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  1. So after the November lockdown I took a call from Fabrizio Giugiaro the son of Giorgetto and he visited my place to look at the Esprits I had on offer. The car him and his dad was going to buy was heading for there museum in Turin Italy. He chose my fully restored white S1 Great choice !
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  2. Fathers Day. My gifts from my fiancee's daughter included a Spitfire book, an engraved beer tankard and adoption papers
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  3. TLF were recently in Hethel to sit down and catch up with Lotus MD Matt Windle. Matt and Lotus Cars have been incredibly busy of late as evidenced by the recent upturn in new content from the company and with the all new Lotus Emira launch just a few days away on the 6th July and being the headliners at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, there’s a lot going on! How do you keep up with this work, what is up and coming from Lotus, what about parts for older cars? These questions and more including suggestions from TLF members are answered and we may have had a glimpse of a new car too, but not everything is for sharing just yet! https://www.thelotusforums.com/latest-news/lotus-cars-news/tlf-interview-lotus-managing-director-matt-windle/
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  4. Now all finished and fully commissioned ready for John to collect tomorrow. FROM THIS TO THIS THEN THIS Well it was quite an involved repair, it took a bit longer to do with other area's being addressed at the same time . A short test drive and MOT , then off to Northampton Motor Sport to be set up with full GEO and corner balancing .. Then full test drive to confirm everything works as it should something to reflect on ... The new composite roof D
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  5. The Hunts is over. Healthcheck complete and only the usual advisories came up to was happy to proceed. (Slight front ARB play and boot struts weak) Just need to sort out picking it up or getting it collected. Still haven’t seen it in the flesh but current and previous owners seem excellent. 🧐 Previous owner was on here before and gave me some great history and ownership details so a big thanks to him. looking forward to wrapping it up in the garage and polishing it on weekends till the summer (don’t judge me 😂)
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  6. Towards the end of last year, I mentioned that my brother’s Maserati Ghibli SS had completed its latest renovation. Anyway, he finally drove it home from the workshop today and here are some photos. It was originally supplied via Bristol Street Motors, Birmingham and I think is 1 of 8 RHD manual SS coupes. It was ordered in this colour with power steering, Powrlok limited slip differential and air-conditioning. The engine is a dry sump all alloy quad cam 4.9 litre V8 developing 335 bhp. The interior is original and hasn’t been restored. I think he paid <£30k when he bought it about 20 years ago. It’s now worth rather more.
    18 points
  7. Hi all. After waiting for nearly a month, I finally collected my Evora Sport 410 from Silverstone. Only had it a couple of days and now the weather has turned to [email protected] Can't wait until the sun comes back
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  8. Inspired by GrandThriftAuto’s latest video, I thought that I would try and take some aerial photos of my Elite. Despite the slight problem of not having a drone, I was quite pleased with this effort which was taken using my phone whilst hanging out of a bedroom window 😀
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  9. ***** In 1993 when I was 50 years old I bought my 1st sports car, a 1990 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE with 15.000 mls on the odo...... I immediately did fell in love with this Lotus and the love remained all those 28 years..... Today, (I hope to become 78 years old in June), I bought and picked up the last new available Evora in the Netherlands and left my Esprit in good hands with the Lotus importer. It was rather difficult to say goodbye and I felt a little sad to leave her. Keeping was no option as I have in my garage room for only one car (and a 1975 Honda Goldwing GL1000 K1 motorbike) while I own 2 more cars (daily drivers)......... When saying goodbye and handing her over I kissed her farewell on the roof and thanked her for all the nice years together. My new Lotus is a Evora GT 410 Sport with IPS .................
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  10. Part 16 Home stretch .. Well all good things come to an end and it was time to draw a line under this one , The chassis was shot blasted and re- galvanized to give it fresh new look along with decades of future rust protection. Before After Needless to say , other than dimensional check and reaming out the mount points, plus tapping a few threads , that was as far as I went with the chassis on this restoration ... At this point is was passed back to @RichardJGC for him to do the assembly work .. On return, I dropped in the engine and Box which I had rebuilt while customer was fitting up the chassis .. The more observant among you will notice the few belt/tensioner upgrades along with the verniers... I thought these were good additions that the customer requested to refine the older unit.. Finally the parts I had to do were all pieced together and the Esprit shipped back to the customer @RichardJGC for him to complete the project... This was a hard long job, but a pleasure to do, ( with the exception of scaping the bottom ) . Its only when I look back in the pictures and at this thread do I appreciate how fortunate i am to be allowed to do this sort of work for customers .. It really is an honor to be allowed to work on a customers pride and joy and be trusted to do the work required .. Thank you. To close this thread here are a few of the pics showing the point it was passed back to @RichardJGC who will now finish the project..
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  11. So rather dirty (just how I like 'em) Evora is sitting in the car park of a park whilst I'm sat on a bench in the sun nearby on yet another bloody conference call with work (yeah, the mum's in the park probably had me marked down as some sort of an evil paedo - ho hum!). Boy of about 6 see's my car, runs over to it dragging his 6ft 17 stone plus Dad with him - only mention it as it was funny to see, maybe you had to be there..... Anyway he is all over the car, running around it shouting wowwww and phwoarrr but keeping a safe distance from it. Then he goes over to the front wheel arch and gives it a gentle stroke over the top of the body where it curves up for the wheel. Right, that was it. WTF I thought! So I put myself on mute (on the phone, not me personally), jumped up and shouted "Oi" - quick as a flash the little brat swings around - "fancy a sit in it mate" I shouts! His little eyes nearly popped out of his head and his smile cracked his face to pieces. Blip blip and the door is opened and in he clambers! Dad looking at me a bit sheepishly says "sorry he is mad about cars". No problem I says, take as long as he wants. Take some pictures of him driving it. No problem pal. Next minute he's popping the buttons and the petrol flap springs up and he's reaching up, lifting up the carbon whale tail (yes, they really are that light and with no gas struts) and all I can hear is "corrrrrrrr, dad, look at the engine". Well 20 minutes later and I'm still on the conference call. Little lad has finished his forensic inspection of the car (including crawling underneath it!) and he comes running right up. Massive beam on his face. Eyes still on stalks. "Thanks Mister, what a car. Lovely car that. it's a Lotus isn't it" I smile back, nod and off he skips both him and his dad beaming away and a big thumbs up from the dad too. Sort of brings you back down to earth as to just how lucky we are to be able to caretake a Lotus and just how much love there is still out there for nice motors. Well lad and dad had their day made. But I also have to admit it made my bloody day as well seeing such a young lad so happy.
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  12. After having the n/a Sports racer for two years I thought about toying with the idea of moving to a 400, I wanted a manual, quite a few colours that I didn’t want 🙄, and after viewing a car with red leather I decided it wasn’t for me. I realised that I could well be in for a long wait but better than something I wouldn’t be totally happy with. As luck would have it a lovely Blue 400 with just 6k miles came up at Hofmanns, an unaccompanied test drive (due to COVID) confirmed it was for me 😎, the sound of that exhaust is incredible 🤪🤪 Brought it back to the Lake District last week, just cruising on the Motorway back home I’m ashamed to say the average mpg display showed 34.9 mpg 🤫, not sure how accurate that is but I’d be pretty certain that’ll never be repeated again !!! Loving it of course, oh did I mention the exhaust sound 😃
    17 points
  13. Just thought I’d pop in with a quick update now my evora has finally been delivered! It was the GT410sport in military grey previously mentioned on here. I sold my exige cup to buy it as I wanted something I could hopefully get my 6 and 9 year old in the back of and hope to use it more. anyways, they fit in it a treat and love it. What a car! It’s exactly what I was looking for in a car, absolutely awesome. I don’t imagine I will ever get tired of that noise either!! IMG_4893.MP4 IMG_4896.MOV
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  14. Hi Everyone Well, been thinking for a couple of months now about selling my lovely Esprit SE and Elan M100 SE and getting an Evora. After trawling through Evora ads for a couple of months i saw an Evora which made me say, in the immortal words of Will Smith, "i gotta get me one of these!". So after putting my cars out there to a couple of Specialist Lotus traders i agreed a price and sold my Esprit and Elan and to my joy that same Evora was still for sale. I put a call into the dealer, studied the pics carefully, got a video walk around from the dealer and decided that its the one for me and put a deposit down! It is what i hoped to get at the top of my budget, an (MY12) Evora S IPS with all the dogs dangelly extras in black with red pinstripe styling (as per the special edition WHO Evora that was auctioned off for the teenage cancer trust). An IPS suits me because i do a lot of driving and have discovered that in my middle age years changing gear is such a tough task 🙂 and if i want to wind the clock back to my boy racer years i can put her in sport mode and play with me flappy paddles 😀 I should hopefully pick it up on Saturday which will make my day so to speak! Peter
    17 points
  15. Little did I think that by introducing Ollie to Colin Chapman for a job interview in October 1970 that our paths, families, careers and lives would be so intertwined and so full of challenge, achievement, fun and heartache. Always a totally dedicated and committed 'larger than life' Lotus character, he never stopped championing Colin Chapman and his 'efficiency in all things' DNA, together with promoting Lotus cars and its innovative engineering achievements. RIP my very good and true friend of 50 years from our first working together on a small Jaguar project after finishing our apprenticeships. Mike
    17 points
  16. The first ever post was made on what was then 'LEF' Things have changed somewhere! We're very close now to 1,000,000 annual visits and 5,000,000 annual pages served, nuts! Onwards and upwards folks
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  17. I got my 2021 Evora GT today, my first Lotus! Essex Blue:
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  18. Just left the S1 in good company on the Cartier lawn at Goodwood - the theme is wedges of course 😂
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  19. Popped to whitstable for a walk, fish and chips and came back to my car to find another Evora parked in front of mine😎
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  20. Hi all, I've been neglecting TLF for too long but I've been back to work on the Esprit and from now on, it's Lotus all the way until I get my first drive
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  21. Guilty- weirdly I went to B&C to order an exige 430 cup but thought while I was there I would try an Evora as had never driven one - so jamie lent me a 410 for an an hour and loved it!- changed my mind and a deal was done on the epic looking GT430!
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  23. Some of the dozen or so Esprit that showed up for the Lotus Owners Gathering in Salt Lake City Utah last weekend
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  24. Since the Emira launch and me going from “I want one, where do I sign?” to “you know what, I think I’ll just wait a bit”, I’ve deliberately been driving my GT410 at every opportunity. Oh boy am I glad I have as, not having used it much over the last 18 months, I’d kinda forgotten just what great cars they are. The Evora really does do everything I want from a GT/Sports car and, importantly, puts a smile on my face whenever I slide behind the wheel. I actually rather like the interior which, compared to Emira, is quite plain and sparse. I like the fact there is very little in the interior that doesn’t need to be there and, consequently, very little to distract your attention. I almost feel as though the last month or so has been a bit of an epiphany for me. No more will I need to be shackled to the idea of upgrading to the latest offering from Lotus, as I have in the past. So, taking everything into consideration, much as I still love the look of Emira, my GT410 Sport is now going to be a keeper. Besides, I’m fed up with selling cars that several years later suddenly become collectible and worth way more than I sold them for!🙄 So now I’ve said that, just you watch Evora prices plummet, never to return to previous levels!😂
    15 points
  25. Well good news, it was found last night! In Medina, which is about 10 miles from where I live. Stuck at a roundabout just off I-90. Just talked to the tow company who impounded it and they said it's undrivable. Clutch pedal won't depress and the e-brake is shot. My guess is that whoever stole it didn't know how to disengage the e-brake and as such didn't get very far. So maybe that's a little unintentional security measure for Esprits?!! Now waiting for my insurance to get back to me (probably tomorrow as I'm writing this on Sunday) to figure out next steps. Fortunately I have full coverage so repair costs should be covered minus the deductible. I'll keep you all posted. Thanks for the well wishes!
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  26. Set off without my phone so parked across my drive to go in house to get it .. going back to my car with phone in hand I thought "Wow, what a great looking car I drive .." See Page 1 of this thread for it's first appearance ... ..
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  27. I’m a very happy bunny today!
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  28. Her name is "Electric Blue" and she is my first Lotus car. It was love at first sight, just had to take her home. She fits perfectly next to her italian and german buddy in the garage.
    15 points
  29. Some b&w snaps from a tour round the factory at an open day - my records think the was 1977. I used both b&w film and some colour neg - but the colours ones were not great indoors.
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  30. I had a new Evora Sport 410 on a 50/50 deal. It took some extreme man maths to make the case and I justified it as ‘you only live once‘! I had a great time in the car and loved every minute but had to sell it when the other 50% needed repaying. Given the whole COVID thing I am having another ‘you only live once’ bout of man maths and after considering getting a Porsche Boxster GTS or an Exige 350 I have gone for another Evora Sport 410. In fact it’s the same Evora as I owned before. So, 4 owners but my twice. Should be getting delivery on Friday from Lotus Silverstone. Can’t wait to get it back even though I won’t be able to enjoy it until the restrictions relax. It will be a track car and GT car and (as far as I am concerned) there isn’t a better car on the market. Who cares about posh switchgear and modern infotainment; It’s the drive that counts. Hope you all get chance to give your cars some exercise soon.
    15 points
  31. Greetings from the states everyone. Here is a few shots of my 523 in Red Rocks Park in Colorado. We have sun year round here, so even after a little snow the roads clear. Lots of twisty mountain roads to enjoy.
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  32. Coming up to 25 years old and still looking almost like new
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  33. Well, I ended up buying the Blue one, the general condition is very good, with a good service history, its recently (2019) had over 3k spent on various things, including a new AC compressor. I had a checklist I took with me. The only thing that isn't working is the passenger window drop and rise, as you open and close the door. The window mechanism works fine though. The gear change is lovely, rifle bolt like, no problems going in to 2nd! Considering the miles, and being white the interior is in great condition. A nice bonus is, that it does have the Janspeed Lotus sports exhaust, that sounds fantastic, and even managed to return 35mpg on the motorway.The one thing that has amazed me, is how well the car rides, bettwe than my other halfs Astra, not one rattle from the dashboard, or from the suspension, infact, the i8 had more rattles from the dash! Looking forward to many more miles, and will just have to sort out the window.. Here are some pics, clean when I left, and dirty when I got home..
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  34. Hi Chris, Here are some more pictures of my Elite, as requested. The photos were taken for a recent feature in Absolute Lotus magazine after my car had undergone a two year restoration at Lotusbits.
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  35. The circle of life. Fabrizio Giugiaro has bought the white S1 at Stocks, but when he came to check it over he didn't like the way the carbs were performing, so I went in to sort them out. So, I work on a lovely example of my childhood dream car and it ends up in the museum in Turin. It's nothing really, I know, but I'm pretty made up about it actually. 😁
    15 points
  36. I wasn’t allowed to say anything until today, but it's now okay for me to share that I have volunteered for the Covid-19 vaccine trials that a local Hospital are running in partnership with Pfizer. It's important that we all do our part to beat this virus. The vaccine is the one that has been developed in Russia. I received my first dose this morning 06:20 am, and I wanted to let you all know that it’s completely safe, with иo side effects whatsoeveя, and that I feelshκι я чувю себя немного стрно и я думю, что вытл осные уши. чувству себя немго страо.
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  37. Today the Club Lotus (Bucks, Berks, and Oxon area) held its annual concourse competition at a big (100+ cars) classic car show. I took the Essex all polished up but didn't win anything (despite being in a class of just two cars..) but 10 minutes later the car show organisers announced the Classic Car of the Show and now I'm chuffed to bits.
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  38. I’ve just had an email from Lotus: ”Dear Dave, We are excited to announce that Emira is now available for viewing at our retailers, however we have been overwhelmed with bookings. As an Evora Launch Edition owner we would like to offer you some rare unobtainium spare parts for your Evora in exchange for hosting a roadshow event for Emira in your dusty garage. Options include door latch mechanisms, window regulators, headlights, and rear sail panels. Please confirm you have a large supply of bacon and eggs and a greasy old frying pan with a loose handle. New screws for your pan handle are available from Lotus @ £19.99 plus VAT. Be quick before they go out of stock. We anticipate a strong take up for this option. Be aware some customers are coming from Porsche/McLaren so ensure they are given extra bacon, but absorb the fat before installation in the sandwich so as to avoid potential chino stains. Conversely, Lotus owners will be content with one hastily bronzed rasher that falls out of the bap during usage, as they are accustomed to such practices. Lastly, we will be sending you Emira signage for your garage door and badges for your Evora, including the larger diameter (6”) nose badge, designed by our local primary school children here in Hethel. Please practice a full reveal with your neighbours but don’t waste your bacon on them such that it becomes a back-order item. We look forward to hearing from you soon. Regards Emira ‘Overflow Car Park’ team”
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  39. During a brilliant day trip up to "Mecca" (Hethel) with @jep to collect something *very* special, while rolling through New Buckenham in the Sport 410, exhaust echoing off of the walls as usual. We approached a family with 3 young boys, upon seeing the car approaching one boy immediately started pointing at the Lotus Logo on his new Norwich FC football shirt while shouting "Lotus! Lotus!". An impromptu mini-rev seemed appropriate 😄 If it can create brand recognition and an emotional attachment to Lotus for someone that young, "me thinks" the shirt sponsorship/marketing is doing its job!
    14 points
  40. Been giving #005 some mechanical TLC this week. Lovely mota.
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  41. Sorry, I've just come across this thread... Better late than never! I was one of the engineers at Lotus who worked on C875 CCL back in 1987. I designed a twin-display electronic dashboard system to replace the standard binnacle; the prototype was installed into C875 CCL and worked reasonably well. The whole process was documented on a video produced by the Design Council, called "Living By Design". This was part of a series of educational videos made for students of science & engineering. I left Lotus in 1988, no idea what happened to the car - nice to hear it still exists, even if it is stuck on the wall of City College! I have a few photos of the work we did, and an old copy of the video somewhere...
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  42. Thought I’d post what I came across last week. On purchasing a V8 engine the seller kindly added that he had some technical drawings that he received from Brian Angus at Lotus. the engine was supplied by Lotus as a test mule for a Lancia Kit car company that never materialised and there was potential of lotus selling the uprights too so I got quite a few A0 technical drawings with the purchase that I thought you all might be interested in . I’ll get more detailed pictures when I get chance to open them all up but what a piece of history. Also has some of the amendments on them and design changes and dates
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  43. Took delivery of the 360 on the weekend. This thing is ridiculous. Makes my old Esprit Turbo seem like a pussy cat. The acceleration is unnecessarily fast and the engine noise is too loud. The paddles are taking some getting used to, not my cup of tea, but supposed I'll get used to them. Would have preferred manual but they were £15k more. Still it makes the driveway look better.
    14 points
  44. Had a good look over Essex #006 yesterday. Very, very clean! Also interesting belt tensioner mods, superbly executed, but may return it to original to refit aircon .
    14 points
  45. It's an interesting thought... as an example of such a person, I could maybe offer some insight: Sports cars, almost by their very nature, are emotive purchases. There's is very little objective decision making going on. Whisper it very quietly, but some of the thought processes can be deliberately contrary. When buying my first Evora, albeit second hand, there were many options open to me in budget that could potentially have fitted the bill. Most of these were arguably more "complete" cars, but in no way - purely subjectively - did they feel as special, or as good to drive. I am neither a track god, nor the fastest down a B-road - but it did feel better and was more enjoyable than the long list of alternatives I did try. As it was to be a "daily", it needed to be (and this may be an odd thought process for most) semi-practical, and at least liveable with on a day to day basis. I did 48,000 miles in just 30 months, so it certainly worked from that point of view. The Evora was a compromise, sure, but it ticked these boxes and still gave me something that made me smile (read: put a big shit-eating grin on my face), and filled my long held desire to buy a Lotus and not the "pub-chat choice". Yes, I did pay more than a similarly aged and specced Cyaman. The Emira is moving the game on for me. It's undoubtedly going to drive well, looks like a more pleasant place to spend more time without some of the compromises. A lot of the conversation around power, lightness etc makes sense if you are lucky enough that these are your only requisites (over and above the Lotus USPs of handling and ride), so then I can see how the Emira could be missing the mark. And whilst you would expect in a Lotus enthusiasts forum there would be a degree of sadness that these are being slightly side-lined to a more mass market appeal (and I do share some of this feeling - who wouldn't want the Nirvana of an Emira with it's cabin improvements and a lower weight and more power). I'm not sure that this would have been possible without breaking the laws of physics/engineering within a given target price and margin. What the Emira does allow me is to get in to a new Lotus. That looks great, is more than adequately powered against it's brief, is certainly better equipped for daily use. And, for now, it's still not the "pub-chat choice".
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