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    Mark Suddaby
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    1979 Esprit S2. Formerly - 2014 Evora SR / 2010 Evora / 2007 Europa SE / 2002 Elise 111S / Elan S2 / Elan S2 / Elan SE / Esprit GT3 / Elan SE
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    Picture of Dany hanging from my rear view mirror
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  1. So, I've been asked about the garage / show room / gazebo / sun/garden room. The door is side slidey, which is super awesome. The dudes that built it were fantastic and it meets all current building control requirements.
  2. Hi Mark,

    Hope you don't mind me getting in touch direct, As a fellow Esprit owner I just wanted to say top job, your car looks stunning, it was just a quickie, I asked this question in your post on Saturday but I guess you haven't seen it yet, I was wondering if you don't mind divulging who did your garage and a rough idea of cost please as I have just ordered my dream car and in my head I wanted to build a showroom in my garden to put it in so I could see it everyday rather than locking it away in a garage, when I saw your pics on Instagram it was exactly what I had in mind.

    Enjoy driving the Esprit.



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    2. Vipers


      Thanks Mark, appreciate the reply, I'll give Gary a call, roughly how much would you say it cost as I have no idea what to budget?



    3. Suddabym


      Including doors, but excluding all the paint work (which I did) - £35k 😯

    4. Vipers


      Worth every penny 👍 Thanks Mark.

  3. You are more than welcome too. Did Dany really say that? Really? I have fond memories of our time together in that nuclear bunker, but the court order prevents me from texting him any more. Or leaving little gifts for him, in his bedroom.
  4. You're just jealous because I kept the box!
  5. So, I have returned from Northampton Motorsports with a newly mapped ECU (apparently it had a Talbot Sunbeam map on it!). And boy, does it make a difference. Plus it's now serviced so can be used without restriction. The Motorsports dude said that the engine (rev limited to 7,000rpm) still had more to give at cut off. Probably another 10-20hp. Northampton Motorsport are on the ball, and sell their own fuel injection systems and all sorts. Amazing collection of cars there, including a turbo with a V6 Jag engine transplant! The numbers (for a 2.2L na engine) are pretty impressive I think, especially from an engine of this age, so am super happy. All the lumps and flat spots have gone from the rev range and it's now a smooth linear build. Really happy. So, apart from the wheels needing to be lacquered to protect the soft rolled aluminium rims, and the centre console stuff to come back from Stitch Perfect, the car is pretty much job done! Awe. Some.
  6. Not if you kept the box, they're not.
  7. Hmm... it seems you’ve spied my brilliance. And all the way from the Colonies; I’m impressed.
  8. This is the car after a visit to the ceramic dude. Honestly, the jury is out as to whether it's any good. The paint work certainly comes up nicely, but you've got to have the kit to maintain it - it doesn't look like this magically. Also, I got a nasty stone chip just after having the work done (typically) so, it isn't quite the armour plating that I had been led to believe. The wheels were coated and it made rod all difference (brake dust pitting on the fronts), so I suspect that I'll have to have them laminated. But, if nothing else, the road dirt (currently biblically epic in Herefordshire) doesn't stick to the paintwork quite as much and the body and glass are hydrophobic, so its not all bad. I wonder though, if I couldn't have achieved this with a really good wax (at a 100th of the cost, albeit reapplied annoyingly regularly). Time will tell on that. The car is currently with Nick at Tomorrow's Classics to have it's 1,000 mile service (1,000 wet, greasy, flooded and mud-caked, but also epic miles). It's also having a fuel sensor issue fixed, as the telemetrix gauge needed a Smiths sender unit (natch). Also, I have figured out a way to lift the tailgate and keep the tips of all my fingers. Super impressed with myself with that fix. Centre console bits have gone off the Stitch Perfect in Worcester to be redone (they were bit rubbish), which should show off the highly illegal (and incorrect Ferrari 275) ashtray off nicely. And - more sacrilege - I've had a rosewood Europa (latest, more terrible one) gear knob added. I know, right? Oh, and the Apple CarPlay double din unit is just awesome. More heretical modifications, I know, but it makes the car so much more awesome. On Friday the car visits (with me along for the ride) Northampton Motorsports for the ECU to be tuned (or whatever). It's who Lotus Bits (who rebuilt the engine recommend). So am super looking forward to that, as the car currently burns through petrol as if there were great lakes of the stuff just sitting in the ground. Which means - technically - come the weekend, we'll be rounds complete on the car. I am super pleased.
  9. I've got this Ferrari 275 ashtray and I can confirm that it's not the same as the one used in an S1 (it's more rectangular where the one used in the S1 is more square).
  10. If you're looking for a G Esprit specialist garage, then try Nick at Tomorrow's Classics (07719 945325‬). What he doesn't know about an S1 etc. He also restores Bell and Colvill's (in Sussex) classic Lotus'.
  11. Awesome. Lotus is back to being a lifestyle premium luxury brand again. Dany will be well chuffed. Anyone know where I can get a £15,000 lotus branded bar of men’s shaving balm, for men who do lots of premium lifestyle? Because I am that man.
  12. Dany and I aren’t on speaking terms anymore. Originally I approached ARSE to make my car more of a lifestyle luxury premium expression of automotive hedonistic opulence and extravagance, but he said that they were busy hacking a Lambo to bits and didn’t have time to take the angle grinder to mine. But, he did like the gold engine cover, so that’s something. And the pop up lights.
  13. No you haven’t. Mine’s better. The fuel injection system is Jenvey and yes, its got an ECU doing many things, including ignition. I’ve just been told that we’ve moved to platinum spark plugs too, so thats nice. Thanks, George, means a lot coming from a film star. I’ll buy Nick and the boys some donuts (although they’re surprisingly hard to find along the A417) when I get back. I think that one day all engine covers will be painted body colour, just like Colin always wanted (probably).
  14. I’ll have someone follow me with the spare wheel. Plus i only had 4 of those made as they’re turbo pricey, so the spare is that rubbish one they put in to S2s. It’s just alcantara, nothing special.
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