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    Andy Reid
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    INSTA = @LotusAndy5 and @Jagandy89 (Esprit s3 + XJS convertible), Range Rover Vogue, MINI countryman
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  1. I think flying back with work... @Lotusfab his turbo would look AHMAZING in the snow...
  2. so, it snowed in Berks... as close as I can get to the Alps for now...
  3. Hilarious Thread. thanks guys. The very smart, talented and experienced MAX500 is having a good look at her next week and a thorough going over. I might get one of the toll gate things as no matter what card I've presented before, the machines always spit them out. I think there's a chap hidden in the bushes with an override button... Probably aiming for Flaine... Samoens, Les Carroz etc. The Grand Massif is close once in the Alps, I know my way around as been there a few times. But i'll keep you all posted. One thing at a time...
  4. hello all. thank you @benja-p @Kevin Wheeler @Bazza 907 @peteyg @Choppa @slewthy @jerzybondov and @skiing... all sound advice, insights and perspectives. I appreciate the comments. Nuggets such as a mat to kneel on are gold. Good point. Spare dissy cap and service kit ordered too. That's a good one. I've added your suggestions to my 'kit list' as a result (will publish when I set off). Before then I want to do a fully packed trial run for a few miles one weekend coming (a little sad perhaps, but worth exploring how much I can actually wedge in all the nooks and cra
  5. Hello all. Thanks for swinging by my post here. With COVID in the Spring preventing me travelling in March 2020, I'm now using lockdown to sort the well over due trip to the Alps in 2021. How middle class... That said, folk here know the importance of life's indulgencies and joys. We're here for a good time and I'm badly wanting one! I've been wanting to take the Esprit to the Alps for a couple of seasons and now I've made the ski racks. I'm good to go 100%. But I'd like your advice. I've a 1984 S3. I am thinking of either car transporting her to Geneva Airport where
  6. Hi Fabian, Been away from this chat for a while and now catching up. EXCELLENT work on the ski racks - you've smashed it. A working ski rack (as why would you want a non working one?) AND one that looks on point to the replica you're going for. At first, impossible - like manufacturing an actual Harry Potter working wand or a Delorian that can take us back to 1955 (or 1985!). but you've done it. Those moon boots Roger Moore is seen in would be so hard to drive a Lotus in. They are all foam. Something that made me chuckle would be where x4 ski poles @ 120cm would live? They mig
  7. Hi Fabian. DRILL THE HOLES. FIX THE RACKS. DRIVE TO THE ALPS. You'll always regret saying, "Ah, I'm glad I made 95% of the car and then pushed it into a garage under a cloth to occasionally look at" It's your car. you know every inch. It is beautiful and I've seen it close up. It tells a story - but it's not complete. The skis make that car look utterly awesome and even better to drive around in the summer through Britain's leafy south east villages to turn a few heads. Consider how people would admire a fully polished replica batmobile
  8. Fabians visit and comments re: the ski racks are very complimentary - seeing him pull up in FYEO was awesome and watching him drive off in it, a sight to behold. You've done an AMAZING job on that Fabian; truly inspiring. All that is left is the ski racks. And you're right to point out there are differences in a prop that looks good from afar (made of balsa, sticky tape and a bit of a gate hinge) vs a working ski rack that holds skis at speed on a vehicle. fix the racks to the car - issue one fix the skis to the racks - issue two Then fuel up and mark a
  9. Hi Fabian, Your racks are looking great. You've got the angles 'just so' too. Awesome. I easily got up to 60mph on M25 with full ski's aplomb and didn't notice anything move. There is a slight vibration at the tips, but not, I think like a leading edge of an aircraft wing for take off Funnily enough I considered testing all this out for you when I read the post last night, but travelling around Berkshire in an Esprit with skis on won't be seen by our local police as "an essential journey" in these times, so best an experiment for the wee small hours or not at all for now...
  10. Hi Fabain (and all) Here's a link to a film talking through the rack mechanism. All stimulus for you, Fabain. Not instruction! password = SKIRACK Andy
  11. Hi Fabian. Haven't got any photos of the fixing plates. Sorry. If you look at the photo above, the foam board template I created is visible. The rough sketch is here. Essentially a long rectangle with material taken out along it's length to cut down on as much weight as possible. With a distance of 470mm between the inner walls of the bottom two cradles. They line up with the rear light cluster. I did this simply by eye off a photo of the car from the web. The thickness of the polycarb was 10mm which I took, again, from a light cluster wall. I wanted the rack to someone look 'at
  12. Loving the look of the car, Fabian. A controversial alternative to the fibreglass ski racks are these I made up in ploy carbonate and stainless steel. skis held in place with rubber tree ties... Racks drilled into car and held in place by bolting onto a large steel plate running along the underside of the top and bottom of the tailgate. As tailgate shrinks when bolts are tightened, tube spacers are in place along the bolts to keep that gap a uniform size. fotos show finished rear cradle and first fit to the my S3. see you on the slopes...
  13. Hi Henry, Good to see you on the chat. Yes, that's the plan. My Brother-in-Law and I are lifetime skiiers and ticking off all the resorts. His father's favourite place was Cortina, so the trip planned is to honour that as he passed away last year. I was in 'shipmycar' mode and had lost hope car trains existed. what' the weblink and i'll take a look? Any skiiers reading this will know of the debauchery in the early 90's "Snow Train" from Calais to Bourg... Sorry to now turn this excellent rebuild story into a snow report. snow tyres - check. Heater. yes. Any su
  14. Ha ha - good point. It'll fail to start on a Jan morning in the alps and steam up, stall or spin off a hairpin. BUT any car looks much cooler with skis on it, and the Lotus does it the best We're off to Cortina in Jan/Feb 2020. Just need a final tweak to the racks than then (expensively) freight her down to GVA where we'll pick her up from a more reliable and relaxing plane journey. on the drive back I don't care...
  15. Hi Fabian. Ski Racks. Polycarbonate. It's super strong, cuts well, glues well, you can put threads into it and it holds a lustre paint finish. I've a set for my S3. I've a bunch of photos and drawings to send you as stimulus (will need an email) but for you and other Lotus owning skiiers (a niche group) who are interested then a full story is on my Instagram feed 'LotusAndy5' check it out. Lovely Max (who some will know from Max500) tells me the original was a balsa wood prop and the skis were never attached securely. Remember if this is going to work, you might need to
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