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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.
    1 point
  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 🙂
    1 point
  17. 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
  18. Five hour round trip for me, but more than happy to do it.
    1 point
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. No. Just a sad one.
    1 point
  22. I think the weight of driver offsets that 😂, let alone driving skill. Be good fun though 😎
    1 point
  23. @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
  24. 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.
    1 point
  25. 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
  26. Bugger, I better take some tips from this fella on how to keep you behind
    1 point
  27. 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!
    1 point
  28. 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.
    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
    1 point
  32. @Stubox, that is such a ridiculous comment that I’m not going to dignify it with a response. Oh, hang on. 🤦‍♂️
    1 point
  33. We all noted the time it took you to correct the....ahem..... 'mistake'..........
    1 point
  34. 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).
    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. 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).
    1 point
  37. 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.
    1 point
  38. It was rather good. At one point we had 3 Voyager’s and 5 F-35’s flying along together. Bonkers.
    1 point
  39. Heresy!!!! ( I may have had a torsen in my S1)
    1 point
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. On track....always..... 🏎️🏎️ 😁
    1 point
  44. PARTY!!!!!! Of course, like Bibs, I won't be drinking at all.
    1 point
  45. https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/lotus/europa/new-in--lotus-europa-s-225--silver--full-history--fantastic-condition--very-rare/8321327
    1 point
  46. 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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