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  1. 5 points
  2. Closely followed by this.... A car that still looks fantastic today...
    4 points
  3. Being ever so slightly biased, this.... Has everything, including the iconic engine....
    4 points
  4. This whole “what’s the exit strategy thing” is just a media driven crusade aimed at trapping politicians by pointing out afterwards that their plan didn’t work out. As usual, all the media want is a story to be able to sensationalise. Why on earth would anyone give a definitive strategy on what is going to happen in 3 or 6 weeks time when the whole situation is totally unpredictable. I also see that Austria is now criticising the U.K. for dragging down the European numbers over the number of confirmed cases. Nothing to do with sour grapes over brexit then! No mention of the cover up which happened in the Austrian ski resorts back in Feb! I haven’t looked at the figures but wouldn’t the number of cases as a % of the population be a more meaningful statistic. Although, thinking about it, probably not since the figures ignore all of those who had it and were not tested & confirmed
    4 points
  5. This arrived yesterday thanks to @Seriouslylotus
    4 points
  6. Barrie, Reminds me of when I bought 004.
    3 points
  7. And another turns up on display at the Mazak machine tool factory in Gifu, Japan.
    3 points
  8. Our usual third Sunday breakfast meeting isn't taking place this Sunday due to COVID19 lockdown. Instead we're running a virtual gathering - no, not yet another Zoom/Houseparty/Webex video call! On Sunday between 9.00am and 10.00am UK time please post a picture of your car in the thread. A couple of ground rules: - a Lotus car, either owned by you now or in the past - no other cars or people in the picture, just your car in isolation Pictures can be recent or old, just something to show off your car, remember past adventures and look forward to when we can meet again. Stay safe!
    2 points
  9. Replace the split pin with an R-clip - much easier to install/remove, just in case you have to do it again in the future! Pete
    2 points
  10. Some of the original information changed while trying to piece it all together with conflicting information. 10335 LHD - Was never in the US - Copper with red leather not a good combination. 10336 LHD - Lotus records record this car being White - was thought to be in the US but never confirmed (see Brian Angus email extract), sold by the Norfolk Motor Co. to Abdul Asizis, Copper ?/Beige still in the UK August 81 warranty claim. 10337 LHD - US "Essex" white via Switzerland (Lotus Dealer) car still in US, current owner Tom O'Neelio (see photo Tom's Loti) 10307 LHD - US "Essex" Essex Blue direct to Jim Loose - shipped back to the UK - new owner in France (see photo's) 10338 LHD - Red Export not a Jim Loose car (see Michael DiNunzio extract), note - when Michael DiNunzio was referring to the black one should probably have been the white 10337 and the three cars were 10307, 10337 & 10338, his comment "two cars didn't have leather" is questionable.
    2 points
  11. Kuesnberg and Preston are the worst, partly due to the fact they are almost brands. more interested in saying look at me for asking that.
    2 points
  12. I remember you telling me and Paul Dewey about it there Steve. Not sure if I've ever added this one but this photo was taken by Graham Arnold at Hethel about 25 years ago for the Club Lotus magazine. That's me with my great friend Paul Dewey and 017. A great friend sadly missed........................ Incidentally 017 very nearly went back to its original buyer from 1980 who now lives in Australia and I was in contact with but the import taxes proved just too costly. Note Paul ever the Lotus / F1 aficionado with his Lotus F1 Tommy Hilfiger Polo!
    2 points
  13. 017 was sold. Some of you know I was heavily associated with the car for around 20 years or so. It went via a private sale but out of respect to the Dewey family and the new owners I'll let them make themselves known if they want to and are here.
    2 points
  14. I am amazed at the tolerance, of not only the ministers but the medical & scientific experts who have to answer the same questions from these journalists day in & day out. The one who drives me to want to hit the off button is that droning, err, umm, err, Robert Peston.
    2 points
  15. I already know what Kuensberg’s first question will be on Friday 1 May. She’s written it down already and booked her slot at the briefing. ”So Secretary of State, back on 2nd of April, you announced a target of 100,000 Coronavirus tests per day by the end of April. According to the figures published today, only (insert here) tests were actually carried out yesterday. Did you lie to the country? Will you now be handing in your resignation to the Prime Minister?” She must be wetting herself with excitement.
    2 points
  16. I think that they should only take questions once per week. It is clearly evident that these “journalists” have prepared their questions before the ministers’ daily briefing and, even though their question has been answered in the briefing, they ask it anyway. I long for the day that a minister has the balls to reply “I’ve already covered that, didn’t you listen to what I just said? move on, next please”
    2 points
  17. Interesting, I would have thought this was in direct conflict with the EU's anti-trust and anti competitive laws. Oh, whoops, silly me, Porsche is a German auto manufacturer so they can do what they want! DOH... Glad we are back on topic and I'll do my best to keep us there - I have noticed some stuff from Lotus coming out cheaper now and interesting to hear that Geely is pushing that, it has to be great news indeed. However, I'd still recommend a good warranty with any cars over 3 years old just because we know somethings can and do fail (headlight LED's for instance, air con stuff, window regulators) and the warranty will give piece of mind for 6, 12 months which will make a big difference to the ownership experience, especially some one new to Lotus and hand made cars. The other question was around a "budget" or "slush fund" to have in hand just in case. I would recommend that if you can, around £2k should be squirrelled away as this would cover a significant proportion, if not all, of all but the most catastrophic failures on an Evora. For regular servicing etc, I would have though annual budget of between £1-£1.5k would take care of most things including brakes and tyres too. Hope this helps. I'm on my second Evora in 6 years and buying one was the BEST car buying decision I ever made and I have not looked back since, nor once, regretted it.
    2 points
  18. The steering rack on a Ferrari F430 Stradale is...………£16K. A chap I know needed a new one recently. Porsche 928 steering rack used to be £800 direct from the manufacturer (IE. not Porsche). Porsche have now in effect banned their suppliers from making any parts available direct. You have to go via Porsche. The racks are now £2K. For a low volume manufacture, Lotus parts supply and prices are I think amazingly good and reasonable. This may not last long in the Geely era but I have no idea what the Geely business model is with regards parts prices. I certainly know what Porsches plan is...... In near 30 years of Lotus ownership, I don't recall ever having a car off the road due to a supply problem. And I have hardly ever winced at the price of parts, though I do think the headlight prices I see for Evora are a bit of a concern should I need one. I don't know how that compares to other modern cars though. Justin
    2 points
  19. Working fine from here mate - https://www.lotusexcel.net/ - I was on there the other day, there's a new chap taking over the hosting and admin (they didn't get back to TLF regarding our offer of a free hosting account) and he's done a good job updating the very aged software. You are welcome to post all of your information on here of course. We do have a very active Lotus 4 seater community too.
    2 points
  20. Did somebody mention Fire Red? 1 of only 2 worldwide and the only one in the UK..... Overcast day but what a colour lol....
    2 points
  21. Hi guys Picked up an Exige 350 70th anniversary a few weeks ago Have a few plans for her, carpets and wrap some parts and paint the rims... Or trade her in for a 380 😳😱 I’m based near Milton Keynes so shout if you’re close
    1 point
  22. I have a Nurse and a Doctor in the Family and it's not said enough how proud I am of them. I always was but having to go work at this time is awful and I know both have had patients die in the last few days from this awful Virus. So big thanks to all Nurses and Doctors, Care staff, people working to keep beds free for those most in need and yes, Administrators who I know are working tirelessly to keep the wheels from falling off. Volunteers giving up their time to drive and clean and everyone who is a private Carer and has to go our to keep someone safe and alive. You are all appreciated no matter what you do to help society! Thanks
    1 point
  23. @MrD - Gearbox and engine mounts are all fine and have been checked (one replaced). I haven't been able to speak to Quaiffe, although when I did a while ago when first experiencing issues, they said it isn't possible and that it must be due to the setup on my car (which hasn't changed...) Anyway, exciting day today, I got the AIM MX2E fitted in my car. Big thanks to @Seriouslylotus for his help on this, made it a very simple installation. I have a gearbox temperature sensor, backup camera and smartycam to fit at a later date. Very impressed with the dash, I'd heard there were a few bugs before which is why I waited. They're now sorted and the I connected the dash up and it just worked straight away. It seemed a good time to take an updated interior shot of my car. Pretty happy with how it's looking:
    1 point
  24. I had both the Twin Cam and the S2 Europas, just so so so special. I wrote off my S2 a number of years (a lot of) ago and bought the Elan. I would honestly only swap it for a “proper” JPS Europa... there said it. cheers My old S2
    1 point
  25. Hello. It wasn’t Bruss, t’was me. I was the first European purchaser of the Win-Ace GRP ducktail bootlid. I’ve still got it and I’m still happy that I’ve got it. But... Over the years, I’ve learnt a couple of things. Firstly, the profile/shape is slightly different to the OEM version. The Win-Ace version is slightly more ‘rounded’ than the OEM version. It’s not a huge difference but if you have the 2 cars together (ie my car and a 410), you can tell the difference. Regarding the Win-Ace ‘carbon’ boot lid, I understand that it isn’t 100% carbon. It is a GRP bootlid, skinned with carbon. Hence, it is slightly heavier than than the GRP version. Edited to add: here is a UK eBay listing: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LOTUS-EVORA-410-SPORT-GT410-GT-GT430-carbon-ENGINE-COVER-2009-TO-2019-MODELS/264369866557 (However, do your due diligence on the seller and tread carefully).
    1 point
  26. 1 point
  27. They may have got it mixed up with "JPS" #014 that's in the Philippines.
    1 point
  28. If you’re thinking of a yellow 410, @bosshog might be willing to listen to offers on this: https://www.lotusforsale.com/ads/evora-410-with-rare-sparco-seats/
    1 point
  29. The MAZAK Essex may be one of these ones that came up for sale in Japan back in the late 1980s.
    1 point
  30. Due to its simplicity maybe one day in a future lock down event a nice project for Lotus Development Center Belgium 😀😀😀 @dixie v6 what do you think? 🤔 @Team Lotus congratulations! Looking forward to your experience with the TVS1900 and the Aquamist system. So you inject the ethanol pre blower, correct? How do you avoid running lean because the ECU won't know IAT are going down and won't compensate for a more "oxygen rich mixture"? (sorry for these noob questions, have no experience whatsoever with ethanol injection). Thanks for pioneering!
    1 point
  31. Seems first come first reserved to use my office chair.. !
    1 point
  32. My son (22 so not a child - well sorry, that's wrong, he is still a child just like his dad!) just splashed £200 on this baby. I don't think he slept for 24 hours until it was built. It's pretty impressive at over 60cms in length and over 3,300 pieces: He's not noticed yet but I've nicked the steering wheel out of it and disconnected the steering rod from the wheels. That'll teach him for having OCD tendencies! And as he's 22 he can't even phone Esther's chat line to complain about it! hahahahahaha......... :)
    1 point
  33. Straight edge, liners, all I need is a feeler gauge
    1 point
  34. With Geely coming in there has been quite a push from Lotus to REDUCE their parts pricing. They want to stop people buying non-gen parts by making the genuine parts competitively priced. I think its a good idea and will encourage owners to support the dealer network which will help generate revenue for the dealers who can in turn afford to invest in improving their offerings.
    1 point
  35. I’m with you on the “what’s the exit strategy?” thing. Every journalist is asking every Minister the same thing over and over again. The Government reported 861 deaths and 4618 new confirmed cases of CV-19 yesterday. We could be right at the peak now. People listening to the journalists are probably thinking it’s all done and dusted, so let’s all get back to normal. I did notice that the road traffic numbers went up sharply for the first time in yesterday’s briefing, so that’s not a good sign.
    1 point
  36. You should have seen the cost of the two flimsy plastic undertrays which the pheasant smashed while committing suicide on my VW van
    1 point
  37. Hello Everyone, small update on my car, I ended up choosing a Harrop TVS1900 non-cooled kit, mainly because there is no independent shop that specialize Lotus here and non-cooled kit is very easy to install. Just drove the car back from the shop and quite like the new found noise coming from the air intake. haven't really push the car but can tell immediately there is a lot more torque. Taiwan is known to have very hot and humid summer so decided to install aquamist water/methanol injection; shop pre tap a hole on the compressor for the nozzle and since ecu will not make any compensation to the cooler air (no IAT sensor after compressor) I will first try the smallest nozzle available from Aquamist(80cc/min). will update again after aquamist is in place. Thanks the guys at SSC, their quick replies made the whole experience silky smooth.
    1 point
  38. To be honest, she'll be going to Allon Whites. A nice 900 mile round trip but whilst there some of AW's magic dust will really make the interior razzle dazzle with some lovely new trim work. Had the Alcantara samples for a wee while so all is looking good!
    1 point
  39. Could be an essential road trip there chap
    1 point
  40. Here you go Dave, in the owner's own words: I have been reading the advice being given to you about buying an Esprit and references made to the Essex. The advice about not buying a 20 year old car (the Essex) is probably understandable, but in defense of the Essex Turbo Esprit you might like to know..... I have Essex number 003. Purchased in 1985 with 38,000 miles on the clock I took the clock to 103,000 miles before leaving the UK to work in Hong Kong. With daily use (abuse and misuse)taking me all over the UK in my capacity as lighting designer, within its 103,000 miles, 003 only ever left me stranded twice: Once with a blown hose on the M5 and once when the gear level broke off at the base (literally came off in my hand!). Servicing was often late because I couldn't afford to be without the car too often and the car worked hard. Despite this, reliable? - absolutly yes. After being in Hong Kong for 4 years I could stand being without the Essex no longer and decided to have a total restoration carried out (body off, chasis stripped & rebuilt, repaint, redecal, retrim etc). Quotes to rebuild the engine by Lotus specialists were around 6,000 pounds, so when Derek Dean offered me a brand new HC unit with all new ancillaries including turbo for 3,000 pounds the temptation was too much. So 003 now has an HC engine with its original carefully crated to be sold with the car (for the purist) should I ever sell it. My (virtually new) Essex 003 is now with me in the heat and humidity of Hong Kong, used every day and is able to enjoy more regular servicing. So don't write the Essex off completely - it's unique and a stunner, but after around 20 years since birth - caution is needed and consider only a professionaly restored example.....if you can find one (I haven't seen one advertised for ages). You will may know from an article in the current issue of Club Lotus magazine that only 26 units of genuine Essex Turbo Esprits left the factory. Although there is a number 100 registered to the son of Mrs. Thatcher (Mark) it is, in fact, number 26 labelled as 100 and the last unit. Hew is still around, was emailing with him this morning.
    1 point
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  42. Stuck for something to do during the lock down: https://apolloinrealtime.org/13/
    1 point
  43. For me the purpose of form and the light is right embodiment of design would make the Lotus 11 a real contender for me. It is a lovely sublime car to drive on the road but in reality, as a race car, with it's tiny engine it was pitted against some real heavyweights and came out with true credentials. Also, the original Lotus Elite. A sublime, beautifully simple shape. Hugely lightweight (you could argue too lightweight) with a road going and racing heritage to boot. To me these cars more than any of the "modern" Lotus masterprices captured the true body and soul of what Colin Chapman was all about and both could be driven to the race track, raced, and driven home again! A 1958 Lotus 11: A 1958 Lotus Elite - just sublime
    1 point
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  45. Tour when on motorways, Sport for all other road driving, Race for when learning a track & warmup laps, then all off once I feel happy with the car.
    1 point
  46. Took this Evora Sport 410 for a quick test drive today thanks to Bell and Colvill, it was very interesting to compare to my Exige... Chassis of the Evora is clearly superior, as is the damping quality, it absorbs bumps in a way an Exige could only dream of, which means you can drive down a bumpy road at might higher speeds without getting thrown around at all which means you can press on easier. The downside of this is it doesn't have that race car kind of feel where you feel like you could die on any corner like you do with an Exige... The noise of the Evora 410 is just nuts, very addictive in fact, although it didn't have much of a shove in the back compared to the Exige. Feels comparable to about 350hp in an Exige I think? 460hp in my Exige on the way home felt a lot lot quicker. Interior was really good, nice to be easy to get in and out of and things were well finished. I understand why they added arm rests to the new version of this, it's bloody annoying without them, also you sit way too high with these Sparco seats which is a shame, the original Recaro seats were much better IMO. Storage behind the seats is awesome, would make the car much easier to use day to day. Overall, the Evora would actually suit me a lot better in many ways as it's more usable and I do lots of miles, but I think the Exige looks nicer (the front more so, the rear of the Evora looks awesome now) and I like that the Exige is more stupid and more of an experience. I highly recommend it though overall, worth a test drive, got me thinking a bit...
    1 point


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