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  1. 36 points
    Sadly not, the gaps were too big to count as a continuous display of cars. While I'm broken and can't walk, I feel very proud and privileged to have played a small part in making some Lotus history yesterday. I had the best of days, we couldn't have been luckier with the weather and the culmination of a lot of planning and organising by the fantastic, dedicated, hard working gang at Lotus resulted in an event which will be remembered and make those who came smile for a long time to come. Thanks to Lotus for letting me be involved, the all the owners and enthusiasts who came and to the clubs, the 'One of every Lotus' display cars, the track display teams and everyone who asked me a question, what a great day it was! #Lotus70
  2. 33 points
  3. 25 points
    Huge thanks to Bibs who spent the day in dreadful traffic and weather to pick up and deliver this stunning Sport Racer to Devon. I am so happy to be have found the perfect Evora and the perfect car I’ve desired for the last couple of years. It is a mint 4 years old normally aspirated car with 7800 Miles. I know I’m going to enjoy this car immensely. Big thanks also to the seller who is on this forum - it’s been a long fortnight for me since you agreed the sale Just the dry roads and good weather required now. Happy Happy Happy 2.5 hour sleep now and alarm call at 4.15am to get Bibs to the airport.
  4. 24 points
  5. 23 points
    Hi guys, I picked up my first Lotus yesterday, and I'm still buzzing. Shocked, would be an appropriate adjective to describe my experience with these cars. The car is so good. I can't wait to get it on the track to see how it is. Our Aussie spec differs slightly from the UK spec. The side pods aren't the larger CF ones (I plan to change this), front splitter isn't CF (I don't mind...I would be worried that a CF splitter would explode on me), and non CF seats as far as I can tell (bummer). Otherwise, all else is the same. I was looking for a car that was fit-for-purpose, that didn't compromise for the sake of luxuries someone else would need, and didn't make my wallet tremble every time I was at the track looking for tenths of seconds. This car ticked all the boxes. Well, a couple of 2013/2014 Exige V6S's ticked most of the boxes but both got sold out from under me, and I'm a little impatient. So this is where I ended up. Hopefully I don't ask too many stupid questions. I'm very very green when it comes to Lotus's! Below are some pics I took as soon as I got her home. (temporary number plate location)
  6. 23 points
    Just been to the launch of the Black And Gold book. They had the biggest selection of JPS cars ever put together. The book is awesome and available now.
  7. 21 points
    Just put a deposit down on a lovely 15 Evora Sports Racer from Leven Lotus in Edinburgh. Can't wait to pick it up! I used to own an S2 111s and I absolutely loved it. Not sure what it is about Lotus but they are a hard habit to shake! Good to be back :) cheers Michael Doris
  8. 20 points
    I've had my 400 for a few months now, and I want to briefly share a couple of aspects of my ownership experience, so anyone thinking of buying an Evora who has come to TLF to do some research can find this. My Evora is my daily driver, and I do up to about 12,000 miles a year. Aside from short trips and early morning blasts just for thrills, I travel long distances with a decent amount of luggage for work and my sport, which is skydiving. And as you can imagine that involves a fair bit of kit. So how does the Evora cope with this life? How well does it meet the combined demands of short-distance blaster and long-distance hauler? In a word; flawlessly. The Evora is nothing short of brilliant. Miraculous even! I am totally amazed and massively impressed by how well this car deals with every demand I place on it. (Well, OK. Maybe not every demand. I drove it to IKEA once and you can't get a wardrobe in it. But, you should have heard it in the cavernous carpark there! Awesome!) I'll share with you two real-world examples of why I'm so impressed by the Evora. Firstly, luggage capacity. If you're thinking of buying an Evora but are worried that it can't carry much, think again. Wardrobes aside, 'lack of cargo space' is not a valid reason to deny yourself the pleasure of Evora ownership. I've driven to the airport with four parachutes in the boot and a full-size 25kg suitcase on the back seats, and I still had the passenger seat for more stuff. On the more domestic side of life, the boot plus rear seats easily swallows a massive Sainsbury's trolley full of shopping. Brilliant! Secondly, long distances. Yesterday, I had a 170 mile drive home from Milton Keynes to Exeter, which went like this; 90 minutes of blasting through Oxfordshire with the sun shining, windows down, sport button on and me laughing out loud at the sheer bloody hilarity of it. Followed by settling onto the M4 for 90 minutes of serene and comfortable motorway cruising with windows up, sport off and stereo on. I hopped out at home with zero aches and one massive grin. Seriously, I'm astounded by how the Evora 400 can be equally excellent at totally mental blasting and smooth cruising. I'm 6' 2'', and over distance I'm honestly more comfortable in my Evora than my previous C-Class Merc. I bought the Evora because I was bored with the Merc, and having owned (and loved) a couple of Boxsters before (sorry), I wanted to get back into something FUN. Before I bought the Evora, I looked at the Boxster/Cayman again, but was put off by the latest 4cyl engine. The 911? Too soft in my opinion. I wanted to get the driving experience back, unfettered by too much padding. My Wife has a Suzuki Ignis, and that thing is is a right laugh because it's pure driving. I wanted that, but not in an Ignis. I know the analogue driving experience isn't for everyone. I guess the majority of the marketplace wants the extra padding and tech in cars like the 911. But for me, the Evora 400 is the perfect car. I think it's miraculous that a small-volume, niche manufacturer in Norfolk has created a car that is this damn capable! I know this is said a lot in the Lotus community, but why the hell does every journalist use the Cayman and 911 as the benchmarks for comparing other sports cars? They're awesome cars for sure, but for anyone after a truly special driving experience - this is it right here. Evora all the way. Oh - final point for anyone not convinced yet. The drop-dead looks and rarity of the Evora makes you feel like a goddamn rock-star driving it around! This amount of head-turning usually costs £200k+ Right. The sun's out again. I'm off for a drive.
  9. 19 points
    Wowsa. I said to many of you that I could easily have spent the whole day just on the track. All of the (our) cars were amazing. And OMG what a noise some of them make. Walking the full length of the track I was thinking "I need to sell my kids and build a large air con'ed barn for all those cars I want to buy!! Bibbo, you never ever disappoint. have a great night tonight and have one for me. To everyone I saw it was awesome to see you all, I never feel more at home than when I am with you all and I have so many friends from Denmark to Germany, Belgium to Netherlands and all over the UK! Big Love!! My favourite moment.....well 2 actually. I was watching MJK on the big screen being interviewed and there was a guy standing there watching the screen avidly. He looked at me and said "I worked with him in India when he was working for Tata". I said "Thats my dad and I'm sure he would love to see you again". he said "He won't remember me"......."I bet he would" I said. So we walked over to MJK and just before we got there a totally different guy with a walking stick and 2 sons helping him walked over. My dads face lit up and he called him by name (can't remember now....Mike maybe). Dad gave him a big hug and the guy burst into tears. He said "You don't know how much this means to me!" and there was a long conversation and much hugging. the guy had had a stroke and just wanted to talk to his old mate again. He choked up again when they parted. It was amazing to see what dad meant to someone. So my man from Tata steps up and I say to dad, someone wants to say hi. Dad looked puzzled and the guy said "You probably don't remember me, it was 17 years ago....." and my dad said "In Pune, you were working in the office when I came in and I can still see your face and you saying "What are you doing here". The guy was amazed. I know he's my dad but for someone to have touched so many people and still remember a guy working in an Office at Tata who he met briefly for 3 days of coming and going is amazing and humbling.
  10. 18 points
  11. 17 points
    Big-wing buddies. and before he says anything......
  12. 16 points
    Well, just to put all you guys minds at rest. This car is now mine. I originally put the previous owner in touch with Stuarty almost 2 years ago via LotusRescue. He spent a fortune on her on a full mechanical rebuild, then had a change of plan. Having known this car while Stuart owned her and knowing all the work that has just been completed , I wasn't happy at the prospects of her going to another dealer and then them taking the piss with a price as happened with my Yellow S3. So after having silent discussions with she who must be obeyed. I bought her and she is now firmly parked at the front of my house. Went for a short drive in her late yesterday for the first time and other than a bit of a misfire on 1 plug, due I suspect to damp as its been pissing down rain all night, she runs fine. Current issue is with having several other projects on the go I will have no chance of doing any further work on her until time and funds allow. However, she will be in regular use once I complete and oil and filter change as she is now coming up to 1,000 miles since her complete engine rebuild. This is in fact her 2nd rebuild. Invoices showing £19,800 being spent over the first 58k of miles by her original owner, and now a further 20k just spent on her again, only 10k miles later. So, she now has a freshly rebuilt engine with new pistons, shells big end bearings, all ancillary's, stailess steel fuel tank's, carpets, boot liner and bag, boot carpets, sun visors and a bonus of a complete set or original compomotives fitted with nice new tyres, two of the compomotives require a bit of a refurb before fitting. Steven, if you have any further pics of when you saw her in the garage, a copy would be much appreciated. Stuart, likewise. I have some I took when I was at your place a couple of years ago, but would like to start a history for on her.
  13. 16 points
  14. 16 points
    What a fantastic day. Huge thanks to Bibs and all those involved in making it such a brilliant day. Just got back home having stayed overnight in Suffolk. Funniest moment with a doubt was when the F1 cars were on track mid afternoon. We saw them go off before heading back to the car which was parked in the line on the track. On the way we walked passed the Classic Team Lotus marquee. Mrs Bazza (who has owned the Elise for 16 years) stops and says "hang on a minute that jacket looks nice, let me have a quick look" Not one to say no (years of training) I agree but highlight it's all roped off/closed as the guys were all on track demoing fettling the F1 cars. Undeterred and with years of retail experience she spots a bloke and calls him over. After a brief chat he unclips the rope, lets her in and shows her the jacket. After a few minutes she say its not for her but then I hear hime explain "it had been modelled on the one my Dad used to wear". Mrs Bazza; "Oh, who's he?" Bloke: "Colin Chapman".... I desperately tried not to laugh and have to say Clive was the perfect gent, very gracious - top, top man
  15. 16 points
    This is my new Evora GT 430 with special painting ( Gold Leaf) by hethel factory. The car is waiting for me at Komo Tec Germany. You can see the car this weekend in the KOMO-TEC Box in Nürburg /Nürburgring/Nordschleife.
  16. 15 points
    For the same recipe but with much better ingredient
  17. 15 points
    Hello Evora people. I’ve upgraded / gone soft (delete as you see fit) from an Exige 350 Sport. As you can see I have no imagination when it comes to colour choice.
  18. 15 points
    Hello All! Despite everything I've been told and read I couldn't resist....I have always loved Esprits! I'm not shy of picking up a socket and have built/modified/restored my fair share of cars in the past, so when this car came up I think the fact that it was modified, and that it has pretty high mileage under its wheels (78k) it put most people off, but I was intrigued. It is one of the first "facelift" V8s (built in '97, registered in '98) and is Nautilus Blue. I bought it from a lovely 76 year old Lotus nut (also has other Lotuses) in Cheshire and who had had it for a few years and had looked after it pretty well. Before he bought it the previous owner had modified it extensively with forged pistons, new liners, chargecooler, hybrid turbos, ARP head bolts, Forge waste gates new fuel tanks, Quaife LSD, Alcon 6 pot front and AP 4 pot rear brakes, OZ Novas, round rear lights and centre exit exhausts.....so, as you can see its has been pretty heavily worked over. I had PNM look it over, and although there are a couple of (usual) things, it got the nod from Pete so I decided to give it a shot. Its with PNM right now having some of the jobs done (gearbox oil leak, new engine and g'box mounts and make the heater work), so I don't actually have the car yet and hope to pick it up next weekend. So, here's the rub.....and where I need the help of the forum if possible. At the moment the boost comes in with a bang at 4,000rpm. The guy I bought it off said that it used to be much more progressive, but its been stood outside (under a lean to) for the last couple of years and I think the lack of use has affected something. PNM are going to have a quick look to see if anything obvious is wrong, but if anyone has any ideas what may be causing this I would massively appreciate your advice. Boost control leak, sticking actuators? Also, if anyone knows anything about this car, or who modified it (or had it done) please let me know. Apparently it was a guy called Roy, who lives near Doncaster - so if that's you, please drop me a PM - I'd LOVE to talk through the history of the car with you and get it back to full fighting fitness. There isn't a lot of documentation with the car, and no invoices from the modifications so I'm trying to work back. Before you all agree too quickly with my self diagnosis of automotive madness, I should add that the car has run pretty well faultlessly for the last few years since it was modified (according to Barrie who I bought it off), and the boost problem is relatively recent, so it seems that the work was done well.... So any info, ideas and help will be gratefully received. Here's a pic (from before I bought it)....
  19. 14 points
    Enjoyed that drive home tonight
  20. 14 points
    Made it home last night. the trade deal is done from my Audi TTS to a low mileage Evora S. Even at 4000 miles it needs some love on the inside. Planning on an extensive leather cleaning and treatment tonight. Car is so nice I am over the moon and I officially declare that I am done with the car search. I looked at everything available in my price range and this was the winner. New tires and full service was a requirement before purchase. Thanks to Carlock motors for an excellent PPI. TJ is a great tech who knows his stuff. He even explained the first 2 gears and why they are a little noisy. I looked at the 400's and for me the S was better for many reasons. The 400's are awesome and Carlock has an awesome red 2018 400 on the show room. It was great to sit in it and compare the interior. I am a happy, first time Lotus owner. the PPI really gave me peace of mind on the big ticket items. there were some items to sort out before the purchase but the car lot did it all and it could not have been smoother.
  21. 14 points
    Purchased from Howards Lotus in Weston-Super-Mare, and Johnathan, the salesman was fantastic. Very accommodating and knowledgable. On the way back up to Manchester we made a few stops, and I'm nothing but impressed with the car. Can't wait to take it on some runs, hopefully meeting some of you along the way.
  22. 14 points
    Arrived today, Number 094. Full mechanical restoration, interior needs a bit of attention but not in to bad a condition. Been off the road since 96 I believe.
  23. 14 points
    Happy Christmas to all our Lotus friends - hope you enjoy watching the video!
  24. 14 points
    So difficult to photograph due to reflections, but I’m really chuffed with this!
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  26. 13 points
  27. 13 points
    @JG220 @andydclements @scotty435 and other remainers Chaps I really enjoy our discussions here and want to thank you for your input. I think healthy debate is really good and helps us all. I do try to look at the remain arguments and that helps me form my own ideas. Above all I just wanted to make sure you know although we have different opinions I respect your thoughts on the subject and would happily buy each and any of you a beer. Im sure each and everyone of us only wants what's best for our country, our jobs and our family. No ill feelings or bad will whether youre a leaver or remainer. I just wanted to wish you all a happy Xmas and great new year whatever the new year brings. We are all the good people who care. Its those Elites & politicians who are the buggers trying to drive us all apart. buddsy
  28. 13 points
    So here is my purchase, being collected from the seller today and brought down south next week. It is chassis 953 and waiting to hear back from Andy Graham a bit more about it. Off the road since 1992 it needs some reviving but was an opportunity I couldn’t miss
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  30. 12 points
  31. 12 points
    So the Paul Daniels of Esprits @Sparkyhas excelled himself today. Now I wish this wasn’t true and would rather have ended up with a large invoice, but sadly this happened this morning Talking nonsense over text with the Sparkster whilst needing to move the Elan and Esprit out the way to get the van cleaned as it is going back next Friday. Elan starts first time after 3 weeks, go fill her up with some super unleaded £49, happy days. Tell Sparky to place his bets on the Esprit starting after 5 weeks and there is no other way of doing this, so here is how the texts went, word for word. Me: Well that went well nearly fired, now nothing from the starter motor. Literally nothing any ideas Sparky: Lights/wipers working? OK. wiggle the solenoid feed spade Sparky: Tap your heels together 3 times, say “there’s no place like Hethel” Me: Lights ok, where the f&£k is the solenoid feed spade, you should move to Chislehurst Me: You are not going to believe this, it just started, what the fuck. Sparky: It’s the heel clicking. Works every time Me: Properly Laughing Sparky: No charge, great service and a smile at very reasonable rates. Me: The thing is I told Sarah what you said and she said try it and pissed herself laughing as I done exactly that. When it started she was falling around she reckons you might be related to Harry Potter. And Its been fine all day #weirdwatfordmagic
  32. 12 points
    Sun out today so took the old girl out for a spin to a local classic car breakfast meet.
  33. 12 points
    This is the first Exige 410 Sport in Italy.
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    A couple of recent pics:
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    Hi all, I've just joined the forum & picked up on this thread. I come bearing good news regarding TAC 101R. This Series1 Esprit has been part of my life on & off for several decades since March 1983 & after a long period of inactivity due to restoration work including a nine year spell in the republic of Ireland it is about to be put back on the road in the UK again. I'll follow this up with more details & photos soon.
  37. 12 points
    Delighted to say my dry sump PTO 188X mentioned earlier in this thread, has now completed its 15 month mechanical restoration and passed its mot today first time! Now back on the road after a six year lay off
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    A 2nd vote would be the thing that would get me on to the streets. There is a large silent mass of people who regularly hand over our decisions to government via the democratic process. We accept they will F&^% it up some times ( quite a lot of times) but thats life and democracy and we get another vote every 5 years. When you ask us for a direct vote I expect its results to be carried out. There are a lot of middle aged middle class people who I know who have told me this ignoring of the democratic process is the one thing in their whole lives that will make them march. Its not actually the eu question its the disregard of the popular vote. They should have worded it differently ( asked for a 60/40 minimum split) if they wanted a different answer. Decision is made. What ever happens we make it work, we dont just collapse on the floor and say the end of the world has come.
  40. 12 points
  41. 12 points
    Finally, having bought my Evora back in May, I found time to take it to Wales last week for a little road trip. I used to enjoy these a couple of times a year in my Maserati GranSport, but I had very high expectations for the Lotus. Did it live up to those? Well, I can say that I had a very eventful trip... On Thursday I put the kids to bed at home in South London and headed out to the car at 8pm. It hadn't been used for 3 weeks and I discovered a smear on the windscreen and some fragments of shell... neighbours had complained of things being egged on Halloween and it seemed my car had fallen victim to that! But on the positive side, it meant I could justify a trip to the jet wash to make sure the car was looking reasonably clean for photos. (And in case you're wondering, I park the car round the corner from my house, so I shoot it longing glances as I drive past in the family wagon, but can't give it a detailed inspection every day or a kiss and a cuddle at bedtime each night...) Anyway, about 20 minutes and five pound coins later, I was on my way towards the M25 and M4. But something was amiss. The sport button wasn't working, and neither was the cruise control. Not ideal if you're doing a journey that combines about seven hours on motorways with runs over multiple great driving roads. But I didn't let it bother me. My Maser would frequently throw wobblies that could be fixed by disconnecting the battery for a few minutes, like some ageing Windows PC that needed regular restarts. So I figured I'd Google the problem later and hopefully find a DIY fix. The journey west was given a little added spice by the lightning flashes from a speed camera on the M25. It's possible that I was exceeding the limit by a small margin (ahem), but there was a Peugeot 308 passing me at the time who must have been doing at least 95 so I'm hoping he gets something unpleasant through his letterbox in the next couple of weeks while I just get the usual bills and takeaway menus. I arrived at the Merthyr Tydfil Premier Inn around midnight. Before turning in for the night I did the aforementioned Googling and discovered that I probably had the well known brake light switch failure. So on top of headlamps that started peeling in the summer, I had experienced another one of those things that JayEmm described in his Evora's farewell video as Lots Of Trouble Usually Stupid. But there was nothing I could do so I just went to sleep. The next day started early, thanks to plenty of early risers around me. I opted for the continental breakfast (sausages and beans are not good for power to weight ratios or cabin ambience) and hit the road. First target destination was the Black Mountain road, which I've never tried before. I was rather dismayed to discover that it's limited to 40mph the whole way, although it's pretty narrow and twisty in sections. I tend to prefer faster, sweeping roads too. But it's a very scenic route and I managed to get some good photos when the sun came out. After that I travelled along the top of the Beacons to one of my favourite roads, the rollercoaster from Builth Wells to Brecon. As expected, the Evora was epic here, the combination of power, damping and brakes allowing me to make seriously rapid progress. It was a reminder that this car is ridiculously capable. You have to be taking some serious risks to get close to its limits on a road like that. And the damping really is sublime - it's what makes the Evora perfect for a road trip like this. It's comfortable when you need it to be (helped by the great seats), but awesome when things get twisty. Next was the journey to Aberystwyth, taking in the fantastic A44, but it was Friday lunchtime so I had to keep stopping to find gaps in the traffic. I'd also taken in a few muddy country lanes, including a hairy moment on a leaf-covered uphill hairpin, so the car was dirty again. Luckily there's a Texaco on the outskirts of town with an excellent jet wash. And each pound coin buys a lot more time than my local BP station in London. Just three coins and a few minutes later I was on my way towards Snowdonia in a more photogenic Lotus. On these trips, I always do a great deal of planning when it comes to the route. But the same can't be said for my pit stop strategy. Heading north, I started to feel hungry. I'll find a decent pub soon, I thought. An armchair and some scampi will do nicely. Unfortunately what I ended up with was beef fajitas and a really uncomfortable stool (stop sniggering)... Nevermind, I thought, this is a road trip, not a gastronomic tour. And the Evo triangle beckoned. I often find that the best drives aren't always on the famous roads, though. The Llanberis and Snake Passes were too heavily trafficked when I visited last year, for example. A good road with no traffic is more fun than a great one clogged with trucks and OAPs. And some of the best moments this time round were on the run up past Bala, where I could keep the V6 on the boil and really get into a rhythm. Then I turned on to the A5. For me, what makes the Evo triangle great, especially on a weekday, is that there's almost no traffic, there's the perfect combination of elevation changes and corner types and in many sections, especially on the eastern side, you can see a long way into the distance. If you can't enjoy yourself in a road car here, you need to swap the car for another or find a new hobby - adult colouring books or thimble collecting perhaps. Did the Evora cut the mustard? Well, the missing sport mode did rob the engine of sharpness and a little excitement. I suppose it's like engaging in another recreational activity while wearing protection. It can be very pleasant, but not quite as good as without. Luckily, though, the Evora isn't a muscle car or an old school supercar, totally relying on the motor for thrills. The steering that makes it possible to hit an apex like threading a needle at high speed, the handling and traction that let you rag it like a hot hatch, those brakes that deliver when you need them - all these things encouraged me to go up and down that road, generating plenty of excitement from the way the Evora monstered an awesome stretch of tarmac. And anyway, I can go back next year with a fully functioning sport button to get that [insert your own combination of attractive celebrity, smutty euphemism and class A drug here] adrenaline hit. Then it was time for home, although I was tempted to turn around and chase the 991 GT3 and 650 Spider that arrived as I was leaving. But, you know, I didn't want to embarrass them... And actually, the five hour Friday evening slog home delivered its own little bit of excitement. I was bombing down an A road and saw, too late, a couple of pheasants in the road. Cue zombie movie-like thump, explosion and splatter. I was convinced that the daft bird must have done some serious damage to the Evora's snout. But a quick stop showed the only evidence of the impact was feathers in various grills, a bit of ketchup and a very small chip in the bumper near the number plate which can hopefully be remedied with a bit of filler. I also got to experience one of the other positives of Evora ownership. When stopping for petrol, the station attendant asked what the car was and said it was "so nice", then someone else filling up his car came over to ask about it and tell me about renting a Mustang in the South of France. Because not only is my car great to drive - with the dark paint and big black wheels, it looks part mid-engined exotic, part stealth fighter (although the R&D budget for Project Eagle was probably about one biliionth that of the F-117). So I set off for home with enough techno and hip hop albums to get me to the moon and back, arriving home 25 hours, 650 miles, 2 1/2 tanks of super unleaded, 4 cups of tea, 2 jet washes and 1 dead pheasant after departure.
  42. 12 points
    After seeing them on the production line during a visit and a track day 10 years ago i fulfilled the promise to myself I couldn't' be happier
  43. 12 points
    But taking the new GT410 Sport down to Wales on a weekend where they experienced the worst storms for over 30 years was, probably, the daftest of all. We arrived at the farmhouse on Friday afternoon, with 12 other couples, for a driving weekend organised by the Brooklands motoring group, of which we are members. With a few exceptions, most others had abandoned the idea of bringing their pride and joy and having seen the forecast, I have to admit to having a few doubts myself, but I really, really wanted to take the Evora, so off we went. Once over the Severn Bridge and off the M4, I was beginning to doubt the wisdom of my decision as the wind speed was increasing dramatically, trees were bending at near impossible angles, branches and twigs were being thrown everywhere and the rain was torrential. I was having to dodge round the debris and the standing water in places had to be seen to be believed. Some roads were closed due to flooding and the poor satnav was continually having to find new ways round the closures. I had visions of trees falling on my lovely new car and the atmosphere inside the car was tense, to say the least with the radio off and me having to concentrate more than I've done for a long time. Fortunately, my wife read the situation perfectly and sat in complete silence whilst the world was going berserk around us. Through all the mayhem going on outside, the Evora didn't miss a beat and we eventually arrived at our destination north of the Brecon Beacons with a huge sense of relief. On Saturday, the storm had really ramped up, if that were possible and, wisely, all of the group, bar 2 brave couples in Land Rovers, decided the proposed driving route for the day should be abandoned. One of the couples returned after an hour, saying there were trees down everywhere and many roads were impassable due to flooding, so I wasn't sorry to have decided the Evora should stay put for the day. Sunday morning it had all quietened down considerably although it was still very wet and windy and it was decided we should go out and was I glad we did. The roads were all covered in tree debris, plus some standing water remaining but the car was just sensational once we had some clear tarmac in front of us. The roads around there are some of the best I've driven for a long time and the GT410 really came into its own. One of the group had an almost new F Type convertible V8 and although he said he was really trying, couldn't stay with my car on the lovely winding roads with sweeping curves they have in that region of Wales. Despite his car obviously sounding fantastic, he had to admit that following me, my car was easily it's equal in sound quality. By the afternoon, the sun came out and the wind dropped so we could really let rip, to the point where my wife had difficulty reading the tulip map whilst navigating. So I've now confirmed what I'd suspected since first driving one, the Evora GT410 Sport is a stupendously capable car and has impressed me more than I ever thought possible. My V6 Exige was good, but this Evora has proven just what an all round great car it is under some very challenging conditions. Hell, even my wife loves it and she previously hasn't liked any of my 'toys'. I just hope I haven't overdone things whilst still during the err 'running in' period, but faced with the roads we were on, I really couldn't help myself and this car is very addictive. There were no leaks, despite the torrential rain, the car was stable in very high crosswinds, nothing rattled and nothing fell off. I think Lotus have really got it cracked with the quality of this car. Need to spend a few hours washing and pampering it now. Some of the road debris collected in the duct behind the rear wheels!
  44. 12 points
    Summer blast round the Brecon Beacons
  45. 11 points
    off course, for the moment only one pic config is: metallic orange alcantara pack black with orange stitching radio, air conditioning, orange AP-Racing four-piston black two piece high performance disks floor mats
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    Just wanted to say a big thank you to @Guy Munday. Guy just gave 15 Norfolk Bumpkins a fantastic and informative tour of Classic Team Lotus. Guy is a wealth of information of all thing Lotus. I can’t belive how he can remember dates, points scored, drivers, races etc etc. You can’t just remember the information he tried to impart on us , you must live and breath it. Thanks Guy we all had a great time
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    Couple of interior shots of my Turbo
  48. 11 points
    Good morning! Said goodbye to my Evora 400 today and hello to this wonderful machine... Good morning! Said goodbye to my Evora 400 today and hello to this wonderful machine...
  49. 11 points
  50. 11 points


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