 2 of my request that I made some moments ago.......
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  41. 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.
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  42. On track....always..... 🏎️🏎️ 😁
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  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. A follow up to this saga.... having been at the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend, I had driven back from my cousin's place at Waltham Chase, intending to stop overnight on the boat at Chertsey and take the ferry on Tuesday morning. Bimbled up to Kew for a haircut and a spot of lunch...as I went back to the car, a chap was very complimentary...he said that she still looked futuristic after all the years since she emerged from the factory, and I could but agree!! Then i was heading to Tesco for a bit of shopping before going to the boat. Driving happily along the Chertsey Bypass, I glanced at the instruments...as you do, with a Lotus.... Coolant temperature was 140°C. Aaarrrggghhhhh....GOT to stop .... as quickly as possible. Ended up by the Twickenham rugby ground, in one of the entrances....stopped the engine and got out. Those who have been subjecting themselves to my purple prose in this thread will know what I've been doing....one of the checks I made during the MOT was to ensure that the cambelt and camwheels were clear of the hose that they can saw through; but one never knows for sure... The beast was emitting steam and vapour and water like a design by Gresley, not Chapman... I took the engine cover off and peered in. Steam seemed to be coming from everywhere; around the engine, under the car, out the back and out of my ears, too.....! Nothing to be done until she'd cooled down enough to touch. So I sat there and got out the phone, looked at the insurance details that I had renewed a few days previously.... I moved from Footman, James to Hagerty some years ago after FJ made a pig's ear of a claim. There was a phone number for recovery...so I phoned that and explained my predicament. They told me the First Responder would be with me within an hour. Once the engine was cool enough to touch without third degree burns, I clambered in the back and wriggled into the Lotus Position. I always travel with a tool kit...so I started undoing stuff at the front of the engine...working my way down to the suspect hose. As I went, I inspected everything that came off and found it seemed all good.... got the engine side of the suspect hose off, but was struggling with the end that goes to the joining piece....then the First Responder chap arrived. We had a chat...I said I don't suppose he'd want to put a finger on this car??(!)... It turned out he had a Mk1 Ford Escort with a full Cosworth turbo fitted, blowing +14psi, and it ate transmissions..... a bit of a kindred spirit. Anyway, he being a wiry young feller, I got out and relegated myself to Fitter's Mate status...he got the suspect hose off...and there was no wrong in him. Perfect; absolutely as new and unmarked... Now I was really worried. Having read all the stuff about the aluminium pipes going through the chassis, and given the total loss of coolant and the steam from every quarter......ugh. So it was time for a flatbed and a decision as to where to have her taken. I toyed with the idea of my local MOT garage, but felt it would need someone who knew these cars and had ready access to spares. S&J. So i phoned them, explained what had happened, and Steve said he'd be able to help...thus the destination became Crediton, Devon. The flat bed arrived and we winched her on...backwards as there is more clearance that way round..;and set off down the M4 to Membury services where we'd be changing trucks. 24/7 Recovery were everything one could hope for....prompt and professional. I phoned my UK address, in Somerset, and spoke to my brother...he said to phone him as we passed Taunton and he'd set off for S&J to collect me. We got to Membury in fine style, changed trucks and off towards the motorway junction and south towards Devon. After negotiating an absolutely dire road, we got to Crediton at about 2230 and found the GPS address. After a bit longer we found S&J..;they had moved since I last visited!! My brother was there, and we got the beastie off the truck and left her forlorn by the gates to S&J..left an answerphone message explaining where the keys etc. were, and a plastic bag with all the bits and a few brief notes...then off to darkest Langford Budville for some sleep and a nice worry. Tuesday morning I phoned P&O ferries to explain that I wouldn't be travelling, and had no idea when I could continue. I asked if I could maintain the return part of the booking as it coincided with a consultation at the Royal Marsden about my rotting prostate. Alex explained that he would have to cancel the whole booking....as I had a "saver" ticket he couldn't make any refund, either. However, the money I had paid would stay in my account and I could use it towards any future crossing within the next 6 months....subject to an difference in costs and a £20 fee. Not as bad as I had feared.... Nothing was heard from Steve on Tuesday...so I wazzed out the usual panic emails...and tried phoning with the usual lack of success!! Wednesday, desperation had set in...I needed to know what was happening.....kept trying to phone... Then my phone rang!!! Being a new phone (to me!) I pushed the wrong button and lost the call.....what ELSE could go wrong????!!! Tried to phone back...engaged tone....busy busy busy. Finally I got through...expecting the worst...and he said it was all done and I could come and collect it!!! After that my brain died and I couldn't process any further information...we fired up the Mercedes estate and set off for Crediton!! It seems that the fault was the very first hose I removed. I could see nothing wrong with it....and neither could they, when they puit all the hoses back to find the leak...but, once she had warmed up, coolant came spewing out of a tiny little split...circumferential, under the engine side hose clip, at the bottom of the hose as you look at it. I was glad it hadn't been an obvious thing....and they had replaced the hose and the big aluminium pipe that goes to the thermostat....this had had the small takeoff which goes to the top of the header tank break off....run the engine, tested for a head gasket failure, pressure tested the cooling system and done a blow down compression test on all four cylinders, all within a spit of 200 psi. So she had survived.....!!! Whilst there I got two new gas struts for the big louvred panel..and a set of new engine mounts and the proper washers...and a support for keeping the front bonnet open, too. Had a good chat with the assembled staff whilst "the lad" gave her a wash...this was unexpected...customer service, wow!! Paid the very reasonable bill and drove her away, back to Somerset. Through Exeter in the rush hour, possibly the best test for a repaired cooling system..;she got well warmed to her task!! No problems at all, everything was fine. After that, I booked myself on the ferry on Sunday 3rd July and my brother and I had a very pleasant couple of days rebuilding the Lombardini diesel from his narrowboat...all sorts of awful things had happened to this....but it's pretty much back together now. A lot easier on the bench in the shed than in the bilge on the boat!! Drove back to friends in Chobham on Saturday and away on Sunday morning. No problems at all over the 700 odd miles we covered...the old girl was running nicely and I will admit to giving her her head for a brief burst...very satisfactory, still accelerating when I chickened out and lifted off!! Now she is back in her Continental lair for a bit....the first time she'd been "to the menders" since I bought her in 1988!! Very happy with all the service she and I received, insurance, rescue, S&J, the lot. You meet the nicest people with a Lotus....
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  46. 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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