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  1. Went for an epic 4 day journey through the Australian "Alps" (hills to the Europeans). Swapped cars with some 911 GT3 owners for some of it. They can keep their GT3's. Wow, the GT430 Sport is a much, much better drive than all of them. The 991.2 generation just felt heavy and sluggish to react in comparison, the 996.2 was fun, but slower. The Evora felt so much more nimble and connected when jumping back into it.
    16 points
  2. Nec Classic Car Show lotus Drivers club stand. well the response I’m getting on my Evora 400 at the show is wow what a Lotus .
    16 points
  3. Evening all - after a couple of years of toying with the idea I’ve finally joined the GT410 Sport club! I bought this Empire Green beauty a few weeks ago. It was the Lotus press car back in 2018. Absolutely loving it so far, the drive is like nothing else I’ve driven. I’ve come from (most recently) a 981 Cayman GTS and before that a RWD Jaguar F Type R. Glad to be joining the forum! I’m 33 and live in London. note: pics to follow. Need to work out how to add … Here she is!
    15 points
  4. More photos from the Aussie "Alps".
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  5. JENNIFER : LATEST UPDATE I've deliberately held off posting this until now as I wanted to let the dust settle a bit and get a truer picture of what was actually happening in the longer term. As I mentioned in my last post, Jennifer was offered a place at one of the nursing homes on my shortlist of 3. As you can see from the pic, for a relatively modern purpose-built structure, it still retains a bit of character rather than being a simple rectangular box like most of these places seem to be. Its location in terms of its immediate surroundings is by far the best of the 3, being as it is a short 5 minute walk (or slightly longer 7 minute push with a wheelchair) from Linlithgow Loch and its abundance of wildfowl, which Jennifer has absolutely loved visiting for as long as I've known her - a couple of pics below for those of you unfamiliar with the area. It's location in terms of ease of visiting is unfortunately for me by far the worst, being as it is a good 25-30 minute drive in the wrong direction from everything else I need to frequent, especially my work, but Jennifer's well-being overrides any of my selfish requirements so I was more than happy to accept their placement offer. So on Tuesday, 8th November, after 267 days in hospital, Jennifer made her tearful goodbyes to the staff there and moved into the nursing home. I fully expected her to regress for a bit and to take several days if not longer to adjust to her completely different surroundings but she took to the place straight away. While I had the job of unpacking all her stuff and personalising her room, Jennifer was sitting through in the dining room chatting away to a couple of the other residents and scoffing down her first 'sample' of the catering department's capabilities. I have to confess that they did bring me through a meal as well, and very nice it was too. I may have to make this a regular dining stop, . Every day since has been a good day. Jennifer has taken full advantage of the various activities on offer (there's something on the go every weekday morning and afternoon) and seems to be making friends with everybody, staff and residents alike. The home staff have already had her walking around the corridors using a zimmer frame with a member of staff only cradling her elbow to give her balance a little support. I think what was holding her back in the hospital was the shiny floors; now that she's got carpet under her feet, it seems to have boosted her confidence that she's not going to lose her footing any second and take a tumble. I've arranged for her to be assessed by a member of the Community Care Team who'll be able to organise regular visits from any therapists that it's felt Jennifer requires, be that physio, occupational, or speech and language - I'm hoping it'll be all 3 as it can only help to push her ever onwards towards some form of meaningful recovery. The early signs are more promising than I could ever have hoped for and my only regret is that the legal process took so long otherwise we could possibly have had Jennifer following this new path that much sooner.
    12 points
  6. Had my test drive yesterday at Hendy, so here are my thoughts - and stress that these are my opinions on how I found the car with a view to comparing it with my current NA Evora and possibly replacing it. Firstly I love the looks of the car - this one was in Nimbus with black pack and black wheels - mine is Nimbus, no BP and silver wheels. Getting in and out of the car is definitely easier than my S1 and the interior is a big step up in terms of quality, fit etc. Briefly tried the KEF stereo which was very good and all the controls had a nice feel to them. Now on to the important driving bit. It instantly feels like a Lotus and the ride with Touring susp and Goodyears (as per my build) was excellent and very similar in feel and compliancy to my S1 on some bumpy and twisty B roads. Although it is wider than the Evora, it didn't feel it when driving it which is good as I spend a lot of time driving the smaller B roads. I didn't like the steering wheel at all - I don't mind it not being round but for me it just felt too chunky and odd in my hands. Much prefer the Evora wheel. Sound wise in Tour or sport modes you can hear both the exhaust, which I liked and the supercharger whine, which I know is a feature of the car, but Ill take the soundtrack from my NA Evora any time. This and the steering wheel were my 2 main negatives but I know alot of people like the supercharger noise, I don't! The gear change was nice and precise and with blips on the throttle on down shifts very smooth and slightly quicker than my Evora. In terms of acceleration I wasn't blown away with the extra 100hp this car has but it was very linear and the car pulled cleanly from low revs in all gears. Brakes were great and I found no grabbyness that other people have mentioned. Overall, it drives very nicely indeed and not surprisingly very similar to the Evora. Now the crunch - will I get £50ks worth of more fun out of it than my Evora, I dont think so. Will it be easier to live with than my Evora, yes slightly due to getting in and out. Does it give you serious grin factor - yes, but so does my Evora. I think If I had been new to the Lotus brand and had just jumped it the Emira I would have been amazed with the drive and handling - but I have 40 years of continuous Lotus ownership and driving so I am well used to it and as they say "nothing drives like a Lotus" and the Emira is clearly from the same family. My build is January, so I only have a short while to finally decide. I think in the short term it is a fairly safe bet re residuals etc and the current long waiting list, and if I do go ahead my Evora will be staying until I can properly decide which one to keep. And yes, you can tell that I am quite attached to my light weight 2+0 3 pack Evora which continues to be a fab fun and usable car. Now, if Lotus were to dangle a targa Emira in front of me or a light weight 350hp NA engined car, I would have more of a reason to change.
    11 points
  7. Hi All I’ve had a busy time with my Celebration this year. It has been to Stonor Park (Henley), Salon Privé at Blenheim Palace, & a few drives with some 1980’s car friends into the Cotswolds over the summer. The Excel seems to be getting a lot more attention recently compared to when I bought it 5 years ago.
    10 points
  8. So had the time and opportunity to do a TD I've wanted to do for years ... Silverstone this has to be my favourite picture of the various track days I've done over the years. These I'm happy with as well The only problem I had was sliding around in the Recaros and having to brace myself in various ways. Anyone know of an affordable harness bar ?
    10 points
  9. Well, I may be pushing it a bit here but I left the house this evening to walk down the road and pick up a curry and there was a bird sitting on the front wing of my car. I was in a bit of a hurry so I didn’t react but when I got back the bird was still there. I moved up closer and nothing, no reaction at all. Strange, bearing in mind that it was very damp and pretty cold. So anyway, the bird is now wrapped up in front of a radiator in my study with some sugared water and some bread. We’ll see what happens by the morning! My question to myself - did I take an interest because it was a poorly bird or was it because I didn’t want it sitting on my car all night.
    10 points
  10. The Internet has gone bonkers over this; it's everywhere. The GoFundMe started by Scott Tulloch (it's legitimate) has topped £31k at time of writing. Lindsay and Adam are being contacted by numerous news entities, and Bedfordshire Police are being pummelled (rather unfairly) on their FB page. There have even been suggestions of job offers. The outpouring of love and support is phenomenal.
    9 points
  11. As this is the Evora picture thread! 😁 It’s on a wall inside a train ticket office in Lisbon that we were in earlier this week, so obviously had to be snapped.
    9 points
  12. Hi Phil, picked up your message. Here is mine, picked up from Silverstone at the beginning of November. Have not stopped grinning since. Just hope the weather improves so I can get out more.
    9 points
  13. One of the wettest Novembers on record in the area... so obviously I got the Evora out yesterday and drove up the road to Glencoe. Damp and misty when I left home but thankfully the forecast was correct: it was indeed drier in the west for a change. The sun was out for a glorious drive up onto Rannoch Moor (but you'll have to take my word for it since I drove past all of the usual photo spots to park up here on the cloudy side of Buachaille Etive Mòr for a run). A drive of two halves though: too wet around the local section so I was tip toeing around through the puddles.
    9 points
  14. Hello, after 26 years of ownership i decided to begin the restoration of my car. The paint wasn't in good shape and there where also some but not many spider cracks in the body.
    9 points
  15. Great run out in the Peak District this morning typical autumn weather damp, fog, a little sun not great for Cup2s but adds to the enjoyment.
    9 points
  16. Watford Exotics (International) and Lotus Danmark - the TLF bash starts here!
    8 points
  17. Test drive yesterday at Central Lotus. Sports setup with Goodyears. The test was always going to be how it compared with my current GT 410 sport and have to say it’s better in every department. The drive was on a good mixture off roads sadly very wet. Getting seated in the car is easy and feels worlds apart from the Evora so much more special, seating position spot on for me the Evora you sit to high, fit and finish and quality off the material’s used are worlds apart. The suspension was a big surprise always been more than happy with Evora setup thinking the Emira was pretty much the same well they have managed to make it even better, on some really broken uneven roads where the Evora would have struggled the Emira just brushed them off. Gear change better the dreaded transmission noise that have dogged all V6s in the past is virtually not noticeable. Clutch better not as heavy, performance hard to judge with the very wet weather but felt very similar to the 410. The biggest surprise was the sound obviously not as loud as the Evora but for me it just sounds better the exhaust note is great with the valve closed or open, in sport it sounds fantastic on the overrun. Driving home in the Evora as good as it is I had the feeling it as finally met it’s match with the Emira. Well done Lotus for making a fantastic sports car.
    8 points
  18. Slow progress but taking the paint down layer by layer, the yellow will be with the DA but from then on I’ll do it by hand making sure all the lagoon blue is gone. I’ll stop at the yellow coming off over winter then get the proper prep underway in the spring before heading to the paintshop. It certainly looks different now, part of me still wishes I restored it back to how I owned it in the 90’s.
    8 points
  19. so after a few months of testicular pain i finally had an ultrasound yesterday, although the dr said he didnt think there was anything serious wrong it struck me on the way to the appointment just how serious it could be 😞, the nurses were fab as i was worried, she asked have you had a vasectomy ? i said ive been married for 34 years its the same thing !!!! but long story short all clear on the plums !!! 😍
    8 points
  20. We’ve not got the heating on but it’s definitely getting colder in the morning.
    8 points
  21. Genuinely baffled by this all. I'm new to Lotus and a young potential long term customer for them. I have stuck to this forum as I'm of the opinion you are the original Lotus owners and the real long term customers of the brand. It's really aggravating me seeing the many pre-reveal depositors and loyal customers being shoved to one side. It's so obvious this company is operating in the dark ages, I don't care how up to date their factory is. If you want to compete with premium brands you need to be making each customer feel like they're the only one buying the car and the business knows who you are. They should have in the very least taken all of the pre-reveal deposit holders and existing customers and given them a real VIP treatment which would have been totally justifiable, someone like myself (new customer and early deposit) wouldn't have minded, if anything It would have encouraged me to become a long serving customer after seeing the brand treating it's existing customers with respect. Instead the opposite has happened. It wouldn't have even been that hard to do! Give them all the first factory tour on the house and give them first test drives. Job done and you maintain a real foundation of heritage fans. Without that your brand is dead and the history goes with it. I am no longer excited about this purchase
    8 points
  22. First start up and drive in 6 weeks. Got to get out more.
    8 points
  23. The very fact they are struggling with the concept of taking the money donated speaks volumes about their own moral code. They shouldn’t feel any guilt about taking it though, as some recompense for the appalling way they have been treated by the very system that should be defending and protecting them. If they want to give some to an appropriate charity, good on them, but I imagine every single penny donated was done so with the intention of helping them and restoring some faith in humanity.
    7 points
  24. My Lotus Evora GT410 Sport journey has started today when visiting my GT410 Sport in Essex Blue today at the detailer, ready for its full clean, ceramic coating and maybe some Xpel PPF over the carbon areas! This will be my first Lotus and I am really looking forward to getting to know the car. Hopefully I have picked a good one after cancelling my Emira order. I couldn't find a 'GT410 Sport Club' thread, so thought I would start one. I know there are some other GT410 Sport owners on the forum and would be interesting reading about your car, any modifications or issues you may have or may come across in the future. Thanks, Phil
    7 points
  25. Tonight after a meal out with 7 local lads - I’m back home and I feel epic 😎
    7 points
  26. The 410 is not my first Evora and by far my first not my first Lotus having owned you could say more hardcore cars, including 250Cup, Exige 240 sprint, 135R Elise to name few. It was my honest opinion on the two cars and yes this drive was always going to be the deciding factor when weather I pulled my deposit and keep the 410 which as been a great car, you take whatever you want out off my review. But i like to think with the history off my car ownership I do have a understanding off the brand.
    7 points
  27. Have you actually seen it sat in an Emira? I have - and by god they are incredible things. Who knows about the drive I wasn’t that lucky. most of the online forums are full of folks who would never buy a car anyway or simply just watch the world pass them by waiting for something better. me - I’ll wait for the i4 - and I’ll be owning one at some point no matter what.
    7 points
  28. ...and we are finished. Can't wait to get it back this week and have some fun. Shame about the weather!! 😅
    7 points
  29. From our Newlands Corner breakfast meet today. Nimbus Grey is Bell & Colvill's demo car and Hethel Yellow is a factory press car (production spec).
    7 points
  30. Me and my brother used to enjoy riding in the suitcase area near the rear screen of my dads old VW beetle, there weren’t any rear seat belts back then and you used to slide all over the place on the vinyl rear bench seats! Ive ensured my own kids continue the noble tradition….
    7 points
  31. Just to update my previous post on value of a GT410 2+2 Sport. This one is now hopefully sold @ £61k, pending collection next week. That then leaves me without an Evora in my stock, having sold 4 in the past couple of months, so if anyone is thinking of selling, let me know 🙂 Will : 07770 876552
    7 points
  32. Channeling Miami Vice via my Esprit S2. https://youtu.be/3ozSQvOLR_s
    7 points
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  34. So had a chat with my eldest last night. Daisy had rung her mum - she denied the drink driving flat out to her. She told her she had seen it in the paper !!! The last week Daisy had been chatting, messaging and responding like usual with me again ❤️ - that’s not happened in a long time. She now knows exactly what her mums been doing and I’ve not needed to tell her. Spoke to her last night and it appears we are properly all good again - she’s sussed it out for herself without me putting her in the middle of a parent fight. Now it’s just the inevitable downwards spiral we have to deal with.
    6 points
  35. Not sure about the ironing, but comes in handy for a quick picnic pit stop👍
    6 points
  36. Erm.... I fu**ed up! I must apologise for not listing this as a cat c. I've Known of this since purchasing the vehicle. As the damage is obvious and stated in the listing I unknowingly didn't put it in the ad. To tell you the truth the whole ad is a bit poor. (must try harder) I have now amended the advert and apologised after just having this pointed out to me by a potential buyer. I shall however retrieve my TWAT hat from the wardrobe and wear it around the house. Andrew.
    6 points
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  38. Morning all - I have driven the Emira both at the Hethel test track this month as well as having undertaken the test drive on the road at Colchester. The handling and grip have really impressed me. As above, the steering is very light but the way the car sticks to the surface (with little or no roll in corners, even whilst completing some wet laps at Hethel) and the way it smoothens over bad road surfaces both make me very impatient to take delivery! The track car I drove was the sports set up with the Goodyear Eagle F1 tyre (I believe it was in fact the safety car from Donnington), and the road test was the Touring set up with the Cup 2 tyre. Both equally impressive at what they were designed to do!
    6 points
  39. Last winter I have installed this header on my S4s. Not the easiest task if you do it with your engine in situ, but reward is enormous. It morphed my car into a ROCKET! Incredible acceleration and performance improvement! Driving becomes an eye popping experience at only 0.6 Bar + foot 1/2 way to the floor. For obvious reasons, I'm not going to tell you how fast car was going. Can't imagine how scary it will be at 1 Bar, if I find a suitable road or if someone let me in to the airport. Alunox header is worth every penny and bloody knuckles! I also have fitted a better flowing turbo of my own specs. I'm sure, that helped a bit, too. FYI: I have built one extra, if I can interest someone. Outside looks completely "stock".
    6 points
  40. Be concerned about nothing - the only thing to worry about is reading all the bollocks on the web and not buying an Evora cos of it.
    6 points
  41. I'd rather sell the wife than the Evora. But for what I'd get, it's not worth the hassle to try.
    6 points
  42. Almost forgotten what it was like to go to a Lotus "dealer" and see a new car there. Here's Hendy Performance Eastleigh's Seneca/blackpack looking lubbly jubbly on silver rims and Goodyears with Sport setup...
    6 points
  43. Elderly couple in church and the wife whispers to the husband. "I've just done a silent fart. What should I do?" Husband turns to her and says "put new batteries in your hearing aid"
    6 points
  44. Ecstatically happy today. A 1st for LotusRescue. It's not unusual for us to find, or move on 2 car's in one day. But I think it would be extremely rare for anyone to ship off 2 cars in one day to the other side of the world and to sepparate customers. Our little Elan M100 NA was delivered by yours truly to the transport hub 1st thing this morning followed by the type 75Lotus Elite 3 hours later. Both cars now handed over and will be heading for Southampton docks with a departure date of the 18th and due in Ozz on the 6th of January. There they will be transhipped to their final destination with he Elan going to Brisbane and the Elite off to Sydney. So no we have mastered the logistics of getting it done. Anybody looking for a car from the UK to land in Ozz. :).
    6 points
  45. Sorry got distracted by a chap on Bangers and Cash who has five fantastic cars actually in his house. The cover is not for the Lotus , but my 104 bhp 1293cc mini. Just back from colour change. No way can I leave it outside.
    6 points
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