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  1. First wash and clean of the year. Always looks so good afterwards 😍
    7 points
  2. I’m sure the 55 goes well but having driven my wife’s SLK 350 many times, the driving experience is somewhat uninspiring, to say the least. On the plus side, the car is solidly built and never goes wrong but oh god it’s so very dull. When she bought the car, I joined an SLK forum just to find out about any inherent problems. The forum itself is American and one evening, after a few glasses of wine, I was reading a thread where they were all enthusing about their ‘awesome sports cars’. I had the temerity to laughingly suggest that whilst they may only have 2 seats, they are certainl
    4 points
  3. People don't take responsibility any more. They really don't give a shit. Sadly, this seems to be the way society is going but my observation is that these "scumbags" are usually the first to complain/shout when stuff like this happens to them. I've seen three incidents in the past 2 years in Supermarket car parks where someone has hit another car and drive off. Each time, I took down the two reg numbers, went into the Supermarket and asked them to announce over the tannoy "if the owner of car reg xxxxxx, could contact customer services" where I waited and handed over the details and my d
    4 points
  4. One main aspect when doing any work or passing on a car with modifications, will be the suitability and conformity of said parts. Any new owner should ask the questions of how they were derived and why they were fitted and by whom. This would be a logical assumption . What you need to establish is that the Parts you are fitting are not just a part that is listed as '' will fit'' certain model cars . This is the problem that can cause so many issues.. To date all the Dampers and springs I have purchased and tested , have not come with any installation instruction and specific set u
    4 points
  5. I am a bit of a "underdog" supporter. I would rather cut my left nut off than have a German pile of crap. So I wouldn't ever dream of anything like Porsche, Merc, BMW or any such nonsense. If I hadn't had the Evora my choices (and I had driven them and seriously considered them) are below:
    3 points
  6. Towards the end of last year, I mentioned that my brother’s Maserati Ghibli SS had completed its latest renovation. Anyway, he finally drove it home from the workshop today and here are some photos. It was originally supplied via Bristol Street Motors, Birmingham and I think is 1 of 8 RHD manual SS coupes. It was ordered in this colour with power steering, Powrlok limited slip differential and air-conditioning. The engine is a dry sump all alloy quad cam 4.9 litre V8 developing 335 bhp. The interior is original and hasn’t been restored. I think he paid <£30k when he bought it about 20 years
    2 points
  7. MaseratiLeftMaseratiRight... That’s his Quattroporte GTS on the left. 4.7 litre V8 with 440 bhp.
    2 points
  8. I put mine on yesterday - fairly easy/painless as the weather was quite warm (15 or 16 degrees C in Norwich!) and dry. Helpful to have an extra pair of hands when peeling from the carrier sheet and I fitted wet as per the instructions. Not a bubble in sight, and all but invisible once on....
    2 points
  9. Not that I've heard yet. My sources are reliable, I'll share what I can but I can't share everything. As some know, I had a very early deposit down on an Evora while it was Project Eagle and was able to provide some info back then. The Evora section on here was started by Bibs and me as the standalone EvoraForum before moving to TLF 👍
    2 points
  10. Hi Guys, Tyres fitted today and everything balanced up. Only needed 0g, 5g, 15g and 30g to balance, which is very impressive given they’re 40yr old 3pc wheels! Images show the Toyo R888r tyres fitted that everyone was asking about. Not on the car but you can see the nice ‘balloon’ side walls they give. Actually on the wheels the net height difference vs my old Goodyear’s is just under a cm - about 8mm, so only a very slight difference. I think this is helped that the older tyre has less tread so probably taken a good 8mm off diameter there (say -4mm each side). Details of
    2 points
  11. VID-20210220-WA0002.mp4
    2 points
  12. Here are some photos from my restoration The rear wheel bearings were changed, the camshaft box sealed ...
    2 points
  13. I’ve owned a Lotus of some sort for more years than I care to remember but before settling on the current Evora, I did look at some others first. I initially tried an F Type and loved the looks but hated the drive. It was just too heavy and not at all Lotus like! Next I half considered a V8 Vantage but quickly dismissed it as I just felt it wasn’t me. The car I was most drawn to though was a Macca and got as far as a lengthy test drive in a 650S on the same day as test driving a 410 Evora. It was certainly a lovely, well built cabin to be in, the relentless acceleration very addictiv
    2 points
  14. Have posted a couple of times but thought I ought to make a formal introduction. I've just bought a 2010 Evora NA... slightly frustrating as it was delivered this week while our household is having to self-isolate and I haven't been out in it yet! Will be going for some 'essential' shopping later... Already encountering some of the well known 'niggles', i.e after a whole load of rain this week both drivers and passengers door sills are wet. Fortunately it has a warranty so will be returning shortly to the dealer to get sorted. I hope to do much of the work on it myself and have noticed that El
    1 point
  15. Just saw this is for sale by auction on Catawiki. 15 days to go Never seen one offered for sale ever. Located in France. ( I have nothing to to with the car or the auction, --- worse luck!) Lotus - Esprit Saint Tropez - 1978 - Catawiki
    1 point
  16. Really interesting they have chosen to put the price up on either of those but particularly the IPS. It's been for sale for an age! Well over a year I would say... Feels like an interesting phenomenon, all the owners are saying the prices will go up now production is to end, therefore prices go up! But does that mean sales will slow down and eventually prices will have to drop back down accordingly? The white IPS is very clearly over priced and always has been as it hasn't sold....
    1 point
  17. These were also on Amazon earlier, new Evora Sublime hardback books some left on ebay £23 plus £5 postage........https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lotus-Evora-Sublime-Supercar/193893937206?hash=item2d24fab036:g:AY0AAOSwTA1gHSuQ
    1 point
  18. Not a rationale choice, I have owned the Elise for almost 20 years. I take it out only in the summer, the Evora I drive all the time. Everytime I get the Elise out, I feel like I rediscover driving but the Elise is in a garage away and the Evora is on my driveway so you are likely to miss it, particularly if you have an emotional link.
    1 point
  19. Incredible video.
    1 point
  20. Does Autotrader count as a magazine?
    1 point
  21. I saw the blue St. Tropez at Donington many years ago. A strange looking thing. It probably looked superb for 15 minutes in 1986. Looks good from this angle though.
    1 point
  22. The workshop just told me that both the clam and diffuser finisher are repairable 😅 It is really sad we can't enjoy our cars wherever we want because of scumbags like the one who hit my Exige... unless it is in a secured parking or the car is in my sight I won't take the exige out and use my old megane 16v
    1 point
  23. Thanks Mike, the above is exactly what I did. Got 125 and 130hz (Lotus belts)and the same again after rechecking. 👍 Might just do one more check just to be sure😉. Waiting for some parts now anyways.
    1 point
  24. Forget the pub. When permitted, I have a bottle of English Harbour going spare.
    1 point
  25. Noble? You know you want it... Kind regards, Jacques
    1 point
  26. Thank you, is my second living room
    1 point
  27. Ditto, sounds like you and me both have over specced the wife's car!!
    1 point
  28. Ha, ha. 5 1/2 litre V8, 415 bhp and 0-60 in 4.6 seconds. You know some butch hairdressers. Big V8 in a small car what’s not to like, worked for Carroll Shelby🤨
    1 point
  29. Good stuff. It's definately not a job to rush. I dug out the images showing the comparison between the Clavis and the software app. I remember that I did source a decent low frequency microphone for this.
    1 point
  30. An order or a cash deposit on some fluffy tales like the rest of us? They've had my money for over year now.
    1 point
  31. My dealer told me that the hardtop and soft top mounting points are different so whichever u spec the car with is what u can use. Can't have both i tried.
    1 point
  32. If I understand this correctly, do the rears lose contact with the road when this happens? Maybe this is due to the fact that there is a limited droop travel on these cars? General rule with the rebound is that the more you give, the slower the damper reacts. So in your case you want it to react quicker which means you need to make it "softer" if that makes sense (adjust towards -). That however will not solve anything if there is not enough droop to achieve contact and damper is already fully decompressed. Apologies if I didn't really get what you meant.
    1 point
  33. Ahh - reminds me of the good old days in the Student Union - and people used to say Computing Degrees were boring.
    1 point
  34. I've got a 390 FE on order as well no shortage here, must have been that specific dealers allotment limit.
    1 point
  35. My eldest is in full house lockdown in Exeter uni accommodation again. She’s had covid and has antibodies, had her jab, is tested twice weekly on her course and she’s now stuck for at least 10 days. She and her housemates have been practicing taking each others blood this evening - since they did that in last weeks practicals.... 😳
    1 point
  36. Now that the weather is starting to get better, pending Spring/Summer and if anyone's worried about the dreaded passenger airbag cover warpage, I can confirm that these Disney Cars-branded sunshades, available from a selection of eBay sellers (mostly based in China but mine arrived within about 10 days by airmail) , are a reasonable fit for just over £10 delivered. They come with two suction cups that hold the top in place well, and the bottom edge tucks in nicely at the base of the windscreen. Various colours are available too! :-
    1 point
  37. Good call Chipp, I'll have a look there. My first port of call is always TLF, I really enjoy browsing here. 🙂 Filip
    1 point
  38. Filip, as always the best place probably to find out would be on lotuselancentral.com chipp
    1 point
  39. Managed to do my back in this morning so climbing in, over or under the Esprit is out of the question today so I've been confined to things I can do sat at the work bench 😞 Got the oil cooler ducts all finished ready to go on the car. I fitted the GRP rear sections I got from the breakers in the US a while back to the new plastic trays using Sikaflex 291. The GRP rear parts were aligned properly using the newly purchased rear grilles installed in the two grommets. I also fitted new front mounting brakets, jack nuts and foam strips. The ducts are pretty much all new because they were compl
    1 point
  40. That’s logical. My car will be in a a week or two for oil change at 1200 miles, I’ll see what I can find out and report back.
    1 point
  41. It’s far too dangerous for them to go back. You can only imagine the risks. I wonder what the unions think of the nursing profession 🤔 teaching unions are a fecking disgrace.
    1 point
  42. Got the remaining belts onto the engine today. With the PS pump adjuster nut wound all the way in I couldn't get the belt over the PS pump pulley easily, it's almost like the belt I've been supplied is fractionally too short. I eventually got it on by part hooking the belt over the PS pump pulley then then cranking the engine over by had to drag the belt onto the pulley, kind of like how tyres are fitted. What this does mean is that the belt adjuster had very little work to do to take up the tension by comparison to when I tool the old belt off. The adjuster nut on the old belt was at pretty m
    1 point
  43. We had these for sale in the TLF shop for years and sold a few, but I think that record has been broken today!
    1 point
  44. https://careers.geely.com/Lotus/job/Plymouth-USA-Head-of-Lotus-Cars-USA-MI/650476001/ Looks like the USA is high up the priority list - Makes a huge amount of sense, it's such a huge market and really will come alive once the 131 is for sale I'd guess! https://careers.geely.com/Lotus/job/Hethel%2C-Norfolk-Digital-Marketing-Manager/646770201/ That sounds like exactly what I do for TLF amongst other things - Wonder what the car scheme allows - GT410 in Motorsport Green and I'm all theirs
    1 point
  45. Just found this whilst googling. It’s a 2012 photo of the GTE supplied originally to Gerard Lopez of then Lotus F1 team fame. Registered AU61CFG. I don’t know if that’s his finger. This was the man who bought my Lotus Omega, which helped fund my own GTE purchase in 2015.
    1 point
  46. Hello, a good friend of mine's brother has a dry sump Esprit turbo, that is not on your list. 0966 Monaco white with full red leather. 2nd of 4 in total of that spec. 4 bolt split-rim 3 piece compomotive wheels. Roof stereo. It has been hiding in his garage since 1998 in Southampton.
    1 point
  47. Welcome Ade i am not too far I think from you junction 22 M1 be nice to see another Evora in vicinity
    1 point
  48. My kids arranged for some new things to brighten up my study wall for me. Two of my favourite tracks to drive on and pictures of my beloved Evora NA on track.
    1 point

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