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  1. quite agree john, it is often politics that get in the way of a companies success, or the recent desire to quickly grow at an unsustainable rate and sell after a couple of years rather than running a longer term concern and plan. There also seem to be very few uk people investing locally...probably for the above reason busy chasing quick wins in the emerging markets than looking for a stable return.
  2. It really frustrates me to see companies commit hari kiri like this with creating board room drama. All it does it drive fear and speculation with demotes the workforce, puts talent off from applying for positions with the company and scares off investors it might well need if it goes on the market or a mgt buyout is attempted. He and his team were obviously fairly competent to deliver such a strategy and get so far along, i believe it was the wrong move at the moment.The high end market it already crowded and with the world in throws of a deep set recession and facing spiraling costs of ca
  3. What i'd really want from a lotus....the car i'd really want but no-one really makes anymore. small coupe, modern version of the honda crx 87-91 shape would be great. comfortable interior with necessities and no gimmicks, today i guess that means, airbags, basic aircon, basic abs and traction control. Sporty suspension but not that totally compromises comfort completely. Fiberglass body, have no issue with re-using parts bin stuff, if it brings the price down all the better. Engine wise, 1.4 turbo, something that has between 7-8 secs 0-60 with some midrange punch from the turbo, Still retur
  4. yes sadly does, was selling before the timing chain went on the corsa so not an impulse decision or anything, do you have the mirror and adaptor? i'm not sure what i've done with it!? someone who buys it might want it? - would pass on details with your permission if they wanted a second one to swap mirrors for the rover 200 ones!
  5. I shall not be present sadly, the corsa has bitten the dust and i'm being more active in trying to sell the Excel. Will be sure to pop along and catchup when I get my Focus
  6. I can only add my thoughts and wishes to Nick and his family.
  7. you make a passing lookalike to Burt Reynolds there, that would make me like Smokey and Bandit even more if it was an esprit and not a Pontiac, although either is pretty cool!
  8. Right here's to a good 2012 for lotus motoring! 16th Jan 7.30 pm onwards, Suggest Larling as the usual haunt this time? Shall we try and make this a mini AGM where we can try and put a plan together for some structured things to do?! Perhaps each of the Regional Co-ords' should be allocated a couple of events to organise to spread the load. Also seems to be a fair bit of interest in fixing up each others cars, So could maybe setup a couple of mechanical adventures to help get cars closer to the road? Look forward to seeing you all again 1. Fitz
  9. i'm still using the at 115k, very tempted to swap it for a vauxhall Signum, just for the cheap opulance..
  10. will probably be down in the vauxhall, taken the excel out for a spin today (not literally thankfully) was absolutely fine but i'd prefer the extra security in the darkness of a car that couldn't pull the skin of a rice pudding..
  11. Would be great Paul, more than welcome to join us!
  12. Right with only a few days to go.... Dog at Norton it is. from around 7.30pm onwards - no planned sit food but i'm sure the peckish could get chips / a bar meal.,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&biw=1024&bih=437&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=the+dog+norton+suffolk&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=the+dog&hnear=0x47d9b15ec30ede15:0x34da002b6751271d,Norton,+Suffolk&cid=3458919447246227404 for location / directions. Hope to see you all there
  13. I've had no direct dealings with the Police, but on driving around Norfolk quite a bit for a previous job I saw a lot of the local police about. I gave them no reason to bother me, and they didn't. They were always about quite a bit, and would happily park up on the slip roads to the A11 and pull anyone excessively speeding, not hawking out for the person that edged 75 on an overtake. More importantly I've seen them many a time helping a broken down motorist or someone with a broken tyre - the other half of their public service task. It really depends where you are and who you deal with, every
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