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  1. Having had a stroke myself David, I know how Jennifer may feel. Please give her my best. Quick into A&E is great. Really does help. At least Jennifer is in hospital where they can look after her no matter what. Trust me, if mine was anything to go by, Jennifer will be mostly asleep, so don't feel too bad. I have since read all of the other posts David and read the news of Jennifer bouncing back. Great news. It was weeks for me before I got home, so be ready for that. Every stroke is different and every persons healing time is different. (That frustrated me to tears). The one thing I clearly remember is being told that 75% of healing was admitting that I had a stroke and not putting my 'man badge' on.
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  2. Hi, Reservation fee placed today
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  3. Neanto, Sorry, I'm an ex structural engineer and don't think you are going to like what I'm going to say. Looking closely, all you seem to have done is add weight without increasing the torsional stiffness at all. To increase the torsional stiffness you need to make the central spine harder to twist. Your straps to next to nothing in that regard. If you remove them, attach one end rigidly to a bench and then try to twist the other end, that will be how much extra torsional stiffness you are adding, essentially nothing. I'd bet you could twist it by hand 100mm without difficulty. The main torsional rigidity for any lotus with a backbone chassis comes from the body, they have been designed that way from the Elan. You would gain far more by finding extra ways to attach the body to the chassis and/or increasing the bodies torsional stiffness (which is what a roll cage does). As an example the difference in stiffness between the S1 Europa which had the body bonded to the chassis and the S2 Europa where it was bolted on, is huge, with the S1 far stiffer (it did make repairs of the S1 VERY difficult!) I spent a long time quite a few years ago trying to work out an effective way of increasing the stiffness of the backbone in my Europa, which is very similar to the Esprits. I failed and couldn't find a way that worked, even making a new chassis with thicker metal made almost no difference. The closest I got in theory was to use diagonal bracing wires from opposite corners (front bottom left to back top right etc) within the box, but even using "superstrand" stressing wires to resist stretch, the tension required in the wires to have any meaningful effect would have crushed the backbone. Despite looking like a chassis, in reality it's a front and rear subframe with the backbone conveniently locating them in place. The backbone mainly acts in bending it's torsional strength is a useful bonus for the bodies torsional strength but secondary.
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  4. Nope... had the rules and regulations been respected, some would have been upset and some would have been happy but Masi would have done his job properly and kept it. Instead of that the sporting body known as the FIA had to deal with a shitshow. The 2021 champion is still going to have a shadow over his shoulder because. Had Mercedes been a sore loser they would have taken this to court and won, because the race director did not do his due diligence in that race. LH asked Mercedes not to push it that way to which Mercedes F1 boss said ok. If you consider that being a sore loser, then I can't even imagine...
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  5. Sending the mother-in-law out with a big kite in the morning.
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  6. Bargain. Someone here was looking for an early Evora, worth looking into
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  7. Shed of the week?
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  8. https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202202162639911?include-delivery-option=on&onesearchad=New&onesearchad=Nearly New&onesearchad=Used&model=Evora&postcode=ip215ba&advertising-location=at_cars&sort=price-asc&make=Lotus&radius=1500&page=1
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  9. few years back near me the council spent a fortune widening a path to make it a cycle path thingy whatsit and so then what you see is a cyclist on the road holding up traffic next to an empty cycle path, now in that instance the cyclist should be fined for not using the available cycle path
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  10. Happy today. Well almost. The little Elan M100 SE we rescued a couple of months back went for an MOT this morning after a good bit of work and the result was not too bad. Emissions a bit on the high side. Park brake just below required efficiency. 1 side repeater/indicator bulb out and drop link showing signs of ware. I recon that's not too bad for a car that has been in for her 1st MOT since 2009. I'm happy with that.
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  11. I noticed when up at the petrol station last week that the oil temperature gauage I fitted was fogging up for some reason. So while the binnacle cover is off I decided to take it apart to try and work out what was up. While its apart I then got to thinking about whether I could make a new dial face myself to better match the VDO gauge to the rest of the CAI instruments in the car. Having done some research it looks like its a fairly straightforward job to do with a bit of patience, but first off I need some vector artwork to try with. I've completed my first iteration of the vector artwork to see what my interpretation of a CAI oil termperature gauge would look like based on the other dials. The original VDO dial face is just rested on the paper for comparison. The red needs a little tweaking but otherwise I'm hopeful this will be successful 🤞 Here are the existing oil pressure and water temperature gauges I modelled my take on for comparison. Next step is to source some materials to make it into a proper dial face I can actually fit into the gauge.
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  12. Woohoo - power has just come back on and the wind has subsided, will find out tomorrow how much damage there has been. We have had wind (obviously), rain, hail, sleet, snow and sometimes all at the same time, what a day!
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  14. So I went for a drive in the Esprit this arvo after work. Did have to go to the painters, but he had left early and I missed him. Oh well, a drive it is then. So I'm driving along a bit of road and I see this huge sign several times. Give cyclists space to ride safely. And all I could think to myself was "Sure. They can have space. I'm not stopping them. I don't know how they are going to get there and how they will stay warm, but they can have space. Us guys with cars want the road."
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  15. Have I stumbled into the Brexit thread by mistake?
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  16. So the fact that the FIA race director, no one else, ripped up the rule book, broke with convention, and did what he liked, is OK is it? Because the principle that most people are pissed about is NOT that LH did not win, it was that whether it was contrived or not, the result WAS manipulated by the actions of the Race Director. So if you take away the emotion of whether you are a LH, Merc, MV or Bull fan, and focus on the "facts" of what happened, then at the very least you have to find Massi's decisions strange, and at the extreme unsporting. Either way, Massi was is own man who made the decisions himself, and he decided to alter the rules of the game, during the game. I don't think that that ca be denied to be honest. Personally, you cannot strip Max of the title now. The correct decision is to hold the person responsible for the whole debacle, responsible. So him getting the sack in my mind, is him being held accountable for the farce (some will say spectacle) that he created. Although he ain't really being sacked, he is just being moved to another department. How very corporate of the FIA. It doesn't help his case that he actually came across in the messages as an arrogant, entitled, twurp. IMVHO of course.
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  17. Masi was not under pressure from the FIA. That is BS! He may have felt under pressure from FOM, the promoter of the race, the TVs, Redbull... But he was not under pressure from the FIA... He effectively is/was the FIA most senior officer acting that day. Whatever he said went and it did. And he royally fucked up. The Epic battle was over before the crash, Hamilton had been leading the race by a full 10 sec... The FIA needed by its own admission and rules to let all lapped cars unlap themselves, which Masi initially said he would not, then he let five cars out of eight I believe unlap, then the safety car had to lead the race for another lap to have all the cars in proper restart order, he did not let that happen either... You ask Mercedes and Hamilton and Mercedes to see the big picture... Best part of the event was Masi calling it a motor race in Toto's face! Masi fucked up! He deserved to be fired. Had Mercedes not already signed the new Fom agreement, Mercedes could have called it a day. Mercedes does not need F1. They could have said ok we are leaving and FIA and F1 would have add to clean up that mess. Now see the big picture!
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  18. Great plan, my first track day of 2022 is already booked
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  19. Re the 1st para I think you see things differently to the majority, including many of the drivers who believe that LH has handled to situation very well. Re 2nd point, what was the racing that they tried to conclude with?Even ignoring the tyre situation, how does a 1 lap sprint with the gap closed up after 1 driver has established a few seconds lead over the previous 70 (or whatever) laps constitute racing? If I get you right you are saying that it was the FIA who ordered the rules to be broken, not Masi. Lets just change F1 then to a 1 lap sprint race in future. F1 is now a ruined sport and has become just a part of reality TV.
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  20. I did the same, I paid around £4k for full ppf and ceramic coating. Now my plan is to drive the wheels off it once the weather is better!
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  21. A plastic plant pot in our garden looked like it may fall over but it didn’t.
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  22. It seemed appropriate to create this new thread as that's exactly how I'm feeling today. TODAY'S UPDATE ON JENNIFER: No real change in Jennifer's condition today but then it's probably expecting way too much to expect every day to produce the amazing improvement seen on Monday. The good thing is that she's stable and hasn't deteriorated, other than showing a few signs of delirium (acute confusional state) which the consultant assures me is fairly common at this stage in the post-trauma process and that he would hope to see it subside over the course of the next week or so. They were obviously satisfied that she was out of immediate life-threatening danger as, between my two visits today, they moved her from the High Dependency Unit to the Stroke Unit in readiness for commencing the long programme of therapies aimed at restoring her as close as possible to her previous quality of life. This big change in location could also be partly responsible for her confused state. They play a selection of 80's and 90's music over the ward's sound system, and several times during my visit this evening, Jennifer started singing along if it was one of her favourites (Annie Lennox, Culture Club and George Michael to name but three) and she was pretty much spot-on with the lyrics and melody (better than me in a fair few instances) so that was a really encouraging sign that her brain is getting better at processing the signals it's receiving and translating them into a response. I'm going back at 11.30am tomorrow - unfortunately I'm limited to one visit per day from now on, , as she's in a small side ward with five others and they only allow one visitor on the ward at any one time, you have to prebook your slot and stick to it, avoiding the lunch hour and the supper hour, with the first slot at 11.30am and the last visitor is 'kicked out' at 7.30pm - they made an exception for me tonight, being her first night there. We're in this for the long haul by the looks of it. The prediction is that she'll be on this ward certainly for several weeks and possibly for several months, and will need many more months of care at home once she's discharged so it looks like that'll be me finally retiring from pounding the highways in my 44-tonner.
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  23. Lotus babe Aimee
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  26. Mobile field shelters do not need planning permission unlike normal stables. Doubt if that covers road use though.
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  27. Nope, he's been moved sideways into another job where he can do less damage for the same pay!
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  28. Thx, got mine back today- but can’t fit it as the car cover would be a parachute in this breeze . Here’s the failed voltage regulator. After 40+ years in the trade, he’s never seen it this bad! Oooohhhhhh, I’m so special 🤣
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  29. Mercedes F1 E W13 The return of the silver arrows Very low nose, shrinkwrapped sidepods with big intakes and triple barge elements.
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  30. Perhaps they were swimming in from northern France......
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  31. Wedge Lotus unless Esprit are a hard sell unless very competitively priced. I doubt this one is worth £8k, probably less. Excel are ridiculously cheap. This may change if Emira a hit, though most likely Esprit will just get more expensive. Justin
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  32. why is it we always have numpties that do things that put others in danger in weather like this ?? just seen pics of the coastguard having to get some swimmers out of the sea at brighton ffs they should be given the bill from the emergency services
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  33. Race car one may be for sale... https://en.springbok.de/cars/details/?f=126 The road one at Brands Hatch..
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  34. Not much to say really. Dealer did the big cover off unveil and after an initial wow ... suddenly it was "what are those big trails in the paint down the roof, why is every panel swirled and scratched, why are there big dull dry spots in the paint on the front clam?" Dealer says ... oh this is about normal for cars coming to us from Lotus. I was shocked that it came from the Factory with such flaws and not be picked up in QA and rectified. To be fair the Dealer was very quick to rectify it, got a warranty claim raised with Lotus and off to a reputable paint specialist to sort out the main issues. I did get the feeling that these final cars needed to get out the door. Others in the same batch seemed to be very good - TonyKL's, etc. Your experience was shocking. To steal a tyre from a customer's car and then have such little respect for the way it is handled while in their care. They are only sorry because they got caught.
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  35. About 10 minutes in, might give you some ideas
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  36. Wordle 244 5/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟩 🟩⬜🟨⬜🟩 🟩🟩⬜⬜🟩 🟩🟩⬜⬜🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 They've got more difficult after the NYT took over.
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  37. Phase 1 of the fortification completed😁
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  38. Painting finished, and chassis build up started
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  40. Just catching up with some recent comments. I think north America has an imperceptible impact in used Exige values. They are niche cars with a niche audience which is why they never sold many and this will probably continue to be the case. If the Lotus was not a parts bin special then their price would be astronomical. You just need to look at low volume 'bespoke' manufactures like GMA / Pagani /Koenigsegg to see this. Even McLaren use a Nissan engine block , Mitsubishi turbos, Parrot infotainment and many other borrowed bits. using other manufacturers parts has no impact on used Exige values Most people still don't get Lotus, even car enthusiasts and supercar owners. They spend £250k on a Lambo (Audi), Ferrari or McLaren and still say Lotus are far too expensive for what they are, without even having driven one. This is why the market place will remain exceedingly niche. Lotus has no appeal to the Rolex collecting fraternity and never will and its that inherent but intangible perceived cachet that sky rockets values and the Exige does not have this. Personally future values mean nothing to me. I have no intention of selling my 430, its paid for so its staying with me for as long as I am able to use it. I think many owners feel the same so this will make them rare and being the peak Exige the most desirable to that very small market, which I think will keep values high for low mileage good condition examples. But these cars are bought to be driven and not collected so I personally don't think they will appreciate as they will be driven. " For the drivers' sums it up perfectly.......
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  41. My S1, S2 and Turbo back in the late 70s and 80s...
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  42. Thanks everyone for your helpful info. After leaving the car for just 7 days, again it wouldn't start, meh! I ended up replacing the battery and after a few starts all the warning lights have gone away except the airbag. Next time it goes in for servicing I'll get them to clear it.
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  43. Had my Evora (2010 NA) detailed last week. before and after, you can clearly see the difference.. Really pleased with the results. Took them 4 days in total, including glass-coating.
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  44. Mildly rubbish attempt at an artistic shot on my phone. The idea was nice, need to work in execution!
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  45. No chance Sam. Yes I ordered it direct from Sliplo and will ask McLaren to fit it when the check the car out on arrival. You missed a cool Lotus Club gathering at Lotus Auckland yesterday Sam. I got to meet Luan and Frank and a few other club people. Awesome array of cars.
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  46. Well the new Z06 was released just recently with rims from Carbon Revolution. And that is where I work.
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  47. Today the Club Lotus (Bucks, Berks, and Oxon area) held its annual concourse competition at a big (100+ cars) classic car show. I took the Essex all polished up but didn't win anything (despite being in a class of just two cars..) but 10 minutes later the car show organisers announced the Classic Car of the Show and now I'm chuffed to bits.
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  48. My son went car shopping yesterday 😁
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