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  1. Just to add my positive comments I'm on my second Evora an early 400 following a late Sport Racer S and I'm completely loving it, tested a 410 before I purchased and loved that too but preferred the more comfortable interior and thought the performance was pretty much the same. I have had very little go wrong with either car and the factory or dealers always sorted all things out for me even going the extra mile and driving to me, in Wiltshire from the factory, when I had strange noise coming from the wheels (dirt in the brake dust covers). I have had many top sports cars over the years and whilst on my 3rd 911 test drove the Evora and couldn't believe how much more exciting it was, buying a new one the following week. I don't know where to go after this car, short of a Mclaren, as I've driven most of the fun choices but not one drives, sounds or delivers the sense of occasion that these cars do. My wife dog and I can have also done many driving holidays in her and found that the Evora can be a great GT car too, 3 of us plus all this luggage! .
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  2. I have a naked Esprit at last, the body's on the deck. Least on a pile of pallets anyway. Thank sweet baby jesus, and thanks to @GordonMasson for lending some cool pics of the Lotus Etna too. Getting deep into Lotus territory!
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  3. New electric Evora set to appeal to the older owner, claims Autocar
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  4. Summer blast round the Brecon Beacons
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  5. My new toy. Looks like three different colours...
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  6. Great news to hear lotus cup Europe will be supporting DTM next year.https://www.lotuscupeurope.com/news/lotus-cup-europe-announces-partnership-with-dtm-for-2019
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  7. Iโ€™m pretty sure this will be the last polycarbonate shelled Exige we will see.......unless @GFWilliams decides a mod first๐Ÿ˜‰ I race GT12 class RC cars on a Sunday night and just finished a new bodyshell - turned out quite well๐Ÿ˜Ž - well I say that but the paint masking failed so I now have a body coloured roof like @Arun_D๐Ÿ˜„ The shell is actually a bit of a Exige model mix up but still pretty cool that someone thought to manufacture them๐Ÿ‘ This one looks more Canyon Red in the light @Arun_D
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  8. Agreed Coffee Mate is a bit abrasive, but I was fresh out of Turtle Wax.
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  9. He has been offered more than he paid for it three years ago and is test driving one on Monday. I think he is keen to get a Lotus again!
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  10. Thanks for welcome, been lurking on here for many years below the radar, but found all the information to be very helpful, thanks
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  11. The old and the new - love this picture it shows just how dinky the S1 is!
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  12. Your own personal parking meter to carry around in the car and sneakily place by the roadside to get free town centre parking?
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  13. Just spent a few days restoring this old 1941 Lyn Lathe. Had been left outside at some point and had rusted solid nothing moved! Lots of tender love and some help with the Aqua Blaster and she has a new lease on life once again. Was a very satisfying job to see it all come back to clean metal.
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  14. Yep, Burnt Orange. Indoors it looks gold...
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  15. Finally my son finished the installation of new vibe amp and alpine sub ! Only tested the settings for a short time but vast improvement over the Clarion HU and oem sub/amp (that never worked ) the wiring was re done and made tidy had some trouble fitting the alpine sub to the original housing but generous use of new screw settings and dynamat made it fit! over the next few days I will try and get settings sorted but the final cost ยฃ800 however my son saved me at least further ยฃ300 in labour and maybe ยฃ80-ยฃ100 in not paying full retail prices for the sub& amp.
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  16. We had a Qashqui while our second Disco 4 was being repaired from an accident (the other modern car looked like it had been through the crusher while the Disco was driven to the paint shop to have a bit of wing resprayed - if i had children I know where I'd rather they were). We had to do serious miles in it, oh how I could not wait to get my "crappy" Disco back. The quality of the finish (leather, buttons, dash, etc - not the build quality of which i cannot speak) was just horrible, it was an awful place to be - I'd paid for a VW Golf hire car because I wanted one, they'd "upgraded me" to the Quasqui... I begged them to downgrade me but there were none available. We've done 50k in that disco in the past 2 years (mainly towing), been caught deep in the alps in a blizzard, passing endless cars that had buried themselves in the road side drifts, dragged cars out of danger last winter's snow storms, use it as a daily driver and never had one moment's trouble with it. Not convinced a little family soft roader and a Disco are exactly in the same league for price comparisons... but each to their own. I suspect it's like owning a Lotus, most people must think you're completely mad, but those that own one know exactly why you'd have one over other options.
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  17. Tim, Thank you for your kind and informative research on my forlorn Lotus! I am writing from Manchester this evening and if you were handy, I would happily buy you a pint, or two for your troubles! I shall keep you in the loop on the Lotus. Attached is a photo of the airplane (aeroplane) - in formation with a Mustang, in the days before it came to grief in a landing accident, with a subsequent owner...should be flying next Spring, (Lord Willing). Cordially, Woody Menear
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  18. Looks good! Like @Arun_Dโ€˜s Cup ๐Ÿ˜œ
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  19. Comrade Corbyn will get us all an amazing deal. Once heโ€™s done that heโ€™s handing out free unicorns and money trees to all.
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  20. Metallic steps to fit on side of the car to help get into it (in case the lotus is a bit high)
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  21. Got a customer looking to sell RGB #49 in Aspen White. http://www.hangar111.com/lotus/wp_car_dealer/lotus-exige-s-rgb-limited-edition/ Plus now has 300S upgrade. Dave
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  22. Belay my last post, Iโ€™m going with ally chassis tubes. Had it been from Staples or Amazon, Iโ€™d have said it was a biro.
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  23. When I had the wheels off the ground (about an inch) - the engine was running in gear and only one wheel was turning - so I grabbed the tyre on the stationary rear wheel and gave it a twist. Don't try this at home kids. I still have all my fingers. If the ground had been a fraction closer I'm not so sure. This is how I discovered the broken chassis. It was resting on the brake drum.
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  24. He's only saying what we're all thinking!
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  25. Is that one of the long awaiting Stratton ones? (only joking guys........!)
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  26. How about Monday 12th? Which country do you reckon @DaveC72 will pretend to be in?
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  27. I know which one I prefer @JNW3
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  28. @JonSE I've found a very nice Esprit S1 for you, but LHD if you're interested. It's located in the UK. Fancy being James Bond?
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  29. Yep, saw that one to. Must remember to start digging out all my spares. At 800 quid each, I will soon be buying an Evora. LOl
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  30. Audi Transaxle Lambo Exhaust VW heads and fan Lotus carbs AQUA BLASTING what is it? Vapour Blasting, Vapour honing, Aqua Blasting, Slurry blasting, Wet blasting. These are all generic names used to describe one of the safest and most gentle ways of cleaning various metal and non metallic items using just the power of water, air and tiny small glass beads. The range of items that are able to be cleaned with this revolutionary method is virtually endless, and it can be used to clean just about anything from metal to plastic and most things in between. Automotive parts in particular are finished looking as close to brand new and sometimes even looking better than new Items such as alloy engine blocks , heads, cam covers, pistons, rocker covers, carbs, fine items, fittings, housings, gear boxes , military, aeronautical, marine, just about anything can be cleaned to a to a brilliant shine without altering critical dimensions, or scratching. Benefits of the Wet AquaBlast Process are: Grime, burnt-on carbon, paint, scale, rust, dull, tarnished, weathered, aged, etc, all removed simultaneously. No toxic or harmful chemicals - no atmospheric or environmental pollution. No component erosion - critical measurements are maintained. Capability of processing most types of material. How does Aqua Blasting work? The cleaning process is made up of air, water and fine glass beads which is accelerated using a constant high volume and pressure onto to the work piece surface, gently cleaning and polishing the item. Aqua Blasting, unlike dry blasting techniques does not rely on impact to do the work, as this can damage your parts, Instead Aqua Blasting is washing the work surface using the power of water and air pressure to clean your items gently and the small glass beads help to gently polish the surface to prevent any damage to you valuable items. By using Wet Blasting scrubbing method, the work surface is cleaned, contamination and surface deposits removed, and any scale or burrs disappear, leaving a nice bright cleaned surface. Typically with different metals such as alloys, the newly cleaned finish will have a brilliant shine just like new. Another advantage of Aqua Blasting is the superior finished look compared with other cleaning methods by hand and using chemicals or dry blasting. Please contact us today to discuss having your items cleaned by this cost effective, non damaging, cleaning process Bulk discount on job lots. Ideal for motorbike and car restorations. Aqua Vapor Blasting! Based in Dorset can collect and deliver job lots please message me for more details.
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  31. I wouldn't do it personally. I could only imagine it becoming annoying if cables stretched or parts wore etc making the shift positions change until it was fixed. And it's just so Ferrari.
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  32. I'd say do it based on knowing the history of the Vantage - you know it's been pampered. You can always get another Evora later if you fall out of enthusiasm for the AM. Dave
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  33. And don't I know it @GTK ! Get a move on, there's nothing on tele. And I want to see how you get these bloody carbs working to make my life a bit easier. You're daft lights work better than mine too. They're next on my hit list...
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  35. Had my V8 Vantage for about seven years now. Bought it at 14k miles, it's now done 51k. Not much to report on the mechanical side of things. A handful of tyres, brakes and the like and the a/c condenser corroded to the point of leaking which was a simple fix - didn't even need to lift the front of the car to replace that. An oil leak from the front cover a couple of years ago which is common on the early cars. Expensive to sort at the dealership, but it's a permanent fix. Still on its original clutch. No silly niggles or chasing gremlins. Very practical car for its type. Don't forget it's a hatchback and you can stuff things into the footwell from the boot opening, so no problem about impromptu curtain rail purchases. I managed to fit my daughter's wheelchair into the boot when she was still immobile and a 40" flat screen tv before that. There's a shelf behind the seats for smaller bags too. I find it so much easier for everyday use compared with an Evora. I can get in and out even when someone parks close to the door and visibility is good all round. HVAC system works well and the electric front screen is great when you abandon it the carpark of a windswept Norfolk hotel for a couple of nights. The satnav is crap but I've always preferred using my TomTom anyway. The heated and electrically movable seats are comfy. MPG hovers around low 20s unless I'm doing battle with city traffic. No oil use between services (12 month/12k miles - approv ยฃ800pa at my local main dealer) Controls are artificially and unnecessarily heavy which gives the impression of the car being lardy. But it's not. Spend some time with it and get it into the zone and it dances, easily rotating on turn in although it does take a pad change to have a pedal feel as positive as the Evora. Primary ride is too hard on the early cars (like mine) but the spring/damper/arb combinations became much more supple throughout each revision during its life. Lots of grip, mid corner balance, high speed stability and good traction out of slow corners with the t/c allowing some slip before frowning at you (it can be switched off). I don't feel short changed with straight line performance, even coming from a couple of V8 Esprits although, like the Esprit, the excitement thrives on revs. Dismissing a V8V as a GT is doing it a disservice and just shows you don't get it. I always look forward to driving it, even if it's just a trip to Tesco. Absolutely no regrets in purchasing this car instead of an Evora, in fact the Evora was never really given serious consideration as a purchasing option.
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  36. Went to see this tonight, what a moving experience. Incredible.
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  37. Had an S2 and an SE at the same time, they overlapped by around 4 years from memory so I could drive them back to back for long periods. I'm still a huge fan so please take following in context of an ex owner that would get another tomorrow if the conditions were right! SE benefited from the GM 100K mile shakedown tests that GM insisted the SE went through. NVH was reduced drastically for the investment from GM. The car also took the step here from being a sports car to more of a GT / Supercar in my opinion also. The SE looked amazing just stood still. I did a lot of work on mine but never sorted the suspension (I switched to better wheels and tyres which transformed the car though). When the real Lotus show happened every year at Donnington (remember that?) the SE is the car you wanted to take for the journey. I bought the SE to replace the S2 I'd had for five years. That never worked out because the logic of replacing an older Esprit with a newer one didn't fly. The cars were totally separate in terms of characteristic and handling. The s2 was a jewel of a car with kart like handling. I think a PO has spent some time and cash really sorting the suspension and even for a 40 year old car, it just felt so right. I expected the SE to be an extension of this but although much faster, the dynamic feedback from the earlier car was missing. This was before classic cars jumped in price and the S2 probably owed me less than ยฃ4K, which meant I would use it in snow and ice just to get a feel of how it would operate in those conditions. Id originally set out to buy an S1, but was warned off by everyone, now they are the the next big thing (except for Graham Arnold who maintained that an S1 would always be trouble (RIP Graham)). I joined club Lotus and one of the first mags had a beautiful S1 in red outside Canary Wharf on the cover and I fell in love again after the bond films. I turned down a couple of ยฃ1K S1's based on advice and went with a sorted S2! I had planned to play with the looks of the S2 a little to make it more of an S1 in appearance but this would have been wrong. There were also aspects of an S2 that are better than the S1 such as instrumentation that I came to appreciate with a decade of ownership. I suppose I'll never know regarding an S1 now but still would love to own one and it remains a huge regret I never owned a tatty S1 as I would probably never have sold it. In the end, it was the maintenance schedule that got to me, I'd switched a lot on the SE like fuel tanks and charge cooler components / gear shift stuff and been through big cycles of large bills for the S2 and wasn't really reaping the ยฃ per mile benefit after nearly a decade so got into air cooled porsche by blind luck around 6 years ago before their boom. I'd owned 944/924 before but the 911 was just a league apart, especially as it was pitched as direct competition to the SE /S4 series. I'd been under the skin on the SE / S2 maybe more than most during ownership and still beleive self tapping screws have no place on such cars! I saw a post on here recently with the consensus that porsches were not in the same league as the esprit in terms of how they behaved on the road, but even Colin Chapman used to drive to work in a Mercedes and bemoaned how they could make the door close with such solidity as opposed to an esprit sounding like a cheap suitcase being thrown down the stairs! The porsche may come accross as less charming but its a different experience again to the esprit and not really some thing that can be compared. You have to accept certain things with esprit ownership that other classic car owners, let alone modern Lotus owners, would find bizarre. Hence the inate appeal some may say. I've been through a number of older 911's now as daily cars over 10's of thousands of miles but still just my opinion of course! It's true that a sorted porsche will just keep going whereas an esprit needs the loving comfort all the time (but still may bite you back) . As well as maintanance I also needed 2 extra seats if I was going to get any use from a sports car with a growing family so hence the tangent and my excuse for exiting ownership. The S2 for under ยฃ5K made huge sense as running costs can be accepted at this level for a hobby car. Seeing S1's hit the level they have done turns me a little cold as simple people like me can't experience the joys and lows of ownership anymore by making small sacrifices in life to own a Lotus, which was always a big deal. Outside of the immaculate restorations that I envy on the threads for S1 and S2, I expect the hot models of the Esprit world have once again come back round to a sorted S3 or maybe an X180. They were never cheap cars new of course and may now just be finding the level they deserve. No huge power, simple and dynamically capable, with reasonable running costs, maybe more suited than ever to the road conditions of today where absolute top speed is now wasted. Good ones from ยฃ20K and once sorted no issues such as suspension design or later engine complexities to worry about, plus great spares back up via specialists. I'd still like to find the now mythical S1 barn find at a reasonable price though and restore just enough to use all year round without concern for its value. Its bitter sweet that values have risen beyond reach but I'm glad that more are saved as a result and subsequently driven as an S1 is still such a sculpture of a car, I expect like the S2 a great deal of ownership satisfaction is just looking at it parked in your garage. I've driven a fair few S3's in my years as an owner and it probably combines the best of the old and the new. The Stevens cars probably saved Lotus and the month they switched from S3 to X180 at the factory must have been brilliant as the old made way for the new. However, if I couldn't own both, it would be a late S3 or the GT3 oval dash for me this time unless I find an S1 about to be scrapped as 'too far gone' and bring it back to life!
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  38. ๐Ÿค” hmmm, that car looks familiar. ๐Ÿ˜
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  39. They came up trumps - cheers Paul - all fitted tonight.
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  40. Perhaps you could take a rubbed template off your existing manifold and get one water cut from that? EBay has lots of the turbo side flanges, Burns Stainless has nice collectors etc. I assume you've seen the new Alunox CNC'd individual flanges for the exhaust ports, you might see if they would part with a set?
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  41. Thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome at my first meeting, it was great to be able to put faces to names. The Onyx Firecat was certainly a different addition to the group, I cannot say that I've seen another one!
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  42. Lovely to see everybody tonight including some new faces, welcome! Onyx firecat made an interesting talking point and much laughter was had by all present
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  43. Try tapping the screen while in reverse that seems to toggle the cones on and off. Tris...
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  44. 1100 miles around Scotland last week, 2-up, with hill walking stuff and essentials for self-catering etc etc. No problem!
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  45. Lotus has also hired or is in the process of hiring a new motorsport director in charge of motorsport, driving academies and customer racing clients. Geely is priming Lotus to fire on all cylinders and electric motors, We can't be far from at least a return to the GT arena. DTM is gearing up to officially become a full GT championship going away from its long forgotten roots in touring car and ever closer to its Super GT Japanese partner, with the arrival of Aston Martin next year. https://www.autosport.com/dtm/news/139321/rmotorsport-aston-replaces-mercedes-in-dtm
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  46. I think all 380 owners should boycott this magazine ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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  47. The positive thing about the clock is that it has an integrated battery to hold the memory. The leds need car battery feed to light up This is very usefull because I have a battery kill switch in the back . The car is never ever connected to the battery when parked even though I drive it very often. So It would be a bit annoying if I had to reset the clock each time ๐Ÿ™„ I connected the clock to the switchable power : green wire . This is the 12 V that comes alive after switching the contact. So not the permanent 12V. It is a pity that it wont dim at night, as the original does. But I love the blue color in combination with the blue dash lights and radio backlight.
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  48. OK, got a few to run through, all on video. "Ready Player One", absolute gem of a pic. Bloody loved it, all its references and the story line. Absolute Geek Fest 9.5/10 "Deadpool 2". Like Deadpool only better. Absolutely hilarious and a total gore fest. Awesomeness personified 9.5/10 "Blended". Once again Adam Sandler and that total babe Drew Barrymore get together to fall in love. Now some people don't like Adam Sandler but I loved this movie and my wife (Who doesn't particularly like him as an actor) said it was one of her all time favourite movies. It really is a laugh a minute and its been a while since i have laughed quite so much. I really want to give it a 10, but I will drop it a little because I struggle to believe that Drew Barrymore could love anyone but me! 9/10 "12 Strong". Never heard of it till I saw it advertised on Sky. True Story of a group of US Special forces who fight the Taliban in Afghanistan as "Horse Soldiers". Starring Chris Helmsley. Again, I loved this movie. Why did I know nothing about this? 9/10
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