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  1. You certainly won't regret the hi-temp ones. And take a set for between the manifold and the turbo as well. The normal ones are darker and not so hi-temp. resistant. It's the light grey that are. But they are clearly described on pages from those who sell them.




    for the over seas guys.

    Anyway, surely worth using. Enough commercial advertising ;)

    Kind regards,


  2. Well, basically I agree, but it would take some very serious tests to diagnose the condition of the liver etc. to determine the level of waste toxins in the body and the effecienct of organs etc.

    Anyway, I very much agree with you that there seems to bea "club" of colleagues who all compete for having the most days off, all paid and now worries. In fact most of these people have been seriously unhealthy for many years, completely avoid any and all talks about their increasingly bad health. They all very well know this, and they suffer. Then there is a group of people, who seems to think that it's okay to stay home and tell a lie about them being ill when they are not, then the bridge is up, so couldn't cross the water, then the cat is new and need special care, and what not. I'm sure you know the drill.

    Every so often all these people are called in to little meating and "talk" by the local ceo, and gets told to tighten up their lifestyle etc. That usually helps two to three weeks, then it's all back to "normal". Aparently it's too expensive to sack them and get some colleagues who actually take an interest in doing their job.

    Then there is the matter of young people denying to work. Moeny just seems to rain from the skies. Some do this but certainly some don't and I do mine to support the later and reverse the former.

    I am well aware of different psychological aspects and mechanism's in a company amongst the workers. For example there are always a dog that shouts, one that doesn't, those who follow and those who make an example, those who kiss the behind of someone else to gain their objects and many more types. I agree and is quite well about having various types of colleagues, not all being a forward type. But I will always want people to actually do their job. That is an ongoing discussion many places.

    My point in the above was the selection made by the ceo. They choose the most healthy and who also don't have small children etc. etc. I am not angry about it, but after a year with two or actually three long lock downs (just prolonged further 3 weeks today), and when they are on job, they have all sorts of explanations of why they cannot do this or that, and in reality, they are there as a sort of social club for grown ups. Not exactly what a school is for. In the long run, it gets really tiresome. Being employed by the local authorities, we get the same salary with no posibility for differentiation. For example, if there was a difference of say 40 percent, it would make some sort of sense after all, but that is never going to happen.

    What I think will happen in the future is that insurance companies and medical expences paid by companies and authorities, even the retirement pension (the state paid part, not the private), will be semi user paid, depending on how the person will have chosen to live. If you live in an unhealthy way, you pay much more: hospitals, insurances etc. and if you chose to keep doing what's best, it's a different cheaper rate. Not relevant now, but i think it will be a political subject sooner or later.

    So, it's not about being thin of fat. Noone wants to look like a fireplace matchstick. It's about many small choices that makes sense for each of us. Being stress free, si a big part of it. Life quality cannot be measured in how thin one is.

    My working week is 37 hours plus homework, so a total of apprx. 50 hours weekly. Paid for 37 hours. That's just how it is in my line of work. Not complaining, just saying.

    Kind regards,





  3. After 10 years of working in Danske Bank's HQ being responsible for develoiping and implementing the first pilotproject of electronic trading with bonds, shares, futures etc. as well as teaching computer programmes, I resigned myself as I wanted to do something else being tired of making money (in no way rich at all), so after a computer education, a bank education, studying English, German and French for 3 years (all of it long gone ;)  ), I then took an education as A paedagog (I don't think you have something similar - it's a mix of teacher, socialworker and taking care of children etc). I have sinced worked with mentally ill and people with brain damages, and for 20 years I've been teaching in a public school in Danish, Math, Arts and something called Bylab (architecture/green living/woodworking) and also in an afterschool (much different from what you have). I also educate new students in my line of work (my own education) and teach in that respect as well as being a censor - so examine others when they finalize that education).

    Apart from that, I study all kinds of medicine as well as food, yoga (not the american disco version, but the old schoold indian deeply esoteric tradition), desceases, kiropractic, race bicycles, climb mountains, drive my motorcycle and sportscars, paint, draw, taking photos, swim, visiting orthodox monasteries in many far away countries, skateboarding, run, play badminton, build and enjoy HiFi, build computers for others, teaching certain software to study groups, enjoy rebuilding homes, take care of our garden (very small), wood working, studying ancient persian rugs, write a book, building rc planes and cars and much more. Now, I want to learn to take apart and service a wristwatch together with a friend who also share that interest. Could be fun to know and do. Then I can take care of my own watch.




  4. I can add to what I wrote exactly one year ago, that I have observed the following phenomenon: that when the first lock down came in Denmark, I was chosen to be in the frontline, because I'm nearly never ever ill. But all my obese colleagues (many) was ordered to stay home and enjoy 6 weeks on their couch (eating). For free.

    Then, now at the end of 2020 right before Christmas, and well into 2021, we had the next serious lock down, and everyone, or nearly, staying home, I am still healthy and ordered to go to job every day to take care of other people's children and teaching. This has now taken place for 4 weeks, and seems to be planned to last until end of February 2021. Some 10 weeks on the sofa for all the obese persons who can hardly walk and loose their breath after taking the stairs for 1, read: one, floor.

    I, on the other hand, have to go to job. I don't mind going to job, because I am paid my usual salary and I believe we must all do some good where we can.

    Lesson one: if you want to get seriously many free weeks of vacation, or plentiful time to work on one's Lotus, eat until you are so pumped up, that you can hardly walk or talk. Government pays it all. And we all get the same salary. That is called solidarity. You know: I pay tax and government spend it on those who refuse to take care of themselves. ;)

    Lesson two: if you take care of yourself, eating just enough and healthy vegtables or not, and excercise, taking your vitamins, bicycling every day for a few hours or so, using those running shoes that you bought on sale in a short momentary lapse of insanity, for ½ hour every day rain or sun, instead of taking the car, non-smoking, non-drinking, non-toxic, non-drug abusing etc, you will become the most envied person around, so you are ordered to work in a hostile shitty virus environment until you catch the descease, and then all your obese eating, drinking smoking colleagues will shout: Look what we told you: eat more meat, until you are like us, and you got ill because you have no "resistance". ;) I am serious. It's what they said.

    Could someone brighter than me please explain the logic in this, please?

    Stupidity rules, it seems. Maybe that's the most influencing factor above them all.

    Take care.

    Kind regards,


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  5. Well, I supported Brexit by buying a lot of books from you guys some time in November, as noone here seems to care write them in Danish anymore, now that everything seems to be forced into being English language. Even after Brexit. So that's one legacy...

    Only problem is, that they were stuck in the gigantic truck jam at Dover, so they arrived well after Christmas.

    Oh well, things suddenly seems to be as they always were.

    I guess we'll all survive after all, despite the black, dark, doomsday prophecies.

    Kind regards,


  6. I jsut read on (official news in Denmark), that 80.000 people have died related with covid-19 during the last 28days.

    I looked it up on BBC News, here:

    Is that true? Should that be believed? 80.000 people in 28 days in the UK alone?

    Could someone please confirm or shoot that info down, please?

    God help us all, if that is true.

    Kind regards,




  7. Hello all,

    Looking at interrior bits I stumbled over this part number, which is describe as a "lid" for compact disc pocket.

    I don't think I've ever seen such an item before. Could someone please describe what it its,as possibly a picture of it?

    On my SE 1990, there's a sewn on semi-elastic pocket that is attatched to the front of the compartment between the two seats. But a lid? No idea what it is. CAn itbe a lid that close off the compartment for intrusion, hiding, privacy?

    Kind regards,


  8. Hi Damien,

    Not sure I understand your comment. Would you care to widen it further?

    I have plenty of friends and also in general people who own classic cars and classic performance cars.

    What does that have to do with 1 meter above sea level? I don't know anyone here living in such conditions, apart from a special nature area in south west Jylland, where there is a tide. Only sheep's there.

    Anyway, in Denmark, there is not the tradition to exhibit your car(-s) on coffee meetings and give big prizes, diplomas etc. Instead we enjoy them at each our home and drive them when roads are clear and dry. But more public exhibitions and even coffe & cars are beginning to show up and gain ore public interest. Plenty of classic cars really, just hidden away. And plenty of big collections as well. Sometimes these can be visited by the public. I have done so for many years. Also, we have the Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix for years. I'm there every year. Outside the race areas, there are hundreds of classic and performance cars exhibited by private persons. That is always sure to attract plenty of spectators and inspiration for more people to come into that scene. Usually these cars are in very very good condition, as we generally pay between 50-180% more for the same car compared to abroad.

    I feel this newest tax hell, is a sad demonstration of the inability from and lack of interest in newer classic cars, from the organisation of "Motorhistorisk Samråd" who generally work with us private persons to gain understanding at the authorities. Not in this case, as they consented to an agreement that only older cars up to 1987 can get cheap'ish reg. tax, and from there on it skyrockets. Especially if the car was an expensive one from new. This, I feel, will diminish the public interest in newer classic cars and performance cars.

    To summarize it: this agreement was a very one-sided agreement. Very bad representation for all those having or wanting "newer" cars. Personally, I have no interest in the price on my Esprit or Corrado, Laverda etc. rising some or even a lot. I solely bought them to be driven and enjoyed regularely.

    Just my humble two-pence,



  9. That's a boring article to say the least. It brings nothing new, it repeats all what all of the others have said and repeats all the incorrectness that the same others have repeated for years. Bad journalism, errors and not worth reading in my humble view. Just because more people repeat errors that others have said, doesn't make them true.

    Clearly Chris Rowlands have the knowledge of something, but this is not it, but instead displays someone who want to play smart and knowledgable into watches, sportscars etc. But is not. Sigh...

    Waste of time.

    Kind regards,


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  10. Hi Bibs,

    Tried that, but my pocket camera looks like s..t indoor in neon lightning. So please wait for a blue skies day. No fuel on the car now, so hard to push uphill into the garage, certainly so as there's snow and ice outside and trying to turn those narrow 315 tires. ;)

    Meanwhile at the mancave, I undid the fuelhoses and the fueltube. Need to bringmore tools to undo the rubber flaps, the ring clamps and the rivets holding them in place - 8 in total. Guess' I am officially now a rivet counter ;(

    Kind regards,


    fuel tube hoses and stainless fittings.JPG

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  11. All right, so I've finished polishing Little Red Riding Hood. After last time, I polished the whole car with "fine" and then again the whole caar with "super fine".

    Looks very good. Apart from deeper scratches, dings and other normal damages to paint. A complete polishing of the car won't make those go away. That's a job with other materials and techniques. I'll try that out later. Then I rinsed the car for left overs of polish, all new microfiber rags, and then waxed the whole car with Audotglym UHD hard wax. Compared to the precious one, the HD wax, this one ie much easier to apply and wipe off. One layer each day to allow the wax to harden between layers. Despite stories of wax being hard to remove from say black trim, rubber etc, I can honestly say that it's not hard. It goes right off with a microfiber cloth.

    The car receiveda total of 3 layers of UHD wax in total. So far. I've often applied more layers, but I think from layer 3, it 'g got a very little effect, both in terms of protection and looks. Anyway, the shine is unbelievable, so pretty satisfied. Little Red Riding Hood must think it's Christmas again, since it's so shiny now. 

    Then some Autoglym rubber care and all looks good from the outside. I've also tried to polish the glass areas with some Autoglym Car glass polish, and while it makes them really clear, and far beyond normal car glass cleaners (on more liquid basis), it doesn't remove scratches in glass itself. So I need to find out how to do that.

    Now for some interrior cleaning. I have a variety of leather cleaning products, amongst them Leatherique, Autoglym, Meguiars and a few more. The problem is, that it seems to lift the parts of the magnolia leather that the previous owner had a company apply. This is not all over the interrior, but onsome surfaces. Despite having experimented with all these different products, their various application types, and their different chemical/natural content, they all end up with the same result: loosening of colour (the applied one).

    I may have to strip it out of the car, and remove all colour from the affected areas and respray it myself. No problem though, as I've done so before onother cars and it lasted. It's about the right process. But looking at the dash board, I postpone it a bit still. Not funny to take out.

    Regarding the polishing, I used my new Rupes LHR15Mk. III to which I can report, that it is an absolute pleasure to use. Nearly no vibrations, very very easy to control and no "wandering" or "walk abouts" of this polishing machine. The speed control is also super easy to use (it's big) and the trigger is changed for an adjsutable type, so that I set the max. speed on the dial, say 4, and then start off on the trigger with very slow moving (dual action), to get the polsih going, and then pull the trigger to the max speed. Super easy to work with. The rest regarding cutting paste and polish paste, microfiber rags and polishing pads are working fine as intended. I just wanted to report on the use of the LHR15Mk. III. That is very recommendable. I've used other machines before on other cars, and they had a lot more wandering and vibrations. Pads actually also makes a big difference, and the Rupes seems to do the job well, with no scratching and good edge control as well as no heating up of the paint. The 150mm disc seems to work fine on an Esprit,m where as a 180 would have been too big.

    Ultimately, I'll have to have the whole car resprayed. I am negotiating with a friend who happen to be a car painter. But it's serious moey where I live - some 6000-7500 gbp for a respray. And you got to do your own work with removing and delivering parts and car as well. No problem about that though, as I've absolutely zero confidence in other people doing any work of this type ;) 

    More to follow.

    Kind regards,


  12. On 19/10/2020 at 23:39, Riddlemr2 said:

    Hi All.  Resurrecting this post from over a decade ago.  I had the EXACT same problem happen to me again.  This time Flow Lotus in Winston-Salem put the wrong brake fluid in the car (even though I gave them a large bottle of the correct stuff), and I had to have Foreign Accents in Greensboro flush and install the correct DOT4 brake fluid.  

    I had a flashing ABS light so I started with the accumulator - nope.  Then the pressure switch was swapped by me with a Lotus Marques unit - still flashing.  I finally realized I had a leaking brake line which was causing the pressure to nosedive and setting off the ABS light.  Had Flow Lotus replace the brake lines with a stainless set from JAE.  ABS light went out, but the brake delay was back (press the brake, count to two, then the brakes would activate).  Popped off the brake fluid lid, and sure enough it smelled funky.  System flush, new proper DOT4 fluid installed, and brakes are normal (for now anyway).

    The last time I had this problem, I was young and had hair.  Now I'm bald with a family, but the car's problems never change :)

    Nope, it's called stability ;)

    Any other old car would have deteriorated completely in the meantime.

    Giniw: maybe because it said "racingfluid" or " high temp resistance" or whatever on the bottle. It's not the first time someone educated does something uneducated.

    I can think of a few persons here I'd rather trust my car, than those Lotus workshops...

    Or do it myself ;)


    and take car(-e)!


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  13. Ha ha! Yes, that's the most unfortunate and most worrying aspect of it. And we surely wouldn't want that would we?

    What to do? Either don't drive home in the night... Or get up early in the morning, before there's too much traffic on the roads, and take a good long detour through the best kept secret back roads. Hmmm... I think I've got it. I just don't use the Esprit through the most dark and short Winter days. I'll take those long Summer evenings any day - good light till' half past 10 in the evening. That should do it.

    Hmmm... I wonder if one could make a set which actually looks like a headlight, not a zombie from outer space. Actually one can, as the headlight I mentioned in the above for the Laverda, does look a bit more like a propper headlight.



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  14. I can testidy to the Radinox. Did them myself and they are very strong and mirror like at all times. No need to polish. 3-4 tiems a year, I take a small microfiber clotha dn wipe them down. Takes a minute or so per wheel. Easy peasy, when I'm used to split BBS RS001 that takes two three days per wheel every second month.


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