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  1. 17 points
    (Photo by Peter Gunnars)
  2. 15 points
    It makes a lot of sense to have a 'face' and it makes even more sense to base that face on the Evija. Maybe that render isn't a million miles off, Autocar have to get it right one day with their endless attempts  Anyway, have a shot of a car at rest. 9,800 in seven months, very sad I didn't manage to crack 10k in six, but oh well. If the travel restrictions are relaxed in time for summer I can easily see 20,000 miles being clocked up in 12 months. Evora at Home by Alex D, on Flickr
  3. 14 points
    Greatings from Germany. Here some pics from the sportsdriver training XL on the nuerburgring in Jul. 2019.
  4. 13 points
    I have a Nurse and a Doctor in the Family and it's not said enough how proud I am of them. I always was but having to go work at this time is awful and I know both have had patients die in the last few days from this awful Virus. So big thanks to all Nurses and Doctors, Care staff, people working to keep beds free for those most in need and yes, Administrators who I know are working tirelessly to keep the wheels from falling off. Volunteers giving up their time to drive and clean and everyone who is a private Carer and has to go our to keep someone safe and alive. You are all appreciated no matter what you do to help society! Thanks
  5. 13 points
    Well it appears we may have it - just heard a Doctor describe the symptoms and it matches ours 100% - not quite a cold and not quite flu. Carina is suffering a lot more than me, but in reality for us it has not been much more than a very bad cold. Living out in the sticks with lots of land around us and being miserable anti-social buggers all these townies reactions have all come as a bit of surprise to us - Is it really that bad out there? Fortunately we only ever buy in bulk as we hate shopping and are miles from any major shops so we are OK for food for a couple of weeks (standard practice for us) so should be clear of anything before we have to go into a shop again. On the plus side we have discovered there is a great community here, people offering to go shopping for others, child minders offering help to NHS/Police staff, free deliveries from corner shops, and many more examples - and best of all we apparently have a micro brewery in the valley (who'd have thought) as well as a cake baker both offering free delivery - we will definitely be trying these services . This country can be bloody good sometimes and hopefully people won't forget this once this is all over. Anyway farmers will never stop - there will always be animals to feed, fields to tend, car projects to work on so keeping busy. Please keep the humour coming - however politically incorrect as it's always good to laugh.
  6. 13 points
    Evening folks! So a guy I know from a Jaguar XJ-S forum (apols in advance for cheating!) has sent me through some behind-the-scene on set shots from TSWLM he has which he doesn't think have ever been published - they were from a private collection from a friend of his who used to own the Cars of the Stars Motor Museum. I certainly haven't seen them before, so thought I'd share a few of them as some of you might be interested
  7. 11 points
    I don’t even find it boring to stay inside all day ...but I don’t understand why in one box of rice krispies there are 2453 pieces, and in the other one 2467!
  8. 11 points
    UK Virus ALERT The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent virus threat and have therefore raised their threat level from “Miffed” to “Peeved.” Soon, though, level may be raised yet again to “Irritated” or even “A Bit Cross.” The English have not been “A Bit Cross” since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. The virus has been re-categorized from “Tiresome” to “A Bloody Nuisance.” The last time the British issued a “Bloody Nuisance” warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada. The Scots have raised their threat level from “Pissed Off” to “Let's Get the Bastard.” They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years. The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its alert level from “Run” to “Hide.” The only two higher levels in France are “Collaborate” and “Surrender.” The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability. Italy has increased the alert level from “Shout Loudly and Excitedly” to “Elaborate Military Posturing.” Two more levels remain: “Ineffective Combat Operations” and “Change Sides.” The Germans have increased their alert state from “Disdainful Arrogance” to “Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs.” They also have two higher levels: “Invade a Neighbour” and “Lose.” Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels. The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy. Australia, meanwhile, has raised its alert level from “No worries” to “She'll be alright, Mate.” Two more escalation levels remain: “Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!” and “The barbie is cancelled.” So far, no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level. The Russians have said “It''s not us”
  9. 11 points
    We could have increased our motorway capacity by either stricter enforcement of the 'keep left unless overtaking' or increasing the penalties for it. If lane 1 were properly used, we'd have 50% more lanes than the 2&3 that are the only really used ones most of the time currently.
  10. 10 points
    I'm thanking people who work in the grocer and the supermarket - they are coming in to work close to the minimum wage, low status, massive contact with the coughing public, day after day. Plenty of abuse and little thanks. Imagine how quickly it all goes to pot when people cant buy food. ☹ Or loo roll They are also heroes.
  11. 9 points
    For all the Farmers out there (didn't work for me though):
  12. 9 points
    Thought it was about time to post my journey over the last 12 months, especially now a whole lot of bits I'd been hoarding have now been fitted. I bought my Sport 410 from Hoffman's nearly a year ago. I'd been after a Cup 430 but I couldn't justify the outlay on a new one at the time and really I only wanted one - the red Type 49 shown at Goodwood. Lotus wouldn't sell it to me (Jamie at B&C did try), saying it would never come up for sale. By the time I saw the ad when it did suddenly appear on Pistonheads, Paul Lewis had beaten me to it. Was probably a good thing as I had set myself a limit but I was just a little gutted. I wasn't that fussed on colour but my son really wanted a red car. Hoffman's car had been up for a while and a deal was there to be done. I didn't really like the wheels or the black roof but as a past serial Lotus owner, I knew everything could be changed. I got Hoffmans to get the roof sprayed before collection along with PPF. My first mod was to address the exhaust being closed at lower revs. I'd ordered a switch to retro-fit but Lotus had them on back order. I ended up using a fish tank valve bought off eBay on the vacuum hose for a good month before the switch arrived. Removing the steering cover, it was pretty simple to do - just plug and play. After my first track day at Brands, next up were harnesses. I could brake much harder than my core strength could hold my body with seat belts! Both bar and belts were bought from Yvo at Eliseshop and MSC fitted them for me. Next up were the wheels. I don't mind black wheels (and indeed I still have them) but it wasn't what I wanted on this car. Junks (Phil Peek) luckily advertised a set of GP Gold wheels in the classifieds. They were rejects but the marks were so small, you'd need to have your face right next to them when completely clean to even spot. So they went on next. I was having huge problems getting under any noise limits without promising to short shift and keeping valves closed. I approach MSC and asked if they could make some kind of muffler for me. They contacted Merlin Motorsport and after some discussions, they created a bespoke setup for me. We tested it at Brands with great success and I thereafter tried it at Goodwood, not once getting pulled up. Static was 101db. Okay it's not under 100db so I can't get on Goodwood's quiet days but it was good enough for me to do any Brands day and the loud Goodwood's. Following a not very enjoyable Silverstone in cold damp conditions, I got MSC to do a full geo for me. I can't overstress just how much difference this made to the car - the steering was lighter and turn in way better. Next up were cosmetic bits. Too long on this forum seeing other projects didn't help. I'd always wanted to ditch all the plastic on the car when I first saw it. The roof was sprayed but that still left the air intakes and the mirrors. I'd played around with idea of ordering Lotus' own CF intakes but they were prohibitively expensive. I'd spoken to Yvo at Eliseshop about getting some from Eltech but no time was given (and in fact I've actually never heard anything since!!). Then Imran came to the rescue! I jumped at the chance as they looked brilliant and his attention to detail seemed brilliant. Similarly, his and GF Williams solution to the mirrors looked brilliant. I asked George to go on list at the beginning then ran out of budget. I managed to jump on the second batch. I'd already scraped under the front CF splitter. PPF had saved the day but I wanted to find another solution. I love the look of the rubber lip of the Cup 430 so I asked MSC to order one. I also asked them to order rear boards from Lotus which they had sprayed to match the rear diffuser surround. I had thought about CF ones but they get a lot of abuse from crap kicked up and are cheaper and more expendable. I had also ordered a set of rear lights from Greg in the States - I just loved the look of them. Lastly I had a set of LED lights for the headlights to put in. The car went off to MSC last week and I picked it up today. I am absolutely over the moon with it. I pondered over getting Imran's side boards and I think I may well succumb. But otherwise, it's getting close to just what I wanted. The quality of the intakes is just brilliant and MSC have done a great job - thanks Imran. Wasn't completely sure about the mirrors at first but now they are on, totally transforms the car. I love looking out at them whilst driving - somehow the car feels so much more exotic. I've done probably 150k now over 20 yrs in various Elise/Exige guises and having something different there is really noticeable. And they don't bloody move!! So here's the car after picking her up today. Jobs still to come..... I think I'll cave in on side boards pretty quickly. Then focus turns to interior. Top of list is the AIM dash but I am still on the fence how to trim it and also steering column to match. Also I love George's F12 vents..... I promised myself (and the wife) that the car wouldn't need anything doing when I bought it. As expected, that's gone out of the window! I'll probably leave the dash for a bit - partly to save up but also once again, it'll feel like a new car! A HUGE thank you has to go out to people on this forum who make the whole process of ownership (and spending money modding!) so enjoyable. Thanks Imran for your products (and George for the stunning mirrors). A huge thank you to Maidstone Sports Cars - their level of work is without question. One question - on the indicators, they flash very quickly. Is this the resistor issue?
  13. 9 points
  14. 9 points
    With Bhellgium going into lockdown tomorrow (though our temporal, unelected government doesn't want us to call it that), I'm getting the Esprit ready to stock up on supplies:
  15. 9 points
    I’ve just been into Tesco’s and quite frankly didn’t believe what I’ve just seen. A bloke with a trolley full to the brim overflowing with hand sanitizers, soap and baby wipes and just about everything people need! - I couldn’t help but to call him a selfish arrogant twat. I asked him if he knew what he was doing and had he given the slightest thought to other people or even the elderly, and then called him a tosser again and said that he should be ashamed of himself! - He told me to mind my own business, he worked there and was it ok to continue to stack the shelves?
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  17. 9 points
    Just back from an Esprit specialist and now ready for the Spring. Lots of work carried out and now properly ready to realise it’s true potential finally......very excited!!
  18. 9 points
    My service at Silverstone was £280, should have been £420. I'll be publishing a press release shortly with details of the new pricing regime.
  19. 9 points
    Picked the car up today after having a set of new Pirelli’s and two NOS Dellortos fitted and had a fantastic drive home - the engine sang and I will never ever ever tire of the turbo whistle
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  21. 8 points
    Well I couldn't resist and just bought my old Elan back from 30 years ago, seems mad as only £4k, I will plan to restore it to its former glory once the world returns to normality
  22. 8 points
    Vegans are going to be shitting themselves - now I understand the loo roll shortage! (sorry, couldn't resist that! Don't really wish to make light of this sorry state). Personally, none of the Politicians are really any wiser than the rest of us - these are extreme times and it has truly exposed the level of shit for brains that exists, not just here but the world over. Boris is a natural libertarian and I can appreciate that he has not taken easily to being authoritarian in style and attitude. He has also been taking advice and to some extent hoped the masses would follow suit. It is extremely difficult to look at this with a 'one size fits all' attitude. I'm lucky enough to live in an area with currently very limited exposure to this outbreak but as someone who's better half works in a Hospital, can appreciate, 1 the need to socially distance myself and family and 2. to accept that we will most likely get infected if my Mrs brings it home. We are doing what we can but I won't stop the kids taking the dogs for a walk. We rarely see another sole. I wish everyone on here all the best and look forward to normality (or whatever passes for normal amongst Lotus owners) returning forthwith. On a seperate (but related theme) - maybe this forum will act as more of a social lifeline than ever over the next 3-4 months. Pay your £24 and be happy. (is that ok @Bibs ?) going too be some bloody cheap cars about in the not too distant future.
  23. 8 points
    Got my medicine sorted.
  24. 8 points
    Gents, Is with immense pleasure that announce I have entered the 430 CUP club!!!! I ordered a new Exige 430 CUP and I hope to get it delivered by middle of April. MY 2020, EU specs, black with red accents, red calipers, red stitches, red interior package, cruise control, AC, stereo, sound insulation, floor mats. Will be hard to wait for delivery......
  25. 8 points
    Morning Everyone Just collected this new to me 410 Sport . Not driven it far but totally loving the back to basics involvement of the drive. Oh and the noise.....bloody hell the noise!
  26. 7 points
  27. 7 points
    No you can't Reasons - its unecessary movement, you might break down and need assistance, you might crash and need medical assistance, people could see you and think 'if he can do it then I can too' and we are quickly back to everyone doing whatever they want. Better idea is to use the Lotus for your shopping trip, that's what I will be doing
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  30. 7 points
    Finally found my ‘O’ gauge Pannier Tank today which my grandad hand made from brass in the 80’s. It has been missing for nearly 20 years when I moved house, it must have come out of a box and fallen between the roof eves. I was insulating the loft today and had a lovely surprise thinking it was lost forever. Needs restoring now and no idea if it runs as last used in the early 90’s. Dave
  31. 7 points
    Took my old girl to Tescos to do some panic shopping and waited for her by my other old girl.
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  33. 7 points
    Here is another good explanation of why the government is doing what it is
  34. 7 points
    You might recognise the car on slide 11 Leigh
  35. 7 points
    That’s Christmas sorted
  36. 7 points
    Well today might be the first day of having a 100% sorted car New throttle pedal installed - limp issue gone New window regulator installed So far so good. Will monitor over the next few weeks. I have to say CMC are really excellent - I think 'll be taking my car to Craig from now on!! Very impressed.
  37. 7 points
    Welcome to TLF Eric, and good luck in your search for an Esprit. As @swindon_alan said, I do use my '89 Esprit Turbo SE as a daily driver, as well as for roadtrips and classic car runs. She covered just over 15k miles in 2019, bringing the total close to 150k. When I first got my Esprit, the idea was to have an extra car, to be enjoyed when I wanted to. It didn't take me long to get hooked on the driving experience and she became my prefered daily. Nowadays I only take the Range Rover when I need to carry a lot or tow a trailer. My daily commute is into Brussels, I agree it's not always the most pleasant drive, but that's the case regardless of what you drive. The Range with it's command driving position is more relaxed when traffic gets hectic, where the Esprit feels vulnerable. But she makes up for it on the few occasions the road clears, or those last few corners just before home where she can stretch her legs. After a few days in with the Range (or any other car), I'm always delighted to get back into the Esprit. At 30+ years old, she does need some attention from time to time, mostly normal wear and tear. Reliability has been excellent, only major problem was a failed master clutch cilinder, leaving me stranded. This can happen to any car with some miles. I firmly believe reliability increases with use. You're more on top of things, with a better 'feel' of the car and more inclined to regular and preventive maintenance whereas a parked up car can accumulate problems. Filip
  38. 7 points
  39. 6 points
    And on a lighter note... A suspected Covid-19 male patient is lying in bed in the hospital, wearing an oxygen mask over his mouth and nose. A young student female nurse appears and gives him a partial sponge bath. "Nurse,"' he mumbles from behind the mask, "are my testicles black?" Embarrassed, the young nurse replies, "I don't know, Sir. I'm only here to wash your upper body and feet." He struggles to ask again, "Nurse, please check for me. Are my testicles black?" Concerned that he might elevate his blood pressure and heart rate from worrying about his testicles, she overcomes her embarrassment and pulls back the covers. She raises his gown, holds his manhood in one hand and his testicles gently in the other. She looks very closely and says, "There's nothing wrong with them, Sir. They look fine." The man slowly pulls off his oxygen mask, smiles at her, and says very slowly, "Thank you very much. That was wonderful. Now listen very, very, closely: "Are - my - test - results - back?"
  40. 6 points
    Well after one of the scumbags drove off to the Co-op and came back 5 minutes later with a bottle of white wine to share around the picnic table, something snapped.... ...10 minutes later, the Police arrived and gave them a good rollicking. Let’s hope they learnt their lesson. Unlikely though.
  41. 6 points
    Am I invisible....hello? Is this thing on? tap tap tap...................
  42. 6 points
    You are 100% correct the MX2E was intended to be for the S3 variants of the Elise and Exige, During testing and installation I realise the dash could be made to work in the earlier cars (I wanted one in my S2 Elise so had a vested interest so to speak) Even though the AIM factory in Italy is currently closed due to this blessed virus, We have been getting a steady stream of updates to test. One arrived today with an operational cruise control light, an updated race/sport display that's much easier to read larger MPH number, No digital rev counter on the Road screens and also the ability to add additional sensors and display the info on the dash. They have also updated the software for the earlier cars and that all seems to work as intended. There are a few small tweaks to do, then Im pretty sure the update will be released. Due to the software having different models available (2004-2207/2008-2010/2011-2020) once the firmware is updated you MUST tell the dash which version to use (If you don't it uses the older version without the updates) Happy to help anyone who needs it, Ive done a few updates inc the additional sensors so now have a good understanding of the software
  43. 6 points
    Seems I underestimated the reaction time of the Accountancy company. They have already replied. Although the new online furlough system is not yet in place, they are of the opinion that my HMRC PAYE scheme should be sufficient for my employer to make a submission, even though they don’t have a UK company. Hopefully it won’t come to this, but at least I am a bit more reassured today, so that’s a good thing. Thanks again.
  44. 6 points
    I've been drinking thinking: 1. So small, medium and large companies can apply for emergency loans from the Govt (that will still have to be paid back). As yet, the self employed and sole traders haven't a clue what they can do with zero income. 2. Here's an idea: All the f**king Banks and credit card companies who WE bailed out in 2008 coz they were 'too big to fail', FREEZE or CANCEL interest costs NOW and for the next 6 months so that any existing debt can be nibbled away at without piling on the misery. 3. Give all the small people who are 'too many to fail' a f**king chance. If the lending businesses are then compromised let them get a f**king loan from the Govt - cheap rates and they can pay it back later. Why does it ALWAYS fall to the guys at the bottom??
  45. 6 points
    For the last few weeks (months!) I have in effect been self isolating 'naturally'. I live on my own. Get up in the morning, make breakfast, make a sandwich for lunch, jump in my car, drive 8 miles to the garage, (there is no-one else there - only me) work on the Esprit then go home again. So no contact with anyone. I have though about just carrying on with my' regime'. However, as @Hello Paul as pointed out you could have an accident, with all that that entails. Also you need petrol at some point which is fraught with possible danger touching buttons, touching handles, petrol pump etc so I have decided NOT to carry on. Not working on my car is not up there in the grand scheme of things that need doing, although I am desperate to get the car back on the road again. Also IT JUST FEELS WRONG!! With what the doctors and nurses in the NHS are going through (and everybody else)I am going to stay put. Self isolating completely for a few weeks is a small price to pay. Stay well people.
  46. 6 points
    Really cant understand this government. At a time like this enforcing three weeks of Lotus restoration!
  47. 6 points
    Had to cheer myself up today so was self isolating in this. And waiting for the old girl to do more panic buying.
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    Yeah, but is she a looker?
  50. 6 points
    My 2001 Lotus Esprit V8 today !!

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