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  1. 5 points
    May as well write this down. Who knows, maybe my children will be curious about their dad some day and want to read it . . . As a young child, about four years old in the late 1970s, I was with my family at my aunt and uncle's house for a holiday (pretty sure it was Thanksgiving). While waiting for dinner, I was sitting in the living room watching the color TV. At this point in my life, I was already a car nut. Loved cars. There on the TV was a white car. In beautiful scenery. I loved how it looked. It looked faster than all the other cars. I really liked the shape. I was mesmerized by this car. It was perfect. I didn't quite understand when the car went into the water . . . really, to a young child it was kind of confusing. I liked it better with wheels . . . was hoping to see more of the car after that, but there was only a little bit. Then it was time for dinner. Never forgot that car. Later that year for Christmas, my brother and I received a slot car set as a gift. It had a yellow car and a white car. The white car looked exactly like this: This photo is from eBay (not my actual car), but I still have the original actual car. As I grew up, I saw Lotus Esprits here and there on television. Rockford Files. Knight Rider. Miami Vice . . . Then in video games, like Test Drive and Rad Racer: (That's an Esprit on the left. Unfortunate that in playing the game you had to drive a 328...) By the late 1980s, I was reading car magazines like Car & Driver and Road & Track. Couldn't wait to read reviews that included the Lotus Esprit. When I was a freshman in high school, in our Public Speaking class, I managed to include the slot car as a visual aid in a speech, in saying that I hope to have a *real* Lotus some day, not just a toy one. Total car nut. As I read the car magazines in high school, I became fascinated with the technical aspect of the Esprit, and with the ethos of the car. In the 1980s and ealry '90s, it was a very advanced car -- 16 valves, DOHC, turbo charger, later a chargecooler, aerodynamic, and the body was made from some kind of a composite, not just boring old-fashioned steel. And of course it handled better than anything. And it made all that power and speed from just a 2.2 liter four -- that was impressive technology compared to the others who needed six, eight, ten, or twelve cylinders to go fast. It was cool. And the nature of the car as I understood it was a good fit for my personality; if I were to express my automotive values in a car, it would be the Esprit. I dreamed of some day owning a Lotus Esprit. Not long after getting my driver's license, I bought the "poor man's Esprit." "This is the closest I'm ever going to get to a Lotus," I thought: I had also been fixing things my whole life -- clocks as a small child, motorized toys a few years later, radio controlled cars, mini bikes, and then at age 15 I started learning to fix cars. I had owned about ten cars before even finishing high school. While I was in college, in the 1990s, the whole world changed. Pretty things, happy music, electric guitars and synthesizers, beautiful people, bright colors, and cool cars were out . . . and a general disdain for beauty, miserable "grunge" music, "unplugged" coffee shop culture, and olive drab were in. Affluent kids at colleges across the country went to Salvation Army and Goodwill stores and bought old clothes to try and look like they lived in hard times. And most of all, cars were very, very uncool. Especially sports cars. Especially exotic cars. If you liked or owned an "impractical" exotic/sports car, it meant you were a simple minded, insecure, egotistical jerk who was "compensating" for his three-inch thingy. Pop culture had taken a complete 180-degree turn from the halcyon days of Miami Vice and Cannonball Run. I never cared too much what other people were into, though. I still wanted a Lotus Esprit, and still liked my cars. I probably owned another dozen or so cars through my four years in college. All of them were uncool -- mostly sports cars. Did not care. I was browsing a news stand at a big box store one night in college, looking at one of the magazines where they sold exotic cars (Robb Report or DuPont Registry), hoping to see a Lotus Esprit. Found a few. Strange, though, I thought -- there must be some mistake on the price; they cost no more than a new Lexus or Infiniti. On subsequent trips to the news stand, I began to realize that those were the actual prices. The Esprit SE that was $100K when I was in high school had fallen to $24K-$35K. At this point in my life, I had already been involved in a few car clubs. When I started to ask car people I knew about the affordability of a Lotus or other exotic car, the line I most often received was "It's one thing to buy them . . . but servicing them is where it gets expensive..." I thought to myself . . . "People who do well in college and get good jobs can afford new cars like Lexus and Infinity . . . . so if I do well in college, I should be able to get a good job and afford that kind of car . . . and I've been fixing things my whole life and taught myself to fix 'regular' cars; I don't see why I can't teach myself to fix a Lotus . . ." So I decided that the dream of owning an Esprit was a lot more within reach than I had thought. All I had to do was work hard and get a good job . . . So to motivate myself to study and do well, I bought one of these, painted it white, and put it on my desk: I also bought books and buyers guides about Lotus and Esprits, and read them cover to cover multiple times. Still have all of them. When I finished college, I got an entry level operations job at an investment firm. I started saving for my dream car, a Lotus Esprit. I invested and saved, and also bought more broken "regular" cars and fixed them and sold them. Like these, for example: As an intermediate step on my learning curve of teaching myself to fix cars, I bought a Porsche 944 in mediocre condition and needing a clutch to learn from and use as a daily driver: That was the first of about ten 944s I owned, racking up over 350K miles driving them daily, and servicing dozens of them for others. Then, after about a year at my job, I sold 2 or 3 Fieros, added some cash I had saved, and bought my first Lotus: In the months leading up to it, I couldn't decide between a Turbo Esprit or an S1/S2. Every buyers guide at the time (late 1990s) told you to avoid the S1 at all costs, and that you should only buy something S3 or newer. Buying a notoriously unreliable, rare exotic car that everyone says to avoid, at the age of 23 on an entry level salary -- what could go wrong? On the other hand, I thought it would make a good first Esprit, as it was simpler and might be less expensive if I did have a catastrophe. And while not fast like a Turbo, it did fulfill the imaginations of my young childhood, of that magical white car that I saw on the television so many years ago. Indeed I had every catastrophe that S1s were known for. But by this time I had been fixing cars for 7 or 8 years, I received some good guidance from a few club members, and I understood that with something like this you have to be careful, not heavy handed, and most of all READ AND FOLLOW EVERY WORD IN THE WORKSHOP MANUAL. So I enjoyed every moment of it. I enjoyed every moment of servicing, fixing, improving, washing, waxing, and most of all driving my Esprit S1. That was twelve Esprits ago, twenty years ago, sixty-five thousand miles ago, many journeys and adventures ago, and most of all it has been through many great times with the many great people I have come to know and call my friends along the way. Cheers, Tony K.
  2. 2 points
    I confess I was a bit concerned as to whether my wheels would seal properly on fitting the tyres, or whether they’d be more leaky than a government-arranged, post-Brexit, ferry contract. Took them to the tyre garage, they all fitted ok, and so far (an hour), there’s no sign of any leakages. I’ll check them again tomorrow but if it all looks good, the Sikaflex has done a decent job. I might have over egged it a bit, and the seals weren’t as neat as I would have liked, but for a first effort, it wasn’t bad. I’m also keen to see how the new Yokohama’s perform. They look the part, and have a treadwear figure of 200, so they could well be nice and sticky. I’ve popped the wheels back on the car to get them out of the way, and got rid of all the cardboard boxes the wheels came in, so I can actually move in there now. And so it’ll be on the the next job on the list, to finish off the LED lamp fitting. I’ll have to remove some of the GRP from underneath them, but the new LED’s still haven’t arrived yet. The ones that have look very well made, which takes a bit of the sting out of the prices.
  3. 2 points
    What a boring mini golf course, no obstacles or giant windmills??
  4. 2 points
    Happy birthday @pete I nearly got a hole in one!!
  5. 2 points
    No better place to spend my 71st
  6. 2 points
    A snap someone took of mine on the weekend:
  7. 2 points
    I thought it was the Polestar 2 that was the first with the Android ICE? Either way, same family as Lotus, so could be interesting! Also, the idea that a double DIN is better than a built-in ICE is laughable when one is actually trying to sell a new car today. It simply does not fly. Ask a "normal" customer on the street whether they want BMW iDrive or a an Alpine touch screen DIN, and I can guarantee 99.9% will say the iDrive, and correctly so.
  8. 2 points
    Lotus Evil...
  9. 2 points
    Reading today that 2nd generation smart meters are now being fitted. 1st gen ones should no longer be offered (but you need to specify if having one fitted!) I simply do not understand the point of this govt initiative? In the paper, the cost of this plan if rolled out Nationwide runs into several BILLION £ (can't remember specifics) Average annual saving is claimed to be £30 per household but 'real life' figures claim nearer £11/pa with some claiming that consumption has actually increased. I don't need a smart meter to tell me that my wife and f**king kids are completely incapable of turning off a light/tv/music when leaving a room. Also it appears that the meters themselves consume electricity. Genuine question - has ANYONE IN ANY GOVERNMENT EVER done anything that makes sense?
  10. 2 points
    I don't completely disagree, but most car company's don't make cars for people buying them used in 10 years. They make them for people buying them new now. Bugatti is one of the few companies I have heard that tried mot to put too much touch screen kind of stuff in their cars because they want them to be timeless. However comparing a Veyron to an Evora...its just not the same. Most Veyrons will be driven so little not that not having any modern conveniences isn't much of an issue. I mean...I guess what's Lotus' goal. To sell more cars or to barely sell any cars? They already tried the latter and lately it hasn't been working out too well. You will have a hard time convincing your average customer buying a brand new car that a double din is much better than an integrated system. If the car is a great car, an integrated system is not going to be a deal breaker for 99.99% of people. Whereas a double DIN aftermarket will turn off a lot more. I mean almost every review of the Evora one of the first things they point out as a negative is the double DIN after market system. Although I am all for a system that can be upgraded or replaced.
  11. 2 points
    Apart from the normal service items. I'd change the tensioner springs (inner & outer) as a matter of course - not expensive. I found my old ones were 'tired' and effectively coil bound before they could acheive the correct tension, which then meant that when the engine was hot the belt ran at very tight - solved with new springs
  12. 2 points
    Phill you asked for thought and so far a good number and myself included haven't been that helpful, so I found this shot of an Exige for some ideas This small shot from the silverton website also looks good shame its not a larger picture
  13. 2 points
    I think it looks great. However, I'm a big fan of when people make their cars "their own". Many years ago, when I was a small child, I used to sit with my brother on our front steps in the early evenings. We always had a friendly competition on who could name the approaching cars from a distance, especially as it turned to dusk and their lights were on. But, it was easy back then (even as a kid) with the varied look of the US manufacturers. Nowadays, all the cars look pretty much the same. Its refreshing to me when people make changes to their car so they don't fit in with the rest of the "herd", even when they are a low production car.
  14. 2 points
    That's a Lotus special tool, it doesn't come with it!
  15. 1 point
    It's scary, but easy. I've done it now on two cars, my old Exige S and my 380 Cup. Just take your time, measure and remeasure and then cut.
  16. 1 point
    RaceChrono works fine for me. I think the best is to try the free versions for a drive or two over the weekend and then decide which one you like best. Either way ultimately you want to export the logs and looks through them in CircuitTools (available for free from RaceLogic)
  17. 1 point
    I do use Harrys Lap Timer, I have tried quite a few others, but it is the one that I keep coming back to. It just works where I've found that others can be a bit of a faff to set up and suffered from disconnects etc.
  18. 1 point
    The benefit of the watching highlights is that you only get a little bit bored. If you watch the whole race live, you’ll fall into a deep coma!
  19. 1 point
    That's a story. 12 Esprit, WOW.
  20. 1 point
    I've had good results with a Vgate OBD2 reader for Android, I believe their iOS versions are equally decent as a few friends use them. As far as fitting is concerned, it couldn't be easier...if you can put a plug into a socket, it's no more difficult than that. Locate the OBD2 port under the centre of the dash, remove the cover and plug in the reader, done!
  21. 1 point
    Fabian, I've recently had this conversation with Steve at SJ about my 85 turbo that I currently have the engine out of. It has a stamp on the bellhousing indicating it should have one shim in the bottom two bolt holes but there were none present. He said when the engine is back in and the gearbox reattached (I do mine separately) measure the gap between sump and engine and calculate how many shims you need (details in the manual). Remove bottom two bolts, slide shims in and reinsert bolts. This may be easier than wrestling with the gearbox out of the car. I know the manual has a procedure for a new sump but not sure why the above couldn't be done. Steve said this is how they measured it at the factory before stamping shim requirements on the bellhousing.
  22. 1 point
    Stefan We'll be making our annual MM pilgrimage. Also staying in Arundel Friday-Sunday at the Norfolk. Also hope the weather a little "warmer" than last year. Danny
  23. 1 point
    Every mm the upright is shaved is good for an additional .25 degrees of camber.
  24. 1 point
    It was the fooking EU. No. Not another rant. This all started about 12 years ago. The EU decided that all countries needed to install smart meters. It was passed as an EU rule into law and the target was for all homes to have a smart meter installed by 2020. If the Government had not have done it the UK would have been subjected to heavy EU fines. It's not an iniative from your energy supplier. It has cost them each hundreds of millions (the big 6) and has been a right royal pain in the arse for them The cost of smart meters and the rollout is being fully passed on to consumers through a levy on their bill. It's been a fooking shambles.
  25. 1 point
    Yes the side needs more yellow if the wing mirrors are to stay, so the Exige example above with yellow 'piping' would help the side profile and balance it out more. I still think a yellow stripe down the middle would be a great look.
  26. 1 point
    What, you use Virgin media too?
  27. 1 point
    Given that virtually everything is done online these days, why the need for estimated readings anymore - if that is the reasoning behind this then surely (and unsurprisingly!) Govt is behind the curve? I send a meter reading every time a bill is due - if this needs to be validated the supplier still sends someone out but I could just as easily send a photo with the reading and the Meter ID number. Not really rocket science is it and it costs nothing. Like you, we also live in an area with crap broadband and mobile coverage - surely the billions spent on this daft project could have been used to focus tech delivery in rural areas (AKA the forgotten lands). @Buddsy, I assume from now on you will be sending anything you want 'posted' on here directly to @Bibs using snail mail so that he can use technology to post it for you?
  28. 1 point
    Used to watch every race live, but I gave up on it years ago (back in the "Oh, quelle surprise, Schumacher won and if he didn't they changed the rules so he did" days). BTCC all the way
  29. 1 point
    When I was about 14 we went on holiday to a caravan park in Wales and parked in the staff car park each day was a Europa. I just fell in love with it immediately. It was like no other car I had ever seen. So I decided there and then that I would own one, and in the end a JPS Europa was my first car. It was with great sadness that I sold it but this was somewhat alleviated by the car I was replacing it with, which was a 2-year old dry-sump Turbo Esprit. I bought the car from "Fearsome Freddie" Davies, not sure if anyone else remembers him, he ran a Lotus service agent in Richmond, Surrey which was accessed by driving up a curved ramp to the first floor and reversing back down which was almost impossible in the Esprit.
  30. 1 point
    Brain still adjusting to an early pulley on a late crankcase...
  31. 1 point
    I know to pull the one out of the spare headlight assembly I have the lens had to be separated. It was fairly simple with a heat gun on low, moving it constantly in a sweeping motion. Others have said they've replaced theirs without opening the headlight, and I don't know how that would be possible without cutting a hole in the fixture.
  32. 1 point
    Let me express my pleasant surprise, as a retired lawyer, that you draw a distinction between the two.
  33. 1 point
    Might be stating the obvious, but have you tried Mark at LotusBits for an original one?
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  35. 1 point
    I have this on my car and it would work on the 430 Cup. To explain a bit more, this replaces the factory valve control, so still uses the vacuum from the supercharger, but you control it from the remote and is simply open or closed. It’s not connected to the ECU anymore so won’t open automatically at certain revs. In theory, you need to be careful not to drive hard with the valve closed at high revs as it may break the valve.
  36. 1 point
    Ummm, people spend lots of money and effort removing those from classic cars including Esprit!
  37. 1 point
    My new favorite song! buddsy
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  40. 1 point
    Go take a look at the PCM/ICE in a 996 Porsche. A COMMAND system in a merc SL500 from 5 or 10 years ago etc. All were state of the art at the time, all look and operate like shite now. £3,4, 5k options when new. I quite like how Lotus use a non integrated Double Din system as it means you can easily change it for something else.
  41. 1 point
    It's probably me then, (angry old technophobe). I prefer an old banger with state of the art tech, like intermittent wipers and remotely adjusted mirrors.
  42. 1 point
    I completely get what you're saying; however, if the stop-gap car's/new cars' ICE offerings don't at least match up to the opposition's, then it will be the big 'BUT...' on every other review, group test etc. and we'll see phrases like 'old Lotus bugbear' and 'not there yet...' Realistically, assuming a £110,000-£130,000 price it will be largely compared with the new 992 model 911, AMG GT and Audi R8 so as well as hitting 60mph/100kph in around 3.5 seconds and matching handling etc. it will need interior quality and technological toys/ICE of equivalent quality to those cars if it wants to make a statement and have the reviews, group tests etc. recognise that Lotus is 'now' a car that you can buy without having to put up with any compromise. I'm quite sure that Lotus will want this car to be 'spot on' because it will be setting the stage for the all-new cars. The last thing they will want is for people to be saying, 'Hopefully, the next phase of Lotus products will be able to address deficiencies A, B and C...' If they really knock this one out of the park, excitement and anticipation for the all-new models will be very high; a great deal of the necessary marketing/awareness will be achieved from that alone.
  43. 1 point
    Washer then circlip. The key is to take a time out, grab a beer and come back to it... like everything on these things. Patience is key Wear goggs too!
  44. 1 point
    After a considerable delay, we now have the replacement sidelights in stock in our shop - link below
  45. 1 point
    TonyK called me on a Saturday morning and told me to go on eBay and hit the ‘ Buy It Now ‘ I did. That’s how I got 165H.
  46. 1 point
    It’s a damn awful colour
  47. 1 point
    Oh dear, it was a nice one I didn't mind the thought of the studio chopping some old nail about. Flipside is that increases the models visibility and the £worth of those that are left, just a bit of a shame to lose an apparently perfect xample to do it IMHO
  48. 0 points
    Lotus Esprit Essex Commemorative Edition..........€ 120.000,- .....(GBP 102.240,-) From AutoScout:.............."Lotus Esprit Turbo Essex commemorative edition No. 100 This is a very rare opportunity to own the rarest and most sort after of all the Esprit models. The Essex Commemorative edition was launched to commemorate the launch of the new Turbo Esprit in collaboration with Essex petroleum who where the main Formula One sponsor at the time and was unveiled at a party hosted by Essex in London's Royal Albert Hall. However the planned 100 commemorative cars where cut short , meaning that only 34 production Essex commemorative cars have been recorded , 23 for the domestic UK market and 11 for the export market. This information has been provided by Lotus Cars. This is Essex Esprit no.100 chassis number 10949 which according to records was actually No.24 but renumbered to 100 when Lotus failed to make the 100 units planned . This Lotus is also famous for being previously owned by Mark Thatcher it was handed to him three days after it was registered as he had been appointed by Lotus to help operations in the USA. This Essex Esprit has only covered 77,000 miles and comes with a large history file and back in 2005 was subject to a restoration carried out by SJ Sports Cars. The car will come with a new full C service and MOT the cam covers and plenum chamber will also be repainted . If you are seriously interested in owning a piece of Lotus history please call Mark on 01245 248143 or 07732 339759 car is in Chelmsford Essex in the UK"...........
  49. 0 points
    So true. Ferrari for example have the permanent fight with rust which the Esprit doesnt have. Parts availability on the Lotus is worlds better. For example if I were to break one of the front lights on my F328 the chances of finding one at all is slim and they usually go for at least £3000. When I needed a new targa roof rubber seal I resorted to CNCing a mold and a foam rubber manufacturer making some. I have supplied enough of these now to other owners to get back my £6000 outlay but it took 4 years.

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