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  1. been frantically painting the bottom floor of dads windmill this week as the first wedding is in three weeks (ahhhhhhhhhhhhh) kinda broke the back of it yesterday so couldnt be bothered to do anything with a brush today and took a pic of the outside instead of the inside lols man she gets some looks !!!
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  2. So LotusRescue is off on another jaunt to deepest Englandshire with trailer on tow to collect our latest rescue. Nice little Elan M100 S1. So if you see a Gold coloured VW Amarok with a big covered trailer adorned with our new logo on the back and sides, gives us a toot. Should be round the Nottingham area about midday Sunday then heading straight back North again. This little gem has loads of history and only needs some light mechanical restoration. Anyone fancy an M100 at a sensible price.
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  3. Way too much information. We have different perceptions of this. Back on topic…
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  4. Remnants of an early Elite which I rescued from a 15 year slumber in a hedgerow for some parts which included a good set of chrome and some other odds and ends. Picked it up of my flatbed trailer with a forklift and the chassis fell off it. The roof has been saved to replace on on another car which had an aftermarket sunroof poorly fitted. There is a far bigger collection indoors. 12 at the last count I think. All projects which will be sold on to other enthusiasts. Saves certain companies from getting hold of them and breaking them up as they are all viable projects. Some of the projects in the attached pic. Remainder are indoors.
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  5. Hi Celica - my car came with the Sports Pack and so had the Sports pack exhaust and it did have a "decat". It sounded OK to me to be honest. I never did change the exhaust, but what I did do was to replace the stock manifolds and engine bakers (the cats in the manifolds that sit next to the engine) with the 2bular headers/manifolds and a sports cat. It made a tremendous difference to the noise (more pops/gurgles on the over run but not stupid like a tuned Fiesta ST/Focus RS) and it released a noticeable amount of mid range torque. I think it trransformed the car to be honest. @Kimbers is the current custodian of that car and may have something else to add. To me, spending the money on the exhaust only is wasted, you just change the noise, but spending money on the headers/sports cat (not cheap) chnages the noise AND the performance so is the more sensible route.
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  6. I think Emira is dated inside already, that’s the problem when a former innovator becomes a follower, trend is already moving towards more integrated screens but when Lotus were designing Emira iPads on dash were the big thing. Tft screen novelty definitely starting to wear off now too how long before we start seeing analogue dials with needles make a comeback? Does anyone in the world think Aston Martin interiors have improved in recent years? As for lighter faster Emira you’d have to say highly likely at some point but dumping the lightweight ethos seems to be going well for Lotus so you have to wonder if they’ll bother. If they did though it will still have the iPad dash. But if you want lighter faster simpler Lotus the Exige is your car or one of the racier, stripped out Evoras if you can’t fit in an Exige or want something bigger. No iPads no driver assist crap no electric seats, loads of carbon, manual box, exceptional steering, damping, analogue dials, essentially the same chassis and drivetrain but available with more power and less weight.
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  7. Probably the queue for the Diddly Squat farm shop
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  8. Until Geely came around Lotus did not have the legs to get the DCT and do the internal work on the engine past prototyping. and with the exige not being a global car the reach of that vehicle would have been limited. Could they have done it, yes probably but at what cost. Radford is in different little league, that car will compete with the Singer's engineered and other high end tuners of this world, they pass on the cost to a select few who do not car if the car is 500k.
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  9. Serious Days – 400 km Nordschleife and 400 km Spa – and the limit was not the car!
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  10. For a supposedly unmolested original car it has a lot of non original pieces on it. Buyer beware.
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  11. Nice selection! I’ve got the same S1000RR as you and a 2007 Blade at the moment.
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  12. So more changes at LotusRescue. Things are moving on at a pace. Wendy, the boss say's she see's less of my now I'm supposed to be retired than when I was working lol.
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  13. Absolutely agree with that anyway, Bibs. No Lotus EV for me whatever its performance! Hopefully a manual Emira will fall into my buying range one day.
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  14. That post belongs in the EV thread as it's related to them and not Lotus any more than it involves a performance car, it could be any (sub McLaren) performance car you referenced. Can you imagine the ID3 driver parking up and looking back at his car, carving up a B road and knowing next time he can go a little faster around the corners, taking it on track and having all the fun they could ever want in a car, etc, etc? No, that's why sub-McLaren performance cars still have a place. Point in case... vs No-one falls in love with a sh1tbox car, no matter how fast it can accelerate.
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  15. The point is about long term supply of the LS-spec Goodyears and Lotus-recommended alternatives if the Goodyears become hard to source for the Emira. The LS-spec Pirelli tyres on the Evora became expensive then difficult to find, with a lot of owners deciding to switch to Yokos or Michelins. IIRC the Yokos became the standard tyre on the 4xx Evoras and hence people also used them on S1s, but Lotus as far as I know never recommended alternatives to the original tyres. With tyres being so critical to the handling (with Gav Kershaw holding out for a Lotus-specific Emira tyre) it's odd Lotus don't give some guidance on alternatives when the originals are unavailable.
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  16. Good to know that there are a few bikers in the Lotus fraternity😎 I probably prefer bikes to cars if truth be told 😮and have an S1000RR M sport, a Street Triple 765RS and my baby an immaculate 2000 Yamaha YZF R1 in the garage at the moment. Mrs W has a Ducati Monster I play with from time to time too.
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  17. screens are so convenient, one unit will do every language and format was against digital, until I drove across France a few years ago, one press of the button and kph speed displayed - and no donations to the gendarmerie
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  18. That’s how I wash my Lotus too. Man and machine in perfect harmony.
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  19. this car is looking spectaular. https://www.pistonheads.com/news/ph-britishcars/radford-type-62-2-quail-edition-breaks-cover/44560?utm_campaign=enews%20bulletin&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Newsletter Send Smart List
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  20. You really don’t have much positive to say about the Emira do you? You seem to be on a one man crusade to criticise it at every opportunity. We get that you don’t like it, so why keep on telling us?
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  21. I personally think the retrim was done at the (SW) Lotus Centre not Hethel……looks to be lost in translation. There’s no way a Sport 300 left Hethel like that!🤢
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  22. Lovely colour for the Elise that.
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  23. 2nd update: Bit of a more general one. I had a komotec steering wheel spacer sat in the spare room that I thought I would give a try, its about 30mm I think and ended up being around 100 quid delivered from Germany! Now it's supposed to be made for airbag cars but It didn't exactly fit, the car has the newer steering wheel so maybe this is why. Anyway the newer steering wheels have a tab on the rim and there is no hole for it in the spacer so I had to drill a hole into the spacer. Next issue was the bolts supplied were no where near long enough: Ordered some 50mm replacement bolts and it all went together well after that. I quite like it, The wheel rests on my wrist now instead of in my palm, the indicators are not too far away and I have gained some more wheel to leg room. If I was to do it again I would try and source one from the UK so you don't have to pay a ridiculous amount on shipping. Car issues: Had a bit of a weird issue with the car not starting properly. Usually these cars start and rev up with some va va vroom but mine started to almost struggle to start and would go straight to idle. This was fixed by either disconnecting the battery or cleaning the MAF sensor. I did both at the same time so not sure which is the culprit but its now fixed and starting properly. Exhaust: Finally after 4 months it has arrived, A 2bular QP track system with all the trimmings. But what's this? Yep, that's a lotus track day exhaust too, in my frustration I have ended up with two track day exhausts 🙈. One needs to go, I'll be fitting the Lotus one first for a track day at the end of the month as that is already used, So I'll give that a go and depending on the results early next month one of these will be for sale. Prices will be: 2bular: Brand new never fitted, Seems to be £2155 on the website. Lotus: Used, £1550. Collection from Sheffield area or I'm usually traveling for work up and down the M1 to London way.
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  24. Todays 1st update is about seat brackets and trying to get a 6ft 3" person to fit in the car with a helmet! As you have probably seen from my first post I started out with some brackets that mounted on to the Lotus seat rails that tilted the seat back 5 degrees, This gained me 33mm of head room. However these left room under the seat that could be utilised, But it is not possible to gain this room with the lotus seat rails as they block the seat from reaching the car floor as seen below, This left me with one choice of designing fixed brackets that replace the lotus seat rails. I set about in CAD taking measurements from the existing set up and working out how to do this. I wanted to keep the 5 degree tilt. Lower the whole seat 11mm and make sure it is adjustable so other people can use these brackets. I came up with a design and started to look at where to get them made, I had used a local company on my previous brackets but their accuracy and quality control is not up to the standard I expect, after a bit of googling I decided to use one of those online companies with online quoting, I honestly didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised when they turned up practically identical to the CAD design. Unlike my previous brackets these ones take a bit of manual labour to assemble into the final item. Anyway lets have a look: They come in two main parts, The bracket that fixes to the seat and the bracket that mounts to the floor of the car, These are bolted together with two high tensile bolts. The above photo shows the bracket in its most rearward position. The bracket can go up to 90mm further forward in 10mm increments which should capture quite a range of people heights, The fully back position at 5 degree tilt leaves about 10mm of room between the rear speaker and seat and is where I have mine set. Some photos fitted to the seat: All the mounting holes line up and the seat is a mm or two from touching the car floor as designed so I was very happy in choosing that particular company to make them. I measured the seat height drop against the stock position to see how much room I had gained, It says 47mm on the calliper but now noticing at how bad I lined up the calliper with the lines we'll call it 46mm. So 46mm of head room gained. Off to the car I went to fit the seat and try it out, Just realised I did not get very good photos of the seat in the car! I have fitted a Komotec steering wheel spacer but will talk about that in a different update. But I have decent enough knee room and have about 62mm of room between the wheel and my leg. Whilst in the car I thought I would try my helmet to see if I would fit in with the soft top on where I discovered I wasn't a million miles off. The only way to now increase head height is to tilt the seat further back, I had thought of this as a possibility and made my new brackets modifiable in that they can go from 2.5 degrees to 7.5 degrees of tilt from the standard lotus position. I did this by placing some laser cut pilot holes in the seat bracket so you could choose what you wanted and simply drill the holes. With the holes drilled for 7.5 degree tilt I reassembled onto the seat and measured what I had gained. According to CAD I would have to move my seat 30mm further forward so that it does not hit the rear bulkhead, But in return I gained an extra 20mm of head height. Here is the seat in the car: I really need to learn how to take decent photos but hopefully you can see its a good difference in height. So now the number one question do I fit with a helmet and the roof on? Short answer is YES, only just, but YES!!! Here's a photo with my helmet just fitting under the soft top roof bar: I had to sacrifice a bit of knee room, It also turns out I only needed to move the seat 20mm forward and not the 30mm that CAD indicated. However I had been at this nearly 6 hours and the seat was fully bolted in so I left it as is to try out. If I find I'm struggling with knee room I'll move the seat back 10mm. But anyway I have gone from having my head out of the car to potentially being able to have the roof fitted for trackdays. What is next? Well I need to test these brackets out but hopefully in the next month they will be good to go. I'll have 9 sets available, should be looking at £190ish plus delivery. To recap: These will only fit the newer cars that are fitted with the lotus seat rails part number: A147V0029J Fixed seat bracket to fit Lotus seats only. Standard 5 degree tilt will gain 46mm of head room. Max 7.5 degree tilt will gain 66mm. 90mm of fore/aft movement. You will most likely need to move the steering wheel column up and fit a steering wheel spacer, because you cannot gain head height without sacrificing something else and in this case its leg and knee room. I will also look at getting some better pictures next time I'm out testing. Future Mods: I really want to fit the hardtop but I cannot get in the car without seriously hurting my back hence why I have the soft top. What I really want is some easy way to remove the roof or tilt the roof to access the car easier. I have seen some really old attempts that are no longer made with the T-bar roofs. I'm not interested in designing a whole new roof although a bubble roof would be useful! I may just start out with making some quick release latches along the lines of the soft top and see how that goes.
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  25. I'd imagine that a good amount of the cars settings are accessed from the middle display so I very much doubt there will be a version without unless it's the GT4 race version which is coming.
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  26. Before we had the workshop rebuild I just drove my Esprit on a set of blocks if I need to get underneath to change the oil or such. So it will definitely work, just make sure the ramps/blocks can't move as you drive onto them (fine on a coarse surface, not on a smooth garage floor). 8cm was plenty for me to get underneath with the oil pan.
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  27. Welcome to TLF. You should duck over to the Introductions area and say hi in there as well. Any questions or issues with using the forums, feel free to ask one of us mods. We're here to help.
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  28. Update: The Komotec Quiet Track exhaust has now been fitted, it sounds great, louder and deeper at idle however the drone on motorways is erm….. awful 😝. But I’m prepared to put up with it in order to attend track days. BOT weighed both exhausts and the KT is about 4kg lighter than the existing 350 back box. Video of noise comparison to follow.
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  29. New video from motor1 USA with a Lynk&Co easter egg in plain sight :
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  30. Forgot to mention all for the price of £275 can any Sports car manufacturer compete with that? It sure made my day and made paying the bill at the lakeside so much easier.
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  31. First year service plus headlight replaced after the sidelight decided not to work. Then lunch on the way home at what as to be one of the best restaurants in the midlands. Lakeside Nottingham, beautiful food and stunning location.
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  32. I am doing my best drinking copious quantities of alcohol, consuming vast amounts of steaks, pork pies and BRITISH cheeses (non of that french slime), working 70 hours a week, and driving my car as fast as my sphincter will allow (obviously no drinking and driving) so although I might not have a long life left, at least what time i do have left will have been spent laughing, joking, having fun and doing what i like. Better that than being a boring fart of a tee total, vegetable eating puritan who had never laughed a day in their life! Natus Ebrius Contentus Mortuus
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  33. I doubt the insurance will be invalidated right out the gate, but once the regulations progress into you not being able to turn it off at all anymore (which is a certainty looking at the regulation wording), insurance will no doubt follow suit. I'll bet on '28, as that seems to be the informal target date in several planned regulations to finally remove any feeling of joy one could have driving. The car will also store when and where you were doing something it did not agree with, which will (probably not immediately, but undoubtedly eventually) be used to determine blame in accidents and forego insurance payouts. After some more reading, it seems most those better in the know expect it will indeed be the case that you have to manually turn off this system every time you start the car, it will likely not be allowed to remember your preferred setting, but default to on. If there's a dedicated button for this (one of my C8-driving USA mates says his car does have a dedicated button for this, but in the US this entire thing is not regulation enforced in the same way it will be here) it's not that bad, but if you have to go five menus down into the infotainment system... ugh. If you 'disable' the system in another way, you'll probably be doing something illegal, with repercussions ranging from fines to assumed guilty in any accident. Maximum speeds will be determined by GPS location and maps. Why not "smart" signs that signal the car as you pass? Because this is the lead-on to full location tracking of every car on the road. At some point the limiter won't even really matter as the government will simply know when your car was where and how fast it was going, and they can automate speeding fines (which is an even bigger deterrent than your car shouting at you to slow down or having fuel flow diminished). This will of course be done under the guise of safety, and taxes - the latter because the coming dominance of EVs will destroy gas and CO2 tax revenues, both of which are vitally important to the treasuries, and countries will be moving to tax on car-weight and miles driven. Many have been proponents of the latter system (in CO2 tax countries) because it massively reduces the price of powerful ICEs, but it will not be introduced until those are irrelevant. Reasons cited until now have been that's it's simply too complicated (read: more profitable to tax the rich with expensive cars), but it will obviously suddenly and unsurprisingly become possible when EVs take over and those taxes dry up. Several car manufacturers (and even insurance companies claiming it would actually be less safe) have complained about this. Remarkably, Tesla is one of them with some interesting notes. The warnings need to at least be visible directly in the driver's sight, and the Model 3's obnoxious center console does not suffice, they'll have to add steering wheel dash. Additionally, cars will have to read road signs *as well*, aside from the GPS and maps data, to take non-standard situations into account, which they say is isn't really possible yet. Curious for a company that wants to claim full self driving, is it not? But wait, there's more. As more and more absurdly quick EVs hit the market for "reasonable" prices, cars being able to do 0-60 in less than 3 seconds are becoming commonplace. Safety regulations limiting maximum acceleration are only a matter of time and fit the criteria and framework perfectly. I expect the limit to be 6 seconds or slower... "quick enough". Add all this together and in probably less than a decade, there will be no reason left at all to have a quick, fast, or fun car beyond the capabilities of an MX5, outside of the track. It does really emphasize how the Emira is possibly the last powerful car to hit the market that you can actually enjoy on European roads for a few years still, assuming it's not fitted with these systems in the most obnoxious way out of the gate. If resale value is important to you, it's definitely something I would think about. Mark my words. I hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but unfortunately I'm more often right about the crap governments will pull in the future than wrong. All of this just makes too much sense from a regulatory perspective. And believe me, I would be ecstatic to be wrong about every single part of this. "The future is here, old man". Several of these systems (or large parts of them) are already in place in various cars and countries, though not deployed in this fashion. It's all possible, it's all feasible, and upcoming regulations all seem to point at exactly this. It might take a while to play out, but... There is "good" news too though, motorcycles are apparently exempt for the time being as nobody has thought up how to implement all this safely for them.
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  34. @AlI did the same tour but put the then Mrs in the car with Martin Donnelly, she never complained about my driving again 😂🤣
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  35. While your waiting for your Emira to arrive if you want to bond beforehand, would definitely suggest you invest in three days at Hethel and take the Lotus licence. Absolutely brilliant 👍
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  36. Hi David if you don't mind at some point would be interested in seeing your car with the tubular set up if you are just across in Bathgate (i am in Edinburgh) as i am tempted by this myself! current have the lotus sports exhaust and BOE CAI but more noise would be good Cheers Paul
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  37. Some more vintage motors on show for Monterey Car Week. Europa’s on show and the usual 66 Elan… though I didn’t post a snap of the Elan as it was the same from previous years. Sadly I won’t be at the Quail for the Lotus Emira launch.
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  38. Looks like the car on the right had just gulped down a vanilla milk shake!
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  39. That Ghibli is stunning and was way ahead of it's time. Designed by Giugiaro and first displayed at the Turin Motor show in 1966.
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  40. Some more cars from Car Week today… USA Spec Elise in the mix.
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  41. Speaking of dynamism here's a couple of action shots taken by MSVtrackdayphotos who did the official ones in the day And yes @Bruss it's spat the wheel centers out again so third attempt to print some that stay ... Always like a challenge.
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  42. Hi Bibs, Many thanks! Ive downloaded irfanview and I can view my photos as before. Thanks again. The power of the forum!!
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  43. 99% certain thats your problem. If that small hose is not connected, the fuel pressure cannot adapt to boost conditions. Not sure where it should connect on your configuration, but it effectively needs to reference the plenum air pressure.
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  44. Update on our Belfast trip. Little Dutton delivered safe and sound and as luck would have it, the S4 we had to collect was right next door on the same industrial estate. 1,563 mile round trip from home to Lisburn, Belfast and back again in 34 hrs. Very tiring run all taken in stride with the ever faithful VW Amarok and the shuttle trailer. We did have a slight hick up the way home with an overheating brake on the trailer which was resolved. No thanks to the RAC (pricks) but we got home. More on that later. 2nd trip followed shortly after to deliver another car just over the borders, then on down to deepest Englandshire to collect another project. Anyone looking for a tidy Eclat light restoration project. Give me a shout. Then we got a bit busy with the following which involved a very hectic week. 1/ We have just purchased a proper, full blown recovery truck which will be fitted with an extra low beaver tail specifically designed for low slung Lotus cars. 2/ Just found and made a deal on a ready made ultra low all alloy beaver tail leaf to fit the recovery truck. And at a bloody good price. And local. What was parked on the drive behind the truck leaf at the sellers house. A very, very tidy late model Elite 503. Sensible offer made and being seriously considered. Bit of light restoration followed by a for sale if I get it. 3/ Also found a cracking good 3ton winch with full remote control and in perfect working order, again at cracking good price. And local 4/ And found a very slightly neglected but with huge history file and reasonably low mileage, an Elan M100 and purchased at a sensible price for further restoration and future sale. 5/ The tremendous Mrs Wendy Walsh is keeping busy doing PA and research. Bless her. Redundant/Retired. Busiest I've been in years. This 7 day week lark is a laugh.
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  45. After a long drawn out project this rather nice Esprit SE is finally away back to her owner. Several historical issues repaired and a few electrical gremlins that were thrown in all done at last. Whole project was thrown up in the air due to Covid and me being stuck overseas for months at a time. But done and dusted now. Thanks to Barry Kearely and Sparky for their assistance and advice on the electrical nightmare. I HATE ELECTRONICS. Now to crack on with the next couple which is complete the rebuild of an Excel SE, couple Elite's Type 75, 504 and 501 and of course the most important one of all will finally get looked at, my S3 turbo. That is of course after I deliver my little Dutton which is off to a new owner in Belfast which times in perfectly, as I have another S4 to collect from the same area to bring home for restoration. Looks like the rest of the year is going to be a bit bit busy. Its maybe a blessing that I was made redundant last week after Qatar, QP having decided to change their retirement age for folks working in our industry. Up you, QP. I'm happy, and so is Mrs W as I am now home every night/week/year.
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  46. Yesterday we drove 180 miles from South Devon to the Cotswolds. The vast majority of this was on the A38 dual carriageway and M5 motorway. We set off at 11am and it took nearly 6 hours at an average speed of 31mph. We didn’t encounter any accidents or major roadworks. It was all down to shear weight of traffic. I think the active distance sensors on modern cars possibly makes this worse, as cars are braking far more often, which starts a chain reaction ending up with stop/start traffic.
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