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  1. Night drive outing with the classic car club Singapore folks. Nice and cool temperatures & some legendary local backdrops. Dempsey hill and the beautiful Raffles hotel.
    10 points
  2. When I was about 11, I would frequently cycle to a small village, Thorner (North Leeds) to drool over a white S1 Esprit. One day, whilst the owner was washing it he kindly offered to take me for a drive (different times then!). It was the most amazing experience and I'm sure that day set me on my way to being a petrolhead. As a result I've always wanted a white S1 Esprit and after many years of waiting & looking I've finally taken delivery of this beauty. It has been totally restored by former owner and SJ Sportscars and in my opinion looks superb. To say I'm excited is an
    9 points
  3. So just to add an update ... got really close to a 380 purchase, but in the end, the 410’s ‘430 heritage’ was too much to resist and the deal I was offered was ‘just too good to miss’, honest . The principle of Nitron adjustability, remarkable engine response, and the way it sits on the road (tracks will be superb I am sure), it just feels like what I always hoped my garage car would offer. Oh and the wife loved the colour too, so it was a no brainer!
    9 points
  4. Yes jep. Many wanted a pure two seater but I was planning that as the new Esprit to follow the Evora. (Together with RGB I had already negotiated the V10 engine for N/S mid engined installation). Many tried to change my mind but we had the entry level Elise and a much more powerful Exige on the way and needed a more user friendly but high performance up-market sports car " stepping stone" to the Esprit to come. Russel and his team did a fabulous job. Glad that you enjoy it 62dave. It is a Colin Chapman DNA Lotus from an experienced team trained by Colin.
    8 points
  5. Spent a few days polishing
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  6. Hello, just taken delivery of my Evora GT430 in Olive green and I have to say I’m over the moon with it so far. Having owned a Caterham for the past 4 years I’d had some great drives but felt it was time for a change. I started looking for something equally as interesting and exciting but also maintained the rawness and back to basics I’d become accustomed to. Also wanted something a little larger with a better level of security to allow for more everyday usability. Continuing with the theme of a British built specialist car I dropped in to the local showroom and saw this. A
    7 points
  7. A few more pics as requested. Took it out today for a few miles and is actually more comfortable than my Exige! I'm based in Leeds so if there are any recommendations of local places to help look after the car that would be great.
    6 points
  8. To br fair mine have been polished.
    6 points
  9. Red Yellow Red Yellow Red Yellow A f*cking weekend under storm and sun
    5 points
  10. Really sorry to be so late to the party - going back to the question on page 2 about the front spolier, here is another pic. Basically it was just masked at the line where the section from the front wing narrows to the point where it flares back out to from the splitter. To me the front end doesn't have much definition without it: And here is the pic I got the idea from all those years ago:
    5 points
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  12. Whilst ripping out a built in wardrobe we have discovered a small stash of high quality glossy antique publications of a rare and exotic nature, I was wondering of anyone on here may be an aficianado or collector of such antiques and would be interested in procuring such historical documentation. Photographs of said publications have not been included in this post to ensure none of the older members of this forum get over enthusiastic and do themselves a mischief. Complete discretion is assured in any transaction.
    4 points
  13. It is always difficult to tell when you cannot be sure if it is top-end (could be a failed tappet) or bottom-end (a rod bearing). As the others have already mentioned, running the engine further is only going to do potential further damaged. If you believe it's top-end, then you could be lucky and just need to replace one of the hydraulic tappets or one of the valve collets gone astray. That's a good place to start.
    4 points
  14. Here are some freshly painted dry sump black bits - organised by SJ.
    4 points
  15. Thank you for the memory Bibs. The launch of "The Eagle"- first all new car for 13 years at the time. So many great Evora iterations and developments from a standing start in 2008. A fantastic experienced team who built in ACBC's Lotus DNA. Looking forward to a great Lotus future now, kick-started with the Evija.
    4 points
  16. Looks great. Hopefully you'll have the other side done by next weekend @Dan E
    3 points
  17. @geartoxThat almost sounds like a challenge! @JackMaybe we should start look at planning our 202X trip to the UK. I'm sure our wives won't complain as long as they get to spend as much as we do.
    3 points
  18. There's nothing at the front of the chassis strong enough to take the stresses of the car being towed. You could mount an eye on a spreader plate to the ARB support frame but I personally wouldn't use one for anything more than a gentle winch onto a recovery truck or trailer. A good recovery guy will have J hooks that can be used on the bottom arms. As Dave said reverse onto a trailer seems best, not least for trailer nose weight too, being a mid engined car.
    3 points
  19. The William Walker has contacted me to let me know that we cannot dine there on the date agreed (which we knew!) but they did offer that we could go to the Bishop on the Bridge and use their outside dining space. Even though they assured me that it was heated, I thought that was a bit optimistic for mid-December, so I have told them to hold onto the booking until we can arrange a date when we can all sit inside again. You never know, we might be able to have more than 6 at the dinner!
    3 points
  20. Well according to many, you should never buy a new model car in the first year as they are always crap!
    3 points
  21. George Russell fastest of all in FP1! Bottas only 4th... pressure building already.
    3 points
  22. So only if they are cheap by the sounds @jerzybondov - you really do drive a hard bargain @C8RKH
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  23. My humble little garage is looking better after having painted it and done a screed floor. Will do epoxy next month at some stage.
    3 points
  24. The new Porsche sofa deserves a mention
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  25. I have to agree with that...
    3 points
  26. Final update, before I collect the car next week. I spoke to 24-7 and SCS again today and the dyno reading of 0.86 wasn't the final tune. After further tweaks it's running lambda 0.8 which I gather is 11.76 AFR. I've known for ages that the god awful Lotus OEM knock control requires a super rich tune, so with the Delta ECU running the show I'm happy with that fuelling. I absolutely trust these guys, they drive a 600bhp Evora road car also running a charge cooled TVS1900 so they know their stuff. To 24-7 and SCS - I know you will see this post update so thanks for your help and pati
    3 points
  27. FWIW, the reason I consider the Evora to be an analogue car is that when I get in and drive it to the best my abilities, it is as if all the leather, the seat heaters, air con, plastic trim, crappy ICE etc, all disappear and I am driving a totally focussed, stripped out 60's/70's aluminium and fiberglass racer. Only better. Phenomenal. I have never driven another car that does this. It is all about the driving. I assume that most on here know what I mean. The journey is a pleasure. It seems to be that most car manufacturers today are building cars for people who regard the journey as so
    3 points
  28. OK, so I had a good chat with the SCS guys and to cut a long story short they said the tune is exactly where they want it to be based on exhaust gas temps, timing, etc. They said they've purposely left the timing on the safe side, just as they won't run any higher boost than the peak 6.5psi I'm currently running. They said that they absolutely wouldn't be running that AFR if it wasn't for the chargecooler and the ECU. They have great faith in their ECU in regards to knock control too, and didn't have much to say about the OEM factory setup and ecu to control knock or fuelling. I haven't
    3 points
  29. Working forward, into cabin and the missing bolt holes were plugged up, so they were intentionally absent. Photos not necessarily in order... Rear glazing looks original with Sorbit, but never looks to have sealed, could put your finger through the gap.... Remnants of original (or last before this) trim. Front N/S footwell bolt missing, also transmission body bolt on passenger side.....plus a couple of others! Needed several breaker bar / extensions to get the O/S bolt free as flying solo....... Wishbone cover plate just fell off into my hand in rotten bits.
    3 points
  30. My Orange Exige Sport 350 doing it’s best at a rest point on the run mentioned above, Viper Green is lovely but so common...
    3 points
  31. Regarding GRP prep and finishing you'll not do better than read over Dave Lisle's ( @CHANGES ) abundant postings on the subject in these forums. He has two on currently in this Project & Restoration section. I too must deal with finding the wisest path forward in this for my own car, the shortlist of most imperative aspects being cost, competence in GRP prep, and competence in application of various sprayed layers. The cost business you will suss out in time once you've thoroughly looked after the other two. Heaven knows there are multitudes of painters in every corner of the world, most o
    3 points
  32. Been a while since I posted on here, one completed dry sump 910 ready to go in to turbo esprit YAH 868X Renovated engine bay, new outer soundproofing and inner aluminium foil
    3 points
  33. I know that the whole Lotus Eagle team agreed with you C8RKH our great friend RGB was spitting bullets. Unfortunately, a new CEO after I retired actually talked down the car, even publicly on TV! That is not the first time that such has happened in the auto industry sadly. However, the Evora has shown its true pedigree since by its remarkable advance through new and higher performance variants with great success-apart from the lack of effective marketing until the Geely acquisition.
    3 points
  34. Thank you all for your encouragement. They are what they are. I’ll post up (in my restomod thread) once they’re fitted. And then hopefully next year, I’ll be able to get out to meets. Sma. Sh.
    3 points
  35. So here they are, and I'm very pleased with them. Note that the tail/brake lights are merged to operate as a single bank of lights (shown here is tail (brake is so bright it forces the camera into dark/flash mode).
    3 points
  36. Exige 410 Sport - Cyan Blue Metallic
    3 points
  37. A picture from the place she deserve to be..... The circuit!!!
    3 points
  38. I would be wary of buying kits/silicone hoses from unknown eBay vendors...I know of two owners who suffered issues where these hoses allowed coolant to permeate through them! Good quality hose has an inner liner. Here is an explanation from another forum: In the USA, JAE Parts sells good quality stuff. I didn't see any listings for silicone hoses at SJ. But even then...you should buy different clamps (jubilee clips): Our JAE hoses have held up well for ten years. BUT, I didn't know about the hose clamps, and I DO have to re-tighten our hoses
    2 points
  39. Spot on, when I bought the car I was very tempted to remove those pinstripes but that is what makes it unusual, so I never changed it, when I bought it it had a flip top sun roof fitted, so as part of the original restoration I am removing the sun roof and replacing the roof section to put it back to its original condition, all being well once I have removed all the panels for repainting it should be resprayed in the spring next year, new tanks,most of the cooling system and the suspension dampers/bushes still has to be replaced but hopefully will be completed by Autumn next year
    2 points
  40. Bit late to the party on this one but hey... More dramatic carbon upgrade also inbound!
    2 points
  41. Absolutely nothing But in fairness, driving anything over the speed limit here is virtually a crime and as we are surrounded by unmarked mobile speed cars, it is financially better to just go along with them! I am sure though on a track a difference will be noticed. I only fitted mine for the 'outrageous' factor!
    2 points
  42. Photos taken at the 70th anniversary
    2 points
  43. A few more of the dry sump engine.
    2 points
  44. Depends on what you are comparing. A lot of public sector workers are low pay (cleaners, porters, etc.), but equally an awful lot are well paid and overpaid. Add in relatively good job security and a good benefits package (sickness, holiday, pension etc) and life's not too bad eh? In the private sector, yup. A lot more on minimum wage with poorer benefits and no real job security. Obviously plenty in both private and public that are well paid for what they do, but generally the public benefits package usually beats the private and the job security is better for public too. It'
    2 points
  45. Thanks so much @Mike Kimberley. Just so good to hear these nuggets of truth and wisdom. You must do a book - and can you encourage Brian Angus to do one too! Perhaps not for this thread but I would be intrigued to hear your thoughts on the McLaren road car program and how that may have impacted V10 Esprit. Justin
    2 points


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