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Mark Blanchard

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  1. Peacekeepers but he said there’s going to be blood shed. There’s nothing peaceful about blood shed.
  2. That looks a nice car, but seems £10k over priced for an F1. 360's are easier to live with than the earlier cars and cheaper to run. 355s and earlier are engine out for the cambelt. These have an access hatch behind the seats to change the belts.
  3. It's a great car and I'm loving it. I've had no problems at all. Only cost was a service which was £600. QV London serviced it and said they couldn't fault it and said it was a good car. Build quality is good. The 3 year cambelt costs £1200 so similar to a 4 pot Esprit. It's got a Tubi Loud exhaust, which is the equivalent of the Challenge Stradale, which is the noisiest Ferrari they made. So people can hear you from half a mile away. And people occasionally let you out at junctions too. Here are some shots from Salon Prive at Blenheim, last September.
  4. Power cut since Friday lunch here. It’s going to be fixed by Monday 11pm. We’re keep warm with a fire and candles. No hot water. I’m beginning to smell.
  5. Bloody power cut all day and still no power, they said it’ll be fixed by 11pm Saturday. Serves me right for being cheeky earlier in the day. This was the scene today just down the road from me.
  6. A plastic plant pot in our garden looked like it may fall over but it didn’t.
  7. Bit of a punt, but just bought shares in IAG. Hoping the virus fades and airlines come back this summer. I'll drop it mid summer going into winter as the next spazacrom develops.
  8. Amazing photos Keith, thanks for sharing.
  9. That’s what I’ve been doing. A mate in the city said the same too. I wish it would hurray up though! Thanks for the link, I’ll give it a watch.
  10. Anyone got any bright ideas how to shelter their savings from inflation? The savings are currently earning 0.6% interest and inflation is running at 5.4% (or 7.5% RPI). Not sure about buying shares at the moment as the stock market seems high. Any idea's welcome.
  11. Welcome. That's a great looking Exige.
  12. 1980s Lotus V8 engine. For anyone that doesn't know, it was called the Type 909 engine and a one off and had 335bhp. I took this photo of it in the Etna many years ago.
  13. Great photos. That must be around 1990 as that Esprit has the Eagle chassis with the deeper dish SE wheels. It looks like it also has SE springs on, due to the ride height.
  14. Andrew Bailey (from the BoE) telling people not to ask for a salary increase from their boss, while he’s on a salary on £500,000 takes the biscuit. Though unfortunately his economics are correct as wage inflation will add to an upward inflationary spiral. As employees salaries increase, so does the cost of the business’s products to cover their overheads. Putting up interest rates in the short term won’t cure inflation as a large amount of it is from high imported energy costs. In the medium term If energy prices decrease but inflation persists, then putting up interest rates is the only cure. Unfortunately it looks like we are heading into a huge shit storm, 70s style.
  15. What a bunch a dicks. Especially the ones in the French cars.
  16. Mansell and Prince Micheal of Kent.
  17. I think there were a few JPS Turbo Esprit's for the European market. Whether these were done by Lotus or the European dealers themselves I am not sure. They're very rare. Here's a rendering by Lotus.
  18. Lotus Type 30 Special "Pam GP7" at Riverside 1966.
  19. Here's a press photo of it. It was a lovely looking car. Shame they didn't put it in that garage.
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