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  1. 5 points
  2. Just heard they have been able to bridge the component gap so cars will be delivered on time from this recent press release: Just as BMW shipping X5s without touch screens, the stock team at Lotus have been working hard to address part supply issues, and in clearing the old parts warehouses at Hethel in preparation for another canteen, are pleased to announce some cars will now come with Vauxhall wiper stalks, mini metro mirrors and the First Edition I4 will be a K-series. In fact the K-series car was featured recently on a track test pitted against a Porsche in North Wales by a performance car periodical. We at Lotus were lambasted for not supplying a track ready head gasket for the affair; most of the Emira’s wooden chassis being terminally damaged after suffering explosive decompression across all cylinders during the test. However, Youtube commenters agree that the car would have comprehensively beaten the German sports car had the much lauded K series been rebuilt to race spec in the pits of Anglesey. Meanwhile, a farmer recently revealed that the K-series was “the one to have” saving the online reputation of the new car (and saving a purchasers bacon after an email destined for AMG engine sales was “stuck in his outbox”). ENDS
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  3. Historic Lotus Club summer lunch, Oakley Park Hotel
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  4. If only the Police over here would do this
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  5. Exactly this, and not just this industry. We live on the knife edge of just-in-time delivery and continuous growth where shareholders' profits and executives' bonuses are more important than the integrity of the business itself. It's unsustainable, and it's about time this dynamic had a painful reality check. I fear nothing will change in my lifetime though. For aviation, a crippling blow was dealt by (allegedly) low-cost airlines. The expectation now is to be delivered safely to your destination of choice on a multimillion dollar piece of incredibly complicated machinery via a complex process of safety protocols, for less than the per-mile cost of a bus ticket into town.
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  7. We once found a full-sized snooker table in a 'disused' store room in T1 at LHR. Never did figure out how they'd smuggled it in. They were most miffed when it was removed.
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  8. Hi John, Was the aircon working and then just stopped or has it been stopped for sometime? If it was working and then just stopped blowing cold then it is possible that all it needs is a top up as the pressure in the system has fallen below that which the compressor needs in order to activate the clutch. The compressor is always being driven by the belt the important part is the bit on the end of the compressor the bit with all the holes in. With the aircon turned "off" the holes on the end will be visible and not spinning. With the aircon turned on and provided there is sufficiant pressure the clutch will engage and the bit on the end will start to spin and the holes will not be visible as it will be spinning too fast. Aircon gas naturally dissipates out of the system and needs to be topped up every so often, usually after 4-5 years. When topped up the gas has with it a lubricant and an ultraviolet dye in it. The lubricant to lubricate all the seals in the system and the dye to show you if you have any leaks, get a UV/Black light "torch" and you can easily check for leaks if you need to The good news is that top up kits are available STP sell two types the "STP Air Con Gas Recharge Kit R-1234YF" for newer vehicles and the STP Aircon Recharge R134a for older vehicles. You will have a label somewhere under the bonnet which will tell you which type (my guess would be the older type). Once you have one of these kits it's an easy ten minute job to top up the system. If however the aircon has not been working for some time then the seals may have dried out too much and it will not hold pressure. Handily the kit comes with a gauge/trigger which will give you an indication if you should proceed with the top up. The clutch is controlled by the A/C button. However even with the A/C button off the clutch can still engage when the defog/clear windscreen switch is active as it uses this setting to dehumidify the air to clear/defog the windscreen and also to move lubricant around the system. Turn all the blowers off and just have the A/C switch on and see what the bit on the end of the clutch does then. Hope that helps Roland
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  9. I'm with @Mysterae (I can never see your "handle name" and not start singing in my head "it's a mysterae" by Toyah. Bloody stays with me for hours too!
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  10. 😊 Wordle 372 3/6 ⬜⬜⬜🟨🟨 🟨🟨🟨⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
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  11. Wordle 372 3/6 ⬜🟨⬜🟩⬜ ⬜⬜🟨⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 I guessed this 5-letter word in 3/6 tries. 🟩⬛🟨⬛⬛ ⬛⬛⬛🟨⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Can you guess this word? https://wordlegame.org/uk?challenge=aW5sYXk
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  12. https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/lotus-build-modern-versions-never-launched-classics
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  13. Its coming, don't worry
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  14. Edit: ops that wasn't even aimed at me sorry 😆 The Philips ones from ABD https://www.autobulbsdirect.co.uk/hb3-hb4-philips-ultinon-pro9000-led-headlights-pair.html
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  15. So, GST fitted a bracket/spring which has stopped the noise 👌
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  16. Needs to be sent to the Met with the caption “this is how to do your job, not serving them with pizza & water like you do”
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  17. Just as useful as the Met Office...
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  18. I'm taking my wife out for a new pair today !!!
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  19. Can't imagine how long it would have taken for you to find a gap in the traffic so you could pull back onto the road? I bet no-one would let you in?
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  20. https://youtu.be/-7w2kpzxhOw really surprised by this hardly any views but quite unlike the clueless youtubers this reviewer actually did his homework before driving the car. Clearly an old review but one of the best I’ve seen for the Evora.
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  21. Oooo. That's going to leave a mark. 😃
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  22. Thanks @Phaeton91! Well, I do not have the PS4S, but the older PSS. I had the PS4S on order since last September, but in March I gave up since there was yet no delivery date available on the 18" front tyres, so I switched to the PSS instead. I am very satisfied, given what I wanted to achieve. But, I do not use my street tyres on track. Maybe if it is wet, but otherwise not. They will always become a bit more noisy after absuing the edges. Last year I ran -1,5° front and -2,1° rear in camber. Now I lowered the chassi 4 mm front and 8 mm rear and didn't expect it to affect the settings that much. I was wrong, It did. Nitron recommended 3 min (0,05°) front toe out per side and neutral rear. After we were done, it appeared to be 1 min (0,017°) toe out rearper side, so that was how I ran it this track day. You can find the new results below. It is measured with just over half tank and empty car. I expect the camber settings to even out a bit when there is a driver in it, leaning everything a little bit to the left. I can see a tendency to have a bit better temperature profiles over the tyres compared to last season, which is likely to be caused by increased camber. And, I can add that at the wheel alignment we did ONLY adjust toe. Nothing else.
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  23. Exactly this! Some things are by their very nature luxuries and should be costed accordingly.
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  24. I hope your Milan flight goes OK. When I was in the Security queue at DUS on Wednesday, I got talking to a couple of other passengers. One of these was an Italian businessman trying to get back to Milan. He was incredulous at the chaos in DUS and said there had been no issues when he flew out of Milan earlier in the week. Teutonic efficiency? Yeah, right. 😀 I still have no sympathy for the industry. They plan the flights, not the customers. If they can’t deliver what they plan, then they’ve only got themselves to blame.
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  25. @drdoomI have the later type Steve. Those bushes were easy to replace...
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  26. Used to take hopping over to Europe for a few meetings for granted. Last week should have been 2 such trips. One outward and one return flight was cancelled (BA and Brussels Airways). Ended up taking the TGV from Lyon to Leuven, which was actually really easy. The rebooked BA flight back on Saturday from Brussels was delayed for ~90 mins after about 20 of us who boarded had to wait for another 50 who were stuck going through security due to lack of staff on duty. Flight returned to LHR T5, car was parked in T2&3 Long Stay so had to get the tube back to T3 and the bus back to the car park. Train strike didn't help that at all. Off to Milan on Monday, have little confidence that'll go smoothly either. Hopefully the industry gets its shit back together, retrain enough staff to replenish those who left during Covid. Maybe we're guilty of taking things too much for granted when there are no problems? Wonder what else we might look back on in a few years and realise we'd never had it so good?
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  27. Wordle 372 4/6 ⬛🟨⬛🟩⬛ ⬛🟩⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩⬛🟩🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
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  28. Wordle 372 X/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 🟨⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨⬜🟨🟩⬜ ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜🟩🟩🟩🟩 out of practice
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  29. My favourite cheese is Applewood, yum. I don't like stinky blue cheese and I certainly wouldn't be eating any cheese-fly poop cheeze. Spoiler for the weak of stomach:
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  30. I wouldnlt fret too much on noise. It won;t take long to find out it we can hold the valve open to remove the last cat, etc.
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  31. I am confident the flexplate ( 2 piece assembly ) was specified when Lotus found flex in the 2.2 stroke crank in need of mitigation, so if you're still at 907 2 litre capacity should be fine with the simple flywheel. Cheers
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  32. If the fella is still looking he’s found his unicorn. Cracking looking car. I luckily had 2 bites of the cherry when I bought mine. I called the dealer the afternoon the ad was placed but someone had beat me to it by an hour. I left my number and 3 weeks later the dealer called me as the buyer got cold feet due to the rising fuel prices. I didn’t hang around then and committed over the phone, subject to a visual inspection later that week and am so happy I did.
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  33. Can't help you there @Bazza 907 as it is the same hand as yours. Came from an ex Team Lotus mechanic, originally fitted on Elio's car.
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  34. So this is definitely a random Essex image, taken this afternoon. I am returning from a trip to Zolder where I reacquainted the Essex Elite with the circuit it visited as the Essex Team Lotus car for the Belgian Grand Prix in 1980, two weeks after the car was built. I'm staying on the coast at Blankenberge for a couple of nights, locking the car before heading into the hotel, this Belgian guy walks by with his wife and asks if he can take a picture of the car as he is a Lotus fan (his Emira is due to arrive next year). Just look at the t-shirt he happened to be wearing.....
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  35. Yep, the gold standard for the job would be to drain the oil cooler at the same time, and also replace the oil filter. In reality, changing 90% of the oil for fresh oil should give you most of the benefit. If you then change it again once it's been mixed up for a couple of months you'll then more or less have 99% fresh oil anyway. That should be more than enough to keep the gearbox nice and healthy.
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  36. It's been around since the GP cars were called JPS Mk1, 2. 3 etc, so mid 1970's.
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  38. After the disappointment of a couple of weeks ago when I attended what I thought was going to be a typical general car show only to find myself in the middle of a slam and stance chav-fest, today's outing to a combined truck and car show was much more satisfying. An eclectic mix of cars, everything from film-inspired copies of the 'Herbie' Beetle and Kitt from 'Night Rider' through an array of classics (European and American) to several examples from various supercar stables. Here are a couple of pics of the class winners...........................Hmmm? One of them looks strangely familiar, . I wasn't even aware that there was any sort of judging going to be taking place so I didn't do any special preparation beforehand, just went out at 6 this morning and gave its face a wash. Well chuffed with a nice bit of glassware, for 'Best Modern Car', to stick on the mantle shelf.
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  39. I am so very proud to tell you all that Wendy is being recognised in the Jubilee Birthday Honours list. During lockdown 1 and 2 I watched Wendy work all day as a nurse then come home and paint until almost midnight, then get up, do it all again and spend weekends in her studio. I believe the final figure was 67 portraits and she contacted everyone one or their families and learnt their “backstory” many of which were stories of heroes in themselves, normal people doing extraordinary things. We tend to forget the level of death linked to COVID when it first hit and all this while Nurses, Doctors, HCA’s, Cleaning Staff, support staff and everyone in the NHS bore the brunt. Wendy too did this, working with those most vulnerable in the community. In her normal self depreciation when she learnt she wanted the award to be for everyone she painted and works with. So, so proud for her to be recognised. She's in so many papers from the Sun to the Mail, we are both astounded. Can I also ask a favour of our members? The Shropshire Star did a whole article on her and I was wondering if anyone could buy a copy and send it to us? More than happy to cover your costs. https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2022/06/01/nurse-who-painted-dozens-of-nhs-worker-portraits-thrilled-with-medal/ https://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/norwich-nhs-nurse-makes-queens-honours-list-9008988?fbclid=IwAR0w2nBPyR7pQLyPg3K7V4zDR4e-kgfz07vQdO4KRkIvXObrla77a3c2nUo
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  40. Them turkeys gon' get stuffed fer Christmas.
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  41. Let’s turn this around and look at predominantly hot countries. Are people lying in the streets to demand that all properties have their air conditioning units disconnected due to the colossal impact their frequent use must have on climate change? Maybe the same UK protesters can try it out when they go on holiday?
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  42. The choice of pads for a Toyota based system depends on your driving. The TMC system never provided an adequate amount of braking for the Esprit's performance...witness the expensive, high-performance Ferodo pads that Lotus fitted from the factory. One downside to performance pads is high levels of brake dust. When I was tracking my Esprit and had performance pads fitted, I needed to clean the front wheels after every drive. That got old after a few years. I am currently running ceramic front pads for street driving. These DO fade a bit during the most spirited drives, but under normal running conditions are fine. (EBC Yellows in the rear) I'm sure the Centric ceramic pads would perform in a similar manner. You can search for pads from various makers by looking for "1983 Toyota Celica Supra 2.8L" fitments, but DON'T get the cheap stuff...I still have vivid memories of a friend's Esprit brakes igniting at BlackHawk Raceway at a Lotus Owners Gathering... RA and Tire Rack both list Centric 10502450 ceramics for the 2.8L Celica.
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