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  1. TLF was born! Over a third of my life ago now, I'd just turned 30 when I pressed the big green 'go' button! Wow! Did anyone bring cake?
    10 points
  2. Club Lotus Italia last meeting in Calabria (Italy), a glamour night in Rossano Calabro with over 25 Lotuses
    8 points
  3. Well it had to be done! I stumbled across a number plate with the same font with the exact number 8. I contacted them in Ireland and they had plates in stock from the 1980s. They kindly went above and beyond helping me to complete this project. Anyone who wants an accurate period plate can’t recommend them highly enough. Very reasonable pricing and came to the UK the next day, thanks Michael! Heres their website and a picture of their work, should anyone else be crazy enough to build a Bond car! https://www.fancyplates.com
    8 points
  4. I've only just discovered this (so apologies if it has been posted before): http://www.lotusdriversguide.com/Downloads/
    5 points
  5. I’ve just very recently completed the 3 day Lotus licence package. Fortunately the weather was perfect throughout & LDA have managed to introduce a very effective COVID prevention system with the cars, helmets & equipment that did not take anything away from the training. There were a great bunch of people on the course, with plenty of banter and everyone was keen to learn. I was in the highly capable hands of Rob Barff throughout which provided good continuity and built up a solid instructor/student rapport. The comprehensive back to basics guidance Rob provided was a complete ‘r
    5 points
  6. Off to the airport now...9 am tomorrow In Florida I hopefully find the car checks out and I buy it. Be on the road heading back to CT before lunchtime...a 20 hour drive to get acquainted with this 2+2 S.
    4 points
  7. To be honest its not just the Trades people its the supply chain as well, the flooded garage is because the boiler had not been built properly (Bosch/ Worcester), the next f*** up I think is on the horizon is due to the bathroom suppliers not sending out everything and not telling anyone and the latest one the tiler has just pointed out is that many of the very bloody expensive tiles are slightly warped. I have had to go back to suppliers 3 times so far for incorrect orders being delivered, wrong quantities being spec'd or bits missing - another trip to Tops tiles is required as not enough edg
    3 points
  8. Having been a LEF Member previously to TLF I remember it well. Happy Birthday to TLF and long may it continue. I have made many long term friends on here, not the least of which is Bibbo who calls my dad Dad and has always been welcome in our family. Through the good times and the bad TLF has been there for many of us and I thank him for that and for being my friend. I could say the same for many members both at home and abroad and always look forward to the Xmas party that we may have to miss this year to renew those friendships. Here's some pics of us!
    3 points
  9. Another thought for the OP: have you actually tried an NA? They are not exactly slow and they do feel lighter and nimbler. I tried both and preferred the NA. Honestly think it would be a wiser choice.
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  11. What if this corona virus is just man flu and now women are realising just how bad we’ve had it
    2 points
  12. Having been a Project Manager and Program Manager in the past I am very aware of the issues with the customer, that is why I am very careful not to change specifications, have everything agreed up front etc.. But I therefore do have certain expectation with regards to results.
    2 points
  13. @Ronald Ringma has been running that for a number of years, it's a really useful resource
    2 points
  14. Loks good to me. My names added. 1. Chris W 2. Mike Sekinger (for stock) 3. Alex Adamou 4. Paull Colclough 5. Dave Excell 6. 7. 8. 9. Sacha Gyte 10. Andy Blackman ??
    2 points
  15. Great to see you all last night, especially @pbharcourt's upgrade to the Firecat. Paul, if you still have that Evora itch, this is a mighty tempting proposition...
    2 points
  16. Do you mean GILFest 2021 as hosted by Dave or the next meeting?
    2 points
  17. It was a very enjoyable evening and we got to see this...it's quite an upgrade from the Onyx Firecat!
    2 points
  18. Not up to the excellent standard of photography on here but I think its not bad for me
    2 points
  19. Carbolts.co.uk do good quality stainless bolts anodised black at a good price
    1 point
  20. Thanks Stephen. I still have a few jobs to do. I used a Hunter systemto measure the camber, caster and Toe on the S1 then maths and a laser spirit level to shim the chassis. The car ride is perfect and it makes it very noticeable the Turbo needs setting up. This time I am goingbto use the Lotus factory and F1 method. I have a selection of shims. I will be using two poles, 4 jacks and some fishing line with weights. Since this method is still used by racing teams today and the procedure is laid out in the manual I think it will be more that good enough to set up the Turbo suspension. I already
    1 point
  21. This is the reason why Sparky is the man! Anyway, you’ll be telling us next it had previously been fettled by a Lotus “specialist”.
    1 point
  22. TBH Andy I can’t answer that.....................yet! I have made it very, very clear to my Wife, Daughters and Son-in-Laws to make sure that they adopt driving best practice when turning on the driveway and ensure that their cars are moving when turning the steering. So far they have complied (although I do tend to stand on the drive watching them whenever I can) The previous surface was loose gravel so they did develop a bad practice over the years It is the one thing that the installers told me could eventually cause a ripple on the surface, although probably only if
    1 point
  23. Awesome painting and still one of my Favourites. Thanks Andy, she already has that, plus a Gallery stocking her work and work on Artfinder. Just for everyone's info Below links to her FB page, Web Page etc. But my point is that we do 4 Art shows in Surrey and Windsor a year. On Average Wendy will sell £4000 of paintings to people who just don't buy online. That's £16,000 a year. With that out of the equation she can't go full time. BTW she has been Shortlisted for the Sire John Hurt (Yes the actor) international Art Prize. Her painting below and a link. https://www.wendykimberl
    1 point
  24. I have absolutely no doubt some clients deserve the builders they get!
    1 point
  25. Good work Fabian - that’s as near as it ever needs to be and well worth the effort. This one in truth won’t be noticed.....which is exactly the way you want it to be! Well done yet again
    1 point
  26. Sadly @march I’ve seen first hand on hundreds of occasions the absolute appalling attitude many trades have towards the job. Builders are without question the worst - closely followed by plumbers. I for one am simply not interested in working for any builders whatsoever ( with the exception of one mate )
    1 point
  27. Chaps, really enjoyed last night, especially seeing Paul's new Land Rover, not quite built on the Lotus format but impressive none the less! Hope we can sort another meet up in October, I am fairly flexible, just not a Wednesday for me please!
    1 point
  28. I have it on my VX220 and love it. Steering is nice and tight and i have it on a tighter lock setting which is working well for me on track and road. Smaller wheel inputs but has not made the car twitchy at all
    1 point
  29. Fab evening chaps! Looking forward to next months GILFest hosted by @DaveC72
    1 point
  30. It's official the Brit is the most stupid, complete and utter waste of oxygen species on the planet as reports are already coming back in of panic buying of loo roles, flour, pasta eggs etc. FFS. I really do give up.
    1 point
  31. After completing my garage build a little over three years ago work has at last started on properly sorting the driveway to it
    1 point
  32. To be fair, it's the trend that is a concern not the actuals. You can (and should!) complain about how the numbers are recorded, because they aren't particularly accurate, and you should definitely complain about how they are reported because that's even worse, however, the logic of the timings adds up. You can then argue whether the response is correct, and again, I think that's a fair question - but I also think that it's one nobody has the answer to. I think running a country is not so different from running a company. It all looks easy and obvious when you are on the shop floor but is
    1 point
  33. That’s why I tried to persuade Kimbers to part with it!
    1 point
  34. My son was also quite ‘experimental’ during his youth and had his fair share of scrapes. One incident I always recall was after he passed his driving test. On his last day of school after A levels and before going off to uni, he managed to persuade my wife to let him use her car for school on the pretext he had a lot of stuff to bring home. Well that was ok and, as far as we knew at the time, went without problems. A couple of weeks later, however, all the 6th form parents received an invitation from the school to get together one last time to celebrate our boys finishing and to view a n
    1 point
  35. @Giniw a milk float, along with the milk that was delivered in reusable glass bottles that were recycled back every day (washed, cleaned and refilled) was so far ahead in terms of it's "green" credentials, so ahead of it's time in terms of environmental impact, that it shames the current "young eco warriors" for their lack of awareness! As you can see from the old image below, very much a forerunner of the Evija - composite body over a low flat chassis with the batteries stored low to reduce centre of gravity to improve handling and power unit mid mounted right over the rear wheels for ex
    1 point
  36. I know @Pacederon it's totally bewildering isn't it. I mean, apparently some people wear a watch still, a big steel weight that builds up their forearm. Some even prefer to use a pen rather than a keyboard to write letters whilst muscling up their fingers. Bonkers mate, they really are! I have an automatic flappy paddle S90. Think I used the paddles once and thought why bother. The auto is great at moving around the 7, or is it 8, gears. It's smoother than I'll ever be. So smooth it should be smothered in Johnsons baby powder. I have an Evora 410 that is manual but I do know it
    1 point
  37. I guess it does all come down to how much you love the car really. I once had a 5 series BMW, a nice enough car when going well, with a very sweet straight six but bloody hell it gave me some grief. I just didn’t love the car enough to forgive it the aggro it caused me, so I sold it as soon as possible and without any regrets. No matter how much my Lotus cars have given me problems however, I always forgave them and just considered it a quirk of the marque. I have to admit I’m a complete pushover for every Lotus I’ve ever owned and loved them all dearly.
    1 point
  38. Might be someone’s engine on the forum Tour of the Lotus factory in the 70s.
    1 point
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  40. Sorry @mayevora, that pole and shadow was messing with my head!
    1 point
  41. Thanks for the comment @KennyN. I've recently re-booked on the full licence session between 18-21 September having postponed earlier in the year due to Covid. Learning how to drive a Lotus properly on track, with expert professional tuition, will be a special experience. Acquiring some basic track driving skills & knowledge is something that is long overdue in my case! The feedback on the instructors & overall package is very positive and I'm really looking forward to it. Just hope that the weather is half decent over the 3 days.
    1 point
  42. I did the silver and gold days at the LDA last weekend and I highly recommend it. I had Martin Donnelly as my instructor on Saturday and Danny Hartgrove on Sunday, both were excellent in their own ways. The third instructor was David Brise. Unfortunately, I did not get any in car tuition time with David, although his technical presentations were excellent. The other 6 attendees were all like-minded petrolheads, but surprisingly they didn't have a Lotus between them! Although, I suspect that this will be changing in the not too distant future. Things were a bit different due to Covid,
    1 point
  43. How time flies! The new front seats arrived 6 months ago And look great and I suppose I have been waiting to register the vehicle as historic. Interestingly, although it turned 40 last September it was not possible to register as historic until the following April. Anyway, Historic it is, taxed and insured and off we went today! Still missing on a cylinder so going to another specialist in Whittlesey tomorrow to see if they can sort! I haven’t driven a Lotus on the road before but it felt full of promise, just with a sloppy gearbox .
    1 point
  44. OK, I'm going to get back in my box. This is one in the category of 'User Error'. The car needs to be electrically 'active' for the folding to happen. Just a case that my previous cars seemed to have permanent live to the folding mirrors, and these are switched live. All good on the northern front. As you were. Thank you.
    1 point


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