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  1. Emira V6 and Esprit V8 SE (styling of both designs by Russell Carr)
    9 points
  2. Had a chance to get a look under the car today after bringing some papers to the dealer, still no final date for road registration but chances are its done next week. They are waiting for registration paperwork from Lotus. Good to see the trustworthy AP Racing logo on the inside of the caliper. Also Bilstein dampers as expected. The photo with the black spring is not from my car, it's from a Sport suspension car they have in the showroom. Was curious to compare details to my Touring car, but couldn't find the numbers and didn't want to bother the mechanics to lower it again a few minutes before their start of the weekend πŸ˜… FullSizeRender.MOV
    8 points
  3. Two Lotus road cars in salubrious company among the Classic Team Lotus collection at the weekend (one is Scott's)
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  4. Still can't believe I picked up my phone during my lunch break while having a burger and one hr later started the yellow beauty for the first time. It's now going to take another week or two to get her registered... but wow!!
    6 points
  5. Sorting through some unidentified media, I stumbled across a treasure trove of Concorde pics from late 2003, and I've posted a tiny fraction of them here. Most of these were taken in October and November, around and after retirement. They were all taken by a mate who was a Concorde engineer, but I know he wouldn't mind their being shared. In no particular order. Some poignant ones here. Don't remember Graham taking this one! I'd arranged a Concorde hangar tour for some American enthusiasts. Some great entries in the tech logs for those final flights... Aft baggage hold, rarely seen. Can't be certain, but I believe this was Alpha Fox the day after her final commercial. Couple of 593s. Concorde staging. From tail staging. A good shot demonstrating function of the buckets. The pipes. Loads of fun strapping down here and running the engines up! The last time one could capture 3 together, I believe. I'll let you guess what this is. Olympus engine change. Quick pad change! Sentiment ran high in the company. Just a few more of many thousands in my Concorde collection. I miss her...
    6 points
  6. Spot on analysis from the daily mash https://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/business/banker-getting-massive-uncapped-bonus-for-fking-up-pound-20220927226194
    6 points
  7. The car is morphing back to it’s origins slowly but surely, I think that’s probably it on the body now until spring as the inclement weather sets in but pleased to have got this far. Still loads to do and holes to fix but being gel crack free the body is now strong again. I was hoping to get the sills, spoilers, bumpers and wolfrace wheels on it to complete the transformation but that’ll have to wait. Lights back in position, this was a tough repair to do but solid now and dimensionally correct (Handy having the white car here to measure from) I ended up making two moulds for the front as the cut was awkward with terrible access, I didn’t want a poorly wetted out repair so extra work but worth the hassle. At least the repairs will have months to fully cure before further prep, I hope to get time to grind out the join line and add a closing strip in the front to prevent any future show through once prepped, I take it down to a knife edge for the layup but find that it makes a 100% join that way. I’ll do the car in reface before painting after rubbed down to allow a full guide coating prep job. Back on the mechanics over the winter to get it running again. Dave
    5 points
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  9. The first twin-chassis Lotus F1 car and the last with an aluminium tub. This is a Type 86, which was the development hack with an aluminium tub to test the aero design concept for the Type 88 (which had a carbon/kevlar monocoque).
    5 points
  10. Hi all yes this is my car, I did have a good amount of initial interest in the car but nothing that materised into a sale. I would have much rather sold privately but the collecting cars team have been good so far so will see how it goes. They have given me a sensible reserve so i will be happy enough it makes it. I think i have to be realistic as the market has certainly dropped. I figured that it might reach a wider audience on CC but who knows. It was going to be a forever car (hence why i spent 5k on it in my ownership!) but circumstances have changed (have a guess!) so sadly it has to go. The clip in belts are really easy to remove so new owner can do that if they wish (although they are awesome, highly recommended) If anybody has any questions please give me a shout on 07913200970, it really is a stunning car. Cheers Paul
    5 points
  11. MOT time at Bell and Colvill. A pass, blocked windscreen washer jets the only issue, soon fixed. Justin
    4 points
  12. Delighted to chat with Russell Carr at the Elan 60 event on Sunday and hear his tales about the styling of the S4 and late V8 face lifts
    4 points
  13. 1 hour and 37 minutes after going in the "Your call is important to us" queue, I finally got to talk to somebody and by sheer chance it happened to be the very person who's name was at the bottom of the 'total loss' email. After a discussion on the possibility that his prescription medication is requiring a review, and on the subtle differences in value between a 12 year-old (almost) Lotus Evora with all the options ticked and a shed-load of subsequent expensive modifications (all declared) and a similarly-aged base model Fiat Panda, Vauxhall Corsa, et al, he did eventually concede that perhaps they had been a bit rash in applying their universal "if it's over 10 years old it's scrap" policy and that they should reverse all today's actions and await my further communication on the matter. Both the Alfa and the Saab are off the road at the moment awaiting parts to get them through their respective MOTs so, with the Evora being my only (just) usable means of transportation for the next few days, I've asked that he put it all in another email with special emphasis on the cover not being cancelled so I've got something to produce if I get tugged by our 'friends' in the blue and yellow chequered motors. Still waiting for it to arrive - there's a surprise, .
    4 points
  14. And to make my morning even better - I’ve just checked the court allocation that went up online. I’ve got the same Judge as I’ve had at the non-mol in August and has been dealing with the latest application. πŸ’ͺβ™₯️😎πŸ₯³
    4 points
  15. I can already confirm bees like the "new" Norfolk mustard as much. Actually one of the first pics I took last friday. Things are looking positive that I can pick the Emira up end of next week! πŸ™
    4 points
  16. No but from Vlad's face I'd say there's a 99% chance he's the once that's just farted in the bath!
    4 points
  17. 18 today! The site can buy booze now!! Thanks for all our your support over the years folks, it's been a long time and obvs we'd be nothing without you! It's been a fun adventure!
    4 points
  18. Here's my pictures in no particular order. Phil Harrison and myself travelled up the day before and took a detour to see the old factory at Cheshunt. The owner of The Monster Gym (Steve) turned up, saw our cars and came over to say hello and would we like him to open the gate so we could take the cars down the alley to the ramp for some photos. He's a really nice guy and we chatted about the buildings to learn that he has three years left on the lease at which point The Monster Gym and the office/assembly building will be no more. He said he was making sure to remove the commemorative plaque before this happens to keep it safe, I know that some of you keep in touch with Steve and it's good that he takes an interest and is always so welcoming. I chatted to Clive Chapman when he visited the event and showed him the photos, he's aware that the buildings are going and mentioned that he was going to try and salvage the gantry that lowered the finished cars down to ground level. These are pictures hosted off site, if you click on the thumbnails they open the pictures in a new tab. Go to www.classiclotuselan.com for the report
    4 points
  19. Wordle 465 4/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨🟩⬜⬜🟨 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 I guessed this 5-letter word in 4/6 tries. β¬›β¬›β¬›πŸŸ¨β¬› ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬› 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Can you guess this word? https://wordlegame.org/uk?challenge=d2hhY2s Daily Quordle 246 5️⃣6️⃣ 8️⃣7️⃣ quordle.com
    4 points
  20. I cannot explain how I ended up with this today, I'm in shock Wordle 465 4/6 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ πŸŸ¨β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› β¬›β¬›πŸŸ¨β¬›πŸŸ¨ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    4 points
  21. Respectfully if I may make a change to that statement, the yellow colour that Porsche use looks very much like Hethel Yellow. Those pesky copying Germans.
    4 points
  22. Being that the B-prefix Lotus black belts had a recommended interval of THREE years rather than two of the A-prefix, you surely could stretch the interval with the Gates belt quite a bit. We replaced our initial blue belt at eight years old (26,000 miles). This, on an Esprit that never sat for long periods of time...πŸ˜‡
    3 points
  23. Not seen this before, really interesting.
    3 points
  24. NO Heat There is a spring loaded pin, You need to press (there is a small hole on one side) it, after which the steel part can slide of the aluminium part. Attached a manual for overhauling the bendix rear brakes. Bendix Overhaul ex Matra club.pdf
    3 points
  25. Andy, don't be silly when there's all that tea to be drunk and doughnuts to be scoffed back in the office, . I managed to speak to them, after a fair old wait, a couple of times in the early days on the non-emergency 101 number but I think my number must now flag-up on their 'don't answer' list so I've had to resort to the 'contact us' form on their website. I send a message every other day, giving them details of what new things I've discovered during my sleuthing (so basically doing their job for them) and pressing them for an update on how they're proceeding but all I get back in return each time is a generic "your message has been passed on to the relevant investigating officer" one-liner. Bill, if they're able to prove 'beyond all reasonable doubt' that the X5 driver was responsible then, yes, their insurance is liable for all the costs and it's their legal responsibility to return my car back to its pre-incident condition i.e. with a new WinAce GTC bumper. If it ends up going through my insurance then that opens up a whole new can of worms because although I declared all the modifications to them and they applied an additional premium as a result, they're now maintaining that they're only obliged to return my car to its 'as it left the factory' condition, i.e. with a standard S1 bumper. So I don't really understand why the extra premium was required if they're not covering its replacement - does the modified bumper (and the other bits like the rear 'big wing') pose an increased risk to other road users for instance? An excuse to screw a bit more cash out of me for nothing in return is looking the more likely answer now to that quandary, . Things could get messy as I'm not rolling over on this one no matter how many other balls I've got to keep in the air at the same time.
    3 points
  26. Update on CNC rear uprights: The first customer pair are completed and heading off for anodising. On the topic of anodising, after examining the finished parts the guys at Aira have changed the anodising specification from 'Hard Anodising' to 'Sulphuric Anodising'. This decision was made as they deemed the trade-off in fatigue life of the uprights for the harder-wearing surface that comes with hard anodising is not necessary for this component. Switching to the sulpuric anodising reduces the impact on fatigue life, while providing a harder-wearing surface than the conventional chromic anodising, and still maintains anti-corrosion properties. Production of the remaining units is underway with roughing of the billets already started. The eagle-eyed will notice that this pair do not have the provision for the VSS sensor. All remaining pair do have that design feature incorporated. Enjoy the images of the finished parts and a big well done to Aira for their work turning this project into a reality. video-e74f1b26-cdbd-4bbb-957a-b7c4d9bb28fa-1664363586.mp4
    3 points
  27. What an eclectic conversation we had tonight! politics, war, electric cars, death and of course the long awaited delivery of Kenny's Emira! Lovely to talk bollocks with friends again 😁
    3 points
  28. Roy Lewington wrote: "I do not want a blue belt on my car". My question is: WHY??? The Blue timing belt was developed originally for competition Nissan engines in Japan and is the most durable timing belt on the market. Blue belt is over 300% stronger than HSN material. Does not age as fast as HSN one. Originally I was working with Gates Engineering on getting few engineering samples imported (for my personal use). During the follow-up discussion with one of the engineers I learned that a new "party" joined and was also interested in acquiring a few belts. I was told that the contact name was "Jeff" from JAE. I did call Jeff and discussed his project. I was not interested in independently marketing the belt. We agreed that Jeff will help me getting the timing belt through his project and I will sees my project... The rest is history. Zig
    3 points
  29. A Vessel spotted at the time of the explosion anyone recognise the occupants?
    3 points
  30. Waking up on a hospital ward of old men brings a new meaning to the dawn chorus saying
    3 points
  31. Wordle 465 3/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩⬜🟨⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 I think a big dose of luck, it was the only word I could think of.
    3 points
  32. ^^ Looks like a Ferrero Rocher
    3 points
  33. I spent all evening in the garage tonight and I think I must have got almost all the OAT coolant out of the car. Annoyingly, the aftermarket (but very nice) aluminium radiator that is fitted to my car has a drain plug that was impossible to get at without removing countless pieces of the vehicle. I opted to carefully drill a 12mm hole in the fibreglass underside to allow easy access with the required hex key. That will make future coolant changes much easier. Andy, your tip about disconnecting that pipe and inserting the hose seemed to work an absolute treat! It took quite a while but the water eventually ran crystal clear. I made sure the heater control was set to hot. I then refilled the coolant system with 100% water. I am going to leave it like that until the weekend, then I will drive the car for half an hour so that the water has fully circulated and diluted every last drop of any remaining OAT coolant. Finally, I will drain the system and refill with the proper IAT coolant at a 40% concentration and make sure there are no airlocks. QUESTION: Do you think that should do it? πŸ™ Lotusfab: The thin rubber hose that goes to the top of the header tank was the one that had been incorrectly installed. It had been put underneath the air filter housing so there was a definite U shaped dip in the hose, but it wasn’t kinked. I re-routed the pipe properly yesterday. πŸ‘
    3 points
  34. Vulcan Grey previously uploaded a table from Lotus on fuel compatibility. Sadly the link to the Lotus website quoted is now dead, but here is the original post. Essentially if its a v8 or injected 4 cyl E10 is fine, if it's on carbs it's not. Sa
    3 points
  35. Wordle 465 3/6 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 I guessed this 5-letter word in 4/6 tries. β¬›β¬›πŸŸ©β¬›β¬› ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©πŸŸ©β¬›β¬› 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Can you guess this word? https://wordlegame.org/uk?challenge=d2hhY2s Daily Quordle 246 8️⃣5️⃣ 6️⃣7️⃣ quordle.com ⬜🟨🟨⬜🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩⬜⬜⬜🟩 🟩⬜🟨🟨🟨 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟨⬜⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬜⬜⬜🟨⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜🟨⬜🟨 🟩⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ 🟨🟩🟨⬜🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬜⬜⬜⬜🟨 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 ⬜⬜⬜⬜⬜ ⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    3 points
  36. Hi Rambo, I appreciate your comment about the number plate. The only reason for blocking out the plate on the photos is because it was another plate that no longer applies to the car. It's not a mistake that Y23 AMP isn't blocked out in one photo (so that people can check for MOT history). For transparency I will adjust the advert to state the current plate. Nothing to hide at all. An absolutely brilliant car. MOT and service done today at Bell and Colvill.
    3 points
  37. ^^^^^^Absolutely correct but no doubt she’ll be getting loads of flack from those that like to be outraged^^^^^^^^^
    3 points
  38. Proud to have been a member and helped in a small way over the years, like getting Bibbo involved in the Company under MJK, and pleased to see this has continued into today! Also proud to call @Bibsa close friend who I don't see nearly enough of, but that is always at the end of the phone and popping in for coffee when I'm not here, he must do some housework while here as well as the bed sheets are always fresh when he's popped round and I'm not here! Thanks mate!! Happy Birthday to all of us!
    3 points
  39. Wordle 464 5/6 ⬜⬜🟩⬜⬜ ⬜🟩🟩⬜⬜ ⬜🟩🟩⬜⬜ 🟩🟩🟩⬜🟩 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 That was close.
    3 points
  40. I guess you were right 😞 πŸ˜† Wordle 464 4/6 β¬›πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬› β¬›β¬›πŸŸ©β¬›β¬› πŸŸ©πŸŸ©πŸŸ©β¬›πŸŸ¨ 🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩
    3 points
  41. Lotus Engineering committed to combustion engine development
    3 points
  42. Thanks all for the nice comments. I'll be pressing my nose on the window of their showroom today. @TomE My dealer always "promised" me the first car he'll get. I told him weeks prior to the release event (the rainy live stream) that I'll be placing an order. Formally signed papers the morning after the release event. We didn't have the deposit game here in Germany, it was a straight forward contract & signature thing. But I guess this still makes me one of the very early "slots". He told me about exactly a week ago that my car will be on it's way soon and it showed up earlier than expected, he was expecting it to arrive end of this month. The VIN was in the system since about approx. 2-3 months according to him. @ScruteMy mate took another picture yesterday where you can see the wheels much better than on my photos: Maybe also an interesting topic for the ride height story - it's a touring spec car and the others in the showroom were sport and seemed to sit about 1,5cm lower. But one of the guys working in the shop said mine might still have transport spacers in the suspension. Something else I noticed: * The seating position is definitely lower than the pre-production cars. * The red flap over the start button is now made out of alloy or metal instead of plastic. * The doors close with a very satisfying and quality feel.
    3 points
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